Sunday, May 20, 2018

Pentecost: A Spirited Community Becomes the Church!

Acts 2: 1-21 and Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
Pentecost: A Spirited Community Becomes the Church!
What are the qualities of the earliest Christian communities of faith? What traditions did they begin that we continue which ones did they continue on from their own ancestors of faith and what practices have changed over the centuries that include or exclude more children of God from the experiences of worship and service? We will use this Pentecost Sunday to reflect so let us listen to the Holy Spirit’s work in the followers of Jesus to hear what She may say today!

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Look to the interests of others!

    The picture was taken by Tony Jansen while on tour in Jakarta Indonesia in 2018. Jim Triscott and Rev. Karen did some editing. The sculpture is called: Arjuna Wijaya Sculture produced in 2003. The plaque near the statue reads: "Sculpture relfects the radiance of inspiration for the spirit of cultural preservation. 

    Philippians 2: 1-13 Imitating Christ’s Humility

Our statement of welcome and inclusion has been the guiding principle of how we long to work together. We continue to strive to ensure that all people are not only welcome in our space, but are empowered to participate fully as the spirit of God calls them. In the spirit of discernment and prayer we will explore how we live out our call to be loving, and take time to consider who’s not in present in our community.

The recording of this sermons is only partial. The introduction did not record. The words will be included in the PDF copy once it has been transcribed. 
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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Integrity grounded in Christ

    Scripture: Philippians 1: 1-18a Paul’s prayer for the Philippians

Movie: Ladybird
The movie Lady Bird follows the life of a high school senior who is struggling to find her way in a world that seems unfair. Her negativity, selfish ambition, envy and rivalry lead to hurtful acts, but like Paul through these times of suffering, a miraculous thing can happen when we stop fighting, and receive love and compassion. Being Christian isn’t about being seen by others as good and upstanding citizens in our community. Being Christian is about living our lives from a place of compassion and thankfulness. May our motives to live Christian lives come from a place of good intentions and unconditional love.
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Sunday, April 29, 2018

How will they know we are Christian?

    Scripture: Acts 17: 16-31 Paul in Athens is distressed.

Movie: 3 Billboards
Paul had a message for the people of Athens, a message he wanted them to hear. His message was “while God has overlooked the times of human ignorance, now he commands all people everywhere to repent.” Like Paul, Mildred a mother in Ebbing Missouri, publically challenges the local authorities to stop ignoring the signs and seek justice for the death of her daughter. This is a story of repentance, compassion, suffering, human ignorance and reconciliation. How will we get the message of reconciliation and compassion out into the world as Jesus calls us to do?
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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Stick to your convictions and see what arises!

Acts 16: 16-34 Paul and Silas in Prison

A woman possessed, and a potential prison break are scenes worthy of the Oscars. However, we will instead use our imaginations and create our own story that demonstrates our commitment to stand up for our faith. May we be moved and inspired to dedicate our lives to God as the jail guard did, who asked Paul and Silas, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” May we not succumb to a spirit of scarcity or greed, and instead live a faithful life of abundance.
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Sunday, April 15, 2018

How Wide is Your Worldview?

Oscar Movie Series Acts 9:1-19 Movies: "Get Out" and "Call Me By My Name" As Jesus' disciples came from more diverse cultural and religious backgrounds, his followers had to ask who is in...who is out? We also wonder too and we also can wonder if the invitation to follow this radical One includes us. These two movies (both about coming to realize who we are, where we come from and how to love courageously) explore this wondering in very different and compelling ways listen view

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Love in all Shapes and Sizes

    Oscar Movie Series
    Movie: Shape of Water
    John 20:  19-31
    Jesus' disciples had differing experiences of the Risen Christ. Thomas became famous for being the one to say "No Way!" However, we all have times in our journey of faith when we think God's love it too great to be true, Jesus' invitation is too big! Do you doubt Love comes in all shapes and sizes? This movie, written by the creator of many a monster, asks if we can enact this call to love all.
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