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We Are Commissioned to Be Good News based on Matthew 9: 35-10:8 “The Good news is proclaimed and the kingdom of heaven comes near whenever we seek good for others, no matter what – when we seek to serve something greater than ourselves, no matter what – when we submit our lives to be fully devoted followers of Jesus, no matter what.”
We Are Called to Make Disciples based on Matthew 28: 16-20 “If we stop and think about it – we were not born followers of Jesus – disciples – students of the Good News. Other disciples had a role in our becoming a disciple of Jesus – a Christian.”
We Are One in the Spirit based on 1 Corinthians 12: 3b-13 : “When we cultivate our relationship with God, by opening ourselves to living a God-directed life wherein which our prayers consistently invite God to use us for the building up of the body of Christ, we allow the Spirit of God to activate the gifts God gives to everyone.”
Living in the Shadows: Shame based on 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11: “If anyone knew shame it had to be Peter. Shame is a powerful emotion. It is the feeling of failure – failure to live up to some expectation that we have for ourselves. Shame is powerful, but we have witnessed something even more powerful in the love, grace, mercy, kindness, and forgiveness we find in Jesus. For in Jesus, we have nothing to be ashamed of.
Living in the Shadows: Fear based on 1 Peter 3:3-17 “While the sky may be churning with despair above us and the earth may be tremoring below us, while we may be standing at the edge of an ever widening abyss of fears and obsessions, doubts and anxieties, weakness and apathy- the power of God to transform the world is within us “
Living in the Shadows: Loneliness based on 1 Peter 2:2-10 “Loneliness is a human emotion that is always going to be with us in the shadows of life. We have the option to choose to belong to a people – a people chosen by God to be light in the darkness – to bring hope in places of despair – to carry hope where hopelessness seems to win the day – to love the unlovable – to participate in the building of a masterpiece of God’s beloved community right here and right now.”
Living in the Shadows: Grief based on Psalm 23 “Grief is real for everyone and everyone of us will express our grief in our own ways. Our journey through the valley of shadows will be at our own pace. And God promises to walk through the valley with us. God does not promise life without grief, without loss, without pain or suffering. God is not the author of our suffering instead God promises God’s goodness and mercy will go with us – all the way. “
Living in the Shadows: Disappointment based on Luke 24. “We are ALL like two disciples – We are all somewhere on the same road filled with disappointments. The gospel story is our story living in the shadows of the cross. Whenever we Gather in our Shared Humanity as the body of Jesus Christ: We Proclaim the Gospel –God’s Love is bigger than our biggest disappointments and God’s Accepts us in our Brokenness and Offers us a Way filled with Hope and Abundant Life.”
Faith & Doubts based on Mark 20:19-30. “Doubt then is not the opposite of faith – asking big questions is one of the ways we grow in our faith. Science and faith need not be enemies.” Faith is trust, not certainty. Thomas gets a bad rap as a “doubter” when in reality he is a true disciple of Christ. And like Thomas we are called to be the presence of Christ in the world today.
Love Wins! based on Mark 16:1-8 Our Message for Today from Easter Sunday, April 16th.
Like relay runners we are handed the story of love’s victory revealed in the Resurrection of Jesus. It is our turn to proclaim the Good News of Easter!
Empire Strikes Back: Friday of Holy Week based on Mark 15:1-41 Our Message for Today from April 9th concludes our Lenten Series The Last Days of Jesus with the story of Jesus’ trial by Pilate, Crucifixion and burial as Rome asserted the Power of Violence against the Nonviolent Savior. Worship with us Sundays at 10:30 AM. All are Welcome!
Handed Over: Thursday of Holy Week based on Mark 14:12-71 featuring pulpit guest Kelly Youngblood. Our Message for Today from April 2nd continues our Lenten Series The Last Days of Jesus with the story of Jesus celebrating the Passover Feast with his disciples, his betrayal, his arrest and his denial by Peter. Worship with us Sundays at 10:30 AM. All are Welcome!
Believers and Betrayers: Our Message for Today March 26th in Dialogue with Kelly Youngblood and Rev. Bushey focusing on Wednesday of the Last Week of Jesus’ earthly journey from Mark 14. Hear the story of the first believer whose anointment of Jesus challenges the status quo and invites you to be a fully devoted disciples of Christ. You are Welcome Here!
Occupy Jerusalem Tuesday of Holy Week based on Mark 11: 20-13:37 Our Message for Today from March 19th continues our Lenten Series The Last Days of Jesus with the story of Jesus being challenged by the authorities in the temple. Stories of the Tenants in the Vineyard, Taxes to Caesar, the Widow’s Mite and the teaching of the Greatest Commandments all point to true loyalty to God above all else, even the powers that be.
Insurgents in the Temple Monday of Holy Week based on Mark 11:12-19 Our Message for Today from March 12th continues our Lenten Series The Last Days of Jesus with the story of Jesus reclaiming the temple for God’s dream for the world.
Compassion In Action III based on I John 3: 11-19 & Matthew 25:31-46 Our Message for Today focused on the theme of the 2017 Week of Compassion Offering, “God is most tangibly present in this world where people hunger, thirst, lack adequate clothing and shelter, and are sick or imprisoned. Christ claims as family members people who suffer and says Christ is so present in them that when you feed the hungry, care for the sick, welcome the stranger – you feed, and care for, and welcome Christ.”
Compassion In Action II February 19, 2017 based on Leviticus 19: 9-14, 33-34 Our Message for Today comes from the holiness code of ancient Israel, When immigrants live in your land with you, you must not cheat them. Any immigrant who lives with you must be treated as if they were one of your citizens..“Faith in God’s love revealed and demonstrated in Jesus is the ability to diminish all fear, of others, of ourselves even death itself.”
Compassion In Action I -February 12, 2017 based on Deuteronomy 30:15-20
and Isaiah 58 Our Message for Today focuses on the challenge presented by Moses to ancient Israel, I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live. “In truth God never abandons us – it is we who choose to abandon God and chase after our own wants and desires. We want a magician God who sweeps a magic wand over our challenges and difficulties and grants us our desires without our devotion to God’s way of abundant life rooted in compassion, mercy, generosity, kindness, forgiveness, humility, and reconciliation.”
Called to Live for Others – February 5, 2017 based on Isaiah 53 and John 15: 12-17 Our Message for Today focuses on the Servant Song of Isaiah 53. “The sacrificial love God calls us to embody as God’s servants is as much about living as it may ever be about dying for one another. God calls us as servants to live for others. In the life and ministry of Jesus, God demonstrated what that means– revealed God’s very own nature, as empowering, trustworthy and reconciling.
Called to Be Resilient – January 29, 2017 based on Isaiah 50:4-9 and I Corinthians 1: 18-25 Our Message for Today focuses on the Servant Song of Isaiah 50. “The Servant of the Lord – has a word of hope that sustains the weary. The Servant does not return evil for evil nor hide from insults,but sets her face like flint standing strong in the face of adversity…We are called to be resilient even when the world seems to be coming apart at its seams – when fear and hatred appear to have won the day – when we want to just give up.”
Called to Be Reconcilers – January 22, 2017 based on Isaiah 42:1-9 and I Corinthians 1: 10-18 Our Message for Today focuses on the Servant Song of Isaiah 42. “While as Christians it is clear that Jesus easily fits the description of this servant song, so do we when we accept the call to be reconcilers – to restore right and just relationships between all of God’s people – across the globe.” With reflections on the historic events of the past week, we hear the call of God to be reconcilers for God’s reign of peace and justice from coast land to coast land.
Called to Serve – January 15, 2017 based on Isaiah 49:1-7 and I Corinthians 1: 1-9 We begin a four week series focusing on the Servant Songs of Isaiah with a reflection on how one of the inspirations for Hidden Figures, Katherine Johnson answered her calling to help America at a time when women of color were widely discriminated against. Despite the social barriers she faced, Johnson would one day receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
We are all gifted and called by God to serve.
Epiphany: Good News for All People – January 8, 2017 based on Matthew 2:1-12. The story of the Wise Men’s visit to the Christ child, honoring him with gifts and then defying King Herod by returning by another road. Stories help us remember the past and teach us lessons for the future. This story helps us see our role in God’s continuing story of salvation today.
From our Advent Series: What Shall We Call Him? Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace – Dec. 2016
What Shall We Call Him? Mighty God – December 4, 2016 – Isaiah 9:6-7, Luke 1: 46-55 Isaiah proclaimed the hope of a Messiah to save his people Israel. For unto us a child is born, a son given and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Mary the mother of our Lord perhaps remembers Isaiah’s hope in the Magnificat where she sings, the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.” We serve a Mighty God revealed to us in Jesus.
From our Recent Intersections Series: Where Faith and Real Life Intersect April-May 2016
From our In the Beginning Series: Our Role in God’s Good Creation May-June 2016
Older Messages and Videos
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April 29, 2012
Accepted Adopted Affirmed based on I John 3:1-7
November 6, 2011 All Saints Sunday
Incline Your Heart to the Lord based on Joshua 24 1-14, 14-18
October 23, 2011 Global Missions Sunday
What the World Needs Now based on Matthew 22:34-40
October 9, 2011
Think Again based on Philippians 4: 1-9
October 2, 2011 World Communion Sunday
Trash & Trophies based on Philippians 3: 4b-14
August 21, 2011
Growing in Faith based on Romans 12
August 14, 2011
No Child Left Behind based on Matthew 15-21-28