Lent Worship Series- Poured Out

Poured Out tears 2Lent is a time when we prepare ourselves for Easter, for the tremendous revelation of God pouring out God’s own self for all the world.

Such revelation is too much to take in sometimes! Instead, we will try to experience it through the imagined words and stories of the people who surrounded Jesus in his last week: a friend who anoints him, two disciples (Peter and Judas), a soldier who witnesses his execution, and his mother, Mary. As each sees an element—oil, water, wine, blood, tears—poured out, we all wait with hope for love and light and life to be poured out on Easter. Then, we will bear witness with seekers at the tomb of Jesus, including Mary Magdalene.

Here are the sermons in this worship series:
“Poured Out” (Sand- intro to the theme) 2/14
“Glimpses of Mortality” (Oil) 2/21
“Are You (really) Going to Wash My Feet?” (Water) 2/28
“A Bitter Cup” (Wine) 3/6
“Redeeming Blood” (Blood) 3/13
“A Time for Tears” (Tears- Palm/Passion Sunday) 3/20
“Seekers at the Tomb: Mary Magdalene” (Light- Easter) 3/27

Journey with us for worship this sacred season!

“Poured Out” monologues for Lent by Dr. Marcia McFee, (www.marciamcfee.com) used with permission. “Seekers at the Tomb” Easter monologues by Pastor Becca.

Sermon: Live By Love

Untitled“Live By Love”

(January 31, 2016) What does it mean to define ourselves around the love of Jesus? Can we be formed into a new community, and a new family in Christ? (Luke 8:16-21)

Sermon: Whatever Forms

Minolta DSC“Whatever Forms”

(January 24, 2106) One part of our baptismal and membership vow as members of the Methodist Church is to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves. So, that could be quite a lot, really… (Luke 4:14-21)

What’s your life verse?

Epiphany Worship Series- Who Are You?

who-am-i-1431540Our theme in our worship and community life as we start 2016 is “Who Are You?”

The beginning of a new calendar year is a time when we often reassess direction and ask questions yet again about who we are and where we are going in life. This New Year we are taking a deep journey into the question, “Who Are You?” not only in our worship services, but in our spiritual practices and in our work as a congregation to discover where God is calling us as a church. We will discover that “who we are” is indelibly linked to “Whose we are.” What amazing things could happen if you lived into your best, most passionate, loving self? What if we lived into our best, most passionate, most loving beloved community?

Sermons in this series: Follow Your Star (1/03), Reflect Your Belovedness (1/10), Find the Meeting Places (1/17), Resist Injustice [“Whatever Forms”] (1/24), Live by Love (1/31), and Go Beyond (2/7)  

Sermon: Hope Unexpected

IMG_3101“Hope Unexpected”

(December 13, 2015) Mary and Elizabeth, two people who each failed at their one job (to provide their husbands with sons, of course), are perhaps in the best position to grasp and proclaim exactly how powerful God’s transformation is, and how much hope turns things upside-down, if we dare to hold on to it.  (Luke 1:39-56)

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Our advent theme is “It Takes a Village,” as we look at the people surrounding Jesus.

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Sermon: For the Love of Joseph

IMG_3251“It Takes a Village: For the Love of Joseph”

(December 6, 2015) Joseph makes a radical decision, when her learned of her alleged infidelity, first to divorce Mary quietly, and then not to divorce her at all but to join with her in marriage, and to raise their child together, even naming Jesus as his own son. Such love breaks barriers and shatters the conventions and expectations of the world. Where are we called to love like that in the world today– to forgive and draw in those who have wronged us, or those whom society preaches are unworthy of love? (Matthew 1:18-25)

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Our advent theme is “It Takes a Village,” as we look at the people surrounding Jesus.

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Sermon: Simeon, Anna, and Expectation

IMG_3101“It Takes a Village: Simeon, Anna, and Expectation”

(November 29, 2015) Jesus was born into a community, a context, a village, and the people in that context and community are important. The prophets– from those of old like Jeremiah, to those contemporary and near-contemporary with Jesus like Simeon and Anna– expressed the people’s longing for Jesus, and his fulfillment of God’s promise. How do we serve as prophets today? (Jeremiah 33:14-16Matthew 3:1-6Luke 2:25-38)

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Our advent theme is “It Takes a Village,” as we look at the people surrounding Jesus.

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