Sep
10
10:00am10:00am

Bricks, Bricks, Bricks

In looking at the Creation poem of Genesis 1, perhaps the poet is saying, "In the midst of creation there is so much to do, accomplish, build, create… so much to administrate, many emails to respond to, bills to pay, calls to return, so much to create, manage, do… BE CAREFUL that in the midst of all that you don’t become so consumed that you find yourself enslaved again, back in another sort of Egypt, making bricks, bricks, bricks…"

Genesis 1:1 - 2:3

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Fierce: Church Ladies
Aug
20
10:00am10:00am

Fierce: Church Ladies

Even though at in one letter Paul says that women should remain silent in church, in other places he lifts up and recognizes several women who serve the church in wonderful ways.  As far as we know, these church ladies did no heroic deeds or had miraculous experiences.  They just served God the way they knew how.  Like them, most of us live pretty ordinary lives, but yet, through us, God can do extraordinary things.  

Romans 16:1-6,15-16

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Fierce: Back-talking God
Aug
13
10:00am10:00am

Fierce: Back-talking God

Talking about another fierce woman of the bible, Russ looks at the Canaanite woman who, out of desperation, begs Jesus to heal her daughter who is tormented by a demon.  When rebuffed (and insulted) this woman from the wrong side of the tracks points out to Jesus that the wideness of God's mercy is bigger than even he can understand, and that God offers more than crumbs, but a place at the table.

Matthew 15:21-28

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Fierce: Who Are You Responsible For?
Aug
6
10:00am10:00am

Fierce: Who Are You Responsible For?

Our guest preacher, Rev. Sara Steenhouse, looked at the story of Ruth who resolved to stay with her mother-in-law Naomi, and they found a way, when it seemed no way was to be found.  Through Ruth's story we are invited to consider who we are responsible for, noticing that regular, everyday people can find courage to lift one another up, finding a way forward, even when it seems no way is to be found.

Ruth 1:1-22

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Fierce: Who's Naked Now?
Jul
30
10:00am10:00am

Fierce: Who's Naked Now?

The story of Rahab is an important piece in the history of Israel taking over the city of Jericho as they moved into the Promised Land.  The part of the story that we tend to focus  on, however, is the idea that she was a prostitute and how beautiful she was.  Most interesting thing about Rahab has nothing to do with looks or profession.  

All too often our culture views women as objects of our affection rather than complex people with feelings, wants, and needs of their own.  

What we see about Rahab is that her life is not easily defined.  She was complex. She was not just a prostitute.  She was not just a hero. She was not just a body.  She was smart, cunning, and faithful.  Her story is part of an epic narrative about how to be human to one another.

Note: at one point in the sermon, portions of a video clip is shown.  The video, in its entirety, can be viewed here.  

Joshua 2:1-15

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One in Christ
Jun
11
10:00am10:00am

One in Christ

Like the churches in Galatia, there seem to be a great deal of division among us in the world today.  But, ultimately, we belong to one another; depend and count on one another.  If we are going to see this through, we need to do so together.  In many ways, that's what Paul was telling the Galatians:  There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for we are all one in Christ Jesus. 

Galatians 3:1-9,23-29

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A New, Old Church
Jun
4
10:00am10:00am

A New, Old Church

In this Pentecost sermon, Russ points out that on that day, each heard the Good News in their own language.  There was not one way that the message was received.  The message was clear: ALL people are loved by God.  And if the church is to be vital and thrive: we need to reclaim that Spirit of reaching out to all!  

Acts 2:1-12

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The Rest of the Story: Finding Water in the Desert
May
21
10:00am10:00am

The Rest of the Story: Finding Water in the Desert

As the church, our job is to open our doors as wide as God's heart and proclaim that there is room in the family of God for everyone.  But it goes beyond making sure people are welcomed, they need to know they are wanted; and they are not just accepted, they are loved. For some people, when they find a place like that, it’s like finding water in the desert.

Acts 8:26-40

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The Rest of the Story: One Heart, One Mind.
May
7
10:00am10:00am

The Rest of the Story: One Heart, One Mind.

Each day we are given the opportunity to bear witness to the power and love of God.  We are given the opportunity to link arms and bear witness to the world that in this place we can pull together and invest in one another’s lives and lives yet unseen; that what matters in this life is more than winning for ourselves, but helping others win.

Here is the link to the video to the is shown during the sermon.

Acts 4:23-37

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The Rest of the Story: From Invisibility to Invincibility
Apr
30
10:00am10:00am

The Rest of the Story: From Invisibility to Invincibility

Powerful things happen when the church stops being afraid, hiding behind locked doors, and surrenders its desire to convert people or convince them to join.  But it is when the church acts boldly, gives itself away in radical acts of service and compassion, expecting noting in return, that the way of Jesus is most vividly put on display

Luke 24:36-53

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The Rest of the Story: The Familiar Stranger
Apr
23
10:00am10:00am

The Rest of the Story: The Familiar Stranger

We often look at Easter as big finish, the crescendo, the grand finale!  “He’s done it!  He’s risen from the dead!”   But the truth is, Easter wasn’t the end of the story, it was just the beginning; just the opening chapter to an incredible narrative of hope and new life.  

In this sermon, Russ looks at how Easter might connect with the woman sitting among us whose cancer has returned after years of remission, the 17 year old anxiously trying to decide what to do with his life, the man who at age 55 just lost his job, the woman who goes every Sunday afternoon to place flowers on her husband’s grave.  In other words, all of us.     

Luke 24:13-35

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See What Love Can Do
Apr
16
11:00am11:00am

See What Love Can Do

In this Easter sermon, Russ looks at how many of us come to hear not of how the resurrection happened, and more interested in what it means for us here, now.  We come to church on Easter with hopes, longing of experiencing resurrection today!   We all long for resurrection in our lives in some way, shape or form.  

John 20:1-18

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Doubt: The Idolatry of Certainty
Apr
9
10:00am10:00am

Doubt: The Idolatry of Certainty

Much of modern Christianity has been built upon certainty and head knowledge, assume the more certain you are, the more strong your faith is.  This completely misses the point.  

Faith was never meant to be a set of beliefs.  Faith, the way that Jesus speaks about it, is about what you are willing to commit to.  It’s not about how certain you are, its whether you are willing to act in the face of your uncertainty. 

Mark 9:14-27

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Doubt: The Gift of Doubt
Mar
19
11:30am11:30am

Doubt: The Gift of Doubt

Author and activist Chris Heuertz says that doubt is not something to be feared or eliminated, but embraced.  That both for individuals and communities of faith, “doubt is a gift.”  In this sermon, Russ encourages us to continue to embrace the gift of doubt in this community of faith, humbly carry one another in doubt, and trust that God is in the middle of all the mystery, wonder and even doubt.

James 1:5-8

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