July 23, 2017

Genesis 28:10-19a

Our scripture this week continues our journey in Genesis—with the story of Jacob travelling to Padden-aram to his Uncle Laban (Rebekah’s brother) to take a wife.  Jacob has a dream of a ladder stretching up to heaven with angels ascending and descending upon it.  This story reminds us that the sacred finds us and meets us in unexpected places—regardless of our “merit.”  Jacob has stolen Esau’s birthright, and even so, God loves him and remains with him.

July 9, 2017

Genesis 24:1-15, 56-61

Our scripture this week continues our journey in Genesis—with the story of Rebekah, who becomes the wife of Isaac, Abraham’s son.  This Sunday is also the Sunday of our Church’s General Assembly.  We will consider the path forward—for the faith story of Abraham’s family, our faith stories, and the faith story of our Church.  

June 25, 2017

Genesis 21:1-21

This Sunday, we will celebrate Refugee and Immigrant Welcome Sunday.  Our scripture this week continues our journey in Genesis—with the birth of Isaac to Sarah and the banishment of Hagar and Ishmael.  In light of Refugee and Immigrant Welcome Sunday, we will consider: What does it mean to be unwelcome in your own home?  How does God continue to meet us and love us, even through all of the pain, rejection, uncertainty, and grief?

June 18, 2017

Genesis 18:1-15

I look forward to sharing worship with you this Sunday, as we continue in the Pentecost season—in the time we call Ordinary Time—but which is really a time of growth and insight and hope in what the church can do!  This Sunday we continue in the book of Genesis—with the story of the 3 visitors at the tent of Abraham and Sarah.  We will focus on the importance of welcoming strangers, the challenges they may bring, and the pros and cons of laughter. . . .

June 11, 2017

I look forward to sharing worship with you this Sunday, as we enter into this Pentecost season.  This Sunday we will begin a series of sermons from the book of Genesis.  And so, we will begin at the beginning:  the first story of creation.  The priestly story (Do you remember our conversation about the different authors of the Hebrew Bible?).  We will focus our attention on creation, climate, weather, and what it means to be created in the image of God.

June 4, 2017

I look forward to sharing worship with you this Sunday.  It is Pentecost—the birthday of the Church!  Our focus on this Pentecost Sunday will be listening and paying attention to the movement of the Spirit—and how we are all part of the holy embodiment of that flowing, rushing, ever-present Holy Spirit.

May 28, 2017

We continue in the Easter Season this week, but we are one week away from Pentecost, as we focus more and more on the Spirit.  We are blessed to have Adam Bradley preaching this Sunday.  His scripture is 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13.  The varieties of gifts but the one Spirit.   Our focus is on interconnectivity, ecosystems, life, growth, and interdependence.