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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
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