Bill Pollock, Craig Campbell, and Leah Lewis – June 18, 2017
John Hill – June 11, 2017
Jane Campbell – June 4, 2017
May 14, 2017
May 7, 2017
Bring a Friend Sunday – April 30, 2017
April 23, 2017
Easter sunday – April 16, 2017
You Are Accepted – Lent 2017
The season of Lent is a sober time of preparation before the riotous joy of Easter. It’s a time to ask ourselves hard questions about areas of our lives where we need renewal or a fresh start. Our Scripture readings on Sundays during Lent invite us to accompany Jesus as he travels toward his own great suffering. At times even we ourselves might be surprised that we are following the crucified Jesus, carrying our own crosses in his shadow. But we do so because we have been accepted by God.
God meets us where we are and accepts us as we are. Of course, God doesn’t leave us there. God’s gracious and welcoming acceptance of us deepens over time and takes on different colors through our lives. Like the copper on our building, our baptisms attain a beautiful, weathered patina with age.
Some of us need to turn a new leaf. Some of us need to find strength in our weariness. Some of us need to repent of unhealthy habits. Some of us need a reminder that there is joy in the journey. Some of us are scattered and need the ability to focus. All these opportunity for renewal are standard goals for the Lenten season. And they have been for people of faith for thousands of years.
So what will your Lenten season look like? How can you take advantage of this sacred window of time to reconnect with God and with others? I want to invite you to make our gathered worship a priority for yourself and your family. If this is your church home, the community in which you live out your gratitude for God’s blessings, then you will need to rearrange your life so that weekly worship is a clear value and priority.
But What About My Desires? – Jared Witt
But What About My Doubt? – Jared Witt
But What About My Shame? – Laura Agee
But What About My Disabilities? – Jared Witt
But What About My Sickness? – Jared Witt
What if Everything Is Prayer? – February 2017
“Pray all the time.” (I Thessalonians 5:17)
“Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.” (Matthew 22:37).
These two passages of Scripture – here translated in the fresh language of Eugene Peterson’s The Message – will provide the foundation for our February sermon series.
We’re asking you to entertain a provocative, challenging, and potentially life-changing question: “What if EVERYTHING is prayer?” What if your whole life is a kind of prayer? What if everything you do all day is a kind of praying (including sleeping)? What if you can gather up all the different parts of your life and offer them to God? What if all the different things we feel – joy, depression, pleasure, sadness, affection, frustration – what if all of that can become a prayer?
The goal of the sermon series is simple. We want to become people who “pray all the time.” And this means that we will have to get rid of the assumption that prayer is a quiet mumbling towards God. Most of us don’t feel very good at that kind of praying. Moreover, you can’t do that “all the time.” But what if dancing, walking, and playing sports are prayer? What if singing, humming, listening to music and playing an instrument is prayer? What if drawing, painting, and building things is prayer? What if your body and imagination are just as important as your mind? Who knows what kinds of praying will open up to us on the other side of this question?
Mistaken Identity: Why Life Works Better When We Know Who We Are – January 2017
We begin this new year with a call to discover anew who we really are. Much of the time, we walk through life with a distorted view of who we are. We might struggle with pride and selfishness (call this “too much self”). We might struggle with cowardice and passivity (call this “too little self”).
Join us as we help each other sort out and sift through the possibilities that lay in front of us. Our Scripture readings offer a renewed vision of who we are. I am powerful. I am chosen. I am free. I am responsible. Life works better when I know who I am.
Naming God – Advent 2016
November 20, 2016
Rethinking Church: A Fresh Vision of Church in the 21st Century – October/November 2016