Scripture: John 20: 1-23 For children’s time, Pastor Sarah brought out bags and bags of luggage and invited the children to try to hold them all. Some of the bags had big stickers on them that said things like “anger” and “fights: I don’t remember how they started” and “self doubt.” We talked about how […]
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“Lessons from our Christian Connection Ancestors” 2 Corinthians 5:16-20, from The Message 16-20 Because of this decision we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don’t look at him that way anymore. Now […]
Psalm 63:1-8 This psalm is beautiful. It really captures for me the personal connection some that people experience with God. It’s passionate. It reads like a love letter to me. David, the poet and king and lover, tells God how much he desires God. It reveals to me a different side of faith, one we […]
Romans 15:1-6 Today, we’re starting our Lenten series with some education about the Bible. Paul writes in his letter to the Romans that scripture was “for our learning…” So let’s learn a little bit. The first thing we should notice is that although we often talk about it as one book, it’s actually a library […]
Philippians 3:17-4:1 Today, we continue our Lenten journey toward Easter. With resurrection on the horizon, we’re venturing into the past this season, considering our origins, and how they’ve shaped us to be who we are. Last week, we talked about reading the Bible as an act of compassion. We considered that reading the Bible might […]
Luke 9:28-36 It’s transfiguration Sunday! Said no one excitedly ever. This is actually a big holiday in the Eastern church, along with Easter and Christmas, But in Protestant churches in particular, we tend to ignore it. And who can blame us. It’s an odd story…. Peter and John go with Jesus up a mountain. It’s […]
Luke 6:27-36 Sermon on Luke 6 – 2 pieces of Good News. 1) We don’t have to be perfect in loving our enemies. It’s a gradual process of maturing in our faith and our ability to forgive. 2) Love can be tough love and subversive love that transforms evil actions and systems. Last week, we […]
Luke 6:20-26 This sermon offers some context for Luke 6 before talking about what it may have meant for Jesus to meet people “on level ground.” Sometimes preaching is about undoing bad theology as much as it is about sharing the good. And sometimes the “good news” is that the “bad news” we THINK we […]
“Gone Fishing” This sermon talks about persistence (and when not to be persistent) – what it means to put ourselves out there to help people. Luke 5:1-11 SERMON Do we have any fishermen or women in here today? It’s been a while, but I used to really enjoy it. I used to fish with my […]
Sermon – “Cyrus, the Messiah, and the Super Bowl” 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 Today is the American holiday we call the Super Bowl. It’s a celebration of athleticism and patriotism and brilliance in advertising. It’s also a chance for people to get together and eat lots of chips and dip and barbeque. I’ll admit, I probably […]
“Water into Wine – Listening Nudges from God” John 2:1-11 This sermon encourages us to listen to people who love us and listen to that still, small voice of God that nudges us toward difficult callings. What a bizarre miracle to start out the Gospel with. Matthew, Mark and Luke have Jesus getting baptized […]
This sermon encourages us to release the distractions and excess we’re holding onto, making room for God and for one another. John 3:15-22 “Cleaning out the Fridge” It is cold out there. So I regret that the analogy I’m using today has to do with refrigeration. But it also has to do with a beautiful […]
Sermon: “Faithful Choices” This sermon explores the challenges of ethical decisions and how to separate “right” and “wrong” choices from “faithful” choices. Scripture: Isaiah 60:1-6 and Matthew 2:1-12 —- The story of the magi usually focuses around gifts. But that is only part of the story. Today, I want to us to look more closely […]
This sermon references a much longer article in Narratively, which includes a pastor’s story of coming out as a Christian to his atheist parents and coming out as a pastor with a non-binary gender identity. You can read the full article here: https://narratively.com/the-holiness-and-heartbreak-of-a-nonbinary-pastor/. I highly recommend it! The sermon, based on Revelation 21:1-6, challenges us to […]
For this sermon, I told (from heart) the story of the Gospel of James. Included below is my introduction and some of the details from the story that I chose to include (it leaves out others). It’s a fascinating story that’s not included in our Bible, but that helps us imagine Mary and Joseph’s story […]
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Sunday Summer Services 9:00 a.m. (Informal Service) & 10:00 a.m. (Traditional Service)
Regular Worship Schedule Resumes Sunday August 26th @ 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Sunday School Resumes Sunday August 26th for all ages @ 10:00 a.m.