Sermons by Tomi Jacobs-Ziobro

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Advent 2: Prepare the Way of the Lord

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Processional Drama from Isaiah 40: 1-11 In the wilderness prepare the way of the Holy One, Make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, And every mountain and hill made low; The uneven ground shall become level, And the rough places a plain. The prophet walks to […]

Not Being Silent…

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Amos 1:1-2; 5:14-15,21-24 (CEB) These are the words of Amos, one of the shepherds of Tekoa. He perceived these things concerning Israel two years before the earthquake, in the days of Judah’s King Uzziah and in the days of Israel’s King Jeroboam, Joash’s son. He said: The Lord roars from Zion. He shouts from Jerusalem; […]

Hey Children, What’s that Sound?

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1 Kings 19:1-18 Jezebel: I am Jezebel, Queen Jezebel, and I am after Elijah’s blood. He has dared to challenge and kill my prophets and I want revenge! How dare he make fun of the God, Baal? How dare he? I have sent him a message: “May the gods strike me dead if I do […]

Seeing Things ….. Really SEEING

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Dramatic reading of 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13 “Today’s reading is the story of a boy named David who has seven, count them – seven, older brothers.” Then Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went up to his house in Gibeah of Saul. Samuel did not see Saul again until the day of his death, but Samuel […]

Go Sacrifice

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Genesis 21:1-3; 22:1-14 The Lord dealt with Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as he had promised. Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the time of which God had spoken to him. Abraham gave the name Isaac to his son whom Sarah bore him. […]

Go Create

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Gathering Activity: As you prepare for worship this Sunday, turn to Genesis 1, be it with your own Bible, a Pew Bible or even looking it up on your phone (try www.biblegateway.com for various translations). Read through the text and visualize the unfolding of Creation. Imagine the colors, the beauty, the sights, the smells, the […]

God in the Movies: Loving

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Loving Given what happened in Charlottesville VA last week, it was timely to be reminded of the true story of a couple who lived in VA, Richard and Mildred, who fell in love and got married in 1958 and by doing so committed a crime worthy of 1-5 years in the penitentiary. only because the […]

God in the Movies: Lion

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A link to the trailer for the the film Lion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoIy9Xq8tYs Home, family, belonging These are explored in the film Lion In Calcutta Saroo’s a thousand miles from home. He is lost, hopelessly lost, in a land of strangers who seem to care very little about the fate of a 5-year-old boy. Eventually, trying to […]

God in the Movies: Moonlight

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You can click on the link below to watch the official trailer for the Oscar Winning Best Picture: Moonlight The film covers three time periods – young adolescence, mid-teen and young adult – in the life of black-American Chiron As a child, Chiron lives with his single, drug addicted mother Paula in a crime ridden […]