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Rev. Gusti Linnea Newquist

Christmas Eve
December 24, 2021

"I am not an optimist," says Desmond Tutu, retired archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, and architect of that nation’s post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission. "I am a prisoner of hope."

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Gusti Linnea Newquist

December 12, 2021


Based on Luke 3:7-14. John the Baptist Tells Us What to Do

“Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.”

Since July of 2002, prompted by the mounting deaths of migrants crossing our southern border, people of conscience and faith in Tucson, Arizona – including Presbyterians –have banded together to render humanitarian aid to migrants in distress in the desert. They call themselves the Tucson Samaritans.

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"Wilderness Hope"

Gusti Linnea Newquist

December 5, 2021


Based on Luke 3:1-2. John the Baptist in the Wilderness.

The word of God came to John, son of Zechariah, in the wilderness.

“Tragic Optimism is the Opposite of Toxic Positivity.”

So says the headline of one Atlantic Monthly article this August 18, 2021, as the Delta variant of COVID-19 made its way into our national consciousness.

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"Birthing Hope"

Rev. Gusti Linnea Newquist

November 28, 2021


Based on Psalm 25. The Compassionate One Companions Us

If you were paying very close attention last Sunday during our first ever hybrid Congregational Meeting, you would have seen a miracle in our midst: the blind were brought to sight, right before our eyes.

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“A Provisional Demonstration …”

Gusti Linnea Newquist

November 21, 2021


Based on *Matthew 6:24-33. Jesus Gives Us Our First Priority.

*incarnational translation below

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The Lay of the Land

Gusti Linnea Newquist

November 14, 2021


Based on *Leviticus 25:1-7. The land gets a year of complete and total rest.

*Incarnational translation below

In the ancient world, in those lands with four seasons, planetary pilgrims celebrated the season of autumn with festivals for the harvest. Our Fall Festivals and even the uniquely American Thanksgiving holiday are remnants of those times when food in its autumn abundance was gathered and stored in a celebration of completion and contentment.

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"Lifting the Veil"

Gusti Linnea Newquist

October 31, 2021


Based on *Isaiah 25:6-10a. A Vision of Wholeness.

On this mountain, God will lift the veil
that has spread over all the nations.

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Forgive Us Our Debts

Reverend Gusti Linnea Newquist

October 24, 2021


Based on *Matthew 18:23b -34. The Parable of the Unjust Emperor

*Incarnational translation below

Forgive us our debts, we pray, in The Way of Jesus, as we forgive our debtors.

Rev. Gusti Linnea Newquist

October 17, 2021

"Is There Enough"


Based on Exodus 16:13-21. Three Lessons From Wilderness School.

I am delighted to announce we have at least nine and perhaps more of our youth signed up for this year’s confirmation class. The curriculum for that class is Manna and Mercy: A Brief History of God’s Unfolding Promise to Mend the Entire Universe. [link:]

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Rev. Gusti Linnea Newquist

October 10, 2021


Based on *Genesis 2:8-9, 15-16. An Earth-Based Creation Story.

*incarnational translation below

In addition to celebrating National Coming Out Day this week, we are invited to honor Indigenous Peoples Day, as a corrective to the Columbus Day holiday that many in our nation will observe tomorrow.

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Table Manners in The Divine Realignment

Gusti Linnea Newquist

October 3, 2021


Based on *2 Timothy 2:20-26. Words of Wisdom from Paul to Timothy.

*incarnational translation below

"Work, Worth and Worship"

Rev. Gusti Linnea Newquist

September 26, 2021


Based on Genesis 2:1-3 and Exodus 20:1-11. God’s Work and The Sabbath for Everyone

If there is anything we can all agree upon in this era of increasing divisiveness, it is that the global COVID pandemic has precipitated a dramatic reappraisal of what it means to work.

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Based on Exodus 23:10-11 and Deuteronomy 15, selected verses. Introducing The Sabbatical Year

"This COVID Wilderness, Continued ..."

Rev. Gusti Linnea Newquist

September 12, 2021


Based on *Numbers 21:4-9. Stinging Snakes of Fire in the Desert’s Last Days

*Incarnational Translation below

Tell the truth: how many of you thought we would have been long out of this COVID wilderness by now?

How many of you are complaining that we are still here?

How many of you are even more worried about your safety or the safety of someone you love than you were six months ago?

I am.

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"Work Matters"

Rev. Gusti Linnea Newquist

September 5, 2021



Based on *James 2:1-5, 14-17. A Sibling of Jesus Insists Upon Radical Hospitality.

*Incarnational Translation Below

Many years ago, just after I moved to upstate New York, I found myself strolling the streets of the Capital District in downtown Albany. A scuffle along the east side of the Capital building caught my attention.

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"Love Matters"

August 29, 2021

Rev. Gusti Linnea Newquist


Based on Song of Songs 2:8-13. The Song of the Lover, the Beloved, and the Love That Binds Them

What is this longing?

For companionship. For love. For wholeness.

For deep, intimate, knowing—with all that we are—that we might also be known, fully, in return?

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Space Matters

August 22, 2021

Rev. Gusti Linnea Newquist

Based on Psalm 84. An ancient choir member longs to sing back in the Temple.

Our Lesson Learned from Lockdown this week is simple: Space Matters.

Yes, we know we can worship God anywhere. Yes we know “the Church has left the building.” But we miss this building. And we miss who we are in this building.

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Based on *Ephesians 5:15-20. Paul Jr, urges the Ephesians to Make the Most of The Time.

*Incarnational translation below

Making the most of the time, while living through the end of the world as we knew it. That, too, has been our task these past eighteen months.

So what have we been up to?

Catching up on our reading, for some of us. Snuggling in delight with a book in bed, for a great many of us.

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Based on *Psalm 130. The Pilgrim Laments and Finds a Deeper Union with The Divine

*Incarnational translation of Psalm 130 below.

My mother’s death was beautiful. So said a dear friend of mine when I asked her how death of her mother had affected her life.