Sermons by: Carolyn Moore
This has been a season for talking about justice. What does justice look like in the real world, and how do we use it to send the message of Jesus out to people who need that message? Amos is the prophet who championed justice, especially for the poor and those who live in the margins. This Sunday, we'll explore his message, and remember what it means to be the Church.
This Sunday, we listen in on Joel's prophecy and hear through him a call to repentance along with the promise of blessing and hope. The message of Joel is about what happens to a rebellious community (spoiler alert: locusts are involved), and how restoration is tied to repentance. It is also about how hope and blessing can be embedded in hard circumstances.
Starting this week, we’re spending the fall exploring those little books at the end of the Old Testament called the Minor Prophets. These little books don’t usually get much of our attention, though we’ll discover that first-century preachers (including Jesus) quoted from them a lot. They are short ... but powerful. This message is on the longing in God's heart for his people and told through the life of Hosea.
This Sunday, we wrap it up with a challenge to grab hold of practices that will take you deeper into the heart and purposes of God. Then, we begin in September with a series called "Longing" that listens in on the heart of God through the OT prophetic books. Can't wait to be with you Sunday ... or whenever your rhythm has you in worship!
Lately, we've been talking about gifts we can give ourselves in a tiring and heavy season. One gift we can give ourselves is the gift of community. Another gift we can give ourselves is the restoration of routine. This Sunday, we're going to talk about the habits we can develop that will create some "overflow" in our live
Last Sunday, we talked about rebuilding trust, the "power leg" that pushes us out of the starting block. This week, we will talk about PPE (personal prayer engagement!), which gives us focus and direction as we prepare to launch out into the race. We'll cover several creative ways of praying, including intercession, centering prayer, and love-exchange prayers.
The series theme can be summed up in 1 Corinthians 9:24-26, with a special emphasis on v. 26: "I run with purpose in every step." We'll borrow from the starting habits of great runners, and Sunday's message theme will introduce us to the first step: Rebuild trust. Trust is that power leg that pushes the runner out of the blocks. If your trust in God, humanity, or both has waned this year, then let's talk about how that trust can be restored and how a commitment to a trust-rich life can make us more graciously available at the heart level to God and each other. .
Do you remember our One Thing initiative earlier this year? In COVID time, it seems like it was about ten years ago that we were all talking "one thing," though it was only six months ago. In February we explored passages around the "one thing" theme and talked a lot about how to focus energy and faith toward the gifts God has given us. This Sunday, we revisit the most basic of those passages -- David's call in Psalm 27 to be in the presence of the Lord as worshipers. "One Thing I Desire" will remind us of the fundamental importance of intimate connection with God, and will call us to 30 days of prayer beginning August 1. Join us ... and restore your factory setting to what you were made for: to worship and enjoy our glorious God.
Topics: One Thing
When it comes to the character of God, the Bible is clear: God is love, and God is holy. And those two things are not opposites! In fact, they work together. When we know ourselves as both loved and chosen for holiness, we can love, share, serve, and listen to understand. This week we will talk about the truth that God’s love is for us, and that holy love leads to the good life.
In a season filled with fear, change, and even deteriorating trust, what the world needs now more than ever is courage to lean in and love like Jesus loves. This Sunday, we'll look at what the Bible teaches about how to live and love courageously. And we'll find some practical ways together to be a people who love well. See you Sunday.