Beyond Empire – Easter Sunday

Shelly: One of the most joyful parts of our jobs is to lead worship services on Easter Day. But one of the hardest things for ministers preaching on Easter Day is to think of a good sermon title. As evidence of this, Andy and I give you a short list

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Palming off Our Creeds

In some Bibles, the Palm Sunday story is sometimes subtitled, “the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem” which is ironic, of course, since the word triumphal implies that somebody is the victor and somebody else is the defeated and that is precisely NOT what this event is about. It is a public

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The High Cost of Keeping Quiet

Mark 4:35-40 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great windstorm arose, and the waves

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Nevertheless, She Also Persisted

SCRIPTURE AND READINGS Sometimes I wondered if I had any faith. And when I had had enough of that, I got up and went on my way. And that – the getting up and going – was faith. ~ M. J. Irion Faith is the assurance of things hoped for,

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Practice Resurrection

Matthew 16: 21 From that time forth began Jesus to show to his disciples, how that he must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again on the third day.  I recently wondered – how many

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Entombment

John 11:1-45 My dad finally came out of the closet not so long ago. I’d been carrying him around for a while.  Not shut up in a tomb with a rock in the door like Lazarus, all that remained had been sitting on a shelf near the computer in an

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Easter: The Prequel

Mark 9:2-10 The disciples did, however, question what this rising from the dead meant. Without a good Lent, there’s not a great Easter.  We can have a pretty good Easter without a good Lent but not a great Easter. We have these next 40 days, not counting Sundays, to prepare

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The Living Poet Takes the Road

I’ve needed this February worship theme of Poetic License in the context of our troubled world. In hard personal or political times we need creativity to help put us back together after the latest news has broken us apart.  Art and beauty help us remember who we are as spiritual

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A Cold and Broken Hallelujah

A few years ago I got in a little trouble with a church member for a sermon I preached, entitled, “The Awful Grace of God.” In it, I quoted a little poem written some 2500 years ago by the Greek dramatist, Aeschylus. He said, “They who learn must suffer. Even

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The Art & Science of Poetic License

Sunday, February 12 was the second week of our new worship theme, “Poetic License.” How are our spirits renewed by the mysteries of creation? Several artists of our congregation shared their experiences in visual arts, music, spoken word, and teaching as art. Join your church family for a time to

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Ministry: A Balance of Sorts

For Amy Rixx’s Ordination SCRIPTURE: First Corinthians 13: 1-7, 13 – If I speak in the tongues of mortals or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and

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For Such a Time as This

On Sunday, January 29, Andy Bachmann rounds out our theme, “I’ll Fly Away: Stories of Captivity and Release” with the sermon, “For Such a Time as This.” As I have tried to make sense of our world this past week, I have turned a thoughtful eye to history. My past.

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Service Times

Sunday Services:
9:15 & 11:15am

Adult Seminars:
10:25am

Meditation in the Chapel:
8:15am