Psalm 85: 1-13

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  • Bible Study (Psalm 85)

    by Richard Donovan
  • Proper 10B (2021)

    by Phil Heinze
  • Sermon Starters (Proper 10B)(2021)

    by Scott Hoezee
    The seeming pastiche of ideas that Psalm 85 seems to contain—the perhaps spiritual ups and downs reflected in the experience of this psalmist—reminds me of a couple things. First, it reminds me of what the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship has identified as the “Vertical Habits” that are at the core of Christian worship. When it comes right down to it, worship consists of really just a few basic elements including simple, almost child-like language that says “Thank You” and “I’m Sorry” and “I Promise.” But something of the spiritual ups and downs reflected here also reminds me of writer Anne Lamott who once said that once you strip away all the specifics, her prayers to God come down to basically just two prayers: “Help me, help me, help me!” and “Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
  • Proper 10B (2021)

    by Beth L. Tanner

Resources from 2020

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  • Proper 14A (2020)

    by W. H. Bellinger, Jr.
  • Advent 2B (2020)

    by Phil Heinze
  • Proper 14A (2020)

    by Phil Heinze
  • Sermon Starters (Advent 2B)(2020)

    by Scott Hoezee
    The seeming pastiche of ideas that Psalm 85 seems to contain—the perhaps spiritual ups and downs reflected in the experience of this psalmist—reminds me of a couple things. First, it reminds me of what the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship has identified as the “Vertical Habits” that are at the core of Christian worship. When it comes right down to it, worship consists of really just a few basic elements including simple, almost child-like language that says “Thank You” and “I’m Sorry” and “I’m Listening.” But something of the spiritual ups and downs reflected here also reminds me of writer Anne Lamott who once said that once you strip away all the specifics, her prayers to God come down to basically just two prayers: “Help me, help me, help me!” and “Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
  • Sermon Starters (Proper 14A)(2020)

    by Scott Hoezee
    The seeming pastiche of ideas that Psalm 85 seems to contain—the perhaps spiritual ups and downs reflected in the experience of this psalmist—reminds me of a couple things. First, it reminds me of what the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship has identified as the “Vertical Habits” that are at the core of Christian worship. When it comes right down to it, worship consists of really just a few basic elements including simple, almost child-like language that says “Thank You” and “I’m Sorry” and “I Promise.” But something of the spiritual ups and downs reflected here also reminds me of writer Anne Lamott who once said that once you strip away all the specifics, her prayers to God come down to basically just two prayers: “Help me, help me, help me!” and “Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
  • The Kiss of Justice and Peace

    Art and Theology by Victoria Jones
    Isaac Wardell’s “O God, Will You Restore Us” cleverly integrates Psalm 85 with Isaiah 58, which both center on themes of restoration, blessing, and social responsibility, even using similar word pictures. The refrain is based on the plea of Psalm 85:6–7, the heart of the psalm...
  • Advent 3B (2020)

    by Matt Pollock
  • Advent 2B (2020)

    by W. Dennis Tucker, Jr.
  • Advent 2B

    by Howard Wallace
  • God’s Peace

    by Garth Wehrfritz-Hanson

Resources from 2017 to 2019

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  • Proper 14A (2017)

    by Charles Aaron, Jr.
  • Living into Your Baptism

    by Gerald L. Borchert
  • Waiting with Peace

    Video Starter with Nikki Hardeman
  • Advent 2B (2017)

    by Phil Heinze
  • Proper 10B (2018)

    by Phil Heinze
  • Advent 2B (2017)

    by Diane Jacobson
  • Advent 2B (2017)

    by Stan Mast
    Contrast the perfect unity and harmony of God’s person with the shocking chaos of human persons. After that 64-year-old Nevadan slaughtered 59 people and wounded over 500 hundred in the Las Vegas massacre, the shooter’s brother said with horrified incomprehension, “But he was just a guy. Just a guy.” A guy who seemed normal to everyone, but inside were other forces, desires, thoughts that led to the horror. God is not like that. In God, all the multi-faceted aspects of God-ness are unified, integrated, focused on blessing even troublesome humans.
  • Proper 14A (2017)

    by Aimee Niles
  • Proper 10B (2018)

    by Beth Tanner

Resources from 2014 to 2016

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Resources from the Archives

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