Ian Pollard offers his first sermon this morning--a powerful proclamation of God's Love for all. He uses the story of the Samaritan Woman at the Well to help us remember that EVERYONE is known and loved by Christ.
As we explore this passage we have much to learn from the rabbinical reflection and the Talmud. This passage explores the question: who should get more attention--God or a person in need? God or a stranger?
A beautiful passage to help us learn something about what it means--in church and beyond--to have Hospitality 'til it Hurts!
All of us wrestle with who's REALLY allowed in or not...even the Disciples. Can just anyone come see Jesus or is there a special invitation list? So many Christians worry about the list....but is that Jesus' primary concern?
4th Sunday of Lent
This famous passage is known for John 3:16, but what about who Jesus spoke it to? Nicodemus has an incredible story worth telling and teaches us something very important about the Gospel. Do we recognize God's at work even if we can't see it? Do we leave room for growth and change...even in our enemies? Dealing with the beast of judgment this week....
Today's scripture invites us to reflect on what happens if we make our house of worship a marketplace.
Jesus flips over the tables on the idea that God's gifts, God's spirit, God's love could be a commodity to be bought and sold.
While we may think that kind of consumerism is uncommon today, we must be wary of the ways we can bring a consumer mindset to worship.
This is the third Sunday in Lent...
This is a half service recording. Today was our last service with our wonderful pianist and choir director Pat Strainer. You will hear a wonderful solo by Amy Dolzine (Pie Jesu), accompaniment by Pat. Pat's communion meditation music will follow. Then the sermon on confronting comfort. At the end of the service is a celebration of Pat and Rich Strainer for their work and presence in our church family.
First Sunday in Lent - Sermon from this morning
What does it mean to be "with" the wild beasts of our day? Wouldn't we want to fight them, avoid them, cage them, or even save them? What does it mean to be "with" them as Jesus was?
Lent is a time to take a deep breath, find balance, become grounded so we can face a world often filled with anger, frustration, and fear.