Each Sunday we gather for our "Quiet Start" worship at 9am, with communion served by intinction ("dipping") and "Full House" worship at 11am, with choir, children's circle, and communion served in trays. There is "Worship & Wonder" time for all children and child care for the very youngest during both services.
THIS SUNDAY, 9/23
Worship @ 9am & 11am:
Sermon: "Peaceable & Powerful"
In this time of heightened division in our society, with political stakes getting higher and higher, it can be awfully tempting to "fight fire with fire," to let our desired ends justify almost any means. But the Epistle James warns us against that, encouraging us instead to be peaceful--not passive--and powerful as we confront sin and injustice not just in others, but also ourselves.
SCRIPTURE READING James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a
Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be boastful and false to the truth. Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish. For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace. . . .Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? Do they not come from your cravings that are at war within you? You want something and do not have it; so you commit murder. And you covet something and cannot obtain it; so you engage in disputes and conflicts. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what you get on your pleasures. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and the devil will flee from you. Draw near to God, and God will draw near to you.
Faith Formation @ 10am
"Called to Community"
Sundays @ 10am, Rm 10
In the midst of these radical shifts in our society and within Christianity itself, it is clearly time to revisit the question, "What is the role of the Church?" What is the Church’s role in the lives of individuals and families who no longer turn to it as the center of their social and family structure? ...in a world that increasingly sees it as irrelevant or even antithetical to human progress? ...in the lives of the people who continue to return to it as a source of strength, inspiration, solace, and connection with God? …in the lives of the people who have never walked through one of our doors an those who have sworn they never will again?"
Session #6, September 23: "What is the Church Becoming"
Video: "Creating Something New," with Rachel Held Evans, and "Come and Die," with Brian Zahn