Time, Talent, and Treasure
God has given each and every one of us gifts to use and to bless others with. We each are given the gifts of time to use as we choose, talents to use to bless and serve others with, and treasures – more tangible things like money and possessions that we are given. And because God gave us all of these things, we are called to use our time, talent and treasures in service of God and others. But how do we do that?
We celebrate the heart of our faith: the gospel of Christ—the good news—that makes us free! We pray that the Holy Spirit would continue to unite the church today in its proclamation and witness to the world. In the waters of baptism we are made one body; we pray for the day that all Christians will also be one at the Lord’s table.
Key Question(s): What does grace mean to you? Do you have trouble accepting grace in your life?
September / October 2017
This sermon series looks at what it means to be known by God, to know yourself, and to be known in the context of a community and relationships.
Key Question(s): How well do you know yourself? What things are triggers for you? What grounds you in your identity?What is your story? How does your story fit into God’s story?
June / July / August / September 2017
Summer Series - Genesis: Stories of Grace
Creation. Abraham & Sarah. The Tower of Babel. Noah & the Flood. Joseph and the Coat of Many Colors. These are just a few of the many amazing, well-known stories found in the book of Genesis. This summer we will be taking a deeper look into these stories and discovering together how even in some of the darkest situations and circumstances, God’s grace is there!
Key Question(s): What were you taught about “Creation”? What do you believe about the creation of the world?
Scriptures: Acts 2:1-21, John 20:19-23
Key Question(s): How do you believe the Holy Spirit works? How have you seen the Holy Spirit at work in the world?
April /May 2017
Philippians 2:14 says, “Value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of THE OTHERS.” Our world needs disciples and a church like that again. It needs people who will move toward “The Others” out there with the kind of compassion, courage, and conviction that God himself exercised when he came to earth in Jesus Christ. This is still not an easy or a completely safe way of life, but it IS God’s way, and it is the greatest hope for changing our world for the better today. How can we as the body of Christ take a positive stance when it comes to "The Others" that are sprinkled all around us? Learn how looking "Otherward" can guide you closer to God.
The Road Less Traveled: Journey to the Cross
When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Often times, as humans, we tend to see all of our imperfections – the things we’ve done wrong, our imperfections, things that make us feel guilty and “unclean.” This is where the season of Lent can be helpful and even healing. It is a time when we can look at ourselves and bring all of our worries, anxieties, imperfections, guilt, and whatever else keeps us from living a full, abundant life to the foot of the cross. It is a journey that leads us from shame to forgiveness, renewal and new life. It is not always an easy journey – a road less traveled as some might say – but it is one that is so worthwhile and life giving.
All of us experience difficulty. Yet while some people are crushed, others are transformed and become stronger. This sermon series is about Job—a man who experienced both hardship and success and was stronger for it.
January 29, 2017
Reconciled in Christ
A Hopeful Heart: Giving to Shape the World
Astronomers traveled from far off lands, led only by a star, to bring expensive gifts to someone they’d never met. Did they know how long their journey would be? No. Did they know who would be receiving these gifts? No. Did they know what these gifts would be used for? No. In a sense, these astronomers were the ultimate example of generosity, giving out of a grateful, hopeful heart, simply wanting to serve where they could.
In this three-week series, we will use their example to look at three aspects of giving and get insight into giving of ourselves, our time, and our possessions.
One of things we love most about Christmas is the music. Whether it’s standing in line at Target or listening to the radio on the way home from work, the music we hear reminds us that there is something unique about this time of year. When the Bible tells the Christmas story, it tells it through song. From Jesus conception in the womb to his dedication at the temple, every scene is filled with music and with wonder. And each song helps us discover something different, something important about the coming of this Child. In this series, the original Christmas Playlist, we will take a closer look at some of the sacred songs. What do they have to teach us about the very first Christmas, and its place in the bigger story of the Bible?
Have you ever found prayer to be intimidating, confusing, boring, or perhaps you just don’t know where to start? Would it surprise you to know that there are many different ways to pray? Perhaps you just haven’t found the right way for you to pray yet. This sermon series explores Howard Gardner’s seven intelligences. We will consider how our natural gifts and ways of learning might affect spiritual growth and prayer. We will even have the opportunity to think about and experience all seven in worship!