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May 16, 2021
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Focus:  These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you--that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.  –Jesus
Psalm 93
Luke 24:44-53

May 9, 2021
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Focus:  I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another. –Jesus
Psalm 98
John 15:9-17

May 2, 2021
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Focus:   Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. –Jesus
Psalm 22:25-31
John 15:1-8

April 25, 2021
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Focus:  “I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.” –Jesus
Psalm 23
John 10:11-18

April 18, 2021
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Focus:  You are witnesses of these things – Jesus
Psalm 4
Luke 24:36b-48

April 11, 2021
Sheryl Kinder-Pyle
John 20:19-24 

April 4, 2021 - Easter
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Focus:  When you take bread, bless it, break it and give it.  Lives are changed.  Strangers become friends.  Enemies are reconciled.  Something happens in us.  Something happens in the world.  God happens.  And the kingdom is advanced.
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
Acts 10:34-43

March 28, 2021 - Palm/Passion Sunday
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Focus:  Love meets hate, meets politics, meets fear. Love goes on loving, which gets Love killed—not by villains in black hats but by people like us: clergy, patriots, God-fearing folk. What brought them together was their rage at him [at Love] for being less than they wanted him to be—or for being more than they wanted him to be—but in any case for not being who they wanted him to be, and they killed him for it. (Barbara Brown Taylor, God in Pain, p. 126)
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Mark 11:1-11

March 21, 2021
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Focus:  A mature Christian sees Christ in everything and everyone else.
Jeremiah 31:31-34
John 12:20-33

March 14, 2021
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Focus: The cross dramatically raises up the problem of ignorant hatred for all to see, hoping to inoculate us against doing the same thing and projecting our violence onward into history. –Richard Rohr
Numbers 21:4-9
John 3:14-21

March 7, 2021
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Focus:  Only Love can be entrusted with Wisdom or Big Truth. All other attitudes will murder, mangle, and manipulate truth for their own ego purposes. –Richard Rohr
Exodus 20:1-17
1 Corinthians 1:18-25

February 28, 2021
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Focus:  Faith can only happen in very special threshold space. You don’t really do faith, it happens to you when you give up control and all the steering of your ship.  –Richard Rohr
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
Romans 4:13-25

February 21, 2021
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Focus:  More than ever . . . we have to dig deeper spiritual roots and that means practicing contemplative nonviolence. We have to take time for quiet meditation with the God of peace every day. . . . It’s hard to change the world; we can barely change ourselves. But God can change us and the world if we allow the God of peace to touch us, disarm us, heal us, and send us out as instruments of God’s peace. . . .  –Richard Rohr
Genesis 9:8-17
1 Peter 3:18-22

February 14, 2021 - Transfiguration Sunday
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Focus: When Jesus shines forth the Law and the Prophets, he embodies their witness in space and time; living tangibly in his neuromuscular systems—in flesh and muscle.
Psalm 50:1-6
Mark 9:2-9

February 7, 2021
Dr. Scott Starbuck
 Focus:  “The word of God confronts, converts, and consoles us—in that order.” -Richard Rohr
Isaiah 40:21-31
Mark 1:29-39

January 31, 2021
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Focus:  At their most mature level, religions cultivate deeper union with God, with each other, and with reality—what is. The work of religion is to re-ligio—re-ligament—or reunite what our egos and survival instincts have put asunder, namely a fundamental wholeness at the heart of everything.  – Richard Rohr
Deuteronomy 18:15-20
Mark 1:21-28

January 24, 2021
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Focus:  Part of integrating the inner and the outer is looking at both sides of life clearly and honestly. We must be able to face the joy and wonder of life as well as its pain, injustice, and absurdity.  Truly compassionate, effective action means looking hard at both sides of life, and that look will drive you back to a God-centered, always daring, contemplative place—which in turn will drive you forward with a passion to do something about all of this pain according to your own gift. If your spiritual practice doesn’t lead you to some acts of concrete caring or service, then you have every reason not to trust it. –Richard Rohr
Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Mark 1:14-20

January 17, 2021
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Focus:  You need to discriminate the voices of the Loyal Soldier from the voice of the Holy Spirit. God never leads by guilt or shame! The deeper faith journey begins when you start to listen to and follow God’s inner voice, and not just shame-based early conditioning. God leads by loving the soul at ever-deeper levels, not by shaming at superficial levels. -Richard Rohr
1 Samuel 3:1-10
John 1:43-51

January 10, 2021
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Focus:  If you are not trained in a trust of both love and mystery, and also some ability to hold anxiety and paradox, all of which allow the divine entry into the soul, you will not proceed very far on the spiritual journey.—Richard Rohr
Genesis 1:1-5; 26-27
Acts 19:1-7

January 3, 2021
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Focus:  “Humanity has never been separate from God—unless and except by its own negative choice.” –Richard Rohr
Jeremiah 31:7-14
Ephesians 1:3-14

December 27, 2020
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Focus:  “You will remain largely unconscious as a human being until issues come into your life that you cannot fix or control and something challenges you at your present level of development, forcing you to expand and deepen.” –Richard Rohr
Isaiah 61:10- 62:3
Luke 2:22-40

December 24, 2020

December 20, 2020
Sheryl Kinder-Pyle, Executive Presbyter
Focus:  “If God became a human being, then it’s good to be human.” –Richard Rohr
Isaiah 55:1-5; 8-11
Luke 1:26-38

December 13, 2020
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Focus:  “The Spirit always connects, reconciles, forgives, heals and makes two into one. It moves beyond human-made boundaries to utterly realign and renew that which is separated and alienated.”—Richard Rohr
Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
John 1:6-8, 19-28

December 6, 2020
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Focus: “The Reign of God…is not a world without pain or mystery, but simply a world where we are connected and in communion with all things.”—Richard Rohr
Isaiah 40:1-11
Mark 1:1-8

November 29, 2020
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Focus: “Come, Lord Jesus” is a leap into the kind of freedom and surrender that is rightly called the virtue of hope.—Richard Rohr
Isaiah 64:1-9
1 Corinthians 1:3-9

November 22, 2020
Dr. Scott Starbuck
“The horizontal arms of the cross are the two sides of every dilemma, the vertical line is the third way, and the way through.” –Richard Rohr
Psalm 100
Matthew 25:31-46

November 15, 2020
Dr. Scott Starbuck
The people who hold the contradictions—and resolve them in themselves—are the saviors of the world. They are the agents of transformation, reconciliation, and newness.—Richard Rohr
Psalm 123
Matthew 25:14-30

November 8, 2020
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Love and Justice are not two. Without inner change, there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters. —Rev. Angel Kyodo Williams, Sensei
Amos 5:18-24
Matthew 25:1-13

November 1, 2020
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Our shadow self makes us all into hypocrites on some level. We are all in one kind of a closet or another and are even encouraged by society to play our roles. Until grace is fully triumphant we are all hypocrites of sorts. –Richard Rohr
Micah 3:5-12
Matthew 23:1-12

October 25, 2020
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Love is not based on my preferences or my partiality, but on a Love that infuses every interaction, conversation and moment. —Richard Rohr
Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18
Matthew 22:34-46

October 18, 2020
Dr. Scott Starbuck
The Reign of God is not about churchiness at all. It has everything to do with everything. In fact, as we listen to Jesus’ images and examples, it appears that it is the world of house and field and job and marriage where we are converted to right relationship. The secular has become the place where we encounter the True Sacred . –Richard Rohr
Isaiah 45:1-7
Matthew 22:15-22

October 11, 2020
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Focus: God is sustaining us in ways we cannot and do not need to understand…we will discover within ourselves, just when everything seems to be lost, that we are being unexplainably sustained by the presence of God that will never lose us. –Richard Rohr
Psalm 23
Philippians 9:1-9

October 4, 2020 - World Communion Sunday
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Focus:  The dualistic mind, upon which most of us were taught to rely, is simply incapable of the task of creating unity. It automatically divides reality into binary opposites and does most of its thinking inside this limited frame. It dares to call this choosing of sides “thinking” because that is all it knows how to do. “Really good” thinking then becomes devising a strong argument for our side’s superiority versus another country, race, group, political party, or religion. Unitive consciousness—the awareness that we are all one in Love—is the hope and prophetic call of World Communion Sunday!  (adapted from Richard Rohr)
Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20
Matthew 21:33-46