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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 […]

March 3, 2019 message: “Hoping ...

God is in the business of reconciliation – bringing people together and leading us back to the truth of God’s love for us. We bank on hope – that God can and will work through the toughest situations we face and even provide us glimpses of God Grace in our struggles. Pastor Mary’s message is […]

February 24, 2019: “This Is the...

God is creating the Greatest Show and everyone has a part. Jeff Verry’s message is based on 1 Corinthians 12: 21-27 and the film, “The Greatest Showman.” To read it, click here.

February 17, 2019 message: “Be ...

Friendships develop – sometimes by proximity and sometimes because of adversity or unexpected circumstances. One goal of friendship is to find acceptance for who we are and to share life together, including difficult experiences. We’re called to see one another as beloved by God and to encourage one another to be ourselves. Pastor  Mary’s message […]

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 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 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 […]