This Week’s Message

March 24th, 2015

In the Sermon on the Mount, which we’ve been hearing in worship throughout Lent, Jesus asks his followers to make a pretty stark choice. Are they willing to live the radically countercultural life he’s encouraging them to, which will surely be costly in worldly terms, or are they more interested in continuing with life as usual. Coming to terms with this question is the real purpose of Lent and on Sunday we reflected on where our personal strengths and weaknesses might lie were we to commit ourselves anew to live these teachings of Jesus. Are we ready and willing to do that as we enter into Holy Week?

This Week’s Message

March 17th, 2015

What might our lives and our world be like if we really believed God is in charge? On Sunday during worship we worked with Jesus’ call to let go of worrying and judging others by entrusting our worries and judgments to God. Because God’s ways are not our ways, and because God honors our human freedom – including the freedom to sin – it’s sometimes hard for us to believe that God’s Word always accomplishes God’s purposes in this world. This means God brings life out of death, good out of evil, and love out of fear – always and everywhere. May our last weeks of Lent draw us into the utter dependence on God – the poverty of spirit – that allows us to experience this Easter reality in the face of whatever hardships come our way.

“We Make the Road by Walking” Lectionary Readings

March 12th, 2015

March 15 – 4th Sunday of Lent – Ch. 30 – Matthew 6:19-7:12 // Is. 55:1-3a, 8-11; Ps. 24; Acts 17:24-28; Mt. 6:19-21, 24, 31-33, 7:1-5, 7-12
What are you worried about? What (and who) do you tend to judge? How would your life be different if you fully accepted everything as it is in each moment and entrusted your concerns to God? How would the political and economic life of the world be different if we collectively entrusted our worries to God and let God be the judge of things?

This Week’s Message

March 12th, 2015

On Sunday we heard Jesus instruct his disciples on what have become the traditional Lenten spiritual practices of prayer, charitable giving, and fasting. All Christian spiritual disciplines have the common purpose of surrendering our desire (will) to God, to the one who always knows what we need and desires the very best for us — better, even, than we can imagine for ourselves. We then took Jesus’ advice to retreat to our “secret room,” our interior space to explore some of our responses to the simple question, “Who am I?” We then let those definitions of ourselves go one at a time, making even more space for God to work in us. What are you discovering about yourself and about God as you take time this Lent to stand naked before God in your secret room?

Sermon: Your Secret Life

March 9th, 2015

Dorothy Whiston – Your Secret Life

Sermon: A New Path to Aliveness

March 2nd, 2015

Dorothy Whiston – A New Path to Aliveness

“We Make the Road by Walking” Lectionary Readings

February 25th, 2015

March 1 – 2nd Sunday of Lent – Ch. 28 – Matthew 5:17-48 // Genesis 4:2b-8; Psalm 103:1-14; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; Matthew 5:17-26, 38-48.
What would the world be like if we really believed in – and lived according to – a new creation flowing entirely from mercy, forgiveness and preemptive reconciliation? Isn’t this one of the Lenten challenges before us – to get ready for just this sort of Eastering?

This Week’s Message

February 25th, 2015

On Sunday we began our Lenten journey with Brian McLaren through the Sermon on the Mount with a look at the beatitudes, or blessings, Jesus outlined for his disciples. The blessings are not a real surprise – comfort, peace, justice, mercy, knowing God. It’s the circumstances Jesus says we’re likely to be the most receptive to these blessings that are a bit of a shocker – in mourning, when we face injustice, are in conflict, when needing to extend mercy, are poor in spirit. This means being willing, like Jesus, to turn toward the suffering life brings our way rather than trying to avoid it. Still, our Lenten journey is really about preparing ourselves to fully realize the new identity we’re given in Christ — beloved child of God. So whatever we give up for Lent or add on in terms of spiritual practices, let us do that in a relaxed way, allowing ourselves to be loved into new life in our Eastering.

Sermon: A New Identity

February 23rd, 2015

Dorothy Whiston – A New Identity

“We Make the Road by Walking” Lectionary Readings

February 17th, 2015

Feb. 22 – 1st Sunday of Lent – Ch. 27 – Matthew 5:1-16 // Deuteronomy 30:11-16a; Psalm 25:1-10; Ephesians 1:3-9; Matthew 5:1-16
During Lent we are called to repent, to turn around our thinking and our habits of life as we prepare to receive, once again, a new life and identity in Christ at Easter. How are you called to make your faith more real and immediate this Lent?

 

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