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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
Sep 11, 2016 Losing My Religion Our role isn’t seeking or finding but being open to the one who seeks us. This sample of worship starts with a prayer, followed by a reading of Luke 15:1-10 (at 36s) and the Sermon (at 2m6s). Thanks to Ralph Listen Download
Sep 4, 2016 What We Think We Know Do you enter relationship as equal or with prejudgment? Do you reconcile differences that come up? We always have a choice of how to act in relationships, especially when we have power. Christians ask how Jesus would have us act. Listen Download
Aug 7, 2016 She Hath Done What She Could Throughout August worship with our community partners, we will take turns sharing saints from each of our denominations. Today we learned about Brethren Sarah Righter, a woman called to preach in 1820s. She Hath Done What She Could Do is Listen Download
Jul 31, 2016 What to Wear? What to Wear? Have you ever ended up in a situation with the wrong shoes? Did you ever feel like a fraud in certain outfits? Having chosen the Jesus way, we’re on a path that requires certain things, and according to Paul, a Listen Download
Jul 24, 2016 Countercultural Response to a World Filled with Hate Jesus is again tested in today’s Scriptures and again responds in an astute and challenging way. God’s love compels us to love our neighbor, to extend God’s love to others: simple to say but not simple to do. We are Listen Download
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