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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On Not Rolling Like an Anger Ball

Ephesians 4:26-29 It has been a challenging roller coaster week, emotionally and spiritually. Many weeks are like that. It is joyful to be gathered together here to sing, pray, reflect, laugh, and ask each other important questions. In churches around this country, at this very moment, there are preachers shouting

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Listening to God/Speaking to Pharaoh

There are many ways to speak to the powers of captivity and chaos. There are many ways to respond with the voices of release. You know the old familiar story of Moses the liberator recounted in the spiritual we sang. Go down and tell the pharaohs to let my people

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Waiting for the Water to Ripple

Waiting for the Water to Ripple Andy Bachmann John 5:2-9 “Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate, there is a pool, called in Hebrew, “Beth-zatha,” which has five porticoes. In these lay many invalids—blind, lame and paralyzed, waiting for the water to stir; for an angel of the Lord went

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Be Not Afraid

AB: When I first moved to Gainesville from Chicago 13 years ago, the hardest adjustment for me was getting used to the idea that it could be 80 degrees outside and still be Christmas. And I will admit that I still miss the snow on Christmas Eve. For the past

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The Adolescent Angst of Emmanuel

Luke 2:41-52 Jesus at Twelve Years “Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom; and when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem.

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I Will Sing a New Song

Many of the old Christmas carols, underneath their sweetness and beauty, reflect a theme of weariness, the desperation of many of the world’s peoples, suffering through another year of violence and deprivation. Poverty, war, racism, disease, and environmental degradation all combine to threaten the celebrations all around us. Yet, also

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Service Times

Sunday Services:
9:15 & 11:15am

Adult Seminars:
Resume in September

Meditation in the Chapel:
8:15am