Using Psalm 27, Joy talks about our Faith and Doubt and how God surprises us.
Joe shares about a passion of his, the way land is used and how it is taxed. He drew from Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16, and Leviticus 25:23 and God’s admonishment that the land is not ours, but God’s, and that we are not to profit from it, but rather from the work of our hands and minds. Joe also provided the text of his talk as a pdf.
Brenda used the story of the Magi arriving from foreign lands to point out the the new-born Jesus was willing to receive people who were different from him. Just as we put the porch light on for Halloween to indicate that we are willing to receive guests, even from other neighborhoods, we should be willing to do so, even for those who disagree with us. The scriptures were Isaiah 60: 1-6; and Matthew 2: 1-12