God-like Gratitude, 11/24/19

This Thanksgiving, we are encouraged and reminded to be grateful, but what does God-like gratitude look like? Jesus brought us a new humanity that transcends ethnic and social boundaries, but do we as Christians have vision for those displaced and oppressed? As we conclude our study on the spiritual practice of sharing a meal, it is wise to consider if we are setting a place at the table for everyone.

Speaker: Joe Brewer

Title: God-like Gratitude

Scripture: Colossians 3:15-17

Date: Sunday, November 24, 2019

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The Spiritual Practice of Pilgrimage, 7/7/19

What is a spiritual pilgrimage and why does it matter? For thousands of years, Christians have embarked on journeys to sacred sites throughout the world, such as retracing the steps of Jesus in the Holy Land or walking the Camino de Santiago (Way of Saint James) in northern Spain. But we don’t have to walk hundreds of miles to experience a spiritual pilgrimage. What has the spiritual practice of pilgrimage looked like in your life? What new journey do you feel called to embark upon?

Speaker: Joe Brewer

Sermon Title: The Spiritual Practice of Pilgrimage

Scripture: Acts 17:24

Date: Sunday, July 7, 2019

Source: “The Way is Made By Walking: A Pilgrimage Along the Camino de Santiago” by Paul Boers.

Walking Clocks, 11/4/18

Jesus says the greatest commandment is to love God and to love our neighbors.  But is our ability to carry out our primary purpose troubled by a dominant culture defined by hastiness?  How can we best share the Brethren way of peace when everyone is in such a hurry?

Sermon Title: Walking Clocks

Scripture: Mark 12: 28-34

Guest Speaker: Joe Brewer

Date: November 4, 2018

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The Alternative Way

Our culture values the newest product, the next big idea. Celebrities endorse endless merchandise and businesses obsess over ways to make profit.  The influence of consumerism in our society is massive, its impact felt even in the Church.  But God offers an alternative way.  He desires us to be active participants in His kingdom of justice and peace. Yet with so much consumption around us, how can we be practitioners of this Jesus way? 

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This Sunday August 27: The Alternative

Our culture values the newest product, the next big idea. Celebrities endorse endless merchandise and businesses obsess over ways to make profit.  The influence of consumerism in our society is massive, its impact felt even in the Church.  But God offers an alternative way.  He desires us to be active participants in His kingdom of justice and peace. Yet with so much consumption around us, how can we be practitioners of this Jesus way? 

 

Join us this Sunday as we hear from guest speaker Joe Brewer as well as a special message from Music Minister Carol Davis as she shares her recent experience at Bethany Seminary.  Let us know of any questions you might have in the comment box on our “First Time?” page. Look forward to seeing you there!

 

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This Sunday August 6: ¨Wrestling¨

The story of Jacob wrestling an angel is at the core of identity of Jewish faith. Each faith journey embodies this experience of Jacob. How then can our church embrace faith wrestling in ourselves as well as others?

 

*Join us this Sunday as we hear from guest speaker Joe Brewer with special music from Ed Carper.  Let us know of any questions you might have in the comment box on our “First Time?” page. Look forward to seeing you there!

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Paradox of the Cross

As we face troubled times, our present crisis provides an opportunity to revisit our identity. Who are we and what is this thing we call church? Paul’s response to this question can be characterized as The paradox of the cross; a different way to live, one that turns society on its head.  Are we passionate about building a present-day kingdom that both Paul and Jesus envisioned? Or we as a church conscious of the biggest problems facing the world? And what do we do with this tension when those in power do not work to build a peaceful and just kingdom?    

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This Sunday June 11: “The Paradox of the Cross”

As we face troubled times, our present crisis provides an opportunity to revisit our identity. Who are we and what is this thing we call church? Paul’s response to this question can be characterized as The paradox of the cross; a different way to live, one that turns society on its head.  Are we passionate about building a present-day kingdom that both Paul and Jesus envisioned? Or we as a church conscious of the biggest problems facing the world? And what do we do with this tension when those in power do not work to build a peaceful and just kingdom?    

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