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Stained and Broken: A Matter of the Heart

Holy Trinity Ankeny

Release Date: 08/03/2015

STICKS AND STONES… show art STICKS AND STONES…

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You know the old saying about sticks and stones. It ends by saying the words can’t hurt us. It’s a lie. Words can inflict some of the deepest and most abiding wounds we bear. According to James, our tongues – the words we say – both betray our true selves and do great damage to each other and the whole community. The gospel has a word of how we train our tongues to guide our lives and make the world a better place.

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THY KINGDOM COMES – CLOSER THAN YOU THINK show art THY KINGDOM COMES – CLOSER THAN YOU THINK

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With all of the struggle and suffering in the world, it is good that scripture reminds us God has promised to redeem everything, someday; to wipe away tears, someday; to put an end to even death, someday. But when? How long must we wait? Scripture also tells us that the coming of God’s kingdom (future) is perhaps closer than we think.

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The Heart of the Matter show art The Heart of the Matter

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In today's gospel Jesus is confronted by the scribes and Pharisees because his disciples are not following the tradition of the elders. Instead they are eating with unclean hands.  Jesus instructs that evil comes from within a person.  So how can we be cleansed from this evil?  Listen as we explore external traditions and the mending of our hearts. 

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CHOOSE show art CHOOSE

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We live in a world of choices. Very few of these choices, however, are life or death choices. Scripture tells us that faith is about a choice that does bear life and death consequences. First, God has chosen us. How do we respond? Do we chart the course of our daily living dedicated to the ways of death and division, the habits of the past, the way we have always done things? Or do we choose the God of life to shape us and our journey? As for me and my house…

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FLESH &BLOOD show art FLESH &BLOOD

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In John’s gospel, one of the most challenging things Jesus says is that we must “eat his flesh and drink his blood.” What does this mean? Is it cannibalism? Is it a ghoulish take on the gentle Jesus we all know and love? It is about incarnation – the way in which God is manifest in Jesus Christ in flesh and blood. It is also about how Jesus becomes more deeply incarnate in each of us as we allow him to be the life blood that flows through our veins.

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Broom Trees & Living Bread show art Broom Trees & Living Bread

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Elijah is tired – sick and tired. He’s fed up and beat down. He’s at the end of his rope and out of ideas. So, he sits under a broom tree and waits for death – that final rest. Instead, God gives him bread and all else he needs to go on. That is what Christ, the living bread, offers each of us – everything needed to sustain our hope when despair is all we can manage.

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ARE YOU HUNGRY? show art ARE YOU HUNGRY?

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All three of our readings address hunger. There is hunger for food and there is spiritual hunger. Jesus is the Bread of Life. In the Letter to the Ephesians, the author directs us to live our lives according to our calling, and part of that calling is to live in a faith community. Hear more about life in the beloved community.

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Expectations show art Expectations

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Life is filled with expectations. Expectations we have of others and expectations we have of ourselves. Today, John's account of the Feeding of the 5000 relates a story about expectations placed on Jesus and how he responds.

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THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD show art THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD

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The 23rd Psalm brings most people comfort. The pastoral images of still water, pastures and a table set are idyllic. The assurance of protection in the face of trouble gives us peace. That first line points to the source of this comfort and peace – The Lord. No other shepherd will do – and there are many pretenders. For those who feel lost, outcast, broken, forgotten; for a world full of violence and division, only one shepherd can bring us together and grant us a place. The Lord.

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TWO KINGDOMS show art TWO KINGDOMS

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Tragic events happen, but how do we live in a world that sets priorities of pride and ambition ahead being a beloved community? There is another way of living, another kingdom that Jesus proclaims. This is a kingdom in which you are claimed and baptized to live God's mercy and justice.

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