All Past Reflections

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Easter Sunday"Unfinished Business" by Rev. Brent Gundlah First Reading (Isaiah 25:6-9, NRSVUE)Gospel Reading (Mark 16:1-8, NRSVUE) It’s one of the oldest jokes in all of sports: What are the last two words of the Star Spangled Banner? “Play Ball!” They’re not, of...

Sunday, March 24, 2024

Palm Sunday "The Sacrament of Baptism"- Rev. Brent Gundlah First Reading (Philippians 2:5-11/NRSVUE)Gospel Reading (Mark 11:1-11/NRSVUE) When I made the leap from middle school to high school, I was looking for an extracurricular activity in which to participate (it...

Sunday, March 17, 2024

Fifth Sunday in Lent “For Your Sake”– Rev. Brent Gundlah First Reading (Jeremiah 31:31-34, CEB)Gospel Reading (John 12:20-33, NRSVUE) I went to my first major league baseball game in June of 1976 with my father, right about the time I turned eight. It was the Yankees...

Sunday, March 10, 2024

Fourth Sunday in Lent "Snakes Everywhere"- Rev. Brent Gundlah First Reading (Numbers 21:4-9, CEB)Gospel Reading (John 3:14-21, NRSVUE) In today’s first reading, from the book of Numbers, the Israelites are understandably pretty fed up with wandering around aimlessly...

Sunday, March 3, 2024

Third Sunday in Lent "Flipping Tables"- Rev. Brent Gundlah First Reading (Exodus 20:1-17, NRSVUE)Gospel Reading (John 2:13-22, NRSVUE) When he was in college, my friend Brian scored a summer internship with a minor league baseball team. Since Brian is at least as big...

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Second Sunday in Lent "Taking Up The Cross"- Rev. Brent Gundlah First Reading (Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16, NRSVUE)Gospel Reading (Mark 8:27-38, NRSVUE) “If any want to become my followers, let them take up their cross and follow me,” Jesus says to the crowd with his...

Sunday, February 18, 2024

First Sunday in Lent"Moving Along" Rev. Brent Gundlah First Reading (Malachi 4:1-6, NRSVUE) Gospel Reading (Mark 1:9-15, NRSVUE) Working with the Gospels during this time of this church year can be challenging and disorienting. I say this because we’ve already read...

Sunday, February 11, 2024

Transfirguration Sunday "The One Constant" First Reading (2 Kings 2:1-12, NRSVUE) Gospel Reading (Mark 9:2-9, NRSVUE) If you thought that our readings from Mark’s Gospel over the last few weeks, with their tales of Jesus performing miraculous healings and exorcisms,...

Sunday, February 4, 2024

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany "Miracles" — Rev. Brent Gundlah First Reading (Isaiah 40:21-31, NRSVUE) Gospel Reading (Mark 1:29-39, NRSVUE) In 1820, near the end of his life, Thomas Jefferson finished a book project that he’d been working on for about a year — one...

Sunday, January 28, 2024

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany"Prophets All" — Rev. Brent Gundlah First Reading (Deuteronomy 18:15-20, NRSVUE)Gospel Reading     (Mark 1:21-28, NRSVUE) It looks like it’s time to reconvene the search committee folks. Oh, I don’t mean here at HUCC — I have no...