Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Liturgy: 9th Sunday After Pentecost, 1 John 5:1-5 (July 21, 2024)

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Hymns

Hymn GTG #110, “Love Has Come”
Hymn GTG #137, “He Came Down”
Hymn GTG #372, “O for a World”
Hymn GTG #720, “Jesus Calls Us”


Sunday, July 7, 2024

Sermon: "Aaaaand ACTION!", 1 John 3:16-24 (July 7, 2024)


As some of you may remember, this past week was the biennial gathering of General Assembly, the national governing body of our denomination. This probably doesn’t seem like a big deal to most of you, but many clergy (myself included) watch the livestream of these meetings with the same fervor that regular people follow the Olympics. (In fact, I’m all but certain that I watched a lot more of GA than I’ll watch of the actual Olympics later this summer.) Anyway, the gathered body addressed many topics over the course of four VERY full days, including everything from online worship to divestment from the fossil fuel industry to an official policy of non-discrimination against our LGBT+ siblings. And while of course everyone always waits with bated breath to learn how the assembly will vote, in my opinion, the most riveting part of GA is actually the debate. It’s the most nuanced way to “check the pulse” of the denomination as a whole, and it’s where you can most clearly see the Holy Spirit moving throughout the week.

Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Liturgy: 7th Sunday After Pentecost, 1 John 3:16-24 (July 7, 2024)

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Hymns

Hymn GTG #308, “O God in Whom All Life Begins”
Hymn GTG #328, “Praise God, All You Nations”
Hymn GTG #757, “Today We All Are Called to Be Disciples”


Sunday, June 30, 2024

Sermon: “As It Was in the Beginning…", Ezekiel 7:1-12 (& Genesis 2:4-14/Revelation 22:1-5) (June 30, 2024)


Although we don’t usually use them in our liturgy here at Boone, these words that we just sang, first in the Jam Session and then again just now, are one of the oldest prayers in the Christian Church, dating back to at least the 4th century CE. It’s usually called the Gloria Patri (which is Latin for “Glory to the Father”). How many of you have heard it before today? When I was growing up, we sang these words every week in worship, over and over again until they became permanently imprinted on my subconscious. But for some reason, I don’t recall singing it at all in the years since. In fact, I kind of think I forgot all about it. The only reason it resurfaced in my memory at all is because of this passage from Ezekiel.

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Liturgy: 6th Sunday After Pentecost, Ezekiel 47:1-12 (June 30, 2024)

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Hymns

Hymn GTG #393, “O Day of Rest and Gladness”
Hymn GTG #580, “Glory Be to the Father”
Hymn GTG #375, “Shall We Gather at the River”
Hymn GTG #484, “Out of Deep Unordered Water”


Sunday, June 23, 2024

Sermon: “Unexcused Absence”, Leviticus 26:2-5, 10-20, 34-35, 40-45 (June 23, 2024)


As you all know, I’ve been directing a youth production of “James and the Giant Peach, Jr.” at Boise Little Theater this summer. This is my first time directing, and I’m learning most of it as I go – mostly that there’s a LOT to do. I’m responsible for shaping the whole show: I direct the actors, of course, but I also give feedback on the set design, lighting, costumes, props, sound, and so on. Fortunately, I have a wonderful team committed to making it all happen, but at the end of the day, it’s *my* vision that guides everything (which is all pretty daunting for a first-time director, to be honest).

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Liturgy: 5th Sunday After Pentecost, Selections from Leviticus 26 (June 23, 2024)

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Hymns

Hymn GTG #81, “Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken”
Hymn GTG #639, “O Sing a New Song”
Hymn GTG #64, “I Long for Your Commandments”
Hymn GTG #65, “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”