Jul 9, 2017
Drom Chaos to Community: Legacy
Pastor David concludes the Sermon Series - From Chaos to Community. We consider the kind of Legacies we leave. We have achoice whether to be defined by our past legacies of chaos and confusion, or to make a decisiont to allow the love of Jesus help us define a new and more promising legacy.
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  • Jul 9, 2017Drom Chaos to Community: Legacy
    Jul 9, 2017
    Drom Chaos to Community: Legacy
    Pastor David concludes the Sermon Series - From Chaos to Community. We consider the kind of Legacies we leave. We have achoice whether to be defined by our past legacies of chaos and confusion, or to make a decisiont to allow the love of Jesus help us define a new and more promising legacy.
  • Jul 2, 2017From Chaos to Community: Rites of Passage
    Jul 2, 2017
    From Chaos to Community: Rites of Passage
    In this service we seek to honor the essential goodness of rites of passage, especially rites that are significant for allowing people to function fully as adults. At the same time, because we hear the Spirit calling us from chaos to community, we find ourselves called to reject abuse in every form and to engage as agents of prevention where we can and healing as we must whenever abuse takes place so new community can be formed in the place of the chaos left in the wake of abuse.
  • Jun 18, 2017From Chaos to Community: Birth
    Jun 18, 2017
    From Chaos to Community: Birth
    From Chaos to Community: Birth
  • Jun 11, 2017From Chaos to Community: Creation
    Jun 11, 2017
    From Chaos to Community: Creation

    We start a new series and a new season, even a new kind of season, with today’s service.

    Lent and Easter are very much about formation. That’s why our resources during these two seasons include material for formational groups appropriate to the work of each season.

    The Season after Pentecost is about engaging in ministry that flows from that formation.

    So today marks more than a change in colors in the worship space (from Pentecost red last week to Trinity white and/or gold for this week, and then green until All Saints). It marks a shift in the focus of everything we do in worship and formation. We move from

    preparing to doing

    .
  • May 21, 2017Becoming One With Each Other
    May 21, 2017
    Becoming One With Each Other

    As we enter our second week in our series, “Becoming,” this week and next week we continue listening in on Jesus’ final conversation with his disciples on the night before his death. Imagine that we are sitting with Jesus and his disciples around a table. Jesus has already tried to show what God’s love is like to his disciples. They have shared a meal. He has washed their feet. He has told them he will not be with them for very much longer.

    Last week, we talked about how, just as Jesus reached out to embrace his disciples, Jesus reaches out to embrace us. He invites us into unity with the Triune God. He draws us into the body of Christ. It is his work, not ours, that makes us one with him.

    Now he tells his disciples, and he tells us, that even though he is going away, he is not leaving us alone. The Father is sending an advocate, the very Spirit of God, to be with us forever. In addition, Jesus is leaving us something to follow besides him. He is leaving a new commandment. We are to love one another. We are to love one another as he has loved us. If his disciples obey his commandment to love one another, Jesus says, even after he has left the world, and the world can no longer see him, his disciples will still be able to see him. He says that when we have the commandments and keep them, we will be loved by his Father and he will love us and reveal himself to us.

  • May 14, 2017Becoming One With Christ
    May 14, 2017
    Becoming One With Christ
    Today marks the launch of our second Easter three-week series. “Becoming…” focuses on claiming our spiritual gifts and callings as we seek to live out what it means to become one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world in the name of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit. Easter season culminates with Pentecost and a service of commissioning people into the ministries to which they have discerned they are called.
  • May 7, 2017Awakening to Baptism
    May 7, 2017
    Awakening to Baptism
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  • Apr 30, 2017Awakening to Table
    Apr 30, 2017
    Awakening to Table

    Last week in the first sermon of this miniseries on “Awakening,” we talked about awakening to ministry. Specifically, we talked about awakening ourselves to the holy work of sharing peace and offering forgiveness. We talked about how this work is for us all. Absolving others is not relegated only to ordained priests. Offering forgiveness is not sacramental work. Jesus gives the authority to offer this ministry to all people who would take up their own cross and follow him.

    This week we are awakening to the meaning of the sacrament of Holy Communion.

  • Apr 23, 2017Awakening to Ministry
    Apr 23, 2017
    Awakening to Ministry
    Today marks the kickoff of the first of two three-week miniseries. “Awakening...” focuses on the meaning and grounding of ministry, Holy Communion, and baptism. The second miniseries, “Becoming…”, starts in three weeks and focuses on claiming our spiritual gifts and callings and becoming one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world in the name of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit. Easter season culminates with Pentecost and a service of commissioning persons into the ministries to which they have discerned they are called.
  • Apr 16, 2017Through Death to Life: Easter Day
    Apr 16, 2017
    Through Death to Life: Easter Day

    As of the conclusion of the service on Holy Thursday, our worship life had moved toward starkness and silence, the silence of death.

    Today, that all changes. Every stop is to be pulled out. Everything removed is returned to its place. Flowers may abound. Music may become lavish. Today, we move from sorrow to rejoicing, from silence to loud praise, from death to life. In the words of the Orthodox Easter Troparion alluded to in today’s suggested Great Thanksgiving, “Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, to those in the tombs restoring life.” And we rejoice.

    Today’s service, themed “The Dawning,” begins by walking with Mary Magdalene on her journey from grief and fear to boldly proclaiming the Resurrection of Christ to his other disciples. The sermon follows the Easter Proclamation and singing, and concludes with Mary’s proclamation followed by more singing in which we confess and declare the Resurrection together.

    From the singing we move immediately into a joyous Great Thanksgiving. The service concludes with more bold Easter music and a sending forth with joy. It is customary in many churches to conclude such Easter services with the singing of the Hallelujah Chorus. A link to a score you may freely reproduce for congregational singing is included.