Romans 9:1-5. Human beings do not achieve salvation from affiliation or identification. It is not what we believe that matters. Rather, salvation comes from faith: God’s faith in us and our faithful response.
Matthew 13:31-33. Sometimes I hear that the church is the world (especially the United States) is shrinking, that fewer people are coming to worship and following in the way of Jesus. It can sound fairly discouraging until I realize that Jesus implies that it only takes a little bit to make a big difference. What can we learn from these two parables that might matter to us for our everyday living? Join us Sunday as we wonder about it together.
There are several instances in the book of Acts where the early church was praying and it shook the ground! Have we prayed as a faith community in such a way as to cause #FaithQuakes? What do do these quakes look like? Have we/I had any faith quakes recently? Let’s talk about shaking up our faith this Sunday!
Matthew 10:37-42. Could Jesus possibly mean he intends for us to give our all and everything including our very lives? Really? This Sunday we’ll talk about the challenges of Jesus’ call on all our lives.
Linda, my wife, and I recently got back from a trip to the Southwest. There was a lot of “checking in”- at airports, into hotels, with family, on Facebook. It seems like “checking in” is now an everyday part of our lives. With whom do you find yourself “checking in?” Is it on social media? Is it with family or friends? Is it with God? Just what does it mean to check-in and do we spend more time checking in or are we really spending time checking out? That is what we’re talking about on Sunday.
“Things” happen every day. I am specifically thinking of those things that challenge us, that “push our buttons,” that create anxiety for us. Sometimes those happenings are in the larger world around us (the shooting here in Alexandria this week or an explosion in a crowded market in Tehran) and sometimes those happenings are changes in our own life situations. What are we to do in those times and how will we indeed find strength for the challenging times. This weekend we will try and explore those kinds of issues in our worship setting.
There are so many ways we can name God and none of them capture all there is to know about God, not even close. This week we are going to enter into some of the images of God- the Eternal Dance, the Mystery, the Wonder-Beyond-Words, the Great Spirit, Love, Grace, Mercy. Each window offers a glimpse, a fragment and taste, of the One we call God. Maybe the way we each name the Nameless Eternal expresses as much about us and who God made us to be as it does about God. Why else would Jesus address God with the Aramaic equivalent of “Daddy” or “Papa?” Worship with us Sunday and celebrate the images of God and your connection with them!
We’ve talked about connecting with self, others, and God. This week we draw together all the pieces of connecting in each of our lives. What gives us the most challenges when it comes to connecting? How do we overcome those challenges? That’s our topic Sunday.
So we’ve talked about #Networking for the last three weeks. There are techniques taught by business experts on how to network but what does the experience of connecting really feel like in everyday living? Where does it happen? How can we know if it is really happening? This Sunday we will explore the experience of connection!