Glory Revealed – January 16, 2022

Scripture: John 2: 1-11

The story of the wedding at Cana and the turning of water into wine shows that God’s covenant brings abundant life and our discipleship compels us to share this river of God’s delight with others. Wine is meant for sharing, and God’s glory is revealed in Christ as he blesses the community with abundance and joy.

Spirit and Fire – January 9, 2022

Spirit and Fire – January 9, 2022

Scripture: Luke 3: 15-22

The seeds of hope for God’s reign are sown in an infant before whom the wise kneel. The early church believed that Epiphany (besides Easter and Pentecost) was one of the most important times of the year for baptisms, making this a wonderful Sunday to both baptize and reaffirm our baptism, a baptism of water and the Spirit.

Overwhelmed with Joy – January 2, 2022

Scripture: Matthew 2: 1-12

The star stops over where Jesus lived, and the Magi knew they had found the new King of the Jews. Their response? They were overwhelmed with joy as they recognized in this child the holy presence of God.

 

Two  Boys Take on Church – December 26, 2021

Scripture:  1 Samuel 2: 18-20, 26; Luke 2:  41-52

Because the Old Testament and New Testament readings for this Sunday tell the story of a boy in “church,” we thought we’d start there — with boys in church.

Christmas Eve Message in Sight and Sound 7:30 pm December 24, 2021

Christmas Eve Message in Sight and Sound

When Baby Jesus Goes Missing – Christmas Eve 9:30 December 24, 2021

When Baby Jesus Goes Missing – Christmas Eve 9:30 December 24, 2021

Scripture: Luke 2: 1-20  

Many people wait until Christmas Eve to put the baby Jesus in  their  Nativity  Scenes. A  Chinese woodcarver said that many people simply lose baby Jesus. He’s so easy to lose, after all, when you wait  to add him to the rest of the scene.  There’s nothing malicious about it. People don’t intend to lose Jesus, he said. In fact, they probably made a commitment to keep Jesus, and put Jesus front and center where he belongs.  But he got lost. Somehow, we weren’t paying attention. Perhaps he was set aside to make room for other elements of the scene, and the intention was to return him to his rightful place in our lives

What? Another Birthday? – December 19, 2021

Scripture: Luke 1; 39-45

Birthdays are usually happy occasions. But they do bring some pressure: parties, presents and more. Christmas is no different. Ironically, we often become distracted and distraught while planning to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace. So why is this birthday often such a burden?

Joy Has Dawned – December 12, 2021

The theme of joy punctuates our lives in unique ways during the Advent season. It punctuates most everything we do and most of our Advent traditions. This is the joy we tend expect from each other around Christmas time.

But what happens when we or the people with whom we share those moments are not filled with joy? How do we handle the Advent season that comes in the middle of one of life’s crushing blows?

The Psalmist said it this way: “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” We invite you this morning to grab hold of this truth. The darkest moments remind us that true joy is not found in the day to day circumstances of our lives, but is founded on the Creator of life.

A Work in Progress – December 5, 2021

Scripture:  Philippians 1: 3-11 

Our epistle reading today refers to us as projects on the way to completion. Will we ever be “complete”? Will we ever be perfect?

Symbols, Icons, and Emojis – November 28, 2021 

Symbols, Icons, and Emojis – November 28, 2021 

Scripture: Jeremiah 33: 14-16   “The days are surely coming,” says the Lord through the prophet, “when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David” (vv. 14-15).

Emojis and emoticons are popular ways to express thoughts and feelings. They are so ubiquitous that they are beginning to be the targets of lawsuits. The practice of using emojis to convey thoughts recalls an image mentioned in Scripture. God uses an emoji, we could say, to share the good news that peace and justice are coming to the world.