This Week in Worship

The Journey to Joy  
James 2: 1-4
Rev. Dr. Russ Peterman, preaching

Sunday, October 15, 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary

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This Sunday we’ll be kicking off our annual stewardship campaign that we are calling The Journey to Generosity.  Each of us, as followers of Christ, are called to be a blessing of health and wholeness to all of creation and to work against the powers that harm and divide, because we are certain that this is ultimately what God desires.  The world is broken and hurting and we are called to be a movement for wholeness among its many fractured pieces. We are agents of grace, on a journey that makes known the generosity of God through our own practice of the same.

This Sunday I’ll begin a three-week series talking about this journey.  We’ll start by looking at the Journey to Joy

Theologian Miroslav Volf says there are two kinds of richness: 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 the journey to joy and contentment begins by focusing on the richness of being.

In the little letter of James, he writes, “Sisters and brothers, whenever you face trials consider it nothing but joy because you know that testing of your faith produces endurance…”  James is reminding this ancient congregation that their joy comes not from the external things but the interior.  Even tests and trial and downfalls and worrisome moments can become sources of joy if one can take the longer view and see the endurance and the faith that may come as a result of fighting through it.  

I hope you’ll join us this Sunday as we begin this journey to generosity. 

Grace and peace to you,

~russ
Rev. Dr. Russ Peterman
Senior Minister


The way we worship is the way we live.

Worship is the work of the people, bringing together our fullest selves in a communal act of love and gratitude.  Each voice is important; each person is valued as the Spirit draws out our authentic gifts and talents, shared in the ever-widening circle of God’s people.  We hope you’ll join us this week as we gather to worship the God of extravagant welcome.


Current Series

The Journey to Generosity

Each of us, as followers of Christ, are called to be a blessing of health and wholeness to all of creation and to work against the powers that harm and divide, because we are certain that this is ultimately what God desires.  We are agents of grace, on a journey that makes known the generosity of God through our own practice of the same.

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Oct 15            
The Journey to Joy
James 1:2-4

Oct 22            
The Journey to Enough
Luke 12:13-21

Oct 29            
The Journey to Generosity
Luke 6:37-38