Apr 14, 2019
Thresholds: The Gate of Sacrifice
Series: Thresholds
This Sunday is Palm Sunday! We will wave palm branches in worship as a way for us to join the parade that greeted Jesus when He came into Jerusalem. It will be fun for the whole family! Yet there are dark clouds overhead: there’s a “storm” of betrayal and condemnation looming. Jesus, whom we greet with praise, will be crucified by Friday. Our service will also have this mixed message. We’ll hear how Jesus is the Gate to life and peace for us, His sheep, but we’ll also hear how Jesus earns this for us by laying down His life for His sheep.  Come join the parade this Sunday, but also notice the threatening clouds overhead.
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  • Apr 14, 2019Thresholds: The Gate of Sacrifice
    Apr 14, 2019
    Thresholds: The Gate of Sacrifice
    Series: Thresholds
    This Sunday is Palm Sunday! We will wave palm branches in worship as a way for us to join the parade that greeted Jesus when He came into Jerusalem. It will be fun for the whole family! Yet there are dark clouds overhead: there’s a “storm” of betrayal and condemnation looming. Jesus, whom we greet with praise, will be crucified by Friday. Our service will also have this mixed message. We’ll hear how Jesus is the Gate to life and peace for us, His sheep, but we’ll also hear how Jesus earns this for us by laying down His life for His sheep.  Come join the parade this Sunday, but also notice the threatening clouds overhead.
  • Apr 7, 2019Thresholds: Your Heart’s Door
    Apr 7, 2019
    Thresholds: Your Heart’s Door
    Series: Thresholds
    Do you hear that knocking? We can usually hear it best when all is quiet and we are alone. It’s that inner calling, tapping. Isn’t there more in life? Doesn’t my life have value...meaning? Isn’t there more to reality then what I can see? That’s Jesus knocking at your heart’s door. This is the next threshold in our Lenten message series. This Sunday we’ll listen to that knocking and learn how to open our heart’s doors to Jesus!
     
  • Mar 24, 2019Thresholds: Door of Separation
    Mar 24, 2019
    Thresholds: Door of Separation
    Series: Thresholds
    Does God feel distant? Does it seem sometimes like He’s not near? The Bible shows us over and over again that God never leaves us. It is we who leave Him! Yet even when we walk away, God comes after us, chasing us down, finding ways of being with us and restoring our connection to Him. This Sunday we’ll look at the Old Testament system of sacrifice and the temple to see what lengths God has always gone to restore us back to Him.
     
  • Mar 17, 2019Thresholds: Door of Decision
    Mar 17, 2019
    Thresholds: Door of Decision
    Series: Thresholds
    Doors often represent a choice: do we go through or not? The next threshold in the Biblical story is the door frame in the Passover story. The Israelites are slaves in Egypt. God promises to set them free. Yet they must trust in God’s protection, and show that trust in a strange act of obedience: They must make a sacrifice and spread the blood of the lamb on their doorposts. Those that did were spared death and set free! This Sunday we’ll learn how Jesus became our Passover Lamb. Our “Door of Decision” is if we will trust in Him and live in obedience, even when the calling is strange.
  • Mar 10, 2019Door of God’s Protection
    Mar 10, 2019
    Door of God’s Protection
    Series: Thresholds
    We are following the overall story of the Bible, and we are telling the story by the thresholds we see. Sin brings death and destruction. In the Bible, Adam and Eve’s defiance of God leads to a closed door to Paradise and a sin-corrupted world rampant with death and destruction. The flood washes the earth, but Noah and his family are spared on the ark. When the rains came, God closed them in by shutting the ark’s door. This sign shows God’s saving grace: God provides a door of protection for us! Come this Sunday to hear how God provides a door of protection as you face destruction, death, and the storms of life.
  • Mar 6, 2019Ash Wednesday
    Mar 6, 2019
    Ash Wednesday
    Series: Thresholds
     
  • Mar 3, 2019Disciples Make…A Difference
    Mar 3, 2019
    Disciples Make…A Difference
    This is the last of our Disciples Make message series, and we end strong...and visible! Being a disciple of Jesus is an inner journey of surrendering your selfishness. Yet it is also an outward journey into the world. Disciples make a difference in concrete, visible ways in their. This Sunday we’ll be commissioned to serve others in visible ways in our everyday lives.
  • Feb 17, 2019Disciples Make….Stands
    Feb 17, 2019
    Disciples Make….Stands
     
  • Feb 10, 2019Disciples Make…..God Talk
    Feb 10, 2019
    Disciples Make…..God Talk
    “The tongue is the mightiest weapon!” This quote rings true for each one of us! How we speak, what we say, is some of our greatest impact. This Sunday we’ll discover how disciples use their tongues for good. But it’s not just about not saying bad things and intentionally saying good things. It’s about filling our talk with God.
  • Feb 3, 2019Disciples Make……Routines for Growth
    Feb 3, 2019
    Disciples Make……Routines for Growth
    People often say, “Jesus I like, but not the Church,” or “I’m spiritual, just not religious.” The reality is that if we are just spiritual, we are not really growing spiritually. It takes the context, structure and accountability of a local church to push us to grow. Without that, we stagnate at where we are now. This Sunday we’ll explore how Disciples Make . . . Routines for Growth.
  • Jan 27, 2019Disciples Make…..The Holy Spirit Their Guide
    Jan 27, 2019
    Disciples Make…..The Holy Spirit Their Guide
     
  • Jan 20, 2019Disciples Make……Jesus #1
    Jan 20, 2019
    Disciples Make……Jesus #1
     
  • Jan 13, 2019Disciples Make….Disciples!
    Jan 13, 2019
    Disciples Make….Disciples!
     
  • Jan 6, 2019I’m Not Worthy
    Jan 6, 2019
    I’m Not Worthy
    Series: Declare!
    New Years is a time to be honest. As we make resolutions, we admit that we are not the people we want to be. Yet, when Jesus-followers admit our faults and sins, it is not a “downer” on us, but actually a boost in our value. Jesus came because even broken, to Him we are worth saving! This Sunday we come honest before God, admitting–like John the Bapist–that we are not worthy. As we do, we hear how our value comes not from being worthy, but from Jesus’ love for us “while we were yet sinners.”
  • Dec 30, 2018Be Baptized
    Dec 30, 2018
    Be Baptized
    Series: Declare!
    Ready for 2019? Maybe not just yet! But I think we never will be ready, actually. So, the best thing we can do is commit our past to the past, but make that intentional decision to give 2019 to God. We do that by making a New Year’s resolutions to courageously follow Jesus, no matter what the year ahead may bring. This Sunday we’ll commit 2019 into God’s hands through renewing our baptisms.
  • Dec 24, 2018Look!
    Dec 24, 2018
    Look!
    Series: Declare!
    Christmas lights, decorations, and merrymaking are everywhere! There is so much to dazzle the eyes. But where do your eyes rest this Christmas? What do you look at that penetrates into your heart? What do you see that is more than a passing flash? Perhaps John the Baptist has the answer. He says, “Look!” and points to Jesus. Look hard. Can you see the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world? Of all there is to see this Christmas, rest your eyes on the baby Jesus!
  • Dec 9, 2018Repent!
    Dec 9, 2018
    Repent!
    Series: Declare!
    Decorating our homes for Christmas usually includes clearing away what normally sits on our furniture and walls to make room for Christmas decorations. It also includes a deeper cleaning as furniture is moved and corners are tidied. John the Baptist, who calls God’s people to prepare for the coming of the Savior, called us clean up our lives. This Sunday we’ll hear the voice of preparation call out: Repent!
  • Nov 25, 2018Breaking Point
    Nov 25, 2018
    Breaking Point
    The call to love others means to go the extra mile to show respect to those with whom you disagree. Yet, the Bible also cautions against abusing your own health and welfare, and how love can, at times, call you to stop enabling error. This Sunday we’ll explore the times when “tough love” compels us to correct others, and even sever our relationships. Part of loving means healthy boundaries!
  • Nov 18, 2018Let’s Eat Together
    Nov 18, 2018
    Let’s Eat Together
    One of the “stuck” conversations God’s people have is around human sexuality, and particularly around homosexuality. There are faithful Christians on all sides of this conversation. How do we talk about this? How do we love and accept each other? How do we find a way forward together? This Sunday we’ll hear how the United Methodist Church is forging a “way forward” that will define our church’s approach to homosexuality.
  • Nov 11, 2018The Tie That Binds
    Nov 11, 2018
    The Tie That Binds