The Pentecost Story

This Sunday we will reflect on the story of the first Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-21). This is an amazing story about God working through people to both change the way we think about one another and the way we live together.

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Civil Unions = Love Wins!

Colorado civil union provisions go into effect at midnight this coming Wednesday May 1st. Joe, Rosalee Blake and I are planning to offer Civil Union blessings beginning at midnight on May 1st at the Boulder County Clerk’s Office, 1750 33rd Street. Members of our beloved church will also be present to offer welcome, support and prayer. I have been meeting with one couple who will be exchanging vows at midnight on May 1st.

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Newtown and Boston

As I write this post I am watching the early morning MSNBC reports of the shoot-out and killing of one suspected Boston Marathon bomber and the extensive manhunt for the other suspect. I am hearing that everyone in the city of Boston should “shelter in place” which means stay indoors. News reporters say this kind of lock-down is unprecedented. All public transportation has been shut down. Now there are reports of other persons of interest in custody.

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Our Nutrient Rich Environment

Early Saturday morning our beloved Pastor Joe had emergency surgery to remove a blocked and inflamed gall bladder. Joe is home recovering and doing well. Dana Jones, Joes’ spouse and partner in life, is leading our 9:00 am Adult Forum this Sunday (April 14) focusing on the United Methodist Women’s Charter for Racial Justice. Joe is planning to be here Sunday for both our forum and for worship. Let’s keep Joe and Dana in our prayers for continuing good recovery and healing. May God give them, and all of us, everything we need and all that it takes, in this difficult time.

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Easter is Coming

Today is Good Friday. Earlier today at our Pine Street Churches Community Good Friday Service I preached on the second word of Jesus from the cross. This is the story of the two criminals who were executed next to Jesus (Luke 23:39-43).

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The First Palm Sunday

Today I’m wondering what the people were looking for two thousand years ago on that first Palm Sunday. What unmet needs, what profound longings and what unfilled desires were caught up in those words “Hosanna! Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of God!”

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