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Jul 17, 2016 What Can We Learn from Zach? Pastor Jason doesn’t offer answers, but rather helps us find them!  Pretend you’re writing a sermon based on the story of Zacheus. Where is the Holy Spirit calling? Ask yourself, what’s the trouble and what’s the grace? The Scripture can Listen Download
Jul 10, 2016 Take It In, Give It Out “We claim a Light that comes to us across the space of two thousand years and from the beginning of creation; a light that warms us, heals us, comforts us, nourishes us, guides us and grows us.” We must carry Listen Download
Jun 26, 2016 Dear God, Please Pass the Fruit! We have no mission but to serve…and spread his liberating word. GO, fed with Spirit Fruit to love your neighbor as yourself. The drama (see video above) reminds us that silly arguments can have negative effects. Not all conflicts are silly, Listen Download
Jun 19, 2016 Silent Rainbows Pulse was a place where LGBTQ people found the support, joy, and love denied them in many other social places, including in the church. In this place of sanctuary, 49 heartbeats of God’s dear children were violently stopped, targeted because Listen Download
Jun 12, 2016 The Life We Live Paul’s disagreement with Peter’s decision to stop eating with the Gentile Christians raises the question, should Paul stand up for the new understanding he has been called to teach or keep the peace back among the faithful ranks? Compelling Gentiles Listen Download
May 29, 2016 Stranger, Enemy or Friend? God promised Abraham and Sarah that the whole world would be blessed through them, and wise Solomon recognized God’s inclusive, no-exceptions blessing too. We know Jesus sent us to witness God’s blessing to the ends of the Earth, but first Listen Download
May 22, 2016 Habitat: A Sense of Place Experience is often our way into the assurance that God is with us, and so very often God is felt when we are immersed in God’s creation—of which we are a part. Moving closer to nature helps us understand God Listen Download
May 15, 2016 Viral Ever since the day that Jesus ascended, the Christian community has been and is in danger of amnesia, of forgetting what at one time it did know. The Holy Spirit, the Companion Jesus spoke of, is here to teach and Listen Download
May 8, 2016 What Can Happen When We Really Live It? Our actions have consequences. Much of our prayer life seeks intended consequences: Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Much of the rest of our daily lives can ripple without our awareness of Listen Download
May 1, 2016 My Father is Always at Work, to This Very Day Thirty-eight years is a long time to experience a particular way of life.  At some point an adjective describing you becomes the noun that is your identity, and it’s hard to turn away from. When our own memories call us Listen Download
Apr 24, 2016 Them or Us—Who Changes? The “us vs. them” mentality is based on fear not piety. God shows no favoritism for one human being over another. In Scripture Peter says,” God has shown me I should not call anyone unclean.” Our change of heart comes Listen Download
Apr 17, 2016 Change My Heart In the story of Saul becoming Paul, God’s grace transforms a persecutor into a missionary. It’s a story of God moving, stirring, and acting in human lives to spread the word of Divine Love experienced in Christ. It shows us Listen Download
Apr 10, 2016 We Revelation indicates the book was written to people suffering. Christianity in John’s day felt like underdogs underground. As we resist the temptation of comfort and wealth in just going along with the empire of our day, we too feel marginalized. Listen Download
Mar 27, 2016 An Idle Tale or Life Surprise? Resurrection is what God is about. The promise of life and the promise of something more. How might it have been if you were there? Can we imagine or have we tamed the Holy? God’s ways are not our ways. Listen Download
Mar 20, 2016 Divine Necessity On Palm Sunday we move from celebration to the foot of the cross, so our worship mirrors the text. Jesus enacted his prophetic message that day he rode into the gates of Jerusalem, mirroring a typical triumphal procession but with Listen Download
Mar 13, 2016 The Power of Story This service includes four Bible stories. From Isaiah, the story of God’s promise of resotration to Israel at a desperate time. From Psalm, the story of Israel, God’s people, continuing to have faith while they petition God for the promised Listen Download
Mar 6, 2016 A Place to Meet Again Are we inside God’s house or are we standing in anger outside? Be blessed in the firm knowledge that as you confess to our Almighty God—your transgressions, your sins, your past, your brokenness—that you are saved in that moment. Go Listen Download
Feb 28, 2016 The Story of the Fig Tree Our faith stories are those times when God reached out to us, granted us mercy, pardon for another year of opportunity and fertilization, so that we can bear fruit. Our stories, might be just the encouragement that someone else needs Listen Download
Feb 21, 2016 Perfect What is your perfect place?   The Psalmist says his perfect place is God’s house. “Yes, the sparrow too has found a home there.” Our perfect nest, home and vacation combined, aren’t as perfect as any place we are with God. Listen Download
Feb 7, 2016 Our Story Begins with God’s Faithfulness What is THE Good News? Throughout history, we would be safe to say that the “Good News” for an individual Christian has meant an experience of God’s transforming grace. How we choose to define Jesus says a lot about our experience Listen Download
Feb 7, 2016 The Story of Blessing Pastor Nancy tells the children the story of Moses transforming to literally shine God’s glory. Just one of the many stories God chose to reveal God’s self though. Our stories are a place to see where God is working in our world Listen Download
Jan 17, 2016 Who Has the Best Gift Paul says there are many gifts but the same Spirit, and gifts from God’s Spirit reveal God’s glory. Gifts are the way we see the Holy Spirit working through us and Spiritual gifts are given for the common good. God gives the Listen Download
Jan 3, 2016 Wisdom Among Us Our Jewish friends don’t speak or write the name of God, which is a good way to remember that any name we use for God is merely a description that falls woefully short of the fullness of the Divine. Name the ways you’ve found God. Listen Download
Dec 20, 2015 Birthing Christmas           46 Mary said, “With all my heart I glorify the Lord! 47 In the depths of who I am I rejoice in God my savior. 48 He has looked with favor on the low status of his servant.  Look! Listen Download
Dec 13, 2015 More of Those Days   “The future will be different from the present,  and from the future that HAD been foreseen. Do not fear. The LORD your God is in your midst.”                    -Deborah Black   Think about Listen Download
Dec 6, 2015 Purity Prep   At the beginning of the church year, we have two texts that beg us to reflect on the end of all time. Recall Jesus’ parables about judgment and end times, including the bridesmaids with oil lamps, a master giving his Listen Download
Nov 29, 2015 Blues Speak How do we speak with authority of good news in the midst of destruction?  Let us look to inspiration from an unique and enduring American art form. Pastor Otis Mills talks about the blues as a cultural legacy that dares to see Listen Download
Nov 15, 2015 Anguished Endings or Joyous Beginnings What we see is not the whole story. With our limited perspective, what do we do? What do we do at our lowest and at our highest? Hanna prayed in both anguish and in joy. As we grapple with news of tragedy, Listen Download
Nov 8, 2015 Exploring the Impossible What is your experience in getting what you expect? Can something be both possible and impossible?  Nothing is impossible with God. Let’s return to the promises made when we joined the community of faith. Our promise to pray, be present Listen Download
Nov 1, 2015 For All the Saints The family of God includes our community of saints and we are to keep inviting others to be a part of this radical family. Do we need saving to adjust to the priorities of Jesus’ family? Just as Jesus tears down the Listen Download