This Week’s Message

May 24th, 2016

On Sunday we gazed into the mystery of the Holy Trinity through icons. The Trinity, while an early doctrine of the church, was never meant to be a rational analysis of God. Rather, it is an enticement into fuller lived experience and deeper relationship with our one true God through joining in the dance of three unique divine persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The dynamic of self-giving, identity-receiving Love shared in and through the Trinity is the essence of the Way of Jesus. Shall we dance?

Sermon: Contemplating the Trinity

May 24th, 2016

Scott Roser – Contemplating the Trinity

This Week’s Message

May 17th, 2016

We were delighted to have our Mid-ABC Regional Executive Minister Marshall Peters preach on Pentecost Sunday, when we celebrate the birth of the Church! We heard Isaiah declare that God is always doing a new thing and reflected on how the Church – those called out from mainstream culture to share the gospel and build up the Kin-dom of God – is birthed anew in every time and place. And so it is with our faith community, being born yet again by the Spirit of Christ in ways we have yet to discover!

This Week’s Message

May 10th, 2016

On Sunday we considered the Ascension of the Lord by listening especially to the voice in Luke’s gospel that tells the disciples to get their heads out of the clouds! Jesus’ ascension into heaven is not about otherworldly glory, but about Jesus of Nazareth withdrawing his particular historical manifestation from the world so that the Spirit of Christ could become more accessible to everyone in the world, all at once and for all time. The Ascension is much more a celebration of Presence than absence. But we have to keep our heads out of the clouds and use our eyes and ears to see and hear the Christ Spirit alive in other people, in all creation, and in our own hearts, if we want to get in on it.

This Week’s Message

April 25th, 2016

It was our delight on Sunday to welcome former FBC member (1970′s) and retired pastor Kathy Remley, as we continue our 175th anniversary celebration. In honor of our recent name change to Spirit of Christ, Kathy’s sermon included an overview of the presence of the Holy Spirit from Genesis to Revelation. She encouraged us to follow the promptings of the Spirit of Christ that dwells within us whenever we seek wisdom, strength, justice, or any of the myriad other manifestations of God’s Love. She reminded us of the fruits of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control – and suggested we review our lives regularly to discover how the Spirit is alive in us….and where we might need to let the Spirit have a little more room to breathe.

This Week’s Message

April 18th, 2016

What a grand time we had on Sunday! In his wonderful sermon, former FBC pastor Dana Martin celebrated the great cloud of witnesses who are a very real part of Spirit of Christ Church. From our ancestors in faith described in Hebrews to the first American Baptist Roger Williams to earlier saints of our own congregation, Dana reminded us of the family tree that gave rise to our rich 175 years as church. And he encouraged us to discover how we’re called to love God with all our heart, soul, strength and mind and our neighbors as ourselves in our own day. This is an exciting time to be a part of Spirit of Christ Church as we do just that!

This Week’s Message

April 12th, 2016

On Sunday we saw the Risen Christ reach out to both Peter, who denied him, and Saul, who persecuted his followers, with such mercy and compassion that their lives — and the life of the Church – were forever changed. Thankfully, the Spirit of Christ meets each of us with that same acceptance and promise of transformation, and perhaps more disturbingly, also relies on us to help foster the divine commonwealth on earth as in heaven. Are we ready to say yes to whatever Easter transformation might be offered to – and asked of – us?

This Week’s Message

March 30th, 2016

On Easter morning, the women returned from the tomb to the discipleship community to share the good news; Christ had been raised from the dead! Contrary to what we might expect, that first Easter sermon was a flop and was not received by the male disciples. Yet, it was enough to get Peter to go and see for himself. If we are truly honest with ourselves, the story of Easter morning is in many ways unbelievable. Yet, perhaps it can give us just enough hope to break through our cynicism and doubt. Perhaps it can move us to go and see for ourselves.

This Week’s Message

March 22nd, 2016

We began our Holy Week worship on Sunday by waving palms and celebrating Jesus’ dramatic entry into Jerusalem and then quickly turned our attention to his betrayal, suffering, and execution. It is such an odd – and gruesome – story to build a spiritual life around! We must look to the gospel writers and Paul to understand what it all meant to them if we want to know the astoundingly merciful God they worshipped and live in the extraordinary Good News of grace they proclaimed. May we all be given Easter eyes! And Easter hearts and Easter lives!

This Week’s Message

March 15th, 2016

On Sunday, we explored what it means for us to pay attention. Like the disciples, we so often fail to see God’s presence around us, among us, and within us. In a noisy world of information overload, taking time to sit in silence together as we calm our thoughts and allow the Spirit to move in us is essential. As we face these difficult decisions as congregation, can we trust in the presence and movement of the Spirit? Can we have the courage to listen for the voice of the Spirit within ourselves and in one another?

 

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