Feb 25, 2018
Rehab Lenten Series: Intervention

This week is about recognizing our need for intervention as we continue to prepare ourselves to live the way of Jesus.

It’s one thing to recognize you’re in the wilderness. It’s another to realize, once there, that what you think you know from your previous experience not only can’t help you now, but may actually do you or others harm.

It isn’t necessarily our fault that we’re so unaware of our unawareness. The way the brain processes how we respond to current circumstances is built on attempted pattern matching with previous circumstances and experiences. The way of Jesus, the way of God’s kingdom, is generally substantially out of sync with “things as usual.” And even in the church, a lot of us have been far more formed by “things as usual” than by the rhythms and realities of the kingdom of God. Even in the church, even among church leaders, lay and clergy alike, it’s quite common for us to bring the “things as usual” perspective to our actions and decisions, and so much so that were Jesus here to confront us with how far off we are from his ways, we’d have much the same reaction Peter did. We’d try to rebuke Jesus.

The good news is, Jesus is Lord, and he will have none of that.

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  • Feb 25, 2018Rehab Lenten Series: Intervention
    Feb 25, 2018
    Rehab Lenten Series: Intervention

    This week is about recognizing our need for intervention as we continue to prepare ourselves to live the way of Jesus.

    It’s one thing to recognize you’re in the wilderness. It’s another to realize, once there, that what you think you know from your previous experience not only can’t help you now, but may actually do you or others harm.

    It isn’t necessarily our fault that we’re so unaware of our unawareness. The way the brain processes how we respond to current circumstances is built on attempted pattern matching with previous circumstances and experiences. The way of Jesus, the way of God’s kingdom, is generally substantially out of sync with “things as usual.” And even in the church, a lot of us have been far more formed by “things as usual” than by the rhythms and realities of the kingdom of God. Even in the church, even among church leaders, lay and clergy alike, it’s quite common for us to bring the “things as usual” perspective to our actions and decisions, and so much so that were Jesus here to confront us with how far off we are from his ways, we’d have much the same reaction Peter did. We’d try to rebuke Jesus.

    The good news is, Jesus is Lord, and he will have none of that.

  • Feb 18, 2018Rehab Lenten Series: Wilderness
    Feb 18, 2018
    Rehab Lenten Series: Wilderness
    First things first.  This morning, we celebrate thr Sacrament of Infant Baptism for Holland Charles White, daughter of Doug & Danielle Adams.
     
    Last week, we were on the mountain with Jesus, transfigured before us. This week, we are driven into a wilderness with Jesus just after his baptism. And we’ll stay in this wilderness, figuratively speaking, through the season that lies ahead, this season we call Lent in English. Lent, in English, is more of a reference to the time of year this season falls in the Northern Hemisphere, a time when the days are “lengthening.” But in most other languages, the term for this season is derived from the earlier Latin name for it, Quadragesima, or forty. The Latin name points not to the lengthening of daylight, but the length of the season we began last Wednesday with Ash Wednesday. It’s forty days of intensive focus on learning the way of Christ and helping others learn it for the first time, or perhaps anew.
  • Jan 28, 2018Fruit of the Spirit: Peace
    Jan 28, 2018
    Fruit of the Spirit: Peace
    Pastor David continues his sermon series on the characteristics of the Fruit of the Spirit. This mornin, he shares the meaning of Shalom - a peace that encompases a person's entire being.
  • Jan 21, 2018Fruit of the Spirit: Enjoy the joy
    Jan 21, 2018
    Fruit of the Spirit: Enjoy the joy
    Pastor David continues his sermon series on the Fruit of the Spirit. This mornng, he shares that as Christians, we have so many reasons to be filled with joy - even in those times when we don't feel so happy.
  • Jan 14, 2018Fruit of the Spirit: Love as the Foundation
    Jan 14, 2018
    Fruit of the Spirit: Love as the Foundation
    Pastor David continues his sermon series on the Fruit of the Spirit. This morning, he talk about lve as being the foundational charactertistic of the Fruit of the Spirit
  • Jan 7, 2018Fruits of the Spirit
    Jan 7, 2018
    Fruits of the Spirit
    Pastor David begins a month-long study of the Fruits of the Spirit
  • Dec 31, 2017Coming Home: Going Back Home
    Dec 31, 2017
    Coming Home: Going Back Home
    As we move into the next season and our next series, we will join Anna in the work of evangelism: proclaiming to all the world that God sent Jesus into the world for the salvation of all. Let us give thanks to God for the showing forth of Christ in this world and for his showing forth in our own lives. And let us not leave our light to dwindle, but rather, let us, like Simeon and Anna, go forth to shine anew because the light of Christ has come into the world, and the darkness can never put it out.
  • Dec 24, 2017Coming Home: God Makes This World a Home
    Dec 24, 2017
    Coming Home: God Makes This World a Home
    Are we willing to receive Christ into our hearts? And are we willing to live with Mary’s courage? Can her song be our song too? Can we refuse to give into the fear that the world screams constantly into our lives? Can we reject the notion that everything is spinning out of control, and embrace that the world is simply about to turn, just as God intends it? Can we admit that there are things about our world that need to be turned upside down for the sake of others?
  • Dec 17, 2017Coming Home: Joy is Our True Home
    Dec 17, 2017
    Coming Home: Joy is Our True Home
    This week, we have heard from the Apostle Paul, writing in his very first letter to the Thessalonians—the earliest piece of writing in the New Testament. What is the subject of Paul’s letter to the earliest Christian community? Joy. Specifically, joy in the midst of difficult nights.
  • Dec 10, 2017Coming Home: Home Is Where We Meet
    Dec 10, 2017
    Coming Home: Home Is Where We Meet
    Home is anywhere we meet God, face-to-face and hand-in-hand. Home is the assurance that Christ died for us while we were yet sinners, thus proving God’s love for us. Home is knowing that we are saved by the grace of God. Home is anywhere that we meet God’s people and welcome them in with the love of Christ.