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February 2014

Reading, Matthew 5:43-38/ Meditation, “ perfect as Abba God in heaven is perfect,” February 23

March 2014

Reading, Matthew 6:24-34/ Meditation, “So do not worry about tomorrow,” March 2

Reading, Matthew 4:1-11/ Meditation, “13.8 billion years ago…give or take a few billion years,” March 9

Reading, Matthew 17:1-11/ Meditation, “When I was a kid in Catholic elementary school,” March 16

Reading, John 4:5-26/ Meditation, “Six blind men enter a room with an unknown object,” March 23

April 2014

Reading, Mark 2:18-22/ Meditation, "Ours is no ordinary time," April 6th

Reading, Matthew 21:1-11/ Meditation, "Today we set the stage," April 13th

Reading, Luke 24:1-12/ Meditation, "Within the last two weeks," Easter, April 20th

Reading, John 20:24-28/ Meditation, "This Gospel story is really aimed at two different groups of people," April 27th

May 2014

The Center Singers performed a Sister Act recital, May 4th

Reading, John 10:1-10/ Meditation, “Does this scenario sound at all familiar to you?” May 11th

Reading, “Acorns”/ Meditation, “Well…it’s one month after Easter…,” May 18th

Reading, Mark 5:25-34/ Meditation, “I have heard that there is a phenomena called ‘phantom pain’,” May 25th

June 2014

Reading, Matthew 28:16-20/ Meditation, "And remember . . . I am with you always, to the end of the age," June 1st

Reading, John 20:19-23/ Meditation, "As I begin today…I don’t have a cute story or a joke,"June 8th

Reading, John 3:16-18/ Meditation, "I almost didn't use this reading today," June 15th

Reading, John 6:51-58/ Meditation, "So last Monday when I chose this scripture reading," June 22nd

Reading, Matthew 16:13-19/ Meditation, "Oh dear…here we go again…," June 29th

July 2014

Reading, Genesis 18:1-15/ Meditation, "Don't you just love this story?" July 6th

Reading, Matthew 13:1-19/ Meditation,"So, I did my research this week…," July 13th

Reading, Matthew 13:24-30/ Meditation,"Lots of good folks love this parable of Jesus…," July 20th

Reading, Matthew 10:37-42/ Meditation, "If you asked me to make a choice between," July 27th

August 2014

Reading, "Will Some Sermon Answer Me?"/ Meditation, "A while back, Frank Sanders asked me to reflect upon this letter . . .," August 17th

Reading, Matthew 5:43-48/ Meditation, "I don't think I have to make a list of all the violent situations in the world," August 31st

September 2014

Reading, Matthew 18:15-18/ Meditation, "Do you remember that old game of 'Telephone'?" September 7th

Reading, Matthew 14:22-33/ Meditation, "Several years ago, I was on the Sea of Galilee," September 14th

Reading, Matthew 20:1-16a/ Meditation, "Yes, I know we have already read one story," September 21st

October 2014

Reading, Matthew 13:44-5, 51-3/ Meditation, "Several weeks ago, I had the day off and was going to run a few errands," October 5th

Reading, Matthew 22:1-10/ Meditation, "Eighty plus years ago, Paul and Elizabeth Sanders founded a 'house by the side of the road,'" October 12th

Reading, Matthew 22:15-21/ Meditation, "Ah, yes, it is that time of year. . . ," October 19th

November 2014

Reading, Matthew 22:34-40/ Meditation, "I’m sure you’re already aware of these things," November 2nd

Reading, Profession of Faith of the Wayside Chapel/ Meditation, "When The Center began," November 9th

Reading, Matthew 25:14-15, 19-21/ Meditation, "On first glance, there is just so much wrong," November 16th

Reading, Matthew 25:31-46/ Meditation, "Do you ever wish for life just to be a little bit easier?" November 23rd

December 2014

Reading, Luke 2:1-7/ Meditation, “A woman who comes to Spirituality classes here at The Center,” December 7th

Reading, Luke2:8-19/ Meditation, “Ah . . . the shepherds,” December 14th

Reading, Matthew 2:1-12/ Meditation, “Did you know that today is the Winter Solstice?” December 21st

Reading, Luke 2:1-17/ Meditation, “Thirty-six years ago, M. Scott Peck wrote,” Christmas Eve

January 2015

Reading, Ecclesiastes 3:1-8/ Meditation, "For everything there is a season," January 4th

Reading, Mark 1:14-20/ Meditation, "The very first time I held my first firstborn child," January 11th

Reading, 1Sam 3:3B-10, 19/ Meditation, "I'm sure you all know that tomorrow is Martin Luther King Day," January 18th

Reading, Mark 1:9-13/ Meditation, "The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God has come near," January 25th

February 2015

Reading, Luke 17:20-21/ Meditation, "So last week I received some good feedback," February 1st

Reading, Mark 1:29-39/ Meditation, "I can clearly remember when I was in class," February 8th

Reading, Genesis 9:8-15/ Meditation, "The old minister was having a cup of tea," February 22nd

March 2015

Reading, John 3:14-21/ Meditation, "Last Friday, Beth, Zoe, Percy and I went to the zoo…," March 15th

Reading, John 11:3-7, 17, 20-27, 33B-45 / Meditation, "I remember the day that Carter came to The Center," March 22nd

April 2015

Reading, Matthew 18:1-10/ Meditation, "2,000 + years ago some-thing happened," Easter, April 5th

Reading, John 20:19-31/ Meditation, "You know, sometimes I think Thomas gets a bad rap," April 12th

Reading, Luke 24:13-35/ Meditation, "I have a Friday friend," April 19th

Reading, John 10:1-6/ Meditation, "What a coincidence to have this reading this afternoon," April 26th

May 2015

Reading, "The Hands of God" by Rev. Paul Sanders/ Meditation, "Hands do the bidding of the mind and the soul," May 3rd

June 2015

Reading, Mark 14:12-16, 22-26/ Meditation, "Many of you already know that in 2008," June 7

Reading, Mark 4:26-34/ Meditation, "Last week I spoke about the historical inaccuracies of Mark’s Gospel," June 14

Reading, Mark 4:35-41/ Meditation, "We have had a lot of rain these days," June 21

Reading, Mark 5:24b-34/ Meditation, "Human beings have often had a confusing relationship with our bodies," June 28

July 2015

Reading, Mark 6:1-6 / Meditation, "As many of you know, Bill & I have four adult daughters," July 5

Reading, Mark 6:7-13 / Meditation, "OK, here we are--believe it or not--halfway through summer," July 12

Reading, Mark 6:30-34 / Meditation, "So, as I read this Gospel early last week and I said to myself," July 19

August 2015

Reading / Meditation, "Tough Minded Faith for Tender Hearted People," August 16

Reading, John 6:60-69 / Meditation, "Most of you know that my mom passed away last May," August 23

Meditation, "When my children were little, I set their bedtimes," August 30

September 2015

Reading, Mark 7:31-37 / Meditation, "OK, in a minute, I'd like everyone to close their ears," September 6

Reading, Matthew 5:43-48 / Meditation, "If I was to chose the hardest teaching in the whole Bible," September 13

Reading, Mark 9:33-37 / Meditation, "I can't imagine who hasn't seen. . . .," September 20

Reading, Mark 9:43-48 / Meditation, "I have a confession to make. . . .," September 27

October 2015

Reading, Matthew 6:5-14 / Meditation, "An unemployed father of four is going for his second interview," October 4

Reading, Mark 10:17-22 / Meditation, "I would like to tell you one more story," October 11

Reading, Mark 10:35-45 / Meditation, "Well, some things never change, do they?," October 18

Reading, Mark 10: 46-52 / Meditation, "Jericho, I have been told, is the oldest inhabited city on Earth," October 25

November 2015

Reading, Matthew 5:1-12 / Meditation, "So last week I looked at the reading; it was the beatitudes. . . . ," November 1

December 2015

Reading, Luke 2:1-7/ Meditation, "Ah, the first Sunday of Advent!," December 6

January 2016

Reading, Ecclesiastes 3:1-8/ Meditation, "If you are of a certain age….you probably remember this song…," January 3

Reading, Luke 3:15-16; 21-22/ Meditation, "You are my Son the Beloved; with you I am well pleased," January 10

Reading, "An Empty Cup"/ Meditation, "My children have been my greatest spiritual teachers," January 17

Reading, Luke 4:21-30/ Meditation, "When you think of it, it's common sense to take care of your family first," January 31

February 2016

Reading, Luke 9:28-36/ Meditation, "I'd like to begin my few thoughts. . . ," February 21

March 2016

Reading, John 20:1-9/ Meditation, "I hope you don't think I'm crazy," Easter

April 2016

Reading, John 20:24-29/ Meditation, "They were sitting around the evening fire," April 3

Reading, John 21:1-19/ Meditation, "Everyone in the family knows that when Uncle Buzz," April 10

June 2016

Reading, Luke 9:18-24/ Meditation, "How's everyone doing today?," June 19

Reading, Luke 9:21-62/ Meditation, "A number of years ago, at a different parish," June 26

October 2016

Reading, Luke 17:11-19/ Meditation, "A number of years ago, when my children were between 8 and 12," October 9

Reading, Luke 18:1-8/ Meditation, "My Grandmother and mother-in-law were dyed-in-the-wool Cubs fans," October 16

Reading, Luke 19:1-10/ Meditation, "Last year a little book called. . . ," October 31

November 2016

Reading, Luke 20:27-38/ Meditation, "Oh, how we all want answers," November 6

December 2016

Reading, Luke 2:1-20/ Meditation, "You know…often times I hear people complain," December 24

January 2017

Reading, John 1:35-42/ Meditation, "You know…sometimes this job drives me crazy," January 15

Reading, Matthew 4:12-23/ Meditation, "Immediately? Really?," January 22

February 2017

Reading, Isaiah 58:6-10/ Meditation, "Every Monday I go to what is called a Lectionary," February 5

Reading, Matthew 5:20-37/ Meditation, "I tell you. . . ," February 12


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