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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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Tell our stories boldly!

Picture taken of butterflies made at the Art Studio at the Community Dinner

John 20: 1-18 The Resurrection of Jesus

In the end is our beginning. When Mary found the tomb empty and encountered Jesus after his death, her life was turned upside down! Through her tears she found healing in the light of Christ. Like Mary may we be awakened to a new way of living, a new perspective and the possibility of a new world. All is not lost but just beginning. Let us find ways to share our stories of faith and transformation with all who will listen.
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