Are you ever curious about the scripture texts that become the foundation for the sermons that Pastor Linda preaches? Every Sunday morning, at 9:00 a.m. a few Central folk gather together to study the Bible together, specifically focusing on the text from which Pastor Linda will be preaching that day. Everyone is welcome to join us. We are adding another opportunity to reflect on those texts, each week, online. Three or four different Central members will contribute a short reflection on an upcoming sermon text. You are invited to read the text and their reflections and then add your own voice to the conversation, if you wish. The conversation will assist Pastor Linda in her sermon preparation and may help all of us to hear the Spirit speaking more clearly though the text and the preacher’s sermon. You may comment on the scripture reading or reply to an existing comment.

Second Sunday after Epiphany, January 14, 2018

Editor’s note: For five Sundays after Epiphany, Pastor Linda is beginning her sermon preparation by exegeting (drawing out meaning from) the texts of our bodies, our senses, rather than beginning with a biblical text. We understand that smell, touch, taste, vision and hearing are also pathways to experiencing truth; the senses provide a way to interact with each other and with the Divine. This week, the text is SMELL.

Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost, October 29, 2017: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8

As you know and as God is our witness, we never came with words of flattery or with a pretext for greed; nor did we seek praise from mortals, whether from you or from others, though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nurse tenderly caring for her own children. So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us.