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The Holy One Of God

1 Kings 8: 22-30, 41-43; Psalm 84; Ephesians 6:13-20; John 6:56-69 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church August 26, 2018 –Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost We get an interesting contrast of kings this morning. Solomon dedicates his great temple…the first and greatest Temple of Israel…and Jesus tells us that unless we eat his flesh and drink his blood we will have no part in his kingdom. Solomon is celebratory: he has fulfilled the prophecy of Nathan to David. David had asked Nathan if he needed to build a Temple to honor God since he had built himself such a nice palace. Nathan had told him that it was God’s plan that David’s son would build the Temple, not David. Solomon is that son

Whoever Eats This Bread

1 Kings 2:10-12, 3:3-14; Psalm 111; Ephesians 5:15-20; John 6:51-58 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church August 19, 2018 –Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost There are so many ways to come at the scriptures we have been given this Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost. First, we are halfway through this long season of Ordinary Time, midway between Pentecost and Advent. We close the story of David today. Just as David did, we change many things…around us and far away… with our lives each day. Now we cast our vision over the horizon. How will the world be different for David’s labors here…for our labors here…once they have ended? What is our legacy? How have we changed the way people will l

The Bread That Gives Life

2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33; Psalm 130; Ephesians 4:25-5:2; John 6:35, 41-51 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church August 12, 2018 –read by Mary Whitney We spent seven weeks on the rise of David, the shepherd boy, to be the king of Israel. We spend three – the last two weeks and this week - on the difficulties he has at the peak of his career and how that leads to an ambiguous end. In fact, we jump from the beginning of his troubles last week to the culmination of them this week. We leap from Nathan, the prophet and conscience of the King, confronting him last week, to the death of his son this week. There is a bit of the story we need to fill in. Absalom is David’s son, who is in full

You Are That Man!

2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a; Psalm 51:1-12; Ephesians 4:1-16; John 6:24-35 Bigfork Community United Methodist Church August 5, 2018 –Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost We dipped a bit into Richard Lovelace last week because he spoke in a telling way to David’s sin…and the way sin enters in…with his poem To Lucasta, On Going to the Wars. I think he can help us again this morning as David is confronted by Nathan and realizes that he cannot extract himself from his weakness with attempts to conceal it or deny it. “You the man!” or “You the one!” has become a way to praise our heroes today. Who is going to win the game for us? Who is the one who is going to put down our opponents and destroy our enemie


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