John 6:56-69. Maybe not everyone is cut out to follow Jesus? Certainly that is not the premise under which I’ve been operating for all the years I’ve been trying to follow. I regularly make it clear that following is not easy; that truth is not lost on me. I’ll be working on figuring out what this means in the coming days… read the passage and throw your thoughts in a comment.
Beginning Sunday, February 9, at 9:30AM we will gather weekly for 6 weeks to talk about prayer using the book To Pray and to Love by Roberta Bondi as a guide. In order to prepare, it is important to know how many folks will be joining us. Please let Pastor James know if you’ll be joining the conversation.
John 4:46-54. It’s not always clear what we’re looking for when we seek a connection with God in Jesus. When we’re driving on the highway, it’s all about paying attention to the signs to get where we’re going. This week we’ll take a look at this story of Jesus performing a miracle, a “sign.” Maybe it’ll help us figure out some of the signs in our own lives.
Starting Sunday, February 9, we will begin offering short Sunday morning seminars on a variety of topics.
- February 9- March 16 (6 weeks). Prayer. (Read the article) There is a book involved that we read chapter by chapter.
- March 30- April 13 (3 weeks). What Do I Believe?
- April 27- May 18 (4 weeks). Forgiveness Seminar.
Anyone is welcome to join these conversations. We are open to variety of perspectives and respect each person’s viewpoint.
It has been awhile since I have made the time to edit the audio recordings of the Sunday messages. Is this something that is worth making the time to do? Are there folks out there who wish they could take a listen during the week in the podcast/audio format?
This week, I had a young man come to see me who had some questions and some simple needs. He was hungry, his backpack was too small and coming apart, and he needed batteries in the lights for his one form of transportation (a bicycle).
I listened to his story and struggles; we talked about God but not in righteous platitudes. We wondered together about where God is in the pain and struggles of life; my work as your pastor lets me have time available to do that. After we talked, we got in my car and drove over to Target. I got him batteries and a new larger backpack. I gave him a Giant gift card. He thanked me and, through me, you. By giving to our ministries, you made this story possible. Thank you.
The last year has been a wonderful experiment and opportunity in gathering together for conversation around what any given Bible passage means for us; that conversation and communion have been the center of Sundays at 9:30.
Sundays are in transition now. We will offer a series of short term topical studies/conversations at the 9:30 time slot. What are the upcoming topics? Prayer (beginning February 9 for six weeks), What Do I Believe (beginning March 30 for three weeks), and Forgiveness (beginning April 27 for four weeks) are just the start of many chances to commit between 3 and 6 weeks to thinking together about matters of importance to our faith.
John 4:1-42. The story of Jesus and his encounter with a woman at a well in Samaria is a great story. He asks for water and she’s surprised. He offers water and she’s surprised. Just who is really thirsty in this story? What are we thirsty for and can Jesus quench that thirst for us?
We knew when we began the Forgiveness Series that there was simply too much to cover. This week we “bring home” the series with some final thoughts about forgiving. What are your last questions about forgiveness?
Matthew 18:21-35. Having talked a bit about what forgiveness is and is not last week, this week we move on to the hard work of figuring out how to forgive. What steps can we take in the direction of forgiving? Against the backdrop of Jesus’s parable about forgiving, we will talk about it for ourselves.