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By Jenelle Holmes

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Blast from the Past: Sabbath is where we begin.
Blast from the Past: Sabbath is where we begin.
This is the first sermon for Ormewood Church as we switched to weekly worship in October of 2017. We started with a five Sunday sermon series on Sabbath and Rest. Revisit what (unfortunately) still needs to be said: rest is not weakness, a mistake, or a misstep. It's built into our DNA as images of God. 
13:16
November 07, 2022
Grief Requires Rest: All Saints Sunday
Grief Requires Rest: All Saints Sunday
This is the first Sunday of three where we'll look at the blessing of rest. This week we particularly look at its healing nature as we grapple with grief on All Saints Sunday. 
15:03
November 06, 2022
Your Seat at the Table: Fill Up on Mercy!
Your Seat at the Table: Fill Up on Mercy!
With some help from Anne Lamott, Rev. Jenelle takes the leap from perfection to mercy as the prerequisite for church. 
14:36
September 18, 2022
Your Seat at the Table: Jesus and his Community
Your Seat at the Table: Jesus and his Community
No man is an island. Even Jesus. 
11:48
September 11, 2022
God made you, yes YOU, to be creative.
God made you, yes YOU, to be creative.
We get some help from Julia Cameron's book The Artist's Way in this episode!
12:03
August 28, 2022
Imagination and Spirituality: God gives us a new vision.
Imagination and Spirituality: God gives us a new vision.
God gives us a new way of seeing. 
19:58
August 14, 2022
Imagination and Spirituality: When things are hard to understand.
Imagination and Spirituality: When things are hard to understand.
Our imaginations help us bridge the gap between the difficult and the everyday. 
13:34
August 07, 2022
Imagination and Spirituality: Story and Parable and Prodigal-ness.
Imagination and Spirituality: Story and Parable and Prodigal-ness.
We explore the power of stories and their ability to "teach" us through indirectness, surprise, and everyday life. 
17:58
July 31, 2022
Imagination and Spirituality: God's Creative Creation
Imagination and Spirituality: God's Creative Creation
Join Job in being in awe of God's creativity. 
17:53
July 10, 2022
Imagination and Spirituality: Dwell in Possibility
Imagination and Spirituality: Dwell in Possibility
When the weight of impossibility is too heavy, throw it off. 
14:44
July 03, 2022
Imagination and Spirituality: Sacred Imaginative Spaces
Imagination and Spirituality: Sacred Imaginative Spaces
Sacred spaces matter, so get creative with them!
15:09
June 26, 2022
Imagination and Spirituality: God Is Creative and So Are We
Imagination and Spirituality: God Is Creative and So Are We
This sermon introduces the summer series on Imagination and Spirituality. We explore the grand creative endeavor that is Genesis 1 and reflect on how this imaginative telling of the beginning of the world helped exiled people stay afloat. 
21:36
June 12, 2022
Pentecost Sunday: Good Power
Pentecost Sunday: Good Power
Power can be used for good or bad. We celebrate its transformative nature on this the church's birthday!
12:07
June 05, 2022
Eastertide: Are you a toenail?
Eastertide: Are you a toenail?
The body is a handy metaphor for valuing all the parts of Jesus' community. Even the butt.
11:49
May 15, 2022
Eastertide: Bringing Your Whole Self
Eastertide: Bringing Your Whole Self
In Eastertide we're exploring the unexpected places we encounter Jesus. Looks like Jesus prefers the messy people and a good party to the Pharisees' ways of perfection. 
11:14
May 08, 2022
Easter Sermon 2022
Easter Sermon 2022
No one wants to hear it, but God works best through change. 
13:50
April 17, 2022
Lent Week Five: Surprise!
Lent Week Five: Surprise!
God is in the surprise business. Is that a good thing?
10:31
April 03, 2022
Lent Week Three: Sitting Still Isn't Our Only Option
Lent Week Three: Sitting Still Isn't Our Only Option
God's care of us is not limited to Psalm 46's command to "Be still." Isaiah offers us a much more participatory way to sit at God's table of comfort. 
11:39
March 20, 2022
Lent Week Two: The Practices of Hope
Lent Week Two: The Practices of Hope
As we witness the violence in Ukraine this week, we also explore the change we can enact through practices of hope thanks to our Psalm 27 writer.
15:33
March 13, 2022
Lent Week One: What kind of "you" will you be?
Lent Week One: What kind of "you" will you be?
Join us for Week 1 of our Lent series, in partnership with Sanctified Arts, "Full to the Brim." We will look at how the wilderness asks Jesus what kind of "Jesus" he is going to be, just as it demands the same thoughtfulness from us. 
14:39
March 06, 2022
Discipleship: Love (final lap!)
Discipleship: Love (final lap!)
We wrap up the discipleship series with the signature move for all disciples: love. 
12:56
February 27, 2022
Discipleship: Making Mistakes
Discipleship: Making Mistakes
Today we talk about the insidious nature of perfectionism and the freedom and transformation in making mistakes. 
12:33
February 20, 2022
Discipleship: Rest
Discipleship: Rest
We explore what it means to "inhale" before you "exhale" through the story of the sisters Mary and Martha. 
12:59
February 14, 2022
Discipleship: Getting each other where we need to go.
Discipleship: Getting each other where we need to go.
This week we explore how discipleship is all about community. We can't do this road alone. Also, Troop Beverly Hills is the key to understanding our Mark passage today. 
11:01
February 06, 2022
Discipleship: Evangelism
Discipleship: Evangelism
This week we repair some of the damage done to the word evangelism. 
12:59
January 30, 2022
Discipleship: Suffering, Rejection, Death, and New Life--Yikes!
Discipleship: Suffering, Rejection, Death, and New Life--Yikes!
Being a disciple is sometimes pretty rough. Also, there's a bit of Encanto in this podcast--definitely take some time (before or after this podcast) to watch this beautiful new animated movie. 
11:33
January 26, 2022
Discipleship: Who is Jesus?
Discipleship: Who is Jesus?
If we are Disciples of Christ, it's probably a good idea to get to know him. So, we visit the Gospel of Mark and start from the very beginning: Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah. 
12:18
January 16, 2022
Discipleship: Being a lifelong learner.
Discipleship: Being a lifelong learner.
Join us as we begin our series on discipleship as we unpack some of the shame of being a "learner" and prepare ourselves to be transformed in Christ. 
14:01
January 09, 2022
Christmas Eve 2021, A light in the dark!
Christmas Eve 2021, A light in the dark!
Join us for our Christmas Eve message. Also, apologies for the sound of a soccer ball at the end. Truly God's grace was made for virtual learning in a pandemic. 
13:36
January 04, 2022
Advent 2021, Week 4
Advent 2021, Week 4
Like Ted Lasso says, sometimes you just have to believe. 
11:42
December 19, 2021
Advent 2021, Week 3
Advent 2021, Week 3
"You better be lightning Jesus!" This sermon features a poem by Andrea Gibson from her collection You Better Be Lightning.
11:03
December 12, 2021
Advent 2021, Week 1
Advent 2021, Week 1
It's hard to wait. This week we talk about our different postures of waiting--some good, some not so much. We also introduce our church's Advent practice for 2021. 
12:28
November 28, 2021
Prayer Series, Part 2
Prayer Series, Part 2
Today's sermon is a short one that explores the Lord's Prayer from the Gospel of Matthew and then sends us out to try the many pathways of prayer. 
10:24
November 14, 2021
Prayer Series, Part 1
Prayer Series, Part 1
What is prayer and how do we do it all day long without ceasing? 
16:23
November 07, 2021
October 24, 2021, Belonging Series
October 24, 2021, Belonging Series
Today we examine what it means to be selfless like Christ without pretending you don't exist. 
13:03
October 24, 2021
October 17, 2021, Belonging Series
October 17, 2021, Belonging Series
Today we examine what breaks down belonging. You also get a glimpse at the end of the sermon into our weekly post-sermon "small group" time at Ormewood Church. 
13:49
October 17, 2021
October 10, 2021, Belonging Series
October 10, 2021, Belonging Series
Today we explore that admirable church in Acts chapter 2, and we ponder what made their belonging so grand!
15:19
October 10, 2021
September 26, 2021, Belonging Series
September 26, 2021, Belonging Series
In this episode we explore how our belonging in the world is made of creative stuff and creative relationships, but most of all it is created and defended by God.
17:17
September 26, 2021
September 12, 2021, Belonging Series
September 12, 2021, Belonging Series
This is the first episode in our Belonging series at Ormewood Church. The story at the beginning of the sermon is from Vivek Murthy's amazing book Together. We highly recommend reading the book or listening to his interview with Brene' Brown on her podcast Unlocking Us. 
11:12
September 12, 2021
Baptism Series: Death & New Life; Sin and Grace
Baptism Series: Death & New Life; Sin and Grace
In this episode we follow the movements of baptism: going under the water and rising again. We consider what that means theologically as we wrestle with Paul's letter to the Roman church. 
14:33
May 16, 2021
Baptism Series: Righteousness is about relationship.
Baptism Series: Righteousness is about relationship.
This week we look at Jesus' baptism, and why he would need to be baptized in the first place. Turns out it is all about participating in relationships rightly. 
10:15
May 02, 2021
Baptism Series: Water is a powerful metaphor.
Baptism Series: Water is a powerful metaphor.
This week we take a look at how the metaphor of water is sprinkled throughout the Bible as a way to articulate something profound about the invisible ways of God. 
15:22
April 18, 2021
Baptism Series: What is a sacrament?
Baptism Series: What is a sacrament?
We get a little help from our Celtic Christian friends as we explore how the invisible breaks through to the visible. The John O'Donohue references are from his delightful book "Anam Cara."
12:41
April 11, 2021