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We Worship and Declare God's Glory Through Music - May 18, 2014
Listen to Our Chancel Choir's Presentation on Music Sunday
Listen to the Performance of Our Children's Sunday School

Mothering Love - May 11, 2014
Speaker: Cherie Johnson, DLM
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Big Questions: Resurrection and Life After Death - May 4, 2014
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High Touch Faith - April 27, 2014
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Easter "That Voice" - April 20, 2014
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A Disciple's Path "Whom Shall We Invite Along" - April 13, 2014
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A Disciple's Path "What Have We Been Given?" - April 6, 2014
Speaker: Cherie Johnson, DLM
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A Disciple's Path "What Shall We Give?" - March 30, 2014
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A Disciple's Path "With Whom Are We Going?" - March 23, 2014
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A Disciple's Path "Whom Are We Seeking?" - March 16, 2014
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A Disciple’s Path “Where Are We Going?” - March 9, 2014
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How Shall We Live?"When the Unchanging Changes" - March 2, 2014
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How Shall We Live? "True Holiness" - Feb 23, 2014
In 1861, newly-elected President Abraham Lincoln, addressed a nation which was in the grips of Southern secession form the United States. In his first Inaugural Address, he pled the cause of unity, and closed his speech with the words, “I am loath to close. We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.” Gene Griessman tells how this quote perhaps came from...

How Shall We Live? "Life and Death Decisions" - Feb 16, 2014
If you have spent any time in any of the Southern States in the U.S., you have encountered the endearing way Southerners use the expression “y’all.” The entry for “y’all” in Wikipedia discusses its origins thusly: “Y’all” arose as a contraction of you-all. Y’all fills in the gap created by the absence of a separate second person plural pronoun in standard modern English ..." When Moses is speaking with the Israelites in Deuteronomy, poised to enter the Land of Canaan, he doesn't speak to a bunch of individuals, he speaks to a collective group. So he uses the plural form of you. In essence, he is saying “y’all.”  This is addressed to the community. This is hard for us to full understand because we have embraced...

How Shall We Live? "True Worship Is Service" - Feb 9, 2014
Wouldn’t it be nice to find a way around our conscience, or a way to circumnavigate around the plainer commands of God? There is a famous, if apocryphal, story about W.C. Fields that one day someone found him on a set reading a Bible. They asked him, “What ya lookin’ for, W.C., salvation?” He replied, “Nope. Loopholes.” I wonder how many people read the Bible that way – looking for loopholes and ways to get out of taking it seriously... I didn’t say “literally,” I said “seriously.” A lot of people who take...

How Shall We Live? "Simple Requirements" - Feb 2, 2014
God has a controversy, a “bone to pick” with Israel/Judah. It is actually a legal challenge. Israel/Judah is violating the covenant, so God has to “go to court.” As a result of my divorce from my youngest daughter’s mother, I have had the indescribable “privilege” of appearing in courts and filing legal documents. I have learned that one very important part of legal procedure is to “Show Cause,” which “mandates that an individual or corporation make a court appearance to explain why the court should not take a proposed action. A court issues this type of order ...

How Shall We Live? "On Us Light Will Shine" - Jan 26, 2014
Opening the Scriptures – Isaiah 9:1-7.  In order to understand this passage from Isaiah, we need to know a bit about its historical situation, which is bound up with the geopolitics of the late 8th century BCE. Assyria, under the aggressive leadership of Tiglath-Pileser III, is becoming an imperial force in Syria-Palestine, and the regional powers of Aram and Israel are committed to a coalition to resist the Assyrian advance. To their collective south lies Judah, whose king Ahaz is following a decades-long policy of cooperating with the Assyrians. Clearly, if the Aramean-Israelite resistance has any chance of success (and, in truth, it does not), it must first eliminate any threat to its rear from the Judaean king. And so the coalition invades Judah... 

How Shall We Live? To the End of the Earth: Seeing the Big Picture - Jan 19, 2014
Change? Who Likes It? The story is told concerning a man who was celebrating his 100th birthday. He was approached by a news reporter and asked, "I suppose you've seen a lot of changes in your day?" "Yes," said the centenarian, "and I've been against every one of them." (Watching The World Go By, W.E. Thorn, p.14) And, of course, there is the old standard, “How many church committee members does it take to change a light bulb?” The answer: “CHANGE?!?!” You may not have realized it, but today’s scripture reading form Isaiah is all about change. In fact, it is about one of the most fundamental changes that occurred in the course of human history...

How Shall We Live? Servants of the Light - Jan 12, 2014
A little Bible "quiz:" Who was the greatest financier in the Bible? Noah--he was floating his stock while everyone else was in liquidation. Who was the greatest female financier in the Bible? Pharaoh's daughter--she went down to the bank of the Nile and drew out a little prophet. What kind of man was Boaz before he got married? Ruth-less. What kind of motor vehicles are in the Bible? The Lord drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden in a Fury. David's Triumph was heard throughout the land. Honda... because the apostles were all in one Accord. Who was the greatest comedian in the Bible? Samson--he brought the house down. This year at the 11:00 Christmas Eve service, we began the service with a few verses from W.H. Auden’s Christmas oratorio, “For the Time Being.” Having contemplated the entire Christmas pageant from the lens of a world at war in the mid 1940s, Auden has the Narrator close with a reflection on life after Christmas: "The Christmas Feast is already a fading memory ...

How Shall We Live? When God Appears - Jan 5, 2013
What is Epiphany all about? Clement of Alexandria in the late 2nd, early 3rd century sets Epiphany at January 6th, a date which precedes the re-establishment of pagan solar feasts under Aurelian in the late 3rd century (274 CE). January 6th was observed by the Marcionites as the date of Jesus’ baptism, along with other Christian sects and groups. The separation of the date for the Nativity (Dec. 25th) from Epiphany (Jan. 6th) occurred later, perhaps as late as the 4th century. A rather precise reckoning for the date for Christmas takes its cues from the story of Zechariah serving in the temple in the first chapter of Luke...

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