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May 26, 2024: “Meek Is Not Weak...

May 26, 2024: “Meek Is Not Weak”

This is the third week in our series based on the Beatitudes. Our focus verse is: “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” Meekness isn’t weakness or passiveness, but is intimately connected to strength and power under control. It’s described as “gentle-force” and changes our understanding of what makes for a life […]

May 19, 2024: Holy Spirit: Our Comfor...

This is the second week in our series on the Beatitudes. Our focus verse is: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”  With life and love comes pain and grief. If we seek to avoid vulnerability and the risk needed for deeper relationships, we miss out on the blessing of community. The […]

May 12, 2024: “Lord, It’s...

This is the first week in our series on the Beatitudes. Our focus verse is: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for their is the kingdom of heaven.” Jesus begins with a call to humility – a sense of how we’re called to understand ourselves and others in light of God’s grace. “Poor is spirit” […]

May 5, 2024: Children’s Sunday ...

Today we celebrate ministry with young people in our congregation and recognize ministries in our church and community. Our High School Youth Mission Team will serve breakfast after worship to raise funds for their summer mission trip. Today’s scripture readings are Mark 10: 13-16 and Numbers 6: 22-27. The worship service is available in its […]

April 28, 2024: “Forgiveness: A...

The prayer Jesus teaches (and invites us to pray) shows that forgiveness require our constant commitment. Pastor Mary’s message is based on Matthew 6: 9-15, the Lord’s Prayer. The 9:00 and 11:00 am worship services are available in their entirety on YouTube.

April 21, 2024: “Forgiveness: B...

We want forgiveness to be an easy process – even being able to keep track of the it and get it right. But forgiveness is messy and hard – and calls us to remember God’s willingness to forgive so that we might be more forgiving. Pastor Mary’s message is based on Matthew 18: 21-35, the […]

April 15, 2024 Worship Brainstorming:...

All Church Worship Brainstorming The Beatitudes Mon., April 15, 2024 at Pastor Mary & Annette Erbes’ home 6:00 p.m. Pizza Potluck 7:00-9:30 p.m. Brainstorming for Worship May 12 – July 17 (9 weeks) The worship brainstorming for this series will be held at Pastor Mark and Annette Erbes’ house in Norton Shores. Please carpool if […]

April 14, 2024: “Forgiveness: S...

Jesus’ demonstration of forgiveness as a part of his ministry challenged the sensibilities of those closest to him. He is clear that forgiveness frees us to live in peace, but requires our willingness to turn to God in repentance. Pastor Mary’s message is based on Luke 7: 36-50, a sinful woman forgiven. The 9:00 and […]

April 7, 2024: “Forgiveness: Go...

Jesus’ parable about he lost son (or the forgiving father) is powerful because it reminds us that God’s nature is to forgive, which challenges how we view ourselves and others. Pastor Mary’s message is based on Luke 15: 1-2, 11-32, Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son. Click here to watch the Skit Guys tell the […]

March 31, 2024: “Who Are You Lo...

Mary is questioned first by angels and then by Jesus – both wanting to know the source of her sadness and Jesus wanting to know who she’s seeking. We, like Mary, are seeking something (or someone), and Jesus invites us to answer him. Who are week looking for – and why? Pastor Mary’s Easter message […]