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February 10, 2019 message: “Loo...

We’ll look at four films in this season of Epiphany when we celebrate God coming in Jesus to bring salvation for all of the world.  Though our faith in Jesus Christ is grounded in Scripture, the arts, including literature and films profoundly influence how we think about and understand God. When characters long or yearn […]

February 11, 2019: Lent and Easter Wo...

“Shadow Savior – Not the Savior You Want, but the Savior You Need” 2019 theme: Love God and love your neighbor Sometimes we’re not very brave when it comes to faith. We don’t want to ask the questions that keep coming up for us. We don’t want to seem like we don’t believe or that […]

February 3, 2019: “In the Neigh...

Mister Rogers created a world of characters: King Friday, X the Owl, Henrietta Pussycat, Lady Elaine Fairchild, and Daniel Striped Tiger. They might remind us of ourselves or people we know. They were neighbors who were different from one another, able to live together, seeing their different gifts, and appreciating one another. How do we […]

January 27, 2019: “Look for the...

Jesus tells us that a neighbor is anyone is need. He calls us to know that deep down so we can respond as a neighbor. How are we living out the call to be a helper where we are? This is Pastor Mary’s fourth message in the series, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Learning from […]

January 20, 2019: “In Some Ways...

Diversity is a vital part of the Body of Christ and of our community and world. Mister Rogers was prophetic and brave in how he lifted up others. How do we celebrate our uniqueness as beloved children of God and seek justice for those who are oppressed? This is Pastor Mary’s third message in the […]

January 13, 2019: Please Won’t ...

This is an invitation into a relationship of mutual caring – and a tough sell in today’s world. We’ve become more insular and isolated, so do we really mean it? Now we live more in neighborhoods than we do with neighbors, but the call is still to care for one another – even those we […]

Faith in Films 2019: Brainstorming is...

“Faith in Films 2019” 2019 theme: Love God and love your neighbor We looked at four films for this season of Epiphany when we celebrate God coming in Jesus to bring salvation for all of the world. Each of them includes music as a theme and/or message. Where do we see themes of salvation, redemption, […]

January 6, 2019: “Loving Oursel...

We are created in the image of God and are of sacred worth. When Jesus talks of loving God and loving our neighbor aw we love ourselves, he calls us to claim the truth of God’s love for us personally. How do we allow it to shape our self-image and our interaction with others. This […]

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor...

December 17, 2018: “Christmas I...

Christmas time is here. Happiness and cheer. Fun for all that children call their favorite time of year. The lyrics from the opening song of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” ring hollow for many of us, but we resonate with Charlie Brown’s honesty. We don’t feel happiness or cheer because of different life circumstances. Jesus knows […]