Our Worship
Worship Series After
October 2020
Worship Series Prior to October 2020
Abiding in Motion
May 2-23, 2021

“you will abide in my love” – John 15:9


Abide. God abides with us. It is deeply comforting, but can also feel stationary. We are here, we can snuggle in. This is our place. But what if our place isn’t a place at all? What if God with us isn’t a location but a lived reality? God abides with us and calls us out, sending us into the world to share all we have seen and heard.

Terror and Amazement
April 4 - 18, 2021

“you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here.” – Mark 16:6


Easter is a time of light and hope, joy and amazement. It is all these things only because it comes in a moment of profound loss and grief, pain and suffering. As disciples, we, like the first followers, encounter a world that is not as God would have it be. We inhabit communities that may struggle to imagine hope. Into our pain, the resurrected Christ comes, showing us a new way, a light in the darkness.

Following the Way
February 17 - April 1 2021

“Yet even now, says the Lord, return to me with all your heart” – Joel 2:12


God promises to be with us, to be our God, over and over again. And over and over again we find ourselves turning away from God. We allow ourselves to be tempted by power and wealth, by ease and comfort. We pursue paths that take us far from God’s calls. In this season, let us turn onto a new road, leave our old paths, and step into God’s way.

Into the Unknown
January 17 - February 7, 2021

“Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also” – Mark 1:38


The future is always impossible to know. But sometimes it seems more predictable than others. We are in a season of unknowns. Everything around us seems to be changing and the picture of what comes next is hard to imagine. Still, we are called. We are called to follow Jesus, to live as disciples. We are called to proclaim the good news. We are called to let go of where we think we should be and step into the unknown.          

Love Made Known
December 27 - January 10

“And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory”– John 1:14


Jesus, Emmanuel, is born and the world will come to see. The light of this birth shines into every corner of the world and our hearts. It lightens our darkness and reveals our possibilities. God’s incredible love has been revealed for all to see.

Embodied Waiting
November 29 - December 24 2020

“no eye has seen any God besides you,
   who works for those who wait for him” – Isaiah 64:4


As we await the coming of the Christ child with eager anticipation, we remember what it is we are waiting for. We are waiting for God incarnate, the divine taking on human flesh, becoming embodied. For this reason, our waiting too is embodied. Waiting is not an amorphic idea but an active, lived reality. As we hear God’s promise and wait for God’s coming, we practice our hope.

Seeing God
November 1 - 22

“taste and see that the Lord is good” – Psalm 34:8


There are so many who have formed us into who we are today: people of faith, lovers of God, strivers for justice. These are the people who made us want to be more, to look deeper, to find kindness and compassion within ourselves and others. They are family and friends, strangers and neighbors. They are with us now and they are long gone. They are reminders that who we are and the work we do is not done alone. We are a community, beloved children of God.

God's Gifts
October 11 - 25

“in every place your faith in God has become known” – 1 Thessalonians 1:8


All that we have and all that we are is from God. Yet we often forget that, acting as if we have brought our own blessings and prosperity upon ourselves. We respond as if others have brought their own despair and need upon themselves. All is God’s, but we do not treat it that way. All is God’s, and we are called to share all with God’s world. We are asked to give of our lives to the work of God. Not just moments, but our whole lives. Not just our worship, but our day to day. Not just a few dollars, but all we have.

God's Justice Sept 20 - Oct 4

September 19, 2020

“Israel, are my ways unfair? Is it not your ways that are unfair?” – Ezekiel 18:29


We talk a lot about justice. People protest in the streets and online in the name of justice. As children, we demand fairness from peers, parents, and teachers. As adults, we demand justice from our government, from the courts, from one another. But, too often, what we really mean by fair or just is that we get our own way. We pay little attention to whether everyone else is getting what they need too. God’s justice, however, sets our own demands aside and calls us to look at the world in a different way. To find true justice where all experience the dignity accorded to God’s children. To find true fairness where everyone has what they need, no more and no less.

Expansive Love Aug 23 - Sept 13

August 07, 2020

“Owe no one anything, except to love one another… Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.” – Romans 13:8, 10


We are the church. We are called by God to be followers of Jesus. But what are we called to do? How are we to live out our faith? These last months have reminded us how deeply we are impacted by the lives of those around us and how we impact them. It has shown us that the discrete circles we’ve created or independent lives we’ve tried to lead are illusory. We are connected and God wants us to be connected. As the church, we are called to participate in God’s ever expansive love, to create and nurture connections in new ways.

Stories that Form Us July 19 - August 9

July 17, 2020

“Jesus told the crowds all these things in parables; without a parable he told them nothing. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet:

‘I will open my mouth to speak in parables;

I will proclaim what has been hidden from the foundation of the world.’”

 – Matthew 13:34-35

The stories we tell about ourselves and our communities shape us; they let us know who we are and how we should live. They tell us truths about the world. In every story we hear deep truths that speak across ages. Yet, sometimes we need to hear these truths in new ways. We need to retell our stories so that we can see their heart again.

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