May 20, 2018

This Sunday, May 20, we will be celebrating Pentecost, the birthday of the Church, when the Holy Spirit comes and fills the place where people from all nations are gathered and reminds them that they are one family.  I hope you will make plans to join us!

The liturgical color for Pentecost is RED, and you are invited to wear some red this Sunday.

The traditional scripture for Pentecost is Acts 2, when the Holy Spirit sweeps through the gathering of the disciples.  Our Scripture Choir reading includes this passage, as well as other important passages about the coming of the Spirit.  In addition, gem will be using a passage from Romans 5:5.

May 13, 2018

John 17:6-21a  

Our scripture from John’s gospel is Jesus’ prayer for his disciples (and those who will come after them) in John’s telling of the Last Supper.  In this prayer, Jesus asks God to protect them, to give them the words they need and great joy, and to send them out—in the hopes that all may be one.  Jesus has done all he can do to prepare them.  Now the work is in their (our) hands. . . .

May 6, 2018

John 16:1-13    

Our scripture from John is teaching from Jesus about the coming of the Advocate—or Holy Spirit.  Bad things happen.  We have no control over all of that.  We do have control over how we position ourselves in relation to those things.  And Jesus sends us the Holy Spirit to be our advocate and guide. 

April 29, 2018

John 10:11-18
Our scripture is John’s telling of Jesus as the good shepherd.  The theme is God’s claiming us and investing in us.

April 15, 2018

Luke 24:36-48  

Our scripture is Luke’s story of Jesus’ appearance to the disciples after his appearance on the Road to Emmaus.  Dave Mezzera will bring the message this Sunday.  He’ll be sharing about a couple of post-Resurrection apparitions of Jesus (especially Luke 24 - a resurrected body, not just a ghost) and hint about Luke's follow-up (Acts of the Apostles) with the Ascension and look forward to Pentecost. After the downer of the crucifixion, the excitement and joy of the risen Jesus is illustrated in these various apparitions.

April 8, 2018

Luke 24:13-35

Our scripture is Luke’s story of the Road to Emmaus and the disciples encounter with the risen Christ. We will weave together themes of broken-heartedness, hope, and the possibilities of new life—all within the context of baptism.

April 1, 2018

Mark 16:1-8

Happy Easter!  Come for breakfast and a children’s Easter Egg Hunt, and stay for inspired worship.  

Well, it’s resurrection Sunday.  SO, our theme will be resurrection. . . .  J  And we will continue to focus attention on the courage that is called forth in us as we “pay attention, be astonished, and tell about it.”  

To prepare the sanctuary for Easter, during the Opening Song, people will be invited forward to place flowers and plants on the altar and communion table.