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07/16/2017 Creation’s Groan

“For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.” from Romans 8:18-25

Hope is a powerful concept. It has inspired rebellions and revolutions. It strengthens us in waiting. It offers courage when things don’t seem to be going our way. But why do we hope? What’s the root of hope’s power? Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on hope and despair, and why we wait patiently, but not passively, for the new thing God is birthing into the world.
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07/09/2017 Not Again!

“What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise.” from Romans 7:15-20

We know right from wrong, don’t we? And yet, so often we choose the wrong despite ourselves. In Sunday’s lesson from the book of Romans, Paul talks about sin, knowing right but doing wrong. Join us this Sunday for worship as Pastor Curt preaches on weakness, strength, and the problem of sin. Don’t worry, there’s Good News!
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07/02/2017 How Long, O Lord?

“How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart?” from Psalm 13

Have you ever felt like God has gone on vacation and left no forwarding address? Have you ever cried out and gotten nothing but silence in return? If so, you are not alone. The practice of lament is as old as the Bible itself. This week Pastor Curt preaches on Psalm 13, a Psalm of Lament, and asks the question, “How can we believe in God and still be real about our anger, frustration, and sorrow with God?”
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06/25/2017 The Unembellished Self Rev Jerry Eslinger

“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” from Matthew 10:16-20
Jesus doesn’t always have warm and cuddling things to say to his disciples—then or now. In this Sunday’s reading, he compares the disciples to sheep being sent out among the wolves. But he also has a word of comfort and hope for them as well. This Sunday the Rev. Jerry Eslinger will preach about what it means to be both vulnerable and authentic as we seek to follow Jesus.
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06/18/2017 The Ripple Effect

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” from Romans 5:1-5
According to the Apostle Paul, we are justified by faith, and through Christ we have access to God’s grace. But what does that really mean? How do we make sense of the way that life’s challenges sometimes defeat us and sometimes strengthen us? Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on faith, grace, hope, and the ripple effects of living from a place of right relationship.
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06/11/2017 A Valley Companion

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.” from Psalm 23
The 23rd Psalm is possibly the most iconic piece of scripture there is. Shepherds, green pastures, cool, still waters, and overflowing abundance bring a sense of peace and calm. But what about those valleys and shadows? This Sunday Pastor Curt preaches about the God who not only provides for our every need, but also provides a powerful presence in the troubling times of life.
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06/04/2017 Celebration Sunday

“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.” from Acts 2:1-12
Join us this Sunday for a worship party of epic proportions. We’ll be celebrating the end of our Ministry Expansion Campaign. Both the bell and chancel choirs are doing their final numbers of the season. It’s a communion Sunday. And, it just so happens to be the day we celebrate the Holy Spirit coming to people as tongues of fire, descending like a dove at Pentecost. If it sounds like a party you want to join, it is.
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05/28/2107 To An Unknown God

“People of Athens…I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god” from Acts 17:22-29
Back in the day of Paul, Athens was a bustling city where people of all different religious beliefs gathered. While teaching there, he noticed an altar dedicated, “To an unknown God.” He then tells the people about the God that he has come to know in Jesus Christ. How would you describe the God you know and worship? How do you live out your faith? What would you say if someone asked you, “why do you believe?” Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on faith, doubt, and what it means to know God.
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05/21/2017 That They May All Be One

“I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. ” from John 17:20-23
Jesus prayed. He prayed a lot. He prayed alone and he prayed with others. This Sunday we hear of Jesus prayer for his disciples and for all whose lives would be changed by their witness. Come join us as we celebrate our 2017 Confirmands and reflect together on the unity and diversity of ever changing Body of Christ.
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05/14/2017 Tasting Salvation

“Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it, you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.” from I Peter 2:2-5

What do we need to grow in our relationship with God? How can we nurture our spirits as well as our bodies? 1 Peter says we are like living stones, being built into a temple. Join us this Sunday as Rev. Curt Preston preaches on how to nourish our souls with the sweetness of God’s goodness.
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05/07/2017 Christ Revealed

“Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” from Luke 24:13-35

A long time ago, two friends walked along talking with one another about the unbelievable events of the first Easter morning. Along came a stranger who joined them, talked to them, and eventually ate with them. And Christ was revealed in the breaking of bread. Join us this Sunday for worship where we celebrate God’s radical hospitality revealing Christ to us in the breaking of bread.
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04/30/2017 United in Sharing

“All the believers were together and had everything in common.” from Acts 2:42-47

Before there were buildings, pastors, and committees there was still the church. God’s people gathering together, sharing God’s word, sharing God’s work, sharing the blessings God had given them. With our Ministry Expansion Campaign underway, this Sunday Pastor Curt will preach about what the church was, what the church is, and where we are going together.
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04/23/2017 Our Planet and Our Place Rev Tamara Boynton

“All the believers were together and had everything in common.” from Acts 2:24-47

Come this Sunday morning to the Earth Day B-Earthday Worship Party! In celebration of this ancient, beautiful and complex planet we share, we are going to spend some time in personal reflection, communal prayer, faithful song, and joyful gratitude. Look for Party Games (aka Meditation Stations), Party Favors, a Birthday Cake, and a message of resurrection for our planet and our lives. Rev. Tamara Boynton will be preaching and Anne Rowland will be leading us in song. Don’t miss it!
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04/16/2017 Shaking the Foundations

“Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.” from Matthew 28:1-10

Christ is risen! Easter is the high point in the Christian calendar and a day of great joy and celebration. Again this year, we will be creating a “living cross” as a symbol of resurrection and new life. All are invited to bring a flower to put on the cross following worship. We will have plenty of flowers available if you are unable to bring your own. Join us for worship beginning at 10:15 a.m., but we encourage you to arrive by 10:00 a.m. as the sanctuary is usually very full this day.
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04/09/2017 All Shook Up

“’Hosanna to the Son of David!’ ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ‘Hosanna in the highest heaven!'” from Matthew 21:1-11

Before things got bad, they were really good. Jesus enters Jerusalem to a hero’s welcome. The crowds cheered. The people sang and shouted. They threw down clothes and cut branches to pave his way. The whole city was shaken. Join us this Sunday for our Palm Sunday celebration! There will be singing and dancing, preaching and praying.
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04/02/2017 Unbound and Free

 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit …” from John 11:1-3, 32-45

We cry for many reasons. We cry because we are happy. We cry out of anger, frustration, or sorrow. We weep in relief or as release. In Sunday’s reading, we see Jesus cry at the loss of his friend Lazarus. But the story doesn’t stop there. This Sunday Pastor Curt preaches on the raising of Lazarus and what it has to do with us and with our own needs to be unbound, freed, and released.
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03/26/2017 Mud People

“The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.” from John 9:1-11

When bad things happen, do we blame God? When good things happen, do we praise God? This Sunday Jesus encounters a man blind from birth and the disciples wondered if it was a punishment for sin. Jesus responds with an emphatic, “No!” Join us for worship this Sunday when Pastor Curt preaches on sin, healing, and the muddiness that makes us whole.
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03/19/2017 Living Water

“Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” from John 4:14

Have you ever wondered if you are unlovable? Have you ever thought that something in your past means you can’t begin a new future with God? This Sunday, Jesus encounters the Samaritan woman at the well. She’s got some skeletons in her closet to be sure, but can God’s love, shown through Jesus, throw open the door and let the light in? This Sunday Pastor Curt preaches on living water, new beginnings, and how God’s grace pushes the restart button on our lives.
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03/12/2017 As Different as Night and Day

“The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” from Matthew 4:1-11

Under the cover of darkness, Jesus meets with a Jewish leader named Nicodemus. Jesus tells him of being born anew, of God’s transformative love, and how the Spirit blows where it chooses. Many of us have heard of being “born again.” But what does that really mean for us today? This Sunday Pastor Curt preaches on new life and the power we gain in surrendering to the Spirit.
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03/05/2017 Can We Be Honest?

“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted…” from Matthew 4:1-11

This is the first Sunday in the season of Lent. In Sunday’s scripture lesson, Jesus is driven out into the desert by the Holy Spirit. There he encounters temptation. As we enter the season of Lent it is a good time to ask questions about what temptations we face, what sin is (and isn’t), and how we might use this time to reorient our lives to God. Join us for Sunday worship where Pastor Curt will tackle the question, “Can we be honest for a moment?”
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03/01/2017 Why Lent?

   These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created. In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, when no plant of the field was yet in the earth and no herb of the field had yet sprung up… Genesis 2:4b-9
‘Beware of practising your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Matthew 6:1-6
The Pharisees and Sadducees came, and to test Jesus they asked him to show them a sign from heaven. He answered them, ‘When it is evening, you say, “It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.” Matthew 16-21

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season. Pastor Curt provides insight into Lent and why it is an important period within the church’s spiritual life.
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02/26/2017 Not What I Was, Not Yet What I Will Be

“Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.” from Matthew 17:1-9
This is an odd story about Jesus being shown glowing in light on the top of a mountain. Peter, James, and John saw it and they too were transformed. This Sunday Pastor Curt will preach on revelation, transformation, and how following Jesus inevitably means we too will be changed.
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02/19/2017 Nevertheless, We Persist

“If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.” from Matthew 5:38-48

God’s justice is certainly different from that of the world. Following Jesus challenges us to react to conflict not with anger or contention, but by giving freely to those who would injure us. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on turning the other cheek, going the extra mile, and loving those with whom we disagree.
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02/12/2017 Planted, Watered and Growing

“I [Paul] planted, Apollos watered, but God made it grow.” I Corinthians 3:6

Why do you have the beliefs that you have? What experiences have shaped your relationship with God? Who are the teachers, mentors, and guides that have helped make you the person you are today? This Sunday Pastor Curt will preach about how the important people in our lives lead us to a deeper experience of God in the world.
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02/05/2017 More Than a Pinch

“You are the salt of the earth…You are the light of the world” – from Matthew 5:13-20

Salt and light are pretty ordinary, everyday things. But to Jesus, salt and light are really special. This Sunday Pastor Curt will reflect on why Jesus calling us salt and light is a cause for celebration and what it means for how we are invited to engage the world around us.
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01/29/2017 What the Lord Requires

“…and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” – from Micah 6:1-8
You may have noticed that things were different in the old days of the Bible. People were compelled to burn offerings, sacrifice livestock, and follow the letter of the law in order to maintain their relationship with God. In this passage of Micah, however, we see a shift… a move away from acts of redemption, to a state of perpetual grace. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt Preston preaches on what the Lord requires of us.
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01/22/2017 Mending Nets

“As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. ‘Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will send you out to fish for people.’ ” – from Matthew 4:12-23
What do you have in common with your best friend? How about your partner? Chances are you share many interests and points of view with them. That’s just how we operate, we get to know people before we get close to them. Jesus, on the other hand, did things differently by calling his disciples on site. There was no prerequisite to following Jesus, just the willingness to follow. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt Preston preaches on how anyone can be a disciple if they follow the call.
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01/15/2017 Partiality Logan Bennett

“I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him ” – from Acts 10:34-48

This is a divisive moment in American history. We all take sides sometimes, but can rigidly holding a position interfere with your ability to love your neighbor to the fullest? Join us this Sunday as Logan Bennett preaches on the impartiality of God, and what that means for us as progressive Christians.
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01/08/2017 On Being Beloved

Do you remember your baptism? Were you too young to remember it? Have you been baptized more than once or not at all? This Sunday we hear about Jesus’ baptism, where it all began. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on baptism then and now and what it means to be claimed as God’s beloved.
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01/01/2017 Care for Creation Worship Service

A Taize-style service with opportunities for meditation, reflection, music, and ritual. Our celebration of communion will honor our connection with the earth, and participants will have the opportunity to set an intention for the coming year which expresses their commitment to care for creation.This service which is designed to engage the hearts and minds of all ages. Due to the style of this worship service, there no sermon is available. Instead, users may read they scriptures used in the service.

Ritual of Gratitude – Genesis 1:1-5 “In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth..” and a reading written by Manitongquat

Ritual of Release – Deuteronomy 30:19-20 “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, …”  and a reading written by Chief Seattle

Ritual of Planting – Matthew 13:31 – 32 “He put before them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed..” and a reading written by Starhawk

Ritual of Commitment – John 8:12 “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. …” and a reading written by Delores La Chapelle

Benediction – Apache Blessing

12/25/2016 A Collection of Poems and Stories

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.”  from John 1:1-14
Join us this Sunday for a casual service comprising of carols, poetry, and stories as we celebrate the birth of Jesus together! You may wish to find the readings that were read within the service.

Christmas Comes by Maren Tirabassi

Into the Darkest Hour by Madeleine L’Engle

Christmas Living and Christmas Giving by Henry Van Dyke

Getting to the Front of the Stable by Ann Weems

When the World was Dark by Iona Community

12/24/2016 O Holy Night

Scripture Readings: Luke 2: 1-7; Luke 2: 8-20; Matthew 2: 1-6, 9-12

Join us as we celebrate the birth of Christ with a traditional evening candlelight service and carols. We’ll start with a medley of Christmas songs at 7:00 p.m., move into the service proper at 7:30 p.m., and conclude with a candlelit Silent Night. Plan to arrive early, as this service is always packed!
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12/18/2016 Love’s Promise

“Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.”  from Luke 1:26-38

Have you ever wanted to change the world, but didn’t feel like you could make a difference? How can one person even make a dent with all the things that need fixing in our world? Mary and Joseph were ordinary people in their time, and yet God used them for something extraordinary! Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt Preston asks, “How can God’s love be manifested through us?”
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12/11/2016 Wisdom’s Joy

“Then the star appeared again… It led them on until it hovered over the place of the child. They could hardly contain themselves: They were in the right place! They had arrived at the right time!” from Matthew 2:1-10

We all know the story of the wise men from the east: They saw a star and followed it to our newly born savior! But did you ever wonder how they knew the star would lead to Jesus? They seemed pretty confident in their information, so much so that they alarmed King Herod with the news. Wouldn’t it be nice to be so knowledgeable in our own lives? These days, where can we turn for truth and wisdom? Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt Preston asks, “What wisdom can we use to guide us to the truth?”
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12/04/2016 A Vision of Peace

“The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.” from Isaiah 11:1-10

Does the world seem like a more divided place lately? With so much arguing, side-taking, and general anger in our midst, it’s hard to imagine peace will ever overcome our imperfect world. In this passage of Isaiah, we see a foreshadowing of the peace that is to come into the earth through Jesus. A peace so gentle and all-encompassing that even natural enemies (wolves and lambs) are living together in loving harmony. Join us this Sunday as Curt Preston asks, “How is Advent a vision of peace to come?”
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11/27/2016 The Beginning of Hope

“The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.” from John 1:1-9, 14

The origin of light, hope, and joy; Jesus is weaved into the narrative of the world, every bit a part of it as sunlight and stars, mountains and rivers, animals and man. From Genesis all the way to the nativity story, scripture is dotted with promises of the One who is to come. Join us this Sunday as Curt Preston asks, “Why is Advent the beginning of hope?”
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11/20/2016 ThanksLiving

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all.” from Philippians 4:4-9

Family is gathered around the table, the meal has been lovingly prepared… Life is good! It’s easy to be thankful when things are going well. But what about after the holidays, when life gets back to ‘normal?’ Or those times when life throws you a curve ball? Can we show gratitude in hard times as well as good? Join us this Sunday as Rev. Curt Preston asks, “How can we Live our Thanksgiving?”
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11/13/2016 God’s Mission: Our Journey; “Act”

“Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you…” from Genesis 12:1-5

Leaving behind safety, comfort, and familiarity is just plain hard. Very few of us would willingly leave our comfort zones and journey into the unknown. But sometimes that is the road we are called to, just as God called Abraham and his family to go to the promised land. As we take action, we may also take comfort in knowing that God is with us – guiding us –  through every stage of our journey. Join us this Sunday as Rev. Curt Preston asks, “How can we trust in God’s mission, our journey, and take action?”
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11/06/2016 God’s Mission: Our Journey; “Engage”

“Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts…” from Acts 2:43-47

Can you imagine heaven on earth? This beautiful description of the fellowship of these believers comes pretty close. All the believers together, sharing all things in common with sincere gratitude and love in their hearts. But they didn’t accomplish this by hearing the apostle’s message, then returning to their old lives… They engaged with one another, and those who had not yet heard the good news. Join us this Sunday as Rev. Curt Preston asks, “How can we engage our community as a fellowship of believers?”
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10/30/2016 God’s Mission: Our Journey; ” Invite”

“Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers…” from Hebrews 13:1-3

Do you remember your first time attending church? How about the first time you went to a new church? What was your experience like? Did you feel invited and welcomed, or uncomfortable? Sometimes it’s hard to remember how church felt as an ‘outsider.’ Perhaps those of us who grew up going to church can’t imagine what it’s like to walk through those doors for the first time. Join us this Sunday as Rev. Curt Preston asks, “How can we show hospitality to strangers, and invite them in?”
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10/23/2016 It’s a Trap!

” … all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” from Luke 18:9-14

We’ve all thought it at some point: “Thank goodness I’m not like those people.” Those people have the wrong views or made the wrong choices. But before we go patting ourselves on the back, we should ask, “Does doing all the right things really justify us?” Join us this Sunday as Rev. Curt Preston asks, “How can we be justified before God?”
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10/16/2016 The Inscription

“This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel… I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.” from Jeremiah 31:31-34

Rules and regulations, bosses and corporate infrastructure. In our world, authority comes from the top down. But as believers, God is our ultimate authority. Unlike our earthly rulers, our covenant with God exists within us. Join us this Sunday as Rev. Curt Preston asks, “How is our covenant with God at work in our minds and hearts?”
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10/08/2016 Growing Where You Are Planted

“… seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” from Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7

Have you ever felt out of place in this world? Have you ever thought, “there must be a better way.” As believers, we are called to be in the world, but not of it. What does that mean? Are we waiting for someday, or living for now? Join us this Sunday as Rev. Curt Preston asks, “How can we dream of God’s kingdom, yet live in the present?”
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10/02/2016 Singing in a Strange Land

World Communion Sunday offers us a distinctive opportunity to experience Holy Communion in the context of the global community of faith. The first Sunday of October has become a time when Christians in every culture break bread and pour the cup to remember and affirm Christ as the Head of the Church. On this day, we remember that we are part of the whole body of believers. Whether shared in a grand cathedral, a mud hut, outside on a hilltop, in a meetinghouse, or in a storefront, Christians celebrate the communion liturgy in as many ways as there are congregations.
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09/25/2016 The Good Life

“A devout life does bring wealth, but it’s the rich simplicity of being yourself before God…”  from 1 Timothy 6:6-12

Ah, the good life! Many of us work tirelessly for success, comfort, and even luxury… but do these things make for happiness? Or do we find our expensive things gathering dust, our large homes empty, and our bank accounts never quite full enough to bring peace and contentment? Join us this Sunday as Rev. Curt Preston asks, “What are the ingredients of ‘The Good Life?”
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09/18/2016 Stepping Up

“He picked up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen…”  from 2 Kings 2:6-14

We are all familiar with the phrase, “trial by fire,” and it’s a situation most of us try to avoid… Elisha, however, witnessed the fiery, whirlwind ascendance of his teacher, Elijah, and found himself literally picking up where his mentor left off. Have you ever wanted to take action, but felt unprepared? Join us this Sunday as Rev. Curt Preston asks, “When does God call us to ‘step up’ into leadership?”
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09/11/2016 Get Lost

“Rejoice with me for I have found my sheep that was lost.”  Luke 15:6

There is no denying that people like absolutes. The world can seem easier to understand when life fits in neat and tidy boxes. But on our spiritual journey, there are some moments that challenge us to move beyond the surface and ask deeper questions. Can we be both lost and found? Sinner and saved? Join us this Sunday as Rev. Curt Preston asks, “Why does God never tire of looking for us?”
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09/04/2016 Why is Sarah Laughing? Rev. Jerry Eslinger

“So Sarah laughed to herself saying, ‘After I have grown old, and my husband is old, I shall have this pleasure?'”  from Genesis 18:1-15

The Bible has a way of making its characters come to come to life. In Genesis we meet Sarah, Abraham’s wife. She was a strong, righteous woman, yet she had grow old without being blessed with a child. When God promised to bless her with a child, she laughed. Is there a deep desire of your heart that has not yet been met? Join us this Sunday as Rev. Jerry Eslinger asks, “Why is Sarah laughing?”
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08/28/2016

“…all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” from Luke 14:1, 7-14

Who doesn’t love a good party? Throughout the Gospel, Jesus attended dinner parties at many prominent homes. While always respectful, Jesus bucked tradition in terms of the guest list and seating charts, often shocking both guests and hosts. Join us at Prospect Park this Sunday as Rev. Curt Preston asks, “Who should we be inviting to our banquette, and who should sit in the place of honor?”
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08/21/216 Standing Tall

“…ought not this woman, whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free form this bondage on the sabbath day?” from Luke 13:10-17

Have you ever felt weighed down, stuck, or confined by a burden? Jesus met a woman whose ailment had physically ‘bent’ her into bondage, and isolated her from her community. In an outpouring of love and mercy, He healed her, and she praised Him! God wants this same healing for you and your loved ones, but sometimes our paths to healing are blocked. Join us this Sunday as Rev. Curt Preston asks, “When do we break the rules in order to fulfill God’s demand for justice, healing, and liberation?”
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08/14/2016 Celebrating God’s Temple

“According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it. Each builder must choose with care how to build on it.” from 1 Corinthians 3: 10-17

Can you imagine a force so great, so powerful, that is has no beginning or end? A being so immense that it surpasses a single name, image, or metaphor? The God we serve is truly the essence, the source and the aim of all things. Join us this Sunday as Rev. Curt Preston asks, “How can we praise God with our spirit, heart, mind, and body?”
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08/07/2016 Livin’ the Miracle Rev Jodi Bushdiecker

“There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?.”
from John 6:1-21

The alarm goes off at 7:00 a.m. You get up, go to work, come home and make dinner. Perhaps you spend some time with family, or watch some TV in the evening before going to bed. The next day the alarm goes off again. For many of us life can seem routine, and small in comparison to the events of the world. Does God have more in store for you? How can an ordinary day lead to something extraordinary? Can God really use you to make a difference in this world? Join us on Sunday as Pastor Jodi asks, “How can God make extraordinary things happen in an ordinary world?”
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07/31/2016 Is There Such a Thing as ‘Unanswered Prayer?’

“Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.”
from Luke 11:1-10

The Bible is full of promises, and this is perhaps the most fundamental of them. It’s repeated again and again, from the beginning of all things in Genesis to the end of all things in Revelation. The promise is simply this: if you call on God, God will answer. If you look for God, God will find you. So what does this mean for those of us who have spent our lives knocking on locked doors? Are we doing something wrong? Is God? Join us on Sunday as Pastor Curt asks, “What does an answered prayer look like?”
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07/24/2016 Taizé Worship Service

“Be still, and know that I am God!”
from Psalm 46

Taizé-style worship comes to us from the Taizé community, an ecumenical Christian group based in France. Songs consist of simple, repeated phrases, and instead of a sermon, there’s an emphasis on contemplation and silence. Over the last couple years, this has become one of our most popular worship services. Everyone is invited to join us as we quiet our minds, still our hearts, and wait for the wind of God to blow among us.

There is no sermon within a Taizé service.

07/17/2016 Martha, Meet Mary

Mary sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing.”
from Luke 10:38-42

Okay, quick question. What’s strange about this story? Go ahead, think about it. Take all the time you need. Got an answer yet? No? That’s because there’s NOTHING strange about it. In a book that includes people being brought back from the dead, conversations with demons, manipulation of the laws of physics, and grisly executions, this is a story about … not much. A dispute over who’s doing the dishes. So why has it survived for two thousand years? Join us on Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches the Mary and Martha within each of us, and the calm at the eye of the storm.
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