This Week in Worship

Lenten Sermon Series
Doubt: A Sign of Life and Faith
4 –– “Keeping Faith Awake”
Ephesians 5: 14
I Corinthians 13: 11-12
Rev. Dr. Russ Peterman, preaching

Sunday, March 26, 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary

I often receive comments on the subject matter of sermon series, but I don't think I have ever received as many as I have during this series.  It’s clear that all of us, at some time or another, wrestle with doubts in our faith journey.  Several have mentioned how helpful it has been to know they aren’t alone in the struggle, as well as being given permission, so to speak, to ask the big questions.

I shared with you a couple weeks ago one of my favorite lines on this topic from Frederick Buechner who said, “Whether your faith is that there is a God or that there is not a God, if you don’t have any doubts you are either kidding yourself or asleep.”  He goes on to say that doubt is not the opposite of faith, but a very important element of it. “Doubts are the ants in the pants of faith.  They keep it awake and moving.”

This week we’ll hear from Rachel Held Evans, who herself has an interesting story, who says that “doubt is the mechanism by which faith evolves” and “doubt keeps our faith alive, but certainty freezes it.”

In other words, doubt stirs us.  It shapes us.  It forms us.  It teaches us.  Without doubt, our faith can become stagnant, dead, stalled.

I hope you’ll join us this Sunday as we ask big questions, letting our doubts keep our faith awake.

Grace and peace,

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.

Lenten Sermon Series
Doubt: A Sign of Faith & Life

The philosopher Voltaire says, "Doubt is uncomfortable, certainty is ridiculous."  Yet, so many Christian systems rely on the false comfort of certainty and do whatever they can to buoy themselves against doubt.

But yet the giants of the faith doubted.  We all doubt.  To say different is to be inauthentic.  In this Lenten series, we’ll hear from some of the most influential theological voices of our time and what they have to say how their faith has been formed and shaped through times of doubt.

Mar 5        
Born Again and Again         
John 3: 1-10 (11-21)

Mar 12        
Are You Afraid of Doubt?        
John 20: 24-29

Mar 19        
The Gift of Doubt         
James 1: 5-8

Mar 26        
Keeping Faith Awake         
Ephesians 5: 14 / I Corinthians 13: 11-12     

April 2        
Losing My Faith         
Mark 2: 1-12

April 9        Palm Sunday
The Idolatry of Certainty     
Mark 9: 14-27