WE’RE ALL IN THE WILDERNESS NOW. WHAT COMES NEXT?

 Psalm 40:1-12 & John 1:29-42 Micah Bales   The wilderness beyond the Jordan river is where God appeared to Moses in the burning bush. It’s where the Hebrew people wandered for forty years after their escape from Egypt. In this same wilderness, Elijah heard the still, small voice of God. The wilderness is a place…

TINY BABY LIGHTING UP THE DARKNESS

Psalm 98, Isaiah 9:2-7, Isaiah 52:7-10, Luke 2:1-20, John 1:1-14 Jenn Hosler On Wednesday, it was the winter solstice, which is the longest night of the year. In our northern hemisphere location, the extended darkness is difficult for many people. There are literally less hours of daylight to experience and we bundle from the cold,…

ARE WE THERE YET?

Matthew 1:18-25 & Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18 Micah Bales It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas. As an American, I have a stereotyped vision of what Christmas ought to look like. It’s a cold, dark, wintry time. We’re bundled up, rushing from our warm houses to gathering places like this one, and back to our…

PRESENT ACTION, FUTURE HOPE

Isaiah 65:17-25; Luke 21:5-19 Jennifer Hosler Our church is committed to seeking justice, wholeness, and community through the gospel of Jesus. As followers of Jesus, we take seriously Jesus’ words—including those to care for and protect the marginalized and to love both our neighbors and our enemies. Since these are values that we regularly talk…

THE LAST ENEMY

Luke 24:1-12, I Corinthians 15:19-26 Nathan Hosler The “original” Easter happened once. This was long before Easter became a holiday and got associated with abnormally colored eggs or abnormal bunnies or abnormally colored chicks or perhaps most abnormal of all—little brightly colored chicks made of marshmallow. Of course the “original” Easter was in fact much…

Prepare the Soil; Wait for Sunshine

Isaiah 55:1-9, 1 Corinthians 10:1-13, Luke 13:1-9 Micah Bales One of the biggest reasons that people reject religious faith is this simple question: “Why would a loving God allow terrible things happen to good people?” It’s a tough question to answer. Maybe an impossible one. Yet from the beginning of recorded history, people have been…

OUR MISSION IS THIS

Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, Psalm 19, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Luke 4:14-21  Nathan Hosler Last Tuesday I was with the daily #bringbackourgirls campaign vigil in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria. This was their 649th day keeping watch and raising a voice for the abducted girls. On the drive back to my guest house with one of…

STAND UP, RAISE YOUR HEADS

Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-26 Jennifer Hosler On Halloween, I walked into a drugstore and noticed little drummer boys marking the edge of each aisle. It had started. Was I surprised? Not exactly—I’ve heard people say that each new commercial holiday scheme is rolled out immediately after the last one ends (if not…

SEEDS, TREES, AND THE UNEXPECTED

1 Samuel 15:34-16:13; 2 Corinthians 5:6-17; Mark 4:26-34 Jennifer Hosler As most of you know, this congregation has been going through a visioning process. Why did we start a visioning process? We recognized that the church had gone through transition and that it was moving away from uncertainty toward wholeness, healthy relationships, and vitality. During…