2014.08.31 On Being Imperfect

by Sharon Bartels   Exodus 3:1-15; Romans 12:9-21 Moses has a pretty good life at that moment.  Happily married, working for his father-in-law as a shepherd, living his life.   This flaming bush that was not on fire was a very curious thing.  Naturally, he had to take a closer look.  You can just imagine his … Continue reading

2014.08.24 I Challenge You…

by Debbie Goerlach Exodus 1:8-2:10; Romans 12:1-8                     I found the following write-up in Ministry Matters and felt it helped explain the passage from Exodus. Commentary on Exodus 1:8-2:10  Amy Merrill Willis The systematic mistreatment of the Hebrews by Pharaoh escalates from enslavement to ethnic cleansing as Pharaoh commands that the Hebrew boys be killed at … Continue reading

2014.08.10 Jealousy

by Ingrid Cullen Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28; Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45; Matthew 14:22-33                    Jealousy and the Act of Keeping our Trust and Faith Today in our first scripture reading we hear about the awful plan – Joseph’s brothers were plotting murder against him.   Reuben (the eldest brother) was having second thoughts and tries to stop what … Continue reading

2014.07.06 Commitment & Love

by Debbie Goerlach Genesis 24:34-67; Romans 7:15-25               When I read the passages and began doing the research, the connection between the two was commitment and love. In Genesis, there is the obvious commitment between Isaac and Rebekah. There is also the commitment between Abraham and his servant – who is entrusted with finding a wife … Continue reading

2014.06.29 Holy hospitality

by Sharon Bartels Romans 6:12-23; Matthew 10:40-42                        How familiar we are with this morning’s Matthew passage!   You might recognize the New Revised Standard Version more easily:  40 “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.”   It would be really easy for me to remind you to be nice to … Continue reading

2014.06.22 Being True

by George Desnoyers Romans 6:1-11; Matthew 10:24-39   The title of today’s message is “Being True.”  I’ll be speaking about being true in two senses. The first is in the sense of being genuine, honest, presenting ourselves and behaving in accord with a profession that matches who we really are inside.  The second sense in … Continue reading

2014.06.08 Regifting

by Sharon Bartels Acts 2:1-21, 1 Corinthians 12:4-13                It starts out simply enough, the disciples were gathered together in one spot. A huge, thanksgiving type celebration that brought so many to give thanks.  But, you can’t hear the fear in Peter’s statement. You can’t hear the distress. The city was filled with people from the … Continue reading

2014.05.25 Continuing in His Path

by Debbie Goerlach Acts 17:22-31; Peter 3:13-22; John 14:15-21   The reading from Acts – well… I must admit. When I read the line about the shrine inscribed with ‘To the God Nobody Knows’ – I had to have it be a part of this Sunday’s message.  Didn’t know where I was going to go … Continue reading

2014.05.11 The Good Shepherd

by Ingrid Cullen Acts 2:42-47; Psalm 23; John 10:1-10   God in our everyday life as our Shepherd, Host, Mother, Friend and More   For many Christians, Easter is a joy-filled celebration of resurrection for one day, followed by a rather quick “back-to-normal” sense. But what if instead we could capture a sense of the … Continue reading