Monday, September 30, 2013

Morning Worship, 9/29/13: "Hurting People Hurt People"

Hurting people hurt people.  And they do it over and over again until they learn the one way in which a hurting person can stop hurting people.  Forgive those who hurt you.  Even if you don’t want to.  Even if you have to say it out loud everyday for a year.  Forgive them.  Jesus says to do this even if they sin against you seven times in one day.

May the Lord be with you!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Morning Worship, 9/22/13: "On Doubt--Why Certainty Is Not Necessarily Sacred"

Somehow, over time people of faith have come to believe that certainty is sacred, as if they can be saved by the force of their assuredness, when in fact Jesus came and reminded us that God is a mystery to simple folks like us.  No clearer example of the mystery of God and Jesus' teachings exists than today's parable of the unjust manager.

May the Lord be with you!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Sermon from 9/15/13: "Vulnerability"

If you were to read this parable with your family one night before bed, you would probably interpret it to mean that God is the shepherd who never, ever leaves a single sheep behind.  God will always come for us.  You would be right.  But I ask you to also remember the deeper truth.  You have to be ready for God to find you.  You have to be willing to be found.  You have to believe you are good enough for God to love, or you will never ever experience the joy of that reunion.  

May the Lord be with you! 

Monday, September 9, 2013

Worship Recordings

My sincere apologies for not being able to post the audio of the past three worship services. On Aug 25, we were outdoors without a recording device. On Sept 1 & 8, our recording device in the church failed to record properly. We are working to correct the problem so that we can begin posting the service again as soon as possible! Thank you for your patience.


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Photos from Summer Baptism & Taizé Services

*Photos courtesy of Larry Nickell. Thank you, Larry!

Last Sunday, we held a service of baptism at the Ronceverte Island Park. Eden Trent, daughter of Todd & Jill Trent, was baptized. Following the service, the Deacons hosted our annual church picnic, including popular games. Take a look!

Earlier in the summer, we hosted ecumenical Taizé services on Sunday evenings. Over 100 folks from 15 different churches attended. These services also took place at the Island Park.