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Colossians 2:2a
"My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love..."

 

 

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How This Works!

       Today's Scripture

      "Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God" Romans 10:17

 

        Pictures of God 03/18/12

        Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA

        John 3:14-21 In the end, the good news of the gospel is not about us. The good

        news of the gospel is not about our faithfulness, it's about God's faithfulness. The

        good news of the gospel is a story of God's mercy. The good news of the gospel is

        a picture of Jesus. The good news of the gospel is a picture of God's love.

 

       Two Halves of the Whole 05/22/11

       Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA

       Acts 17:22-31 Right brain versus left brain.

 

       Spiritual Milk 05/22/11

       Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA

       1 Peter 2:2 "like newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may

       grow thereby."

 

       Not a Funeral Sermon 05/15/11

       Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA

       Psalm 23 The 23rd psalm is about living like a happy sheep, well fed, well rested,

       well cared for by the good shepherd.  Simply put.. “God loves you.”  God cares for

       you like a shepherd cares for his sheep.  It is a well-known and well-loved psalm

       because it reminds us that we are well known and well loved by the Lord, our good

       shepherd.. 

  

       If I could make days last forever 05/01/11

       Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA

       Ecclesiastes 3:11 "If I could make days last forever. If words could make wishes

       come true. I'd save every day like a treasure and then again, I would spend them

       with you" -- Jim Croce "Time in a Bottle"

      

       There until the End 04/24/11

       Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA

       Matthew 28:1-10 The disciple who did not run away.

 

       God Loves Hatless Women Too 03/06/11

       Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA

       1 Cor 11:4-10 Literal versus non literal interpretation of Scripture, which is correct?

       The importance of considering the cultural context in which the word was written.

 

       Dreading it is Worse Than Doing It  02/27/11

       Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA

       Matthew 6:25-28, Philippians 4:4-7 "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again:

       Rejoice! ...  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and

       petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God And the peace of God,

       which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ

       Jesus.

 

       The Waltz 02/06/11

       Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA

       Matthew 5:13-20 Who you are is not determined by the circumstances you’re in. 

       Who you are is not determined by where you happen to be.  Who you are is not

       determined by the people around you.  Who you are is not determined by what

       you’re wearing.  Who you are is determined by who you are.  You are the light of

       the world.

 

       Improv 01/16/11

       Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA

       John 1:29-42 Life the greatest improvisation of all. With no script. No idea what’s

       going to happen, often with people and places you have never seen before. And you

       are not in control. So say “yes.” And if you’re lucky, you’ll find people who will say

       “yes” back. 

 

       Margaritaville 11/20/10

       Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA

       Luke 21:5-19, Isaiah 65:17-25. The three types and causes to human suffering:

       fallen, natural and Jimmy Buffett...

 

       My Cup Overflows 11/20/10

       Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA

       Luke 21:5-19, Isaiah 65:17-25. Life is an amazing journey that is well worth the trip.

 

       I'm Better Than You  :(  10/24/10

       Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA

       Luke 18:9-14 "...all the insults in the world boil down to the same four-word

       sentence: “I’m better than you.”

 

       Lord, Increase Our Faith! 10/3/10

       Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA

       Luke 17:5-10 and Romans 10:17. How can we increase our faith?

 

       The Sin of Sodom...  09/26/10

       Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA

       Luke 16:19-31 and Ezekiel 16:49. 'Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She

       and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the

       poor and needy.”

 

       Faith's Freedom  05/16/10

       Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA

       Acts 16:22-36 Setting the jailer and their prisoners free.

 

       Tidy Boxes  05/2/10  ... some thoughts on Leviticus

       Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA

       Acts 11:1-18 The human nature to categorize things into tidy (explainable) boxes.

 

       Just a Bit of Faith...  04/11/10

       Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA

       John 20:19-31 Even a small amount of Faith is enough to move God.

 

       The Whole Parcel  01/31/10

       Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA

       1 Corinthians 13:1-13  Marriage: a commitment to the whole 'parcel' of a person.  

 

      The Heavens Declare the Glory of God  01/24/10

       Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA

       Psalms 19:1-6  "The heavens declare the glory of God. The skies proclaim the work

       of his hands.  

 

       More Than Enough 7/26/09

       Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA

       2 Samuel 11:1-15, John 6:1-21. Give thanks and rejoice in what we have rather than

       desire what belongs to another.

 

       A Quiet Place 7/19/09

       Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA

       Mark 6:30-31 "Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest."

 

      What to Want? 7/12/09

       Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA

       Mark 6:14-29 What do we want out of life?

     

       Don't Fear, Only Believe 6/28/09

       Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA

       Mark 5:21-43 and Matthew 6:34. Focus on today, live with joy, rest in your faith.

  

       Small Boat, Big Sea.... 6/21/09

       Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA

       Mark 4:35-41 and 2 Corinthians 4:18. Faith to be still in the midst of the storm.

 

       The Kingdom of God is Like... 6/14/09

       Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA

       Mark 4:26-29 Faith to plant roots while reaching up towards the sky.

 

       No Small God... 6/7/09

       Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA

       John 3:1-17 "...if God were small enough to be understood, He

       would not be big enough to be worshipped. 

 

       Lessons Still to Learn... 5/31/09

       Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA

       John 15:26-27 and 16:4b-15. "I still have many things to tell you, but you can't

       handle them now."

 

       My Cup Runneth Over... 5/24/09

       Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA

       Acts 1:15-17 and 21-26. A message of confident sureness that God's goodness and

       mercy shall follow us all the days of our lives.

 

       Who is in Charge? 5/17/09

       Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA

       Acts 10:44-48 and Acts 15:8-9 “Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these

       people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?”  It seems like such a

       simple question.... 

 

       Vineyard 5/10/09

       Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA

       John 15:1-8 and 1 John 4:7-21 “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch

       can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless

       you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches.

 

       Second Sunday after Easter: Do not doubt but believe  4/19/09

       Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA

       John 20:19-31 "Words become flesh.  It is not just that we see the faces of

       earthly things peeking through our prayers, it is that in earthly things we see and

       touch God.  God is not just someone we pray to; God is someone we touch.

       Jesus tells Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands.  Reach out your

       hand and put it in my side.  Do not doubt but believe.”  When doubts arise our

       temptation is to stay remote in the realm of concepts.  Remember, when doubts

       arise in you, that Jesus asks you to touch, to reach out your hand, to extend

       yourself into the experience of faith, to touch God in something as ordinary as

       flesh, as common as pain.  When Jesus tells Thomas to touch him, when Jesus

       tells Thomas “Do not doubt, but believe,” doubting Thomas becomes believing

      Thomas. Thomas exclaims, “My Lord and my God!”     

 

       Easter: I have seen the Lord! 4/12/09

       Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA

       John 20:1-18  "I imagine Mary Magdalene was drawn to the tomb because it is

       the one place that seems genuine, when nothing else in the world seems to

       matter anymore.  She has lost someone she loved, someone she loved so much

       that she was willing to leave behind everything she had ever known, everything

       that gave her safety, in order to follow him....But then everything fell apart... Her

       faith could no longer support her, and she was falling into the abyss. She could

       not possibly spend her morning making polite conversation with the townspeople,

       or getting breakfast ready.  The only place she could be was the tomb."

    

       Lent: Two Saints 3/15/09

       Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA

       John 12:24-25 "In the last weeks of Lent, we increasingly focus on the impending

       death of Jesus. His sacrifice. His martyrdom. And in this season which we

       began with ashes on our foreheads, remembering that we are dust, and to dust

       we shall return, we consider our own death." Each of us "gives our lives to things

       in the decisions we make about what things we will give each day to. Will we try

       to live safely, trying to keep our lives for ourselves? Or will we live our faith

       boldly? Taking risks, giving more of our income, more of our hearts, more of our

       honesty?"

 

       Saint Francis Day: No Worries 10/05/08

       Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA

       Matthew 6:25-34 "...my counsel is: Don't worry about things-food, drink, and

       clothes. For you already have life and a body-and they are far more important than

       what to eat and wear." So "don't be anxious about tomorrow. God will take care

       of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time."

 

 

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