Monday, January 23, 2012

Morning Worship, 1/22/12

At this stage in Jesus' life, he is self-assured and completely confident. He calls his first disciples, and they follow...immediately. Do you know that feeling of confident, self-assurance? Have you ever waken up full of awesome? Has it been a while?

*This sermon relied on visuals in the sanctuary (pictures of the congregation showing their "awesome" side), which will be lost on this audio recording. Sorry...


Morning Worship, 1/15/12

When Jesus emerges from the River Jordan after being baptized by John, God greets him with a mighty affirmation: "You are my son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased." Surely, that made Jesus feel good, didn't it? How does it make you feel when you are affirmed? How do you affirm others?


Monday, January 9, 2012

Morning Worship, 1/8/12

Does the story in today's scripture about a boy, a king, and a threatened life sound familiar to you? It should. It certainly would have to the ears of first-century Jewish hearers. And therein lies its meaning.


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Penny Lane & Buddy stop by for a visit...

Our good friend Penny Lane and her little brother Buddy, whom we learn about and from every week in the children's sermon, stopped by over Christmas to say hello. Take a look...

Morning Worship, 1/1/12

This time of year, folks often make resolutions. Can you think of some common ones? Don't most involve doing more? What if we resolved to do less? What if, like the child Jesus in the temple, we used our freedom to sit with God and listen and learn?

*A classic moment unfolded in the Children's Sermon this Sunday. I pointed to the manger scene, which was full last week but now had only a shepherd and a few animals, and asked the children, "Where is Jesus now that he's gone from the manger?"  Check out the audio about 20 minutes in to hear the response.

Audio System Fixed!

You may have noticed when listening to our services online, or especially through headphones, that the sound was only being played back on one side. Thanks to the talents of audio engineer Craig Johnston, our problem is solved! You can now listen on your computer, stereo, or iPod with sound in "stereo," coming through both sides loud and clear!

Thanks, Craig!