Worship

Keeping the Flame of Hope Alive

Services at 9:00 and 10:30 AM. Third Sunday in Advent. This Sunday falls in the middle of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah, an 8-day commemoration of the Maccabean overthrow of colonial rule. A Talmudic story tells how a jug of oil expected to last only one night, burned instead for eight. How do we keep the flame alive in these challenging times? How do we sustain strength and courage when events around us threaten to deplete us?

The Gospel as Subversive Literature

Second Sunday in Advent. In our time, it’s astonishing how the Gospels, the stories of Jesus of Nazareth, have been misappropriated.  It’s been used to defend the exclusion of immigrants, mistreatment of LGBTQ people, American hegemony in the world, and most recently, the sexual abuse of young women. But the main current of the gospels runs counter to all of these. On this Human Rights Sunday, let’s consider how this is so.

#DoNotBeAfraid

First Sunday in Advent. The biblical stories leading up to Christmas are full of angels bearing messages. Marcia McFee notes that these angels would have been very much at home in our world of tweets and hashtags. Their messages tended to be short and to the point, and their favorite line was #DoNotBeAfraid. What messages we can offer that will fly in the face of our culture of fear – to bring more hope, more peace, more joy, and more love to the world?

A Harvest of Gratitude

Services at 9:00 and 10:30 AM. On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, we give thanks for the harvest, and for everything that blesses our lives. The minister preaches at the 9 a.m. service; the 10:30 service is an inter-generational celebration.

Forgiveness and Reconciliation

Services at 9:00 and 10:30 AM. On the world stage, we see nations locked into what looks like irreconcilable conflict.  But sometimes, stories of peacemaking emerge from these seemingly impossible situations.  What can these stories teach us?

A Service of Remembrance for All Souls

Service at 9:00 and 10:30 AM. This time of year lends itself to remembrance of our loved ones.  Ancient peoples believed that the membrane separating heaven and earth was especially thin at this time.  This annual service commemorates those church members who have died during the past 12 months, in addition to departed friends and … Continued

Dia de los Muertos

Services at 9 and 10:30 AM. Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is an ancient festival from Central America. It comes to us primarily from Guatemala, Mexico and Nicaragua. Celebrating Dia de los Muertos gives us a chance to play around death, to talk about it and whether we believe our ancestors actually … Continued

Civil Discourse

Services at 9 and 10:30 AM. When the President of the United States thinks it’s okay to call fellow citizens “S.O.B.s,” we have a serious problem.  It’s been building for a long time, but has become especially virulent in the last year.  What can we do to restore civil discourse in our country?  And do … Continued

Let’s Celebrate! Time, Talent & Treasure

Services at 9 and 10:30 AM. Our church is a congregation of generous people.  Today’s service, with participants of all ages, celebrates the multitude of ways that members and friends give to the church, sustaining it with gifts of devotion, special skills, and financial support.

When Our Heart’s Deep Gladness Meets the World’s Deep Hunger

Services at 9 and 10:30 AM. What is our true calling, our real life’s work? Novelist Frederick Buechner once defined vocation as “the place where your deep gladness meets the world’s deep need.” Some people will find its expression in the work for which they are paid; others will realize it in some other part of their … Continued