Author Archives: marywbrown

…with the Holy Spirit

Acts 2:36-42 Over the past few weeks we’ve talked about how we are called to be in ministry. All: We are *all* called – made worthy to serve through Jesus Christ. Differently: We are all made different to compliment each other, like a body made of different parts. Together: We are designed to work together, […]

All Differently Together

“There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all” (Ephesians 4:4-6). 7 times in 3 verses, the nature of our […]

All Differently

1 Corinthians 12:12-27 You are a part of the body of Christ. This might be Paul’s most famous image – and for good reason.  A good metaphor is one that’s universally relatable, and what’s more universally relatable than a body?  We’ve all got one.  We live in it.  We know what it’s like to need […]

All

1 Peter 2:1-10 You are invited to a holy priesthood.  You. Don’t feel like “priestly” material?  You’re not alone; it’s normal to feel a little below the standard.  Even we pastors have days when we feel more “ordinary” than “ordained.”  We are all human; we are all flawed; we are all sinful.  And yet… we […]

How One Woman Was Changed

John 4:7-29 This is the story of how one woman was changed. It doesn’t start as you might think.  This woman hadn’t gone off looking to be changed.  She wasn’t on a soul-searching journey; she was right where she always was, going through the motions of her daily routine in her Samaritan town. And then […]

Grief and Joy

John 20:11-18 Mary Magdalene is standing just outside the tomb, crying.  Two angels are sitting in the tomb.  They look out, and see her, and ask a question that has often frustrated me: “Why are you crying?” I remember the first time I got asked that.  I wasn’t quite a teenager yet, but almost.  I […]

Don’t Be Amazed?

Mark 16:1-8 It’s Easter Sunday! He is risen!  The tomb is empty!  Jesus is alive! There was a special energy in our sanctuary this morning.  I could see it in the maximum capacity crowd, dressed to the nine’s in their Easter best.  I could hear it when we sang “Christ the Lord is risen today!” […]