The first Brewatitudes was a great gathering full of wonderful conversation! Throughout the summer, we will continue to engage monthly in a new topic at the intersection of theology, living, faith, and culture. Save the date for July 22 and August 19 at Green Mountain Beer Co, from 3-4:30 pm. Food trucks will be available, beer is optional, openness to good conversation a must. Discussion will be facilitated by Rev. Mollie, contact her with any questions!
Sunday, June 17, 10:15 am
At first glance, the parable of the Mustard Seed is one of the shortest, simplest parables. Jesus tells the disciples that the Realm of God is like a small seed growing into a great shrub, providing a home for the birds of the air. The small is made great in God’s love, providing shade and rest for others. What are the mustard seeds in our lives? Whether the seeds that grow when we embrace our authentic self or the seed that grows when we live in community – how do we cultivate growth in ourselves and others? In light of Pride month and the pride parade, what messages of God’s transformative power still needs to be cultivated and grown? Join us in worship this Sunday, whether in the streets of the Pride parade or the pews of our sanctuary as Rev. Mollie preaches.
Sunday, June 10, 10:15 am
There are many stories of people being called by God in the Bible. We think of people like Isaiah, Jonah, and Moses at the burning bush. This Sunday we hear the story of the call of Samuel. We are told that “the word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.” And yet God’s call came not to a king or prince, not to a person of means or someone with persuasive powers, but to a young boy. Why would God pick Samuel to be a messenger of hope? Surely there must have been someone better or more qualified. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on God’s knack for using the gifts that most people overlook.
Sunday, June 3, 10:15 am
Having rules and following rules is important. While they may be annoying and frustrating at times, laws are one of the ways we govern our behaviors so that we can create a safe and mutually beneficial community together. But what about laws that are unjust? What about when laws do more harm than good? Jesus was a good and faithful Jewish man who understood the importance of keeping the law. But he also knew that sometimes breaking the rules was the only way to bring God’s desired healing and justice to the world. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on the love of the law and the law of love and how following Jesus sometimes means breaking the rules so that love can rule our hearts, our homes, and our communities.
Sunday, May 27, 10:15 am
The story of Nicodemus and Jesus’ interactions gives us much to ponder as Jesus challenges Nicodemus to move beyond his intellect to embodying his faith. Do we have to abandon our knowledge and intellect to live as Spirit-filled people? Or is it an invitation to be challenged and stretched, living into what we cannot explain or define away? Is it an either/or, or a both/and? Join us in worship on Sunday as Rev. Mollie preaches on one of the most commonly used, and perhaps most misunderstood verses of the Bible.
Sunday, May 20, 10:15 am
Have you ever talked with a person and felt you simply couldn’t understand what the other was saying? You speak the same language but see the world so differently that you can’t talk across the divide? The story of Pentecost from Acts 2 is the story of the Holy Spirit coming upon the people and giving them the ability to understand each other even though they all speak different languages. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on current day Pentecost moments and how the Holy Spirit unites us in our diversity. Don’t forget to wear red!
Sunday, May 13, 10:15 am
What is love? How do we experience it? How do we demonstrate it? How do we receive it? We hear at church all the time that God’s love is unconditional, but how does that change how we live? Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on how experiencing God’s love means that we have to love the people in our lives, whether we like them or not.
Sunday, May 6, 10:15 am
Is church an eye in the storm of life, a place of safety and refuge? Is church a place of encountering and being challenged by differences? Perhaps it is a bit of both – a community of sanctuary and rest, while being a place of challenges and growth as we bump into each other’s differences. Join us in worship this Sunday as our Youth share their perspectives on what church is to them: an eye in the storm, a place of accepting and embracing differences, community based in unity, yet without uniformity. We will celebrate communion during this creative intergenerational service.
Sunday, April 29, 10:15 am
Can a person have privilege and also struggle to overcome long odds? Can a person wield power in one part of their life, and yet, face oppression in another? The fancy term for it is. “intersectionality.” It means that none of us fit neatly into a single category or box. In today’s reading from Acts, we meet an Ethiopian Eunuch riding in a chariot. He’s an outsider and also a person of wealth. He’s denied full participation in temple worship, but has power and influence at the same time. And he wants to be baptized. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on how far we are willing to go to be welcomed and to welcome others into the church.
Sunday, April 22, 10:15 am
The Parable of the Good Soil. One of the most famous of the 46 Parables of Jesus, but what relevance does it have in our world today? Is it a parable about the Earth, or an invitation to be Stewards of the Earth? Continuing our table-turning study of the Good News, Mark 4:1-20 is told anew by the Care for Creation Ministry and LaPuente Mission Team, with Tom Keefe preaching.