All Past Reflections

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...

Sunday, January 21, 2023

Third Sunday after the Epiphany"Fisher's of People"—Rev. Brent Gundlah Jonah 3:1-5, NRSVUE and Mark 1:14-20, NRSVUE. Is there anyone who would actually want to be judged purely on the basis of how they behaved on their worst days? I know I wouldn’t. We all...

Sunday, January 14, 2024

Baptism of Jesus "The Face of the Waters" — Rev. Brent Gundlah First Reading (Genesis 1:1-5, NRSVUE) Gospel Reading   (Mark 1:4-11, NRSVUE) Many years ago, Val and I lived in the small city of Weehawken, New Jersey. For those of you who don’t happen to know much about...

Sunday, January 7, 2023

The Epiphany"Arise, Shine, for Your Light Has Come" — Rev. Brent Gundlah First Reading (Isaiah 60: 1-6, NRSVUE) Gospel Reading (Matthew 2:1-12, NRSVUE)  So, the Christmas season officially ends today. Well, it actually ended yesterday since January 6th is the...

Sunday, December 17, 2023

Third Sunday in Advent Joy — Rev. Brent Gundlah First Reading (Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11, NRSVUE) Gospel Reading (John 1:6-8, 19-28, NRSVUE) For my birthday a couple of years ago my family bought me one of those DNA test kits that’s supposed to tell you where you come from....

Sunday, December 10, 2023

Second Sunday in Advent Peace — Rev. Brent Gundlah First Reading (Isaiah 40:1-11, NRSVUE)Gospel Reading (Mark 1:1-8, NRSVUE) Preaching certainly isn’t the only thing that pastors do, but it is one of the things that pastors do, so we have to take classes on it. I...