Sunday, June 9, 10:15 am
Pentecost is more than a fiery dove descending on the heads of the Apostles and imparting the ability to speak in tongues. Pentecost is alive for us today in Lakewood UCC in the ways that invite us to act on God’s Spirit of Divine Love. We recognize that the Holy Spirit is accessible to everyone on our community. We act on that Spirit as the hands, head, and feet of God in the world. But what expectations do we have for resolving the problems and challenges we face? Come join us this Sunday as guest preacher Dr. Paul Michalec preaches on a modern interpretation of Pentecost as a gift given to all, a call to action, and the challenge of accepting the truth that our actions may not change the world in our lifetime.
Sunday, June 2, 10:15 am
This Sunday is a big day in the life of our church. We’ll have a baptism and also will receive communion. Plus, we have a congregational meeting following church. In John’s gospel, Jesus prays for his disciples “that they may all be one.” Not only is he talking about those disciples, but ALL of Jesus’ disciples, including us. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on sacraments, unity in the midst of diversity, and what oneness in Christ means to us.
Sunday, April 21, 10:15 am
Easter is the pinnacle of the year for Christians throughout the world as we celebrate the good news of Christ’s resurrection and what it means for us to be a resurrection people. This year we hear the story of Easter from the gospel of John where Mary encounters the risen Christ and thinks he is the gardener. How could she not recognize him? Join us this Sunday for a wonderful Easter worship and a sermon about how we sometimes blind ourselves to good news because we let our expectations get in the way.
Sunday, April 14, 10:15 am
Palm Sunday is the joyous celebration of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. The people were so excited to see him that they threw their cloaks before him and waved branches as he passed. And it was a very good day. But it also was the beginning of what would turn out to be a very hard week for Jesus and his disciples. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on the twin peaks of Palm Sunday and Easter and the valley that lies between them.
Sunday, April 7, 10:15 am
What would be different if we really believed that we were enough, exactly as we are? How would our lives and our world change if we weren’t constantly striving for something? We are bombarded by messages every day that we aren’t enough and don’t have enough. But the gospel tells us something different. The Good News is that we don’t have to be anything or do anything different for God to love us. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on making space for grace and how accepting our faults, sins, and imperfections can lead us to liberation and renewal.
Sunday, March 31, 10:15 am
Isaiah 43: 1-2; Luke 18:35-43
In 1981, Rabbi Harold Kushner wrote a book called When Bad Things Happen to Good People and it instantly made it to the New York Times Bestseller list because it rang so true for so many people. Bad things DO happen and they often seem to be so indiscriminate! We’d so prefer it if the bad things could just happen to bad people, but it doesn’t seem to work that way. Rabbi Kushner did not set out to answer the “why” question – and we will not either on Sunday – but we will spend some time in stormy weather together and reflect on where God shows up in midst of pounding rain and terrifying wind.
Sunday, March 10, 10:15 am
We’ve all had experiences of feeling lost, confused, and out of sorts. Sometimes it feels like the world is out to get us specifically. Bad news is often followed by more bad news. Broadly we can call any or all of these experiences as “wilderness.” But wilderness isn’t always bad. Sometimes, in fact, wilderness is just what we need to realign our values and our priorities. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on what gifts can be found in the wilderness and how we might even be able to offer a welcome to the wilderness.