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Sunday Worship, January 31, 2021

Divine Interruptions

They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another,
“What is this? A new teaching—with authority!
He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.”

Mark 1:27
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We all miss gathering together, hugs, and the fellowship of those we love. We all long to return to the way thing were, and there much of eternal value to that, but God never leads anyone back to the way things once were. Instead, God’s purposes and path fully embrace the present while leading toward what is yet to be.

Sunday Worship, January 24, 2021

Faith on the Edge

And Jesus said to them,
“Follow me and I will make you fish for people.”
And immediately they left their nets and followed him.

Mark 1:17-18
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The call of Jesus, by its very nature, takes us far beyond what we can do on our own, so God can accomplish, in and through us, what only God can do.

Sunday Worship, January 17, 2021

Bigger and Better

Jesus said to him, “Very truly, I tell you,
you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending
and descending upon the Son of Man.”

John 1:51
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Philip and Nathanael recognized Jesus as the Messiah and had high expectations for him. What they did not expect was that God had big and better plans for them. And, if we dare, for us too.

Sunday Worship, January 10, 2021

Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
    I have called you by name, you are mine.

Isaiah 43:1
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Endings and transitions bring change, and very possibly fear, anxiety, and sadness. But let us remember that God is at work fulfilling God's good will.

We may be reluctant to close a chapter in our life, but let us trust God together. God was here before us, God is here with us in this moment, and God will see us through.

Sunday Worship, January 3, 2021

Epiphany Sunday

On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Matthew 2:11
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Epiphany refers to something being revealed or a sudden insight.

What would happen if we experienced an epiphany revealing Jesus beyond our tame expectations? Why do we often avoid what we consider "costly" steps of faith that are actually the path following Jesus?

Sunday Worship, December 27, 2020

First Sunday of Christmas

In him was life, and the life
was the light of all people.

John 1:4
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Christmas, the birth of Jesus, does not end with Jesus laying in a manger. It is an amazing revelation of God's love, that he would send his Son into the world so that we might live through him.

Christmas Eve Worship, December 24, 2020

Christmas Eve

God’s love was revealed among us in this way:
God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him.

1 John 4:9
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Like the shepherds, let us go an see the Christ-child that God has given.

Our worship service tells the story of God's great expression of love through, song, scripture and the sacrament of communion.

Please consider gathering communion elements from your home for communion such as bread, crackers, water, juice or wine and a candle to light later in the service.

Scripture passages for this Sunday:
* Isaiah 9:27-
* Luke 1:26-38
* Luke 2:1-7
* Luke 2:8-20

Sunday Worship, December 20, 2020

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

God’s love was revealed among us in this way:
God sent his only Son into the world
so that we might live through him.

1 John 4:9
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The gift of Jesus reveals God's love.

Today's service was made from today's live worship service using Zoom.

Scripture passages for this Sunday:
* Psalm 89:1-4,19-26
* 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

Sunday Worship, December 13, 2020

The Third Sunday of Advent

The king of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst;
 you shall fear disaster no more.

Zephaniah 3:15
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When things seemed at their darkest, when hope was hard to find, God's people were given reason to rejoice..

Today's service was made from a live worship service using Zoom.

Scripture passages for this Sunday:
* Zephaniah 3:15
* Hebrews 12:1-3

Sunday Worship, December 6, 2020

The First Sunday of Advent

For unto us a child is given
And his name shall be Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God, Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6
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God's peace is found in God's ways and as we fulfill God's purposes in our lives. We often fail to experience this peace when we expect God to change our circumstances, rather than offer ourselves to God's transforming power. As God works in our lives many of the things we would otherwise avoid become the very places where God will bestow his greatest blessings as we serve him in the midst of the world's greatest needs.

Today's service was made from a live worship service using Zoom.

Scripture passages for this Sunday:
* Isaiah 9:1-7
* Colossians 3:12-15