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Forest Grass

November 3, 2019 Sermon 

Rev. Doretta Colburn

"Out on a Limb"

Lectionary text

Luke 19:1-10 (NIV)

Zacchaeus the Tax Collector 

 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 

2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 

3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. 

4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.

5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 

6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.

7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”

8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”

9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

Previous to this sermon, we read the text about Zacchaeus.  

The video started late. Here Doretta is talking about Zacchaeus in the tree.

We apologize for the hum.

Poppy Field

Lectionary text

Psalm 145:1-16 (NIV)

A psalm of praise. Of David.

1 I will exalt you, my God the King;
    I will praise your name for ever and ever.
2 Every day I will praise you
    and extol your name for ever and ever.

3 Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
    his greatness no one can fathom.
4 One generation commends your works to another;
    they tell of your mighty acts.
5 They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—
    and I will meditate on your wonderful works.[b]
6 They tell of the power of your awesome works—
    and I will proclaim your great deeds.
7 They celebrate your abundant goodness
    and joyfully sing of your righteousness.

8 The Lord is gracious and compassionate,
    slow to anger and rich in love.

9 The Lord is good to all;
    he has compassion on all he has made.
10 All your works praise you, Lord;
    your faithful people extol you.
11 They tell of the glory of your kingdom
    and speak of your might,
12 so that all people may know of your mighty acts
    and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
    and your dominion endures through all generations.

The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises
    and faithful in all he does.[c]
14 The Lord upholds all who fall
    and lifts up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to you,
    and you give them their food at the proper time.
16 You open your hand
    and satisfy the desires of every living thing.

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November 10, 2019  

Rev. Doretta Colburn


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"Imagining a New Way"

November 17, 2019

Rev. Doretta Colburn


UCC Lectionary  11/17.2019:

Isaiah 65:17-25 (NIV)

New Heavens and a New Earth

17 “See, I will create
    new heavens and a new earth.
The former things will not be remembered,
    nor will they come to mind.
18 But be glad and rejoice forever
    in what I will create,
for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight
    and its people a joy.
19 I will rejoice over Jerusalem
    and take delight in my people;
the sound of weeping and of crying
    will be heard in it no more.

20 “Never again will there be in it
    an infant who lives but a few days,
    or an old man who does not live out his years;
the one who dies at a hundred
    will be thought a mere child;
the one who fails to reach[a] a hundred
    will be considered accursed.

21 They will build houses and dwell in them;   

 they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.

22 No longer will they build houses and others live in them,
    or plant and others eat.
For as the days of a tree,
    so will be the days of my people;
my chosen ones will long enjoy
    the work of their hands.
23 They will not labor in vain,
    nor will they bear children doomed to misfortune;
for they will be a people blessed by the Lord,
    they and their descendants with them.
24 Before they call I will answer;
    while they are still speaking I will hear.
25 The wolf and the lamb will feed together,
    and the lion will eat straw like the ox,
    and dust will be the serpent’s food.
They will neither harm nor destroy
    on all my holy mountain,”
says the Lord.

Image by Federico Respini

68 “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them.
69  He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David
70  (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),
71  salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us—
72  to show mercy to our ancestors and to remember his holy covenant,
73   the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
74   to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear
75   in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.

76   And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; 

          for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him,

77  to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins,

78  because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven

Lectionary text

Luke 1:68-79  (NIV)

We Gather Together

November 24, 2019

Rev. Doretta Colburn


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