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Praying the Scripture

Praying the Scripture

Sunday, February 26, 11 a.m., in the Pearson Room Praying the scripture: Lectio Divina Prayer Student minister Emelia Attridge will offer a middle hour workshop on the ancient practice of prayer that begins simply with reading and listening for God in the text. We will practice with scripture as well as poetry and verse to explore the practice of listening for the Still-Speaking God.
Embracing Uncertainty

Embracing Uncertainty

Hancock Church Sermon  http://youtu.be/bYHQuoehBMY Becca Lockwood April 7, 2013 John 20:19-31 Embracing Uncertainty     What if I told you that Thomas is a faithful disciple. What if I told you that the title usually given to Thomas, “Doubting Thomas” is a potentially inaccurate interpretation of this text? What if I told you that Thomas is brave. What if I told you that the author of John is actually lifting up Thomas? But who am I? Why would you take my word for it? What does...
Holy Week at Hancock

Holy Week at Hancock

The heart of Christian faith is experienced in compressed fashion during the seasons of Lent and Easter.  During Lent we remember the life and teachings of Jesus, and Easter is the culmination of God’s work in and through his death and resurrection.  And all comes together in Holy Week, the eight days between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday.  We hope that you will join us often for worship during these days. If you are thinking of joining us for the first time during Holy Week,...
The Road to Jerusalem

The Road to Jerusalem

Hancock Church Sermon  http://youtu.be/DNh_xhYf80k Pam Cochrane March 24, 2013 Luke 12:13-31   The Road to Jerusalem:  Make way for Jesus!                          So here we are, we have traveled through Lent and find ourselves waving palms and singing Hosanna.  We have arrived, and our entrance was grand.  After all, isn’t Palm Sunday all about the “entrance?” From the Gospel of Luke we hear the story of Jesus’ entrance into the city of Jerusalem.  Bathphage and Bethany are on the east side of Jerusalem....

Into Life’s Fullness

Hancock Church Sermon Rev. Paul Shupe February 17, 2013 Matthew 4:18-22   In this passage, Jesus calls his first disciples to follow him.  We notice this morning that they pay a price for their decision to follow: they must leave their former lives behind, including their fishing boats and nets, and, in the cases of James and John, their father. As [Jesus] walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into...

Becoming Other-Wise

Hancock Church Sermon Rev. Paul Shupe February 3, 2013 Luke 4:21-30   This is the conclusion of the story begun last week.  Jesus, filled with the Holy Spirit, and with a growing reputation for wise teaching going ahead of him, goes at last to the synagogue in his hometown of Nazareth.  Invited to read, he chooses a text from the prophet Isaiah promising the coming of the Messiah who will bring good news to the poor and oppressed.  He tells them that he is the...
Good News for the Home Folks

Good News for the Home Folks

Hancock Church Sermon Rev. Paul Shupe January 27, 2013 Luke 4:14-21   According to Luke, Jesus as an adult made his first appearance on the public stage when he went to the Jordan to be baptized by John the Baptist.  Confirmed there as God’s beloved son, Jesus then went into the wilderness, where he was tempted by evil.  Having resisted temptation by the gift of the Holy Spirit, Jesus Then went home, to Nazareth of Galilee, where he had this encounter in his hometown. Then...
Christmas Eve Reflections

Christmas Eve Reflections

Hancock Church Sermon Joy Fallon, Alex Shea Will, Becca Lockwood December 24, 2012 Luke 1:26-38, Luke 2:1-20 From the 8pm Service: Paul Shupe: December 24, 2012 Christmas Eve Luke 2:8-20 Listen!  As Jesus is born in Bethlehem, shepherds in a nearby field have their routine evening disrupted by a vision of angels with a message of Good News, and the admonition that they not be afraid. In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an...
Candle Litany, Advent Four: LOVE, A vision for a world filled with justice and compassion.

Candle Litany, Advent Four: LOVE, A vision for a world filled with justice and compassion.

The Fourth Sunday of Advent – December 23rd Today we light the candle of Love. Your love fills our lives with blessings, O God.  Jesus came to show us how much you love us and invite us to a new community.  Help us share that love in the world.  Amen.   Luke 1:39-45 Mary Visits Elizabeth In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When...
But how?

But how?

December 17th, 2012 Advent Devotional by Joy Fallon     But how, my wife and I are so old now? But how, I’ve never slept with a man? Luke opens his book with two parallel stories of babies born to astonished parents:  Zechariah, the temple priest, told his aged, barren wife Elizabeth will bear John the Baptist, and Mary, the young single girl, told she have Jesus.  Both blurt out,  “But how can this be?” yet it is only Zechariah who is punished, struck dumb...