"The 103rd Floor; the Big Picture View..."-June 21st
"...that storm around the boat was very real, and the disciples' fear was very real, but if they had been able to see past it all through the eyes of faith, to see God's ultimate plan, like Jesus their trust in God would have brought them peace instead of fear. If like Jesus they had been able to see the view from the 103rd floor, the big picture view of the ultimate truth of God's plan for them and the world--they would not have been afraid."
"In my Father's house..." May 2nd
“...this is the faith Phil knew and lived in his life. Phil was not one to wear his faith on his sleeve, or act like he was better than anyone else. Phil possessed a quiet faith, an assured sense of God’s presence in his life. Phil shared his faith in numerous acts of generosity-a friend to many, a mentor, many people thought of him as a second ‘Dad’. Phil put his faith into action-not boasting action, but the action of ‘loving his neighbor’ as his way to show his ‘Love of God’..."
"What is a Good Shepherd?", April 26th
"It's a dangerous world out there for a sheep; there's a lot for them to be scared of, and they probably spend much of their time feeling frightened, anxious, stressed, and confused. But in that moment when they hear the shepherd's voice, they're reminded...the shepherd is there for them no matter what...God calls to us, too, each one of us...calling us to join together with fellow travelers on a life-long journey to grow closer to God."
"The Eighth Day", April 5th
"If Christ is risen, then there are values to live by now more important than how much you make, what you have, how successful you are in your career and life, what you can hope to accomplish before death. Values like: (1) Gratitude: living the experience of joy and thanksgiving for the abundant blessings God fills our lives with, (2) Generosity: sharing that joy and freely giving so others experience salvation moments, and (3) purposeful living: a life that fulfills, directed by a mission greater than oneself-knowing a grace filled joy in God’s work."
"Connecting", March 8th
"[God is] announcing that we're no longer just connected to God through God's creation of us in God's own image, but now we're also connected to God because God has lived in the world as one of us. Whatever we're experiencing in our lives, God has lived it too, and God is there with us in the midst of it no matter what."
Transfiguration Sunday, February 15th
All of us take a journey in our lives, a journey of self-discovery into the unknown territory of ourselves. Our path in life is not a given, our purpose is not revealed at birth. We have questions, but not immediate answers: Who am I? Why am I here? What am I called to do?...For forty days you and I are invited to enter into our Lenten discipline, a time of reflection, renewal, a deeper and closer walk with our God. So that, you too, might better understand who you are, why you are here, and what you are called to do.
Epiphany of Our Lord, January 4th
No one likes the unpredictable, the totally ‘new’ thing. We all feel an impulse to first turn away, deny, hide the truth, and try to preserve the momentum and inertia of the way things are. The difference for you and me is seeing past the fear and uncertainty to see God’s hand in all that is coming and to join ourselves to God’s future. For God, our God, is not behind us. Our God meets us ahead, guides us as surely as the star guided the Magi-- to a new and promised future. Christ meets us on the road ahead and calls us to follow him.
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, October 12th
How much joy surrounds you and me! We are truly wrapped in God’s generous goodness and blessed with an abundance of grace. “Living Generously” is the theme of our Stewardship Program this year. Generosity is one of the marks of Christian living; Christians experience the abundance of God’s blessings in their lives—and in turn, live in a culture of Generosity. We are blessed to look at the world through the eyes of grace, to know the Goodness of God.
Pentecost Sunday, June 8
Have you ever wondered, Why am I alive? Why am I here? What am I living for? Perhaps you've had that nagging whisper in those rare still moments, that questioning, rustling wonder - Is this really it? Is there something more to my life? Something missing? Shouldn't I feel...more complete? More satisfied? More...alive? Think about it--Is your life room...too small?
Fourth Sunday of Easter, May 11
"I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly." In John 10:10, Jesus tells us that he came so that we may have abundant life. But what exactly does this abundant life look like, and how do our relationships with other people look when we're living the abundant life that Jesus makes possible?
Easter Sunday, April 20
If you had to come up with one word that best describes God's activity in the scripture, what would it be? What is the one word that tells you what to expect from God? What is the word that best captures the impact - the effect - of God's actions? What would that one word be?
3rd Sunday in Lent, March 23
Lent reminds us of something we tend to forget - "We are born into a world without God." Strange - odd - but true. "We are born into a world without God."
7th Sunday After Ephiphany, February 23
"Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect."