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Epiphany Sunday: Star Search – Upper Room

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“This wasn’t what I was expecting.” This is likely how the Magi felt when they arrived at the stable – the place the star had led them.  They probably were expecting to meet a king or a mighty leader, or be led to a palace or a place of great importance and opulence.  Instead, they […]

Advent: Herod — Upper Room

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During the early years of Jesus’ life, Herod was the appointed king of the Jewish people.  King Herod was a determined, evil ruler, very self-centered and self-focused.  He did whatever was necessary to make sure he got what he wanted, and no one got in his way, especially not a small baby, without suffering the […]

Advent: Mary & Joseph — Upper Room

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Interruptions.  That’s the story of our lives today.  It was also, interestingly enough, the story of Mary and Joseph’s lives as well.  Mary and Joseph were planning for the perfect future together, starting with the perfect courtship, the perfect wedding, and the perfect future.  Then, the angel Gabriel paid them each a visit.  And suddenly, […]

Advent: Elizabeth & Zechariah — Upper Room

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We start the Advent season with the story of Elizabeth and Zechariah – the parents of John the Baptist.  Rev. Schaefer asked the question, “What’s in a name?”  Names in the biblical times had a lot of power.  Zechariah’s name meant ‘God Remembers.’  Elizabeth’s name meant ‘God is my Oath.’  And had they followed tradition, […]

Christ our King — Upper Room

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Christ the King Sunday is a day that comes periodically, but not regularly, in the Christian calendar.  It is the Sunday that occasionally falls between Thanksgiving and the 1st Sunday in Advent, so we only celebrate it once in awhile, but it’s intention is to focus on the King of Love, our Shepherd.  Rev. Campbell […]

Falling Into the Psalms: Psalm 136 — Upper Room

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This Sunday concludes our series on the Psalms with Psalm 136 – a psalm of thankfulness, which we look at on this Thanksgiving Sunday.  Psalm 136, Rev. Schaefer shares, tells of the thankfulness of God’s people.  This thankfulness has sustained them through many difficult times, even during times of trouble or war.  Even when they didn’t know where to turn, […]

Falling Into the Psalms: Psalm 86 – Upper Room

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Today we continued with our theme of ‘Falling Into the Psalms’ with a look at Psalm 86.  This psalm, as with many of the Psalms, was written by David.  David wrote Psalm 86 as a prayerful dialog with God, in which he named his own failing, and talked about how dependent he is on God and His […]