No Excuses

October 14th, 2017

No Excuses Luke 14:15-24 October 15, 2017 Last week, we watched as Jesus did the unthinkable: he touched a leper, an “untouchable.” He broke the law. He violated all sense of common decency. In a culture in which cleanliness was everything, he made himself unclean—deliberately and intentionally. He did this because there was no excuse


Come As You Are

October 7th, 2017

Come As You Are Luke 5:12-16 October 8, 2017   People can be incredibly mean. We need look no farther than the horrors of this week’s news to understand this. It’s Sandy Hook. It’s Virginia Tech. It’s Orlando and the Pulse nightclub. It’s a country music festival in Vegas. Human cruelty shatters whatever else was


Be Transformed

September 30th, 2017

Be Transformed Romans 12:1-2 October 1, 2017 Human beings have an incredible ability to accept and adjust to almost anything. This is both our strength and our weakness. It is hard to figure out when we are coping and when we are stuck. Over the course of years, I grew used to knee pain. I


Work Trip Sunday

September 25th, 2017

  Yesterday was our Work Trip 2017 worship service.  Click on the link above to see the video from the trip!


The Places We Will Go–Together

September 17th, 2017

The Places We Will Go—Together Mark 3:31-35 September 17, 2017 As the earliest Gospel written, there are at least three interesting things about the Gospel of Mark. First, Jesus heals more than he teaches and when he heals someone, he tells them to tell no one. What this suggests is that Jesus was known as


The Places You Will Go

September 10th, 2017

The Places You Will Go Mark 1:16-20 September 10, 2017 When I was a sophomore in high school, I was called up to pitch for the varsity baseball team. This was a very uncomfortable move. I left my peers and the relatively carefree life of being on the j.v. team behind. That was replaced with


“Be Still and Know that I am God!”

September 3rd, 2017

“Be Still and Know that I am God!” Psalm 46 September 3, 2017 I was listening to a podcast the other day while I was working out. The speaker was Rob Bell, a theological and pastoral voice out there in the world whom I find inspiring. Once the pastor of a huge evangelical megachurch, Rob


The Lessons Learned

August 27th, 2017

The Lessons Learned Isaiah 40:21-31 August 27, 2017 So, we have spent our summer searching together for the sacred. We didn’t spend our time looking in the pew racks or in the corners of the Fireplace Room—although sacred things could certainly be found there, too. No, we searched our lives—the people and places and stories


The Search for the Sacred: Sacred Stories

August 20th, 2017

The Search for the Sacred: Sacred Stories Luke 10:25-37 August 20, 2017 I have a friend, Harry, who is a pastor. I only get to see Harry occasionally but when I do, I always walk away feeling reassured that Harry is out there, doing the compassionate, faithful work that he does. I also almost always


The Search for the Sacred: Sacred Music

August 13th, 2017

The Search for the Sacred: Sacred Music I Samuel 16:14-23 August 13, 2017 Years ago, I began listening to a young single mother with three children. There were all the usual challenges of parenting plus the extra challenges of being a single parent, all of which would have been enough. That wasn’t what brought her


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