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May 21, 2017 Can We All Be One? At the end of the last super Jesus says a prayer on our behalf, those of us who believe through the disciple’s words. Jesus prays that we may be one. Let us take heart 2,000 years later that Jesus’ prayer Listen Download
May 14, 2017 You Are the Body of Christ Wrapping up a three-part sermon series on Healing the Divide: Reclaiming Hope, we have learned that as we see through the cross, we make decisions based on a different set of priorities. And when we reach across what divides us, we only have Listen Download
May 7, 2017 Am I Not Free? Last week, we re-learned along with the Corinthians that we are not to live by the same standards as the rest of the world but by the rules of the new kindgom inaugurated by Christ. In some ways it feels Listen Download
Apr 30, 2017 Is Christ Divided? Imagine looking through a cross-shaped window everyday as a reminder that we now have the opportunity to live a different way, seeing beyond culture’s divisions and values. Paul says, I planted, other apostles watered and God gives growth. Our faith Listen Download
Apr 2, 2017 Wanted: Dead or Alive Jesus raising Lazarus in John 11 is a story that shows a very human Jesus, even as he performs a very divine miracle. Recognizing the power of God seen in Jesus, we want it in our own human lives. We Listen Download
Mar 26, 2017 Isn’t It Ironic? In John 9, Jesus heals a blind man on the Sabbath and the Pharisees don’t see the prophecies being fulfilled before their eyes. What do we see? The song is “Open My Eyes, that I May See.” The sermon, service Listen Download
Mar 19, 2017 Living Water In John 4, Jesus and a woman from another culture find relationship at a well. Then that woman spreads the word. Where might our vulnerability, expressed to someone who doesn’t expect to hear from us, lead to conversation and relationship, Listen Download
Feb 26, 2017 Just Love Jesus invites us to imagine and devise extra measures of neighbor love that include our enemies. Turning to the expected and rational reactions of self-protection, the invitation is foolishness and appears to be collaboration with evil. Jesus’ instructions are actually Listen Download
Feb 19, 2017 Eyes Have Not Seen As it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived,what God has prepared for those who love him.” I Corinthians 2:9 Click on listen to stream audio of this sermon or click on Listen Download
Feb 12, 2017 How Do We Chose? In this week’s scripture, Moses gives his final pep talk, that we already have the tools we need to succeed. He repeats the word “today,” urging us to make the choice now to act in faithful obedience. We won’t be Listen Download
Feb 5, 2017 The Littlest The heart of the Sermon on the Mount teaches us to bring the law alive in our community. Sometimes it seems easier to follow the letter of the law instead of the intent of the law, but keeping every bit of Listen Download
Jan 29, 2017 Alternative Facts or Alternative Blessings Paul told the Corinthians, “God has made foolish the wisdom of the world.” In the Beatitudes we begin to see an alternative world-view form, not in asking us to take on the various states, but in offering consolation to those Listen Download
Jan 22, 2017 The New Normal Don’t worry if the same person baptized you and your neighbor, “Be united.” Says Paul, using the root word for mending nets. Unity is not uniformity, but a coming together that transcends the diversity of differing gifts in the one Listen Download
Jan 15, 2017 The Name Game New names indicate new realities. Throughout the Bible, God enters a life and changes it forever, many times signified by a new name. In baptism, we too are named. It can be daunting to realize we have a new reality Listen Download
Jan 8, 2017 All I Have to Do Is Dream Today’s part of Isaiah is written to a very dispirited people. These words from scripture speak of light in thick darkness where the Lord’s glory arises and spreads. In our own time of empire, we must reorient and prepare for Listen Download
Jan 1, 2017 Feats Don’t Fail Me Now When Mary and Joseph end up in Egypt, the wonder of a miraculous birth gives way to the brutal realities into which their baby is born. If we don’t talk about tragedy and loss at church, we cheat ourselves of Listen Download
Dec 18, 2016 Holiday Angles in the sky are a key part of the Christmas story. In one of this week’s scriptures, an angel speaks to Joseph in a dream. Following Jesus takes us to some mysterious and unlikely places where God’s realm is becoming Listen Download
Dec 11, 2016 Welcome to Paradise When the way seems barren, remember that God excels at making a way out of no way. Farmers have long known our life and destiny are tied to the health of the soil, but much of that wisdom has been Listen Download
Dec 4, 2016 Long December John the Baptist reminds us that we have both a responsibility and role to play. We must not seek only the peaceful calm, but also the peace that comes with justice. Seeking justice is noisy and dangerous and the water Listen Download
Nov 27, 2016 Semi-Charmed Life This is the season we remember God is with us. Where do you experience God? God is with us as we keep moving toward the hope we have in God’s future by the choices we make today, made as we Listen Download
Nov 20, 2016 If You Could Only See This Thanksgiving we can see clearly in spite of any controversy at the dinner table or more outrageous headlines in the news. We can keep Paul’s simple list—let’s call it a “simply living list”—before us as a guide. From now Listen Download
Nov 13, 2016 Paradigm Shift We work with God when we “practice justice and pursue peace for the sake of all…” When we keep lifting up the oppressed, feeding the hungry and serving our neighbors… When we put our very lives between the evil doers Listen Download
Nov 6, 2016 One Sweet Day We join the saints in daring to imagine and engage the world in God’s name. May the God of Jesus Christ give you a spirit of wisdom that you might come to the hope to which you have been called Listen Download
Oct 30, 2016 Take Me To Your Leader We gather because we seek to be renewed in our energy and efforts to live the way God requires in this ‘in-between’ time of waiting for God’s ultimate reconciliation of creation. We look to God, whose purpose never ends with Listen Download
Oct 23, 2016 Better Man It may sound funny at first, but Jesus tells us to be like a cheating tax collector. He was talking to people convinced of their righteousness, looking down on others with judgement. How do we hear the story? Let us Listen Download
Oct 16, 2016 How Do You Talk to an Angel We have a very human tendency to equate success with blessing. When we do that, we end up comparing the other side to curses from God. We all too easily equate ‘my good’ and ‘their bad’ with God’s choice. Let Listen Download
Oct 9, 2016 Save Yourself In the healing of the lepers in Luke 17, Jesus tells the Samaritan his faith has healed him. So, did he save himself? When we faithfully pray for healing it’s not always answered in the way we expect. Still, we Listen Download
Oct 2, 2016 Don’t Look Back in Anger Recall the people who first taught you faith and let their strength be passed on to you. As we face fears that seem like enormous obstacles, consider the lives of those humble servants who lived each day, not remarkably but Listen Download
Sep 25, 2016 Heart-Shaped Box The message reflects on I Timothy, chapter 6 in three parts, followed by three reflections. Listen to God speaking through scripture and story to hear how we should live. Sermon title from Nirvana, 1993 song title, for sermon titles from 1990’s Listen Download
Sep 18, 2016 Nice Guys Finish Last Known as the parable of the “Dishonest Manager”, the story in Luke 16:1-13 has caused many a Bible reader to wonder what Jesus really had in mind. Listen as the congregation and Pastor work backwards through the scripture. Sermon title Listen Download