God’s promise to Abraham that, through his one family, God will bless all the families of the earth. In Genesis 37, that promise doesn’t look like it’s going very well. The large family of Jacob can’t even figure out how to live at peace with one another - let alone show God’s ways to the world. Still, God continues to work through this family - helping them mature in wisdom, helping them set aside petty rivalries and jealousies to work together, helping them work through the messy business of reconciling and forgiving past wrongs - so that by the end of the story, they have become a unified family once again and even one that blesses the world around them in a time of great suffering and struggle.
How is God working in this time of disruption, division, and “involuntary dislocation” in which we are living? Perhaps the same way God is always working - taking what is intended for “ill” and working it for good. God gets into the messy tangle of human lives and communities to move us toward a future in which all people are reconciled to God and each other and living in peace. How might God be involved in the messy tangle of our own lives and the lives of those around us right now? How might God be calling us to be the family that blesses all other families at this moment?
When we chose our theme of “Rooted & Grounded in Love” for 2020, we had no idea what a “rootless” and “groundless” year we were in for! All of us have experienced huge and unexpected disruption and loss this year. Many of us anticipate there may be more to come. We face together a future that feels more and more uncertain.When we chose our theme of “Rooted & Grounded in Love” for 2020, we had no idea what a “rootless” and “groundless” year we were in for! All of us have experienced huge and unexpected disruption and loss this year. Many of us anticipate there may be more to come. We face together a future that feels more and more uncertain.
However, this prayer reminds us that - no matter the conditions around us - God in Christ has already accomplished what we cannot. “[God] has made known the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.” (Ephesians 1:9-10)
As we seek to rest our grounding deeper into this good news, we also pray that God will grow us into a people prepared to meet the challenges and opportunities of this moment in history with faith, hope, and love. Join us for worship in June as we continue to pray this prayer together, explore its meaning, and encourage each other to live love, remembering all that God has done, is doing, and will do in us and for us.
Exploring Jesus' parables in Matthew 13.
With the chaos of our lives and the world around us, God offers an invitation (or is it more of a command?): “Be still and know that I am God.”
As the congregation prepares to select and re-affirm elders this fall, the Elders are teaching a series of classes on leadship within the local congregation.
Living out the Easter story.
The way John tells the story, Jesus doesn’t do “miracles”, he performs “signs”. Where are these signs pointing? Each Sun-day, the sermon and classes will explore a different sign in John’s Gospel.
Revisiting stories of the old testatment. Some are familiar and some are less well known, but all help us to know our God better.
Special sermon topics based on questions submitted by the congregation.