Celebrating Five Years as a Reconciling Church
Sunday March 29, 2020
As many of experience isolation in a new way, we are mindful of the countless people who have been deemed unworthy and isolated in different parts of their lives. We hear from some wonderful friends about why they love being a part of us.
Love in the Time of Quarantine
Sunday March 22nd, 2020
We don't like entering the unknown. And yet, good things await us in times of transition. God invites us to lament the unknown and to love extravagantly, even in the midst of a pandemic.
Wilderness - Jesus Temptation
Sunday March 15, 2020
We reflect on Jesus' strength following 40 days in the wilderness with God. We need more than our own strength in these days of social distancing. We get to give the microphone to our faith over fear.
On Itinerant Appointments and Seed Planting
March 8th, 2020
Pastor Jenny reflects on news of the pastoral transition taking place this July.
Sunday March 1st 2020
We enter the wilderness this Lent. What does it really mean to be born again? We explore Holy Spirit as both a wild child and a known presence in a church family.
The Search to Belong - Searching for the Front Porch
Sunday February 23rd, 2020
Becoming the beloved community one porch at a time: a sermon on how we bring Heaven to earth with intentional story dwelling.
The Search to Belong - Give Me Some Space
Sunday February 16th, 2020
We explore the power behind belonging in public, social, personal, and intimate spaces. Jesus was masterful at creating belonging in different spaces. We consider our unspoken rules of belonging for others.
We all want to belong. But sometimes we think it looks certain ways and we miss the variety of ways we belong to different people. The Good Samaritan story informs this message on belonging and loving others.
The Search to Belong - The Myth of Belonging
Sunday February 9th, 2020
The Lovable Misfits - Jonah
Sunday February 2nd, 2020
The story of Jonah finishes off our series of misfits from the Old Testament. The master story teller, Jonah is the story that we all attempt to do when we run from God. The story of Jonah is not of the rebellious prophet but of the graciousness of God in his persistence of our love for Him.
The Lovable Misfits - Esther
Sunday January 26, 2020
Of all the books of the bible Esther is one of the rarest of them. While God is not mentioned at once, the story of Queen Esther - the immigrant, the jew, the orphan, and the ruler may not mention her worship of God, but her faith could be unmatched in the old testament.
The Lovable Misfits - David
Sunday January 19, 2020
The prophet Samuel came to Jesse in search of a King. Jesse believed that one of his seven sons would be the chosen. But again, God does not see the person on the outside, but the heart of the inside. God revealed that the eighth son, David, an unlikely disheveled shepherd from the field would be the one of the most influential kings of the bible. How will God use you and your heart?
The Lovable Misfits: Moses
January 12, 2020
God does not use the perfect person or the perfect Christian to spread his love and message. He chooses the Misfits. Moses was one of the most influential people in the old testament, yet was one of the most reluctant leaders. For someone who was not a great public speaker and asked God "Are you sure?" all the time, God chose Moses to lead his people to the promised land.
Come to the Table
January 5, 2020
What brings you comfort? A pet? A blanket? A friend or family member? The letters to the Corinthians explains that our church family is our comfort. Come and join Barbara Warren when she engages our congregation in the things that we find comfort in.
A Child Named Jesus
Sunday, December 29, 2019
What's in a name? Rev. Dave Beckett helps us explore the meaning behind a name and specifically the name of Jesus.
All Earth is Waiting
Tuesday, December 24, 2019
Today we light the Advent Candle for Christ. And this year we live a life of a Palms Up Christmas. Listen as we remember what it can mean to Show Up, Pay Attention, Cooperate with God, and Release the Outcome.
All Earth is Waiting: The Peace of the World
Sunday, December 22, 2019
God has an incredible vision for a peaceful world. We're on our way there, but some days, it feels so far away. We explore an invitation to imagination, faith, and our relationship to nature.
All Earth is Waiting - Good Food for Good People
Sunday, December 15, 2019
Explore the God described in the Hebrew Bible who calls chaos into order. Receive your empowering invitation to partners with God in your relationship with the earth and your food.
All Earth is Waiting: Clear the Way
Sunday, December 8, 2019
Advent invites us to prepare ourselves and our planet for the fullness of God's love. Truth-telling and confession clear the pathway between us and God. We explore the warming of our planet and what we're invited to consider. We do this work because we are children of God.
All the Earth is Waiting: The Source of Hope
Sunday, December 1, 2019
Advent is either a race to run or a space to enter. How might you enter Advent this year in your relationship with our planet? We explore our connection to creation and how God longs to be fully realized in it.
Christ Reigns: Where Does He Reign in Your Life?
Sunday November 24, 2019
It was the Father who says I am the Alpha and Omega, who is, who was, and who shall be. And the Father sent us a king to be with us and rule over us. Yet he didn't send a warrior, a monarch, another pharaoh. He sent us his son, Jesus to rule over our hearts.
Generations: We Need Each Other
What does an intergenerational church look and feel like? We take a page from Moses & Joshua on leadership partnership. The body of Christ invites us to respect, trust & give permission to each other.
Generations - How your Birthday Affects Your Relationship with God
Sunday November 10, 2019
We explore the spiritual strengths and temptations for each generation. How does it affect the decisions we make as a church family? We share some important questions that empower us to move gracefully and efficiently as the body of Christ.
Generations - Learning to Get Along
Sunday November 03, 2019
Our five current generations communicate in vastly different ways. We each have a valid perspective and yet we are our own. When we're more aware of our communication preference, then we can respect and learn from different styles. It's holy work to increase our generational intelligence.
Generations - Turning on the Light
Sunday, October 27, 2019
For the first time in human history five generations are living and working together in our world. In the church, we have an incredible opportunity to develop stronger generational intelligence. Understanding each other gives God more room to work. Today we explore the differences in generations present in our church family.
Trusting Bold Belief
Sunday October 20, 2019
There's a difference between belief and trust. If we ant to practice bold belief, we're invited to move beyond belief to trust. Where might God be inviting us to take a risk, trusting God will catch us when we let go?
Borrowing Bold Belief
Sunday, October 13, 2019
When we get stuck in passive mode; we're reminded that God loves to move us from passive to active. And when our belief is low, we can borrow bold belief from others.
Bold Belief - Kate Kilroy and Jenny Smith
Sunday, October 6, 2019
We kick off a month of prayer with a look at the four friends who carry their hurting friend to Jesus (through the roof!). We explore what it means to have bold belief as a community. Some get to experience the miracle simply through proximity. Some assisted. Some doubted. But belief didn't care who didn't care. It showed up anyways!
Palms Up - Release the Outcome
Sunday, September 29, 2019
Releasing the outcome is tough but unlocks room for God to work and in through us. We explore why it's hard to release outcomes and why God's promise invite us to this important practice.
Palms Up - Cooperate with God
Sunday, September 22, 2019
We're invited to cooperate with God by remembering we're a branch in God's tree. We're not carrying the weight and responsibility all by ourselves. When we own our branch status we allow room for God to move. Then we get to cooperate with what God is up to in the world, instead of forcing our own agenda out of fear and control.
Palms Up - Pay Attention
Sunday, September 15, 2019
God enjoys you. God likes giving you God's full attention. We're invited to give the gift of our full attention to ourselves, God, and our world. We explore why this is difficult and imagine what God could do through us with our collective focus.
Palms Up - Show Up
Sunday, September 08, 2019
We're invited to show up to our lives and to God in new ways. We explore risk, rejection, and why we've got a good safety net.