Jesus Christ calls us to be a joyful community that celebrates God's love, transforms lives, and is a force for justice in the world.

David and Absalom

2 Samuel 18:5-9,15,31-33 5The king gave orders to Joab and Abishai and Ittai, saying, ‘Deal gently for my sake with the young man Absalom.’ And all the people heard when the king gave orders to all the commanders concerning Absalom. 6 So the army went out into the field against Israel; and the battle was fought in the forest of Ephraim. 7The…

Enough

2 Kings 4:42-44 and John 6:1-21 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Good morning. The gospel passage today may seem… somewhat familiar to those of you who were here last week. Actually, if you noticed, can you just raise your hand? So now that you are here, trapped, I can confess that I have undone the hard work of the creators of the revised common lectionary and…

Rest Awhile

Psalm 23 and Mark 6:30-56 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Good morning. I’m tired and a little jet lagged this morning because I just got home from Minnesota—I was working at a summer camp, one that’s been very close to my heart for fifteen years now, and I flew home late yesterday afternoon. The very sharp among you might be wondering why on earth I would…

Dance with Abandon

2 Samuel 6:1-19 David Brings the Ark to Jerusalem 6David again gathered all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand. 2David and all the people with him set out and went from Baale-judah, to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the name of the Lord of hosts who is enthroned on the cherubim. 3They carried the…

A Goodly Heritage

When it’s all said and done, the portion, the lot, the boundary lines that God has given us, have been used to the glory of God and for the benefit of the common good. We are a part of a church family whose motto is justice.

“Roots in Love”

LGBTQ movements are radically pointing followers of Jesus back to the heart of our tradition… Our faith calls us to love, “for God is love and those who abide in love abide in God and God in them.”

Family Values

We say things like “children of God” or “we’re like a family here.” But because we say those words so often, I think their meaning gets lost or diluted sometimes. So what does it mean to be a child of God? What does it mean to be the family of God?