Sunday, September 29, 2013

Creation emerges from chaos

Genesis 1: 1-4 In the beginning
Psalm 51: 6-12 Create in me a clean heart.


 In the beginning God created. We believe in the United Church that God not only created, but is still creating and we are partners in this creation. Sabbath practice invites us to be intentional and deliberate about what we are doing, the choices we make and how we live out our life. The creative process is not something that can be controlled, nor can it be sped up. The creative process also requires us to be attentive and open to the possibilities which are found in the chaos. As we explore the scriptures let us also explore the creative process and discover how our creations express and reflect who God is. listen .view

Sunday, September 15, 2013

What is Stopping You?

Scripture:

  • Isaiah 30:12-16 In rest you shall find salvation
  • Psalm 46 Be still and know that I am God
  • Mark 6:30-32 Jesus invites the apostles to rest in the wilderness

Sermon:

What's Stopping You?
The practice of sabbath is begins by pausing, taking a break, letting go of what we are grasping, stepping out of the race-just for a moment. But something stops us from stopping. We are afraid of missing out; or afraid of what might catch up to us; or just afraid of the emptiness. So it takes courage: sabbath practice is courageous. So we ask ourselves, what is stopping us; and what enables us to stop, just for a moment, to let God catch up to us.
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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Year-Round Holidays

Scripture:

  • Exodus 31:12-18 The sabbath law
  • Deuteronomy 5:12-15 Observe the sabbath day
  • Mark 2:23-28 Challenge about sabbath

Sermon:

Year-Round Holidays
"Holiday" means "holy day". Sabbath is a holy day; not a vacation, but a holy day. And it comes around again every week, all year round. What is the difference between a true sabbath and just a busy weekend? How do we redirect our energies in order truly to "re-create" ourselves? What is the practice of sabbath, really?
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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Contentment Comes with Mutual Love for All

Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 Living mutual love; angels in disguise.
Psalm 81:1, 10-16 (VU pp. 796-797 Part 2) God will feed you wheat and honey.
Luke 14:1, 7-14 Those who exalt themselves will be humbled.


It's time to get down to the heart of the matter. One's happiness is directly related to being content with what we have. The Hebrews scripture instructs us to share what we have with others, to open our hearts to one another and not just the people we know. We need to become a blessing to every person we encounter and we need to stop focusing on getting ahead in this world and be present to the moment at hand. Be ready, willing and open to everyone in this world, for you never know when you might encounter a messenger of God. After Worship: All are invited to gather in the Memorial Hall for fellowship and refreshments.
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