This Week’s Message

October 27th, 2015

On Sunday we looked at becoming a more confessional church so we can meet one another without the need for facades – and without guilt or shame. God’s mercy and forgiveness come with no strings attached, bringing peace and joy, and Jesus came to free us from religious and social systems that tell us otherwise. Church is meant to be a laboratory where we learn to see how life unfolds in God’s Reality. The blind beggar Bartimaeus could see the potential for that life present in the God-man Jesus. Do we see that possibility in our own transformation in Christ? Are we willing to move toward it even if it means leaving old and familiar ways behind?

This Week’s Message

October 21st, 2015

On Sunday, we explored the excitement surrounding Jesus’ final journey toward Jerusalem. The disciples were expecting a revolution, and couldn’t accept Jesus’ predictions of his own death. Jesus certainly modeled resistance to the rulers of this world, but only through the counterintuitive practices of non-violence, humility, and suffering. As we enter into another election season, in what ways are we called to offer resistance to the powers and principalities of this world?

Sermon: Ideology and the Cross

October 20th, 2015

Scott Roser – Ideology and the Cross

This Week’s Message

October 13th, 2015

On Sunday, we heard the story of the rich young man who was unable to give up his possessions and follow Jesus. We reflected on our compulsion to earn everything for ourselves so that we won’t depend on anyone for anything. Instead, Christ invites us into a radical new lifestyle in which we depend on others for our basic needs and on God for our salvation. What keeps you from being the follower, the disciple, the believer, the witness God wants and needs you to be?

Sermon: The Rich Benefactor

October 13th, 2015

Scott Roser – The Rich Benefactor

This Week’s Message

October 7th, 2015

On Sunday we celebrated the 60th anniversary of the dedication of our lovely church building and what a good time we had! We were blessed to have former pastor Jim Davison share wonderful memories of some of the “living stones” of First Baptist during the time he was here (1964-72) and reflections on what it means to be a living temple of God in Christ.

The choir sang the anthem used at the 1955 dedication, we sang some of the hymns, heard scriptures used in the brochure printed when they were raising funds to build this church, and heard an Anniversary Minute about the three church buildings that have housed FBC over our 175 years. The service culminated in saying a Litany of Rededication together, modified from the 1955 Litany of Dedication to more fully reflect who we are today. As usual, we had a jovial and scrumptious potluck following the service, which included a slide show of the construction, dedication and some of the early days in our building. Thanks to Chuck and Sue Dayton and all the 175th Anniversary Committee for making this such a special day!

Sermon: If These Stones Could Talk!

October 6th, 2015

Jim Davison – If These Stones Could Talk!

This Week’s Message

September 30th, 2015

On Sunday, we explored the anxiety which eats at us when we encounter Christians who follow Christ in ways we find problematic, but who are more deeply devoted to loving and caring for the most vulnerable. How can we open our minds to learn from Christians who are so different from us? How can we open our eyes to see Christ working within them?

Sermon: Stumbling Blocks

September 29th, 2015

Scott Roser – Stumbling Blocks

This Week’s Message

September 22nd, 2015

On Sunday, we reflected on the “confessing” church – not in the sense of confessing a particular set of believes, but confessing our need for God’s mercy and grace and the transformation of our lives and world. We saw the disciples argue about who was the greatest rather than engage in the difficult consideration of who they were as people and how that differed from who Jesus was calling them to be. They simply didn’t want to hear about “the Way of the Cross” as the means of transformation of humankind. Do we?


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