The Power of Your Story

If you worship with us regularly, then you know that I always begin our Sunday services with a question: How has God been working in your life this past week? And I’m always grateful when a few brave souls share a story about a “God moment” that they experienced. I’m grateful because your stories ofContinue reading “The Power of Your Story”

Under Construction

Two Sundays ago, seven of our sons and daughters confirmed their faith, and two adults reaffirmed their baptismal vows. In the weeks leading up to that celebration, our Scripture lessons spoke to all of us about what it means to have faith and belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and how it isContinue reading “Under Construction”

All Wrapped Up in Jesus

Timing is everything! If it’s meant to happen, it will – at the right time and for the right reason. And so it goes with this morning’s Scripture lesson. Jesus is giving his followers some last-minute teaching, some 11th-hour instruction, because the day of his death on the cross is fast approaching. Jesus has givenContinue reading “All Wrapped Up in Jesus”

It’s Simple: Love One Another

Most of us have been baptized, and many of us have been confirmed. Those baptisms and confirmations were celebrated across the wide range of Christian belief and practice, with each tradition holding nuanced understandings of what baptism and confirmation are all about. Yet, I think all of us who follow God in Christ by theContinue reading “It’s Simple: Love One Another”

Genuine Love

As some of our members prepare to confirm their baptismal vows on Sunday, Oct. 3, we’re spending some time looking at the three questions of baptism and confirmation: Do you reject sin and evil?Is Jesus your Lord and Savior?And do you promise to live for him? Last Sunday, we unpacked that first question about rejectingContinue reading “Genuine Love”

Do You Reject Sin and Evil?

A group of our members will be confirming their faith in worship on October 3, and during that celebration, each of them will be asked to respond “yes” to reaffirm the three questions of baptism. In baptism and confirmation, we first say “yes” to turning away from sin, then “yes” to the lordship and salvationContinue reading “Do You Reject Sin and Evil?”

Jesus Calling

In her memoir “The Year of Magical Thinking,” author Joan Didion shares the many thoughts that flooded her heart and mind during the year after the sudden and untimely death of her husband, John. Unable to accept the utter finality of death, Ms. Didion quietly believed that maybe, just maybe – somehow, someway – her husband would come back to her.