What role does fear play in your life?
We all struggle with fear and face seasons where the uncertainty and change in our life becomes a true challenge. Right now our world is facing massive uncertainty about the future in regards to COVID, politics, and race. Fear is natural and can’t be avoided— what makes the difference is how we hold it.
This week we start a new series on living life Unafraid. Each week Pastor Jeff will share a tool from psychology and one from our faith to help us through.
What do you know about Joseph of Arimathea?
Probably not much! He was mentioned in the King Arthur/Holy Grail legend, but little of that was grounded in truth. His brief appearance in the Bible, though gives us an inspiring glimpse of one of the very first Christians using his God-given ingenuity to take care of the practical side Jesus’ resurrection. After all, how could we celebrate the empty tomb of Easter if someone hadn’t thought to give Jesus a tomb in the first place?
Join us for “The Miracle of the Tomb Itself” as we not only hear Joseph of Arimathea’s story but consider the practical side our own role in God’s kingdom as well!
How often do you blame others for what’s wrong in the world? In our community? In your life?
Today is the last of our "Resting _____ Face” series, letting God shape our default reactions. Many of you have talked about how it has really affected you and been beneficial. It hasn’t been easy, but it HAS been worth it!
We’ll end by looking at our unhealthy default reaction to blame others when things are off kilter. Did you know the reason behind it is not only human nature but goes all the way back to Adam and Eve. But naturally, Jesus steps in to give us new life.
Are you ever angry?
Ok, stupid question, we’re all angry sometime. But do you get angry… too much?
This week we continue our series on changing our “defaults” by asking God why we get angry so much. It turns out there is an almost “magical” answer to this one: practicing the art of forgiveness, while not easy, has a way of changing our anger into, of all things, gratitude.
What’s your first thought when something seems… off?
Do you assume the best or do you get suspicious?
For most of us, the answer is suspicion. We’ve seen enough, lived enough, and been hurt enough that our reaction is usually to brace ourself for more of the same. Yet the love we see in Jesus is quite different and,
frankly, quite refreshing.
This week Pastor Jeff returns to the series “Resting _____ Face” as we examine and seek to change our default reactions.
Instead of a full sermon this week, Pastor Jeff spoke about what Confirmation is, reminded us each of our own baptism and place in the church, and then let the act of Confirmation itself do the talking. Join six of our young people as they claim their faith as their own-- and reclaim your own as well!
What’s your first reaction when life doesn’t go the way you want it to? What’s your default?
Some of us get angry, others judgmental. Some get quiet and depressed, others lash out. Almost none of us, though, can say that our “default” is a good one. But the good news is that not only can our default be changed, but in fact doing so is a big part of what Jesus teaches and shows us.
This week we begin a new series called “Resting ____ Face: Letting God Shape Our Default.” We begin this week by seeking to change our tendency to judge others into an attitude of grace.
Pastor Jeff talks about the movie Frozen II which speaks remarkably well to our current moment in history: when you’re lost in the forest and you cannot see the future, sometimes all you can do is the “next right thing—” which sometimes involves sacrifice. Good thing we have God to help us find our way!
This week Pastor Jeff will wrap up our series on the book of James and race with something you may not have seen coming: the power of words. James compares it to a rudder: that small piece of wood beneath a mighty ship that change its whole direction. So our own words, chosen— no cultivated— carefully, can change not only our hearts but our actions and the world. If you’ve ever wondered what YOU can do for the racial tension in our world, join us this morning for more!
This week Pastor Jeff continues our challenging series on James with an eye toward the racial tension in our country. We'll hear James the brother of Jesus say in no uncertain terms that if your actions don't follow what you CLAIM you believe then your so-called beliefs mean nothing. Harsh words but they also remind us that our well-intentioned "thoughts and prayers" toward minorities are meaningless-- if not hurtful-- if we just slouch back to the way things were.
We begin a new series this week on the book of James in the Bible. James was the brother of Jesus, and at least one thing clearly runs in the family— he tells it like it is. Fair warning: this series will be a challenging one, as Pastor Jeff also intends to help us find a faithful way to approach the racial tension in our nation.
Are you fully engaging worship from home? Forget the WFH ("Work From Home") movement, this is about WORSHIP From Home! We've been doing it via livestream for months now and are grateful for it. But worship is about so much more than what happens on Sunday morning!
Have you ever "gone through the motions" with Communion but sensed something deeper was going on? This Sunday we continue looking at the basics of faith with a special look at what theologians call "sacraments." For United Methodists that means Baptism and Communion. What makes them so special and why do we put so much energy into such simple things?
Is your faith as healthy as you'd like? Jesus once lifted up the idea of a fruit tree-- if it doesn't bear fruit, then something is incomplete. The same is true for us! Now before you get worried, take a close look... God may be doing more through you than you are aware. But that said, all of us could stand to live out our faith a little more-- with God's help.
Do you have enough friends? Deep friends who truly know you? Let's face it... even before COVID this was a problem for nearly all of us. Yet in the Bible, loneliness was present even before that first apple bite: "It's not good that the human is alone." We were quite literally made for connection!
How do you answer that yearning inside? Our yearning for God is like our thirst for water. Most of the time we don't even know we're thirsty. But take one sip and... oh, my, that water tastes good-- and we end up drinking the whole glass! The problem is that we don't always know where to begin.
This Sunday we begin a new series called “Home/Church” that will help us grow in the basics of the Christian life and the building blocks upon which our worship at home is built. This week starts out with “The What and How of Praying.” What is prayer? Does it do any good? Why bother?
Do you ever feel less than fully human? Have you ever noticed that some parts of this world just aren’t aligned with the way God made them to be? If so, then this sermon is for you! We’ll celebrate the Holy Spirit by hearing the amazing story of the first Pentecost day in the Bible. Part of what it shows us isn’t just a remarkable story of fire and wind, but one of imperfect people finally realizing who God made them to be.
Do you ever feel like God has given up on this world? You’re not alone… there are days when the evidence around us seems to suggest God has indeed given up. But this morning we’ll hear a message that may surprise you: the risen Jesus’ last appearance to his disciples offers evidence that not only has God NOT given up on us, but is, in fact, invested in this world’s future— personally.
So you’ve had some moments you’re not proud of. All of this social distancing and self-isolation has built to the point where it’s harder to bear. Maybe you’ve lashed out, maybe you’ve harbored resentment, maybe you just shut down more than you used to. This week’s sermon is for you. We’ll sing, we’ll pray, and we’ll hear the story of Peter who felt exactly that way after Jesus’ crucifixion and arrest simply broke him. But what Jesus says to him after he faces it? Wow— you’ll hardly believe it’s true for you, too!
Did you know Jesus had a sense of humor? This morning, Pastor Jeff will share a story of the risen Jesus doing something you may never have noticed— teasing! That’s right, there’s a moment where Jesus appears to be having a good laugh with his friends. We hope you’re doing the same and that you’ll bring your laugh with you today!
Pastor Jeff’s sermon includes a story of when the risen Jesus appears to his disciples— wait for it— while they were in a locked room. Sound familiar? Join us and find that the risen Jesus is in YOUR quarantine shelter, too!
Have you ever noticed how stress affects your body? Or how your body being sick keeps you from thinking straight? Our minds, bodies, souls, and spirits are all connected. So what can we do to support our soul and our spirit? This week we’ll hear about how the risen Jesus also embraced and cared for his own body and see how we bring our whole selves to our faith, too.
This week’s premise might sound familiar: two disciples are walking along the road, just like so many of us are doing during social isolation, and they’re feeling downtrodden, not fully understanding Easter. What they discover surprises them and makes them describe their hearts as being on fire. Listen in— you might say the same thing!
Ok, let’s say one thing straight out— quarantine isn’t how any of us expected to be spending Easter. We miss seeing one another and singing “Christ is risen!” with our church. But you know what? Christ is STILL risen! No virus can cancel the resurrection, nor our hope!