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February 16, 2020 message: “Don...

Runners and their coaches say to keep on looking forward because looking back only slows us down. When we have a relationship with Jesus, the past can inform us, but it doesn’t define us. God’s love transforms us and reminds us that we are beloved children of God. Pastor Mary’s message is based on Ephesians […]

February 9, 2020 message: “Grow...

Our witness to God’s grace requires constant attention to our relationship with God and to the world around us. God calls us to forgive as we’ve been forgiven and to Seek reconciliation when possible – always leading us back to the truth of God’s love for us and showing us glimpses of God’s grace. Pastor […]

February 2, 2020 message: “Be w...

“Be with me!” These words are a prayer for God’s presence. Even though we’re assured that God is with us always, repeating this prayer reminds us to seek God’s guidance, direction, and vision no matter what we face. Pastor Mary’s message is based on Ephesians 6: 10-18 and “Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise […]

“A Place at the Table”: B...

Lent & Easter 2020 Worship Brainstorming Season of Lent and Easter “A Place at the Table” Monday, February 3, 2020 We spend a lot of our time around tables – eating, talking, working, and even playing games. The table is a place of connection and community when we’re accepted and included. But so often, people […]

January 26, 2020 message: “Word...

Jesus’ first words are “repent” (turn around and go a new way) and “follow me.” He promises transformation for those who follow him – taking the daily, dirty work of their lives and using their gifts to “catch” others in relationship with him. And they go – without hesitation. What happens when we live by […]

January 19, 2020 message: “Invi...

Jesus is always inviting people into relationship, and he has help from others who call out God’s presence in him. How do we hear that invitation to renew our relationship with the Lamb of God who takes away sin and calls us to “come and see” more? Pastor Mary’s message is based on John 1: […]

January 12, 2020 message: “Wond...

When Jesus is baptized, a voice speaks words of love and encouragement to him. God speaks to each of us, too, calling us beloved and giving us courage to live in God’s Spirit. How will we live into God’s words for us? Pastor Mary’s message is based on Matthew 3: 13-17 and Isaiah 42: 1-9. […]

Faith in Film 2020 Brainstorming

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 for something or yearn for something, when they celebrate, all of these moments can be viewed through a lens of prayer even though the character may not […]

January 5, 2020 message: “Follo...

People yearn for tangible, clear signs of God’s presence. This series, “Star Words: A Spiritual Practice for Epiphany and Beyond,” will offer people a chance to focus on one word in 2020 as an opportunity to grow in faith and see God’s presence in a new way. Pastor Mary’s first message of 2020 is “Follow […]

December 29, 2019 message: “Won...

As we live in the joy of Christmas, we encounter the rest of the story – a fearful and vengeful ruler who has it out for the newborn “King” Jesus and takes it out on the children of the land. The cruelty of the story is hard to fathom, and we’re challenged to consider what […]