Consecrating – October 13, 2019

Consecrating – October 13, 2019

Scripture: Exodus 19:3-7; 20:1-17

“I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now therefore, if you obey my voice and keep my covenant . . . ” (Exodus 19: 4-5)

The drama of deliverance in the Moses story soon gives way to the drudgery of “so now what?!” as the people wander the desert. There is only so much God can do for us without us doing our part. God can give us reason to trust God, God can bless us, protect us, prosper us, and deliver us. But if we are to truly live into our identity as God’s precious and holy ones, we are called to make a commitment of our own free will.

Delivering – October 6, 2019

Scripture: Exodus 14:10-14, 21-29

“Do not be afraid, stand firm, and see the deliverance that the Lord will accomplish for you today.”  (Exodus 14:13)

Perhaps no other story from the Hebrew texts has the drama that Moses’ story has. The people are delivered in an epic scene from their slavery. Our own deliverance, however, might feel just as dramatic when we are in the midst of it. Sometimes the way ahead appears utterly blocked and we have no power or ability ourselves to overcome it. At these moments we are faced with a critical decision: do we return to slavery and servitude, or do we allow God to make a way outa no way?

Protecting – September 29, 2019

Scripture: Genesis 39:1-23

“The chief jailer paid no heed to anything that was in Joseph’s care, because the Lord was with you; and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper.” (Genesis 39: 23)

It seems Joseph can’t get a break. He is left for dead by his brothers, taken into a foreign land to serve as a slave, then he is lied about by the master’s wife and jailed. But throughout he seems to bloom where he is planted, making a way outa no way. Perhaps on our journey we need to look for blessing not in the absence of struggle, but in the heart of it, where we are protected and prospered.

Blessing – September 22, 2019

Scripture: Genesis 12: 1-9

“Leave your land, your family and your father’s household… I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.” (Genesis 12:1-2)

Leaving everything we have known before to set out for the unknown can feel unsettling, to say the least. But at 75 years old?! Abram trusted this new path–this new way–and the promise of God’s presence and blessing anywhere. We take the first significant step on our journey with God when we accept a blessing that we believe is too large for us to deserve and a responsibility that we feel is too large for us to fulfill.

Saving – September 15, 2019

Scripture: Genesis 6:16-22; 9:8-15

“I will remember my covenant.” (Genesis 9:16)

If doppler radar had been around then, the severe weather warning would have been intense. God tells Noah how to get ready for the deluge and he sets to work, making a way outa no way. We don’t really come to know God until we have some reason to trust God. God’s rainbow covenant allows us the baseline of trust we need to start a journey and process of self-discovery that will lead us into a life renewed that is large enough for us to inhabit with our full selves.

Beyond the Shadows – September 8, 2019

Andrew Colby Preaching

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:12-13.

The Work Has Just Begun – September 1, 2019

Scripture: Hebrews 13: 1-8; 15-16

So let’s continually offer up a sacrifice of praise through him, which is the fruit from our lips that confess his name. Don’t forget to do good and to share what you have because God is pleased with these kinds of sacrifices. (Hebrews 13:15-16)

A wonderful quote from the movie “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”: Everything will be all right in the end. If it’s not all right, it is not yet the end. Resurrection reminds us that nothing truly good can die, so we continue to do the work God calls us to do, to be the incarnation of Christ for the world today…for that is the way to life.

It Can’t Be Carried Alone – August 25, 2019

It Can’t Be Carried Alone – August 25, 2019

Scripture: Colossians 4: 2-17

Act wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Your speech should always be gracious and sprinkled with insight so that you may know how to respond to every person. (Colossians 4: 5-6)

When our Christian walk is shared with others, when we find a shared meaning for something, especially if it allows us to love God and others in the same action, God can get us through it. Paul surrounded himself with workers in the kingdom, and we need to do the same.

The Great Comma – August 18, 2019

Rev. Sandra McNary Preaching

Scripture: Colossians 3: 12-17

Be tolerant with each other and, if someone has a complaint against anyone, forgive each other. As the Lord forgave you, so also forgive each other. And over all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. (Colossians 3: 13-14)

In the Apostle’s Creed, there is a comma between “born of the Virgin Mary” and “suffered under Pontius Pilate”, a comma that delineates everything Jesus said and did between his birth and his death. This part of Colossians gives advice for daily, practical behavior for Christ-followers…what we do is far more important than what we merely believe!


Going Somewhere Good – August 11, 2019

Scripture: Colossians 3: 1-11

Therefore, if you were raised with Christ, look for the things that are above where Christ is sitting at God’s right side. Think about the things above and not things on earth. You died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory. (Colossians 3: 1-4)

If Christ is “in us”, what is the end goal for the cosmos in its entirety?  Where are we going with all this?The first public word of record out of Jesus’ mouth was the Greek imperative verb metabolite, which literally translates as “change your mind” or “go beyond your mind.” Changing our worldview is the point of the gospel, and going somewhere good teams having to go through and with the bad, and being unable to hold ourselves above it or apart from it. We never stop growing toward a more inclusive love when we are following Christ.