The Second Act
Nov
19
10:00 AM10:00

The Second Act

Brenda preaches from 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11. In his letter to the church at Thessaloniki -- which is the earliest Christian writing in the New Testament, even earlier than the gospels -- Paul reassures his disciples that they have what they need to survive anxious times. They have their faith in Christ and the mutual  support of their community. We, too, have these things, and like a spiritual emergency kit, they help us to weather the anxious times of our own day.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

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The Journey to Generosity
Oct
29
10:00 AM10:00

The Journey to Generosity

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We are called, as people of faith, to be good stewards of all that God has entrusted to us.  Some of that is money.  But it is also that is that which is harder to measure: love, grace, compassion, gratitude.  May we be generous with all these incredible gifts.  May we remember that we are agents of grace, on a journey that makes known the generosity of God through our own practice of the same.

Luke 6:37-38

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The Journey to Joy
Oct
15
10:00 AM10:00

The Journey to Joy

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This is first in a series on stewardship, looking at the Journey to Generosity.  In this sermon, Russ invites us to consider the difference between what Miroslav Volf differentiates the richness of having and the richness of being.  One is outward, the other is inner.  Sadly, we are too easily distracted by the external things.  But James reminds us there are trials and more along the way, but the great test in life is centered on finding the path to the richness of being.

James 1:2-4

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The Reluctant Prophpet
Oct
1
10:00 AM10:00

The Reluctant Prophpet

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God’s way of working in the world to alleviate suffering, injustice, and pain, is not to intervene miraculously, suspending the laws of nature, sending angels to make things right.  No, God works through people.  God hears, sees, and knows the suffering of others… and expects us to do the same.  And God’s response is to call US to step up as instruments of God’s help. 

Exodus 2: 23-25, 3: 1-15, 4: 10-17

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Sep
10
10:00 AM10:00

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: WhoTells Your Story?
Aug
27
10:00 AM10:00

Fierce: WhoTells Your Story?

In the final sermon of the series of women in the Bible, Russ looks at Mary of Magdala.  A lot of stories are told about Mary of Magdala, but ultimately she gets to tell her own story – the truth about who she really is and what she stands for.  Ultimately that is our privilege and responsibility as well.  

Luke 8:1-3

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Fierce: Church Ladies
Aug
20
10:00 AM10:00

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
10:00 AM10:00

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
10:00 AM10:00

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
10:00 AM10:00

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
10:00 AM10:00

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
10:00 AM10:00

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
10:00 AM10:00

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
10:00 AM10:00

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
10:00 AM10:00

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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