Taking one day in seven off as a day of rest can seem like a tall order in our busy lives. Today's reflection explores how Sabbath rest relates to our own self care and to our relationship with the Holy.
Hope is one of the things Jesus calls us to wear. but hope isn't simply blind optimism, it is a courageous act of faith that calls us to step out and trust in the Spirit of Possibility.
We kick off our fall sermon series by talking about how what we wear matter, how clothes aren't the only thing we wear, and what Jesus has to do with all of that.
Kessa, one of our young adults, gave the sermon today and shared about her experiences of marching in this year's Pride parade and how we all need to celebrate life by choosing love over hate.
Challenging the Jewish purity system of first century Palestine, Jesus taught the inward transformation of faith; Jesus saw that any outer form of rituals and customs was the expression of the innermost mind. Jesus’ redrawn boundaries were not based on the system of purity but on the transformative power of love. In following Jesus, all people are included and welcomed regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation.
We all know what it's like to fail and we all know the devastating fear and shame it can bring. But what if failure doesn't need to be like that? Rev Nick offers us a way to understand failure in the Jesus Tradition and asks: what if failure isn’t something to be avoided, but something to be embraced?
Guest minister Rev. Grant Dawson shares on The Pestering God, who summons us on a journey.
Guest minister Rev. Grant Dawson shares on what is needed.
What's buying a house got to do with our faith and spirituality? Turns out, quite a bit.
Rev. Nick walks us through 4 things he learned about the spiritual life by buying a house
and offers us some questions to rumble with throughout the week.
Guest minister Rev. Grant Dawson shares a message on The Source of Our Unity.
Guest minister Rev. Grant Dawson shares on coming to terms with a transforming world, when all we really want is stability.
What do we do with crazy? Generally we're taught to do one of two things: either gaslight it or tame it. But our tradition offers a third option: embrace it. When it comes to the crazy ideas Jesus offers us like safe spaces for everyone, looking after the poor, and trusting we are all loved our job isn't to laugh it off or rationalize it away but to say 'yes' and embrace the crazy.
Rev. Nick talks with us about the most important word in that story of Jesus feeding the 5000 and how that one word unlocks how we can be the compassionate and generous people God calls us to be.
Our Worship Arts Director, Jesse, talks to us about the fine print, Pentecost, and systemic racism.
Part of what it means to be the church is to be the "repeating witness" - people who share about how God has moved in their lives and world and who try to help others experience the same. Rev Nick talks about that and what that means for us as a church community.
Why does Jesus show up as a stranger? Its a good question and one that asks us some questions of its own: 'how can we be strangers to others' and 'what do we do with the strangers in our own lives and worlds?'
Rev Nick shares with us that story of Jesus appearing to the disciples in a locked room and how that story can help us understand what we do with our fear.
Our friend Rev Tracy, a former chaplain of a youth correctional center, shared with us about justice being a responsibility and what a criminal system based on God's restorative and healing justice could look like.