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July & August 2020 worship: ̶...

July & August 2020 worship: “Old School: Prophets”

We don’t always pay close attention to the certain parts of the Bible, especially the Old Testament, even though Jesus quoted it frequently. In fact, the prophets, especially the Minor Prophets (named that because the books are short in length and fit on one scroll), are overlooked even as they have a lot to say […]

July 5, 2020 message: “Our Grea...

Some say we’re not so afraid of death as we are afraid of dying. But death is the great equalizer, even as we know the pain and grief of losing loved ones. We can face our fear with faith and trust that death is not the end – and that our lives have meaning and […]

June 28, 2020 message: “Alone T...

Loneliness and the fear of being alone are a stark reality even as we’re more connected than ever before. We all need time alone, just as Jesus took time away from others, but we also need to be connected. God created us for relationship with God and each other, and God promises to sustain us […]

June 21, 2020 message: “Facing ...

Fear of failing can stop us from living our faith because faith commands that we risk, which also makes us vulnerable. God calls us to be faithful, trusting that failure isn’t an end, but a part of living fully. This is the third week in the series, “Unafraid.” Worship opened with “10 Celebrities Who Failed.” […]

June 14, 2020 message: “Fightin...

Fear of the “the other” takes many forms in our world – racism, xenophobia, sexism, homophobia, and more. These fears are not a new reality, but continue to be sin that we must confront personally and systemically. Often we vilify one another in order to give credit to unfounded fears. God calls us to see […]

June 7, 2020 message: “The Only...

Fear and worry are a reality for everyone – no one is exempt. But these don’t have to control and dictate how we live every day. We can trust in God’s presence and care for us – and in God’s promise to walk with us and guide us through times of trouble. This is the […]

May 31, 2020 message: “Hearts w...

Throughout this season of Easter, we’ve proclaimed that love is the foundation of our faith that binds us to God, to Jesus, and to each other. At Pentecost, the church received the power of the Holy Spirit to let this message of love flow out to all. The power of this message is vital to […]

May 24, 2020 message: “Open the...

The story of the last time the disciples saw Jesus is a story of blessing. Jesus says that as witnesses to his presence and resurrection, they too will be filled with power to carry on his ministry, to be his hands and feet in the world. To see the world through the eyes of Jesus […]

May 17, 2020: “Kept in Our Hear...

To “sanctify” something is to set it apart as holy and consecrated. After his resurrections, Jesus tells his disciples that the Spirit will be with them when he is gone. Holiness resides within each of us. It calls us to see holiness in others. It call us to do the right thing in the name […]

May 18, 2020 Brainstorming: “Un...

Everyone worries – some more than others – and there is a great need to address fear and worry in our time, especially in this time of Covid-19 affecting the whole world. All of us live with a measure of fear about something, but we don’t have to be controlled by it. We can live […]