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Unless stated otherwise in the title, Senior Pastor Curt Preston provided the sermon.


06/17/2018 Cultivate Rev. Mollie Landers Hatt

Mark 4:26-34
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.

06/10/2018 Visions Spread Wide

1 Samuel 3:1-10
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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06/03/2018 Love Over Law

Mark 2:23-3:6
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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05/27/2018 Spirit Living Rev. Mollie Landers Hatt

John 3:1-17
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.
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05/20/2018 When the Spirit Descends

Acts 2:1-21
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.
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05/13/2018 What Love Is

1 John 4:16b-21
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.
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05/06/2018 Today’s sermon was by three youth as a part of Youth Sunday

1 Kings 29-14a
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.
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04/29/2018 What’s to Prevent Me?

Acts 8:26-38
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.
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04/22/2018 Soil, Sower, and Seed Tom Keefe

Psalm 65:8-13; Mark 4:1-20
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.
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04/15/2018 Can I Get a Witness Rev. Mollie Landers Hatt

Luke 24:36-58
In the midst of the season of Easter, still in a world that is full of hurt, pain, injustice, and sadness, we are asked to witness to the resurrection.  How do we tell our own stories of new life and transformation in the midst of the hardships of the world? In a time where evangelism seems like a word we’d rather not utter, how can we share the importance of our faith with others?  Join us this Sunday in worship, as Rev. Mollie preaches and we are invited to walk side by side with one another, as we tell our stories and witness to the stories of others
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04/08/2018 Peace Offerings

John 20:19-31
For Christians, Easter is a season, not just one day. In fact, living as resurrection people is something we are called to all year round. Whatever happened on that first Easter morning has reverberations that go beyond Easter Sunday. This Sunday begins several weeks of stories of Jesus’s resurrection appearances. Jesus, again and again, is trying to convince the disciples that he is not gone but is actually still very much among them. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on doubt, faith, and what happens when we are open to believing in what we can’t see.
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04/01/2018 Easter Fools

Luke 24:1-12
Christ has 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 prior to the worship service. We will have plenty of flowers available if you are unable to bring your own. We will celebrate the resurrection with an intergenerational service on Easter, with Faith Formation staying in worship.
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03/25/2018 The Donkey Parade Rev. Mollie Landers Hatt

Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Mark 11:1-11
Holy Week kicks-off with a humble parade of Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey. Is this just a story fulfilling an ancient prophecy? Or does the humble but table-turning parade resound in our world and lives today? Join us this Sunday in worship, as we wave palms, shout Hosanna, and reflect on the humble parade that turned the tables.
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03/18/2018 Law and Love

Jeremiah 31:31-34
Sometimes religious people think that it’s all about the rules. Do this. Don’t do that. Here’s a sin, there’s a sin, everywhere a sin, sin. Rules themselves aren’t bad, but when it becomes more about the rule itself and less about the reason for the rule we can run into some trouble. In this week’s reading the prophet Jeremiah declares that the covenant between God and God’s people is not about external rules. It’s about what’s in our hearts. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on law and on love and how God turns the tables on keeping covenant.
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03/11/2018 The Gift of Grace

Ephesians 2:1-10
In our world, we often hear that people get what they deserve. We hear that we make our own destiny. We hear that through hard work we can accomplish anything. But in God’s world, we receive even when we don’t deserve. In God’s world, being spiritually dead is an opportunity to find new life. In God’s world, good works are the result, not the means, of our salvation. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on how our salvation has nothing to do with hell and everything to do with living in the here and now.
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03/04/2018 Acting Up

“The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money-changers seated at their tables.” John 2:13-22
As a child, I never knew that sometimes even Jesus got angry. The story of Jesus cleansing the temple is not one we typically teach to our children or often hear preached from the pulpit. We don’t like the thought of an angry Jesus. But some anger is justified. Some anger is a righteous anger at the injustice and indignities of the world. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on how the right kind of anger can be just what is needed to bring about the change God’s kingdom demands.
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02/25/2018 The Upside Down

“Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.” Mark 8:31-37
We tend to think of Jesus as a gentle, lamb-holding, sage figure who wanders from town to town dispensing easily digestible wisdom. And sometimes this is who he is. But today’s reading offers another side of Jesus. He’s angry with Peter because Peter’s focus is on the short term, not the longer term. He needs his disciples to know that following him will bring difficulty and challenge. But also that it is worth it. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on the topsy-turvy kingdom of God and how sometimes losing is just what we need in order to find what we never knew we were missing.
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02/18/2018 Rainbow Promises Rev Mollie Landers Hatt

“Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, ‘As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark.” Genesis 9:8-17
We often hear the story of Noah and the flood as children. This Sunday, we’ll focus on what happens after the storm passes, through the Covenant promise of the rainbow. Who is this promise for, and what does our part of the covenant mean for our daily lives?  We’ll explore how God continues to turn the tables, always giving a path to relationship and redemption. Join us this Sunday as Rev. Mollie preaches on the rainbow of promises of God.
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02/11/2018 Shape Shifting

“Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves.” Mark 9:2-9
We love to use the caterpillar turning into a butterfly as a metaphor for transformation. We start as one thing and through various processes, struggles, and events over time we become something else. But the butterfly was always a part of the caterpillar just as the caterpillar is still a part of the butterfly. Today we hear the story if Jesus becoming “transfigured” before a few disciples. What does that mean? And perhaps more importantly, what does it say about our own transformations? Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on how we are all becoming someone new and how our faith can help us through the process of being transformed in Christ.
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02/04/2018 Strength for Our Weakness

Isaiah 40:21-31
The ancient Israelites had a rough go of it for a while. Empire after empire came and conquered them. Life was hard. Surely they must have wondered why God was allowing this to happen. Enter the prophet, Isaiah. In chapter 40, Isaiah has some uplifting words for God’s people. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on how it is that we find strength in God when times are tough.
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01/28/2018 Christians In an Interfaith World

1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Since the very beginning, Christians have been trying to figure out how to live side by side with people of other faiths. Do we follow their customs? Encourage them to follow ours? Can we find a way to live our faith fully without diminishing the truths that others have found elsewhere? Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on the challenges and blessings of being a Christian in an interfaith world.
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01/21/2018 Casting a Wide Net

Mark 1:14-20
When Jesus called the disciples, he didn’t call just one type of person. He called fishermen, a tax collector, and a religious fanatic among others. He welcomed folks from all walks of life into his inner circle. Jesus seems to have some wisdom about how best to build a community and a movement. Encouraging rich diversity within the group seems to be an important part of it. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on how diversity is an important part of the church and how it always has been.
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01/14/2018 Come and See Rev. Mollie Landers Hatt

John 1:43-51
Join us for a very exciting Sunday worship service where Associate Pastor Candidate Rev. Mollie Landers Hatt will be preaching. In John’s Gospel, we’ll read the story of the call of Philip and Nathanael who were invited to follow Jesus and “come and see” who this Jesus of Nazareth is. How do we respond to God’s call in our life? How do we respond to God’s call in the lives of others? We’ll explore God’s invitation in our lives and world today.
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01/07/2018 New Year, New Light, New Life

Mark 1:4-11
As the calendar turns to 2018 many of us are looking to the future with hope. The church calendar also turns as we move from Advent and Christmas to the season of Epiphany. Epiphany is all about the ways Christ’s light is revealed and how it colors everything we see from a new perspective. This Sunday we reflect on the baptism of Jesus and what it means for our own lives, baptized or not. We’ll also be celebrating communion and celebrating Logan Bennett’s ministry with us as she prepares for her new call in Southern California.
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12/31/2017 “The Risk of Incarnation” by Parker Palmer

Genesis 1:1-5, John 1:1-5
Join us as we consider what it means at the turning of the year to truly embody the light of Christ. We will begin the service with a Hymn Sing of Christmas carols and end it with candlelight. Our budding Lakewood UCC worship band will lead the music. We offer special thanks to the ad hoc worship team from Care for Creation and Building and Grounds for their leadership in the service.

Today’s sermon showed a short video by Parker Palmer entitled “The Risk of incarnation” which was followed by some questions for those in attendance to ponder. Due to copyright and the nature of the sermon, there will be sermon posted for this service.

12/24/2017 #FearNot #WordMadeFlesh

Isaiah 9:2, 6-7; Luke 2:1-7; Luke 2:8-20
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 pm, move into the service proper at 7:30 pm, and conclude with a candlelit Silent Night. Plan to arrive early, as this service is always packed!
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12/17/2017 #FearNot #Joy

Luke 1: 26-38
We tend to think of Mary as meek and mild. But the truth is she is anything but. It took her a few minutes to adjust to the news that she was going to be the means by which God would enter the world in a new way. But once she got over the shock, she boldly stepped forward with prophetic power. Join us this Sunday as we celebrate the 3rd Sunday of Advent with fearless joy at the coming of Christ at Christmas. #FearNot #Joy.
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12/10/2017 #FearNot #Peace

Matthew 1: 18-23
When Joseph learned Mary was pregnant his first thought was to “dismiss her quietly.” He didn’t want to expose her to unnecessary shame. But he didn’t want to marry her either. Then an angel came to him in a dream and said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife.” This is week two of our Advent series #FearNot, with this week’s focus on peace. Where do we find it? How do we achieve it? What does peace look and feel like? Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on finding peace in the midst of change, turmoil, and unrest. #FearNot #Peace.
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12/03/2017 #FearNot #Hope

Isaiah 61: 1-4, 11
Advent is a time of hopeful expectations as we await the rebirth of the Christ Child at Christmas. Over the next few weeks, we’ll reflect together on the importance of our faith in the face of events and situations that might cause us to be fearful. Again and again throughout our scriptures, we hear the words “Do not be afraid.” Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on why we can still have hope in midst of troubling and frightening times. #FearNot #Hope
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11/26/2017 When Did We See You?

Matthew 25: 31-45
In this week’s reading from Matthew, we hear Jesus talking about sheep and goats. He says that some people (the sheep) did what was right because they served the hungry, those in prison, the sick, and others he calls “the least of my brothers and sisters.” The goats, on the other hand, didn’t. They didn’t call. They didn’t visit. They didn’t help. This is a parable that reminds us of our central call as Christians—serving one another is how we serve Christ. In a season of thanksgiving, Pastor Curt will preach on how our call to serve others is really an expression of gratitude to God.
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11/19/2017 Thoughts and Prayers

Luke 13: 1-9
Here at Lakewood UCC, we are experiencing worship music in new ways. This Sunday, we have invited local jazz group, Second Acts, to our congregation to share their gifts of music in worship. This will be a  special worship service you won’t want to miss. We look forward to a lively, spirit-filled worship experience!
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11/12/2017 The Love Paradox

2 Thessalonians 1: 2-4
This is the third and final week of our Stewardship series focused on Celebrating our WOW Moments: Growing Faith, Giving Thanks, and Increasing Love. There is an old children’s song called, “The Magic Penny” which says, “love is something that if you give it away, you end up having more.” God calls us to be reckless in our loving, giving it away wherever and to whomever we can. This week in worship we’ll focus on our increasing love and how God’s love is an inexhaustible well from which we draw.
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11/05/2017 Thank God (and Goodness)

This is week 2 on our Stewardship theme of Celebrating our WOW Moments: Growing Faith, Giving Thanks, and Increasing Love. This week we focus on gratitude and thanksgiving. This time of year we hear a lot about being thankful, but to what or to whom are we thankful? Good luck? Dumb luck? Or perhaps even what seemed like bad luck at the time? Or is our gratitude and thankfulness grounded in something deeper than luck and chance? Join us this week as Pastor Curt preaches on Paul’s words about, “not ceasing to give thanks” even in the midst of trial and tribulation.
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10/29/2017 The View from Here

This week we begin a three-week series related to our stewardship theme this year: Celebrating our WOW Moments; Growing Faith, Giving Thanks, and Increasing Love. This Sunday we will focus on our growing faith. What does it mean to have a growing faith? What does it look like? Feel like? Sound like? How have important people in our past allowed us to stand where we stand and see what we see? Join us this week when Pastor Curt preaches on the ways we are growing in faith and what that means for our future together. We’ll also have a puppet show!
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10/22/2017 Ministry and Politics

In the United States, we have a separation of church and state. Everyone knows that religion and politics don’t mix. Everyone, it seems, except for Jesus. Join us this Sunday in worship were we dare to ask questions about faith, politics, and what it really means to, “render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s and to give to God that which belongs to God.”
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10/15/2017 Ambushed by Our Egos Rev Jerry Eslinger

Naaman knew what was wrong. And he knew what he needed to do to fix it. But, like so many of us, he let his ego get in the way of his healing. Why is it that we allow embarrassment and pride keep us from getting the help and healing we need? Join us this Sunday as guest preacher Rev. Jerry Eslinger preaches on how faith gives us the strength and courage to overcome our egos and seek what our hearts’ desire.

10/08/2017 More than a Suggestion

It’s a busy world. Our culture values efficiency over almost all else. In a world where time is often the most valuable thing we have, how do we spend it? What if we “waste” it? Can we really save it? God commands us to rest on the Sabbath but few of us really do. What does keeping Sabbath look like for busy 21st Century Christians? Join us for worship this Sunday when Pastor Curt preaches on the 10 Commandments and our need to find rest.
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10/01/2017 World Communion

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.

With the prayer and Communion stations, there was no sermon.

09/24/2017 How the Veil was Lifted: Reflections on Pine Ridge by Pine Ridge Participants

“For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” from 2 Corinthians 3:17-4:2
We will hear stories, see pictures, and celebrate the generosity of this congregation for all their support of those who went on the Pine Ridge mission trip in July. As one volunteer put it: “Volunteering at Re-Member is truly life-changing. Getting to serve the Lakota people and learn about their culture first hand is a privilege that I will forever be grateful for.”

09/17/2017 Jesus Prays for the Whole World Laura Stephenson

Jesus prays, “Holy Father, protect in them your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.” Our hope in times of illness is always to be whole, either again or in the future, even sometimes with God. This is most certainly true in mental illness when perception and body are fractured in biologically based challenges. This Sunday we’ll support and encourage those living with mental illness by diving into Jesus’ prayer for us and hearing from those who have first-hand experience of hope and mental illness.

No sermon will be posted.

09/10/2017 Back to Basics

“If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” from Romans 12:9-21
Jesus said that we should love God and love our neighbors as ourselves. And that sounds great, but what does it mean in the real world? In today’s reading from Romans, Paul gives a good beginning list, not of beliefs, but behaviors of people living a God-centered life. Join us this Sunday as we go back to the very basics of what it means to follow Jesus. It is sure to be a joyful celebration as we kick-off the new program year!
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09/03/2017 Blazing But Not Consumed

“But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?'” from Exodus 3:1-15
Moses didn’t want the job that God was offering. He didn’t want to go back to Egypt and he didn’t want to have to stand up to Pharaoh. And the truth is he wasn’t really qualified anyway. But God wasn’t taking “no” for an answer. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on burning brightly without burning out and what we can do when God won’t take “no” for an answer.
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08/27/2017 Building Bridges

“…We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.” from Romans 12:1-8
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08/20/2017 Make a Joyful Noise

“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come into God’s presence with singing.” from Psalm 100
St. Augustine once said that when we sing, we pray twice. Music moves our souls and stirs our Spirits. It makes us laugh and cry, it comforts and challenges, and it gives voice to our feelings when we have no words. For more than a decade Anne Rowland and her band have used their musical gifts to inspire us and move us in worship. This Sunday we say good bye to Anne and Company, and also reflect on the meaning and purpose of music in our lives. We hope you’ll join us for what is certain to be a spirit-filled and emotional service of thanksgiving.
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08/13/2017 Struggling for Faith in a Time of Special Effects – Dr. Nadyne Guzmán

Shortly before dawn, Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.” Matthew 14:22-33
In challenging times we find ourselves losing faith, wondering if things will ever be right again if we are strong enough to weather the storm. We want evidence of God’s power in the world. We begin to hope for a spectacular event in which God will turn all hatred into love and right all wrongs. This week Dr. Nadyne Guzmán will explore this very real desire and take time to regard the ordinary so we can find ourselves empowered to be the change we seek.

08/06/2017 Wrestling With God

“Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.”  from Genesis 32: 22-31 
What would you ask for if you could ask God for one thing? Fame? Fortune? Good health? A long life? In Sunday’s story from the book of Genesis, Jacob wrestles with an angel of God all night long. Jacob won’t let the angel go until he gets what he wants. What he asks for (and receives) is something as life changing as it is simple. Join us this Sunday for worship as Pastor Curt preaches on wrestling with God and the blessings that come with not giving up.
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07/30/2017 The Kingdom of God is Like …

“The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.” from Matthew 13:33, 44

The parables of Jesus are some of the most well known and most beloved verses in scripture. Many are a comparison between ordinary, everyday items and complicated theological ideas. This Sunday, through three short parables, we hear a bit of what Jesus believes the kingdom is heaven is like. To what would you compare the kingdom of heaven? Jesus’s answers might surprise you.
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07/23/2017 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.

07/16/2017 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.