January 2020

Freed to Serve

We love to talk about how we are “free” as people. Generally, what we mean by that is, “I can do whatever I want.” Well, Peter has some words for that. Can we, as Christians, do whatever we want? We have been forgiven and set free, after all. We hear today, “Don’t use your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but live as servants of God.” You are invited to consider how you are freed to serve!



December 2019

Rise and Shine

AS WE GATHER In the waters of the Jordan River, John baptized Jesus. Jesus didn't need what baptism gives, but we do. Baptism is one of the ways God gives us forgiveness of sins. In this Sunday after Christmas we give thanks that our King Jesus was born into the world, and did everything we couldn't, so that we could have everything we shouldn't. Thank you Jesus!



God Weeping With Us

AS WE GATHER we recall the many tears we’ve cried, and the ones yet to come. Much of life is sadness. How do we make sense of it? Does sadness mean we are unloved by God? No. God is with us, even in the weeping. Come again to look at the manger, to see God with us, in every situation. Especially in times of suffering and sadness. Even if you feel like weeping today, Jesus is WITH us.



November 2019

Truth on Trial

AS WE GATHER we put truth on trial. Can Jesus stand up to the pressures and assaults and questions of the world? Jesus submitted himself to a trial with Pilate, and Pilate famously asked, “What is truth?” Jesus showed him and the world that truth is able to withstand anything the world can throw at it. And when we live under the True King, so can we.



October 2019

Jonah – When You Want to Run from God

AS WE GATHER we journey with Jonah. He runs away from God’s direct command, endangering the lives of a boatful of sailors, not to mention a whole city. What are we running away from? Where is God trying to get us to go? God is planning to use us for big things in this world, if only we will follow his lead. We consider this week our calling, especially when we want to RUN AWAY from God.



August 2019

The Message

AS WE GATHER we consider physical touch as a way to express love. The Gospels reveal to us that Jesus often used touch in His ministry. He touched the ill to bring health. He touched the funeral bier to raise life. He touches each of us with faith that we may know His love and embrace others with His compassion.



July 2019

Loving on Purpose: Quality Time

AS WE GATHER we get intentional with our time. We all have busy schedules, and there are a lot of things we must do with the 24 hours we’ve been given. But how do we love on purpose with our time? God promises to meet us and be with us always, and Jesus has provided an example for us on how to love through sharing meaningful moments together.



Freedom

AS WE GATHER we celebrate the revolutionary freedom Jesus won for us through his death and resurrection. While the USA celebrates victory over a tyrannical king almost 250 years ago, we celebrate the eternal victory of Jesus over the tyranny of sin, death, and evil almost 2,000 years ago. Jesus has given us the power to become children of God and live eternally with him. That is true revolutionary freedom!



June 2019

Communication

AS WE GATHER we continue our series, “Family Pray-cation.” Today’s theme, “Communication,” touches on a subject that is close to each of our families. It is said that a lack of communication is a leading factor to the demise of family. When, as a family, we pray to the Lord, we not only communicate our needs to the Lord, but to each other.



May 2019

All In

AS WE GATHER in the Month of May, our theme is “ALL!” Christianity is about commitment, because our God is about commitment. Today we hear two parables about a man who sacrificed all to acquire a treasure. Our God was “All In” when it comes to our salvation. It is by His grace, displayed on a cross and announced from an open and empty tomb that we have new and eternal life.





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