The Gift & Grief of Growth: Identity Shift
Sunday May 12, 2019
We explore Peter's conversation with Jesus when it comes to identities and the foundation of the church. New identities lead to new adventures. And as long as our primary identity is as children of God, this will lead to new adventures based on our relationship with God. In the end, the size of our church doesn't really matter as much as our direct connection to God. This is the rock, the cornerstone, the foundation of our healthy church family.
The Gift & Growth of Grief: How to Grow Well
Sunday May 5, 2019
When Jesus knelt to wash Peter's feet, he was upending an entire way of being centered around power and control. Jesus invites us to draw close to each other with love and care. We reflect on our invitation to know our story and know our people as we grow. Our goal is not more and more people on a Sunday morning. Our goal is friendships that serve and love each other. It brings us meaning, purpose and growth as followers of Jesus.
The Gift & Grief of Growth: Leaving Point A and Why It's Worth It
Sunday April 28, 2019
The story of Peter's call to follow Jesus invites us to reflect on how we too resist and faithfully follow Jesus into deeper waters. We look at the different kinds of growth our church family is experiencing in this season. We talk honestly about the difficulty of being a growing church and remind ourselves of God's call to follow Jesus.
You - Full Alive
Easter Sunday April 21, 2019
We celebrate Easter with stories of forgiveness, getting out of survival mode and moving from life to death in all kinds of ways. Resurrection is creative, slow and God's dream for all of us. It also invites us to question the ways we've been a part of the system that got Jesus killed in the first place. Pastor Jenny shares a meaningful story of an important conversation with her father that led to all kinds of life.
Pain, Power, and Palms Up
Sunday April 04, 2019
A story right after the Palm Sunday parade holds a profound moment for Jesus. He looks over the city of Jerusalem and weeps over unrealized vision. We take a look at the unrealized visions in our own world. A global denomination in turmoil, broken relationships, changing health and many others. We're invited to send something with Jesus to the cross this Good Friday. When Jesus takes our pain with him, it loses its power. We practice a palms up posture even in weeks that go so quickly from "Hosanna!" to "Crucify Him!"
Cultivate and Let Go - A Lenten story
Sunday April 7th, 2019
Our Lenten journey continues with an exploration of repentance and God's invitation to change our mind. We may see repentance as a one time thing or the angry guy shouting on the corer, but it's really about maintaining our daily connection with God. We turn back to God as we prepare for Holy Week.
Grace and Love for All People
Sunday March 31, 2019
We're celebrating our 4th anniversary as a reconciling community! A story of Mary anointing Jesus' feet invites us to consider how we offer extravagant love and we check in on our Judas tendencies to be too practical at times. Plus we hear from six wonderful friends on what it's meant to them to be a part of this faith community when it comes to age, orientation, race, ability and political differences. We celebrate *and* we have more work to do!
Letting Go of Exhaustion & Productivity - Cultivating Play & Rest
Sunday March 24, 2019
When did it become the highest status symbol to be busy, productive, and exhausted? Jesus reminded us through the parable of the Prodigal Son that we need to celebrate our own resurrections. The kingdom of God is always within our hearts and lives for those who can remember the love He gives us.
Letting Go of What People Think & Cultivating Authenticity
Sunday, March 17, 2019
We see people who don't seem to care what others think and they feel free. Jesus knew his mission and didn't waste too much time worrying about what others thought. We're invited to cultivate authenticity - knowing who we are so we can be more free for God's work in our world.
Letting Go and Cultivating New
Sunday March 10, 2018
The season of Lent is upon us. This is the time of take stock of the story of our lives as Jesus prepared himself for the journey to Jerusalem. Pastor Tanya starts this week with the Gospel of Luke and the temptation of Christ in the Wilderness. What do you need to let go of and begin to grow throughout the season of Lent?
A Moment to Lament - A Moment to Take Cction
Sunday March 3, 2018
The message this week is a wonderful collection of prayers, comments, and impassioned statements after the historic vote at the United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis, MO. Pastor Jenny begins with reactions from our church family. Pastor Tanya ends our sermon reaffirming our church mission that we will forever be a welcoming home for all and will continue to hold our pride flag high.
The Wesley Challenge Questions 19 through 21
Sunday February 24, 2019
We wrap up our Wesley Challenge series with a look at labels and our relationships with others. When life is all about us, labels matter. They give us boundaries and tell us whose in and whose out. But when we say yes to God and fall into step with the One who made us, labels fall to the ground.
The Wesley Challenge Questions 15 through 18
Sunday February 17, 2019
Special guest Kate Kilroy continues the Wesley Challenge with questions based on relationships. Paul's letters to the Ephesians and the Corinthians remind us that we are all interconnected of, as, and in the full body of Christ. When part of us hurts, we all hurt. When one of us is healed, we all rejoice. Rejoice then for we are all the body of Christ.
The Wesley Challenge - Questions 12 through 14
Sunday February 10, 2019
What are things we chase that we think will save us? What if what we think will save us ends up trapping us? John Wesley's questions invite us to look inward at the ways we can lead ourselves toward self-destruction. We're reminded, "there’s a rich simplicity in being yourself before God.”
The Wesley Challenge - Questions 8 through 11
Sunday February 3, 2019
There is vastness to our universe, the amazing billions of stars in the galaxies. And yet, King David sang in his Psalms that God knows each of us and God loves us as we are. This week we tackle questions 8 through 11 of the Wesley Challenge as we look at John's personal questions: Am I proud? Do I complain constantly? Do I go to bed on time and wake up on time? Am I defeated in any area of my life?
The Wesley Challenge - Questions 5 through 7
Sunday January 27, 2019
The sermon series continues with the Wesley challenge this week. Pastor Jenny asks what can happen to our spiritual lives when we focus and what happens when we practice. We are asked to love God, we are not required to. Can you focus this week on the relationship between your time, your bible, or your money when you choose God.
The Wesley Challenge: Questions One through Four
Sunday January 20, 2019
On Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, it is a great blessing to celebrate the differences of our lives that bind us in community. Pastor Jenny and special guest Chloe Allen begin the challenge with the first four questions. The questions are not easy or simple. But is the difference in our answers that we can come together and worship as one.
The Wesley Challenge
Sunday January 13, 2019
We are the church of the United Methodist created by John Wesley. The drive of the Wesley movement was to build a sense of community. The sense that we can not be Christians on our own. Pastor Jenny begins the Wesley Challenge, the chance to create the space of community for the next six weeks. During this time God rejoices with us each time we say "Yes" or even "Maybe."
Wise Men from the East
Sunday January 6, 2019
God moves in mysterious ways, is an old adage for the church. Can we recognize the prompts and nudges that He sends us? This week Pastor Tanya explores that God sent something completely different to pay homage to the extraordinary birth of Jesus. God sent the wise men from a different land, a foreign culture, to the current king of the Jews, King Herod, to show us He sent Jesus to be king of all. It is here we remember we are a church for Grace and Love for ALL People!
All I Really Want: Learning to Receive
Sunday, December 23, 2018
We often hear it's better to give than to receive. But what if deepening your practice of receiving could change everything about Christmas this year? We explore why it's difficult to receive and why this practice is necessary at Christmas and all year long. The degree to which we can receive love from people is deeply related to how we receive love from God.
All I Really Want: Don't Settle, Expect More
Sunday December 16, 2018
Why do we settle for how things are in different areas of our life? As Advent continues, we explore why we settle, what John the Baptist has to say about expecting more and an invitation to live an expectant life this Christmas season. What kind of love do you most need this year? Name it, get curious, look for it. God wants to give it to you.
What are we waiting for?
December 9, 2018
Come and join us for the second week of advent with Pastor Tanya. It is the candle of Peace. Jesus came to us as a baby to become our King of our Salvation. He came not to be the golden rule of our day "He who owns the gold, makes the rules." Jesus came to be the King with the true golden rule. This is what we are waiting for,
All I really Want
December 2, 2018
This week is an important message as we begin the advent. Pastor Jenny reminds us that advent is the season of waiting and preparing. We need to ask ourselves are we prepared to receive the gift of Christmas. Are you already looking for the next gift under the tree, our can you spend this season of advent preparing for the love of Christ.
"Leaving the World of They" Rev. Rody Rowe
November 25, 2018
The Reverend Rody Rowe returns to our church for a sermon we all need to hear. In our world, we continue to struggle with the politics, the violence, the hate. Rody reminds us that God grieves with us when these actions take place. But is God's people (all people) who are there to be the first responders with Grace.
A Spirit-Led Community
November 18, 2018
It's not every Sunday we get two incredible messages. It's even more rare that they compliment each other.
Pastor Tanya reminds us that Jesus called out the scribes of the day that the interest of the church was not being glorified. That the church in Jesus time continued to grow in power and influence for the scribes and Pharisees and not the glory of the Father.
Pastor Jenny reminds us that it is the quiet stillness of our lives that we can hear the plans that God made for us. When we take the time to Sabbath and when we take the time to listen, the direction and action of God is made known to us.
A Penny for your Thoughts - Kate Kilroy
Sunday November 11, 2018
We welcome Kate Kilroy to share an incredible update on what's emerging in a new faith community in Marysville. We learn about bonfires, marshmallows, cheese puffs, holy conversations, sacred things and how church can look more different than we ever thought possible.
As we celebrate Pledge Sunday, Kate reminds us she put a pledge card on the altar last year with not a slightest clue that those gifts would morph into something that would change her life. When we give and release the outcome, God has an incredible way of bringing something into being that we could never have imagined!
Family Tree - Friends and Commitment
November 4th, 2018
Near the end of Jesus’ ministry, he makes a quiet and important shift in his relationship with his disciples. Jesus calls them friend, not servant. God wants us and our heart, not just our knowledge and information about God.
What does this mean for our relationship together as a family if God wants us to be friends?
Family Tree: What Flows Through You
October 28, 2018
Why do you invest in this place? Pastor Jenny begins the conversation of being generous in our time, our gifts, our energy, and our money. If we can trust God with all with our heart, mind, and soul, why can't we trust God with our money? Be sure to watch for special guest Barb Warren to put our stories into perspective.
How do you share your Snickers Bar?
Sunday October 14, 2018
What does it mean to share your wealth? God loves us all. Our struggle to share is a real world problem. Does the love of our possessions beat out the priorities of our love of God? Pastor Tanya walks us through the daily struggle of whom do we put first with our gifts from God.
Happy People: Putting it into Practice
Sunday October 7th, 2018
At the end of Jesus' most famous sermon, he encourages us to put into practice the stories we're learning. Since we know practice happens through repetition, today we hear the last four weeks in a highlight reel! Pastor Jenny walks us through our key learning from the last four weeks. We hear encouragement and wisdom around non-violence, worry, prayer & following God when our life is turned upside down.
Happy People: Tomorrow will Worry About Itself
Sunday September 30, 2018
Jesus has a famous sermon where he tells his listeners not to worry about things like clothing, food and water. Jesus goes on to say, "Stop worrying about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Join us as we explore our relationship to worry. Pastor Jenny shares part of her story, some practical things you can try this week and we explore Jesus' surprising intention with this sacred story.
Sunday September 23, 2018
Happy People: How to Pray
Prayer can be confusing sometimes. We worry if there's a right or wrong way to do it. We get bored by it. Our prayers aren't answered the way we thought so we give up. Let's explore what keeps us from a meaningful connection with God and explore how easy it might be to get back on track in our relationship with God.
Happy People: Don't Push Back
Sunday September 16, 2018
When someone hurts us, we want to hurt them back. God's dream for us is to give that up. God wants us to cultivate a heart of non-violence. This goes for mean emails, fights with a loved one and systemic systems of evil like racism or sexism. The way of non-violence is for the creative, the joyful, the resisters and children of God.
Sunday September 9, 2018
Join us as we explore one of Jesus' most famous sermons. It contains some odd blessings. We're reminded the movement of God should feel and sound odd to us, otherwise we’re in danger of listening to something other than the voice of God. What if we’re happy, not when life is secure and predictable, but when we’re following a God who shakes things up? We can learn to trust there is freedom in disruption. There is joy when our carefully laid plans fall apart. There is grace available in discomfort.
God Needs You to Ask Questions
Sunday, June 17, 2018
What if the very question you're wrestling and wondering about is the question God needs you to ask? The growth of our faith depends on the questions we ask. The questions somehow bring us life. God can handle any question we've got. Questions don't faze God. Got a question that will disrupt the system around you? Ask it anyways.
Vision Sunday: 10 in 30
Sunday, April 15, 2018
What if church could look different than we thought possible? What if helping create new expressions of church could be a life changing gift for our many friends who find themselves disillusioned with church as they know it? We're excited to help birth ten expressions of church in the next thirty years. Join us in the miracle of this work!
Singing in the Dark
Sunday, April 1, 2018
We've all got some dark places in our lives. It feels like the end. Difficult relationships, illness, certain seasons of life. What does it take to be people who see a different story at work in the places that look like the end? What if we could sing in the dark? People who follow Jesus learn how to do that. We are people of the resurrection!