This Sunday in Worship

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Sunday, July 22, 10:15 am

Most of us know the story of David confronting Goliath. It’s a classic story of the underdog winning the day. In part two of our sermon series on David, we’ll explore our own Goliaths and reflect on what tools we have within our reach that can help us stand tall, face down difficult odds, and stay hopeful in the face of tumult and strife. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on how five smooth stones and God’s presence can make all the difference.

This Sunday in Worship

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Sunday, July 15, 10:15 am

 

Many of us know of King David as one of the great rulers of ancient Israel. But before he was king, he was just a shepherd boy. David had a lot of older brothers who would have been the obvious choice to lead God’s people. But as is so often the case, God doesn’t go with the obvious choice. More often than not, God doesn’t call the qualified. God qualifies the called. God has a way of seeing past the surface into the hearts of humans and drawing forth the gifts we don’t even know we have. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches the first of a three-part sermon series on David and how he became the leader God knew he could be.

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Sunday, July 8, 10:15 am

At church camp and during the Western Regional Youth Event, anytime a young person needs to go somewhere away from the group, they are asked to “take a buddy!” For safety, for caring, to learn from one another, to help one another be brave, going out into the world with a buddy seems like a great idea. Jesus sent the disciples out two by two in our Gospel reading for this Sunday. Beyond keeping one another company, what do we learn from going through this life with a buddy or buddies? How does God work differently through two or more gathered in God’s name? Join us this Sunday in worship as Rev. Mollie preaches on the joys and challenges of “taking a buddy.”

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Sunday, July 1, 10:15 am

Many of us feel inadequate when it comes to our prayer life. I often hear people say, “I’m not good at prayer.” What’s that about? What does being “good” at prayer even mean? Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt leads a special intergenerational service with communion, prayer stations, and a sermon on what Jesus teaches about prayer. Children will participate in the worship service rather than leaving for Children’s Faith Formation. We will have nursery care for those 3 and under.

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Sunday, June 24, 10:15 am

Last week Attorney General Jeff Sessions turned to the Bible to defend the current administration’s immigration policy. Mr. Sessions said, “I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes.” If any public figure is going to quote this section of Paul’s letter to the Romans, perhaps they should keep reading, at least through verse 10. What does Romans 13:1-10 say and what does it mean when people in authority quote it? What other passages in scripture are relevant when considering how we treat immigrants and asylum seekers? Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches, “Mr. Sessions, Please Keep Reading”—a sermon about the power scripture has to harm and to heal and how we can respond to a world that seems to only have bad news.

Save the Date! Brewatitudes

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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