The Worthy – June 9, 2019

“And Jesus went with them, but when he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to say to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; therefore I did not presume to come to you. But only speak the word, and let my servant be healed…. When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd that  followed him, he said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” (Luke 7:1-10)

Who is worthy of the love—of the grace—of God? Too often people in or out of the church live with the belief, “I am not worthy.” They may be referring to their absence of faith, their life choices, or have even started to believe what “society” has declared about their identity. This week Jesus proclaims that what makes us worthy is not whether we are “in” or “out.” 

The Spirit Says, “Come” – June 2, 2019

The one who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! (Revelation 22:20)

We have come full circle. God flaked with Adam and Eve in the garden; now the creation of an all-inclusive community of loving persons with God at the very center of this community as its prime Sustainer and most glorious inhabitant is completed. The vision is laid before us of the New Jerusalem, the place where God dwells. And the invitation is waiting…”Come.”

The End of the Age – May 26, 2019

And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb. (Revelation 21: 23)

The end of the age is not a final revenge on God’s behalf, as so many interpretations intimate in Revelation. Rather, it is the fullness of God brought to earth.

A New Heaven and a New Earth – May 19, 2019 (Youth Sunday)

Paige McDowell

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying “See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his people and God himself will be with them. (Revelation 21:3)

All creation, material and spiritual, is renewed by God. The deepest hunger of the human heart is satisfied when actually dwelling with God…and this is the way shown by Christ.

Wiping Away Every Tear – May 12, 2019

They will hunger no more, and thirst no more; the sun will not strike them, nor any scorching heat; for the Lamb at the center of the those will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of the date of life, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Revelation 7:16-17)

God’s multicultural choir outstrips our own feeble attempts at inclusiveness…and the hope for the future is that no one will suffer the indignity or torment of not being included.

Blessing and Honor and Glory and Might – May 5, 2019

Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, singing. “To the one seated!” (Revelation 5:.12)

How does your spirit react to the possibility of serving and worshipping God for eternity and reigning with Jesus Christ forever and ever? Are you indifferent? Happy? Rebellious? Complacent? Anxious? What is the hope in this part of John’s vision?

The Alpha and Omega – April 28, 2019

Rev. Hannah Bonner

“I am the Alpha and Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty. (Rev. 1:8)

We will explore the background of the Revelation, including the nature of Jesus and the Risen Christ, and the hope we have of the kingdom because of his death. 

I Have Seen the Lord – Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019

Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples,”I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her. (John 20:17)

Mary Magdalene was the first to see the resurrected Christ, the first to experience the hope of Easter. Peter and John saw the empty tomb and while they believed the evidence of their eyes, they didn’t understand and went home. Mary stayed , trying to puzzle it out, and first two angels and then Jesus appeared to her, giving her the first witness of the Risen Savior. One might think that this culmination of the life and death of Jesus would be the end…I mean, how could any sign and wonder top that? But it was just the beginning of the hope Jesus would bring to the world.

Hearing the Still, Small Voice: Finding Your Own – Maundy Thursday, April 18, 2019

“I have revealed your name to the people you gave me from this world. They were yours and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. This is because I gave them the words that you gave me, and they received them. They truly understood that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. “I’m praying for them…”  (John 17: 6-10)

The “Appointment with God” that we have experienced each week in our Lent worship will be expanded for an evening of being with God, with ourselves and with each other.

We start with a meal, remembering the last time Jesus ate with his disciples. Then we will “go to the Garden” with Jesus to pray, hear music, be silent together, and see photos from our individual Lent prayer journeys. We will hear the scripture account of Good Friday and then go out into the night to wait for… the rest of the Story.

Palm Sunday – Finding Your Purpose: Listening to Your Heart Scripture – April 14, 2019

Palm Sunday – Finding Your Purpose: Listening to Your Heart – April 14, 2019 

Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane… And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want.” (Matthew 26:36, 39)

Jesus’ prayer life was described most often in the scriptures as something he did “away” from the crowds or disciples. And as we come to the last week of this Lent journey, we

have experienced the blessings of turning away from the noise of the world in order to turn inward to hear that “still small voice” of God and finding our own voice of wisdom there as well. This Sunday begins the story of the end of Jesus’ human life and the scripture contains one of the rare examples of how Jesus prayed. It was honest, it was gut-wrenching, and it finally was a letting-go of expectations about life and a turn toward the acceptance that gives the courage to move onward.