Giving ourselves a break from the busyness and chaos of life is often challenging. We live over programed, over-scheduled, and over-functioning lives, but God’s grace offers us the ability to stop, reflect, and give thanks for Sabbath rest.
In our journey of life and faith, we do not travel alone, but are always journeying with God and with others who travel the twists, turns, mountains, and valleys of life alongside us. Along the way, we are called to be faithful disciples who work to serve others. During the month of August, our sermon series, “Journey of Service” will take a closer look at how we can use our gifts and abilities to better serve one another.
During this series we'll be looking at some of the values we hold onto on our journey to the life God wants for us, such as vibrant worship, unconditional grace & forgiveness, joyous generosity, extraordinary hospitality, engaging growth, and community connection.
As we journey from wherever we have been to where we are going, we must remember that we are always Easter people and should be defined by the hope of new beginnings, new opportunities, and new life in Jesus Christ.
Just as Jesus journeyed to the cross, we too journey through pain, suffering, and loss. Join us on a Lenten journey as we find God’s grace, comfort, healing, and presence even as we “walk through the valley of the shadow of death”. -Psalm 23
The future seems less and less knowable. It’s increasingly difficult to make plans with any degree of certainty. As people of faith, we can grumble and complain about not having control or we can realize that no matter where we find ourselves, God is with us.
Where to we go from here? Living life filled with the Spirit on this side of crisis.
It’s been a weird year. Family traditions and church traditions may not look the same as they always have. It may feel like Christmas just can’t or won’t happen this year. Yet, we’re reminded through the story of that first Christmas that it happens anyway.
Finding unity in God’s unconditional love and grace allows us to be thankful for all of God’s children – even those who vote, believe, and think differently than we do. Christ insisted on unity of purpose, vision, and love no matter our differences. Let us journey together to find unity not division, to be united, not divided!
In the strange new realities that we find ourselves in, how do we continue to find and see God clearly? We are promised that God is always with us and that we are never alone, but seeing God and God’s work in our daily living can be a great challenge. Join us the next several weeks as we seek to learn how to see God in our midst.
Based in part on Barbara Brown Taylor’s book “An Altar in the World”
Jesus said if we love God and love neighbor most everything else will fall into line. We also see through our faith tradition that we can best do that if we focus on three simple rules for life, “do no harm, do good, and stay in love with God”
What is God making clearer? What seems to be blurring even more? How do we feel/find direction in uncertainty?