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April 21, 2019 message: “When J...

Jesus’ crucifixion isn’t the end of the story, and his saving work doesn’t end at the cross. We don’t just sit in awe at resurrection either. The joy of salvation is lived out when we go and tell (and show) others about it. The reality of resurrection isn’t something to keep to ourselves, but something […]

April 18, 2019 message: “When J...

Jesus embodies the love he asks us to share in sharing the Last Supper and washing his disciples’ feet. Even as we know what’s ahead, how do we hear him and follow his way? This Holy Thursday message is the seventh in the series, “Shadow Savior: Not the Savior You Want, but the Savior You […]

April 14, 2019 message: “When J...

Jesus’ triumphal entry wasn’t very “triumphant” at all, except for the fact that he was fulfilling the prophecy of Zechariah. Coming into Jerusalem on a donkey rather than a horse was a sign of who he was and how he would rule as King. Jesus continues to surprise us as “the man who would be […]

April 8, 2019: Worship Brainstorming ...

Most of us may remember being told “stop doing that” as children. As we seek to be faithful to Jesus, we may be the ones hearing “stop it!” in order for the Good News of God’s love to be clearer to the world into which Jesus calls us. What do we need to stop doing […]

April 7, 2019: “When Jesus Know...

Jesus knows our humanity well and knows the reality of betrayal. He knows the depths of our hearts and our propensity for self-preservation. How do we open our hearts to God and seek forgiveness for turning away from Jesus in our midst? This is the fifth message in the series, “Shadow Savior: Not the Savior […]

March 31, 2019 message: “When J...

The humanity of Jesus can scare us. Jesus, God Incarnate, experienced separation from God. This the the fourth message in the series, “Shadow Savior: Not the Savior You Want, but the Savior You Need.” It is based on Matthew 27: 46-49,” The Death of Jesus” and Psalm 22: 1-7, 23-24. To read Rev.Susan Hagan’s message, […]

March 24, 2019 message: “When J...

Not everyone liked Jesus or thought he was doing what the promised Messiah should do. Judas and others expected a mighty warrior who would how power against the Romans, not someone who would suffer and die at their hand. Perhaps we still struggle to accept Jesus as he is – not as we want him […]

March 17, 2019 message: “When J...

Jesus wasn’t a “quiet” presence among the people. He disrupted the status quo when it didn’t honor God and people and considers our motives when it comes to worship and faith. This is Pastor Mary’s second message in the series, “Shadow Savior: Not the Savior You Want, but the Savior You Need.” It is based […]

March 10, 2019 message: “When J...

We want living our faith to be easy, but following Jesus isn’t easy, especially as we encounter competing allegiances. This is Pastor Mary’s first message in the Lenten series, “Shadow Savior: Not the Savior You Want, but the Savior You Need.” This message is based on Matthew 22: 15-22, “Paying Taxes to Caesar.” Today’s reading […]

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 […]