Sick and Unseen: Mark 5.21–43

healingrelationshipDelivered at Ames UCC on
January 24, 2016
©The Rev. Eileen Gebbie

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THEOLOGIAN IN RESIDENCE
Next week we have our big, annual Theologian in Residence weekend. Our speaker, and preacher, will be The Rev. Barry Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. He will give a series of talks, participate in a discussion panel, and preach on Sunday. The scheduled topics are:

“A Primer on the History of Church and State: It Started in the Schools”
“When Political Candidates Step in IT*” (*the issue of church and state)
“And They Will Be Led By a Child: Predictions for the Future”
“Proof Texting with Passion: How the Bible Lends Itself to Political Manipulation”

The following day we will all go caucus for the presidential primary. It will be a very political weekend. So, to prepare us, today I will preach a political sermon.

Let’s start with ancient Israel and what we learned from The Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins last week.

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When Jesus Becomes Christ: Mark 2.1–22

when jesus becomes christ(1)Delivered at Ames UCC on
January 10, 2016
©The Rev. Eileen Gebbie

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WILBUR HELD
I once knew a man named Wilbur Held. He just died last year after one hundred years of life. Wilbur was many things, including a world class organist, composer, and arranger of organ music. It is safe to say that thousands of churches are hearing one of his tunes today.

Well, after hearing me preach for a few months Wilbur gave me a call. Wilbur said he didn’t want to be one of “those congregants,” meaning complainers, so I could ignore him completely, but something was eating at him. When a 98-year-old says something is eating at him, I listen. Continue reading