Sunday Podcast & Facebook Live! - June 17, 2018

The "Gift of Getting Lost" reminds us that people who find and live into their calling in life rarely do so without getting lost first. Our journey through life is never a straight one. The path zigzags. And at each point where our journey needs to make a turn, we start to feel increasingly lost. This feeling of being lost prompts us to pay more attention to the signals that the Holy Spirits is sending us. Sometimes these signals may seem supernatural in experience, but more often they will come in subtle ways; through gut hunches, intuitions, moments of silence, shifts in awareness, multiple coincidences, even promptings from friends that we disregard. We will catch onto these signals...provided that we're paying attention. 

Sunday Podcast & Facebook Live! - June 10, 2018

Our Pentecost Worship Series investigates the birth of the ancient church, and draws parallels to the same issues facing our church. The worship series titled, “The Unexpected Gifts of the Spirit” is grounded in Paul’s letter to the church in Rome and his second letter to the Corinthians. It is also informed by a fantastic book study called Gifts of the Dark Wood by Eric Elnes. The series explores those places in our lives framed by uncertainty, emptiness, getting lost, sudden insight, temptation, disappearing (withdrawal), and being misfit (not fitting in). It’s about finding your place in the world at the very point where you feel furthest from it. Something that the early church most definitely struggled with. You won’t want to miss our kick off service, Pentecost Sunday, when we will be celebrating the birth of the Church!

Sunday Podcast & Facebook Live! - June 3, 2018

This Sunday's sermon theme was "The Gift of Emptiness" which encouraged us to seek and experience the "wholly otherness" of God before we can encounter God within us. It's tough to face our inner emptiness. Imagine if you were free--not free of your faults, but free from your fear of them. What did Jesus mean when he said, "Whoever tries to preserve their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life will preserve it?" Luke 17:33 Living a full life means letting go of your need for survival, rightness, and perfection. By embracing our humility we live into our fullest humanity. We experience the paradox of encountering God's fullness within our emptiness.

Sunday Facebook Live! - May 27, 2018

This Sunday's sermon theme is "The Gift of Uncertainty". To most people, uncertainty seems more like a curse than a gift. When we cannot see the endpoint of a crisis or conflict, or the path forward is not clearly marked, we grow anxious and impatient. When the assurance that everything will be okay is hidden from us, we tend to dig our heels in...and worry. But the fact of the matter is that life is messy and no amount of doctrine or dogma can change that. Faith that is only built upon certainty falls apart when our foundation shifts...even slightly. However a mature faith is one that embraces life as a mystery to be lived, not a problem to be solved--that accepts uncertainty as a gift, not a curse. As Paul wrote to the Roman Church, "Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? If we hope for what we do not see, we will wait for it with patience." 

Sunday Podcast & Facebook Live! May 20, 2018

Our Pentecost Worship Series investigates the birth of the ancient church, and draws parallels to the same issues facing our church. The worship series titled, “The Unexpected Gifts of the Spirit” is grounded in Paul’s letter to the church in Rome and his second letter to the Corinthians. It is also informed by a fantastic book study called Gifts of the Dark Wood by Eric Elnes. The series explores those places in our lives framed by uncertainty, emptiness, getting lost, sudden insight, temptation, disappearing (withdrawal), and being misfit (not fitting in). It’s about finding your place in the world at the very point where you feel furthest from it. Something that the early church most definitely struggled with. You won’t want to miss our kick off service, Pentecost Sunday, when we will be celebrating the birth of the Church!

Sunday Podcast & Facebook Live! - May 13, 2018

Easter Season Sermon Series: "Unoffendable"

This sermon series is based in part on the best selling book of the same name. It’s a radical, provocative idea: We’re not entitled to get offended or stay angry. The idea of our own “righteous anger” is a myth. It is the number one problem in our societies today and, as Dallas Willard says, Christians have not been taught out of it. As it turns out, giving up our “right” to be offended can be one of the most freeing, healthy, simplifying, relaxing, refreshing, stress-relieving, encouraging things we can do. Order a copy of Unoffendable and read along with Pastor Brice to discover something of immeasurable value—a concrete, practical way to live life.

This Sunday's sermon theme is: "I Got Your Back." A classic Christian teaching about our life in the world is to be “in it, not of it.” This statement, which comes from Jesus’ prayer for his disciples in John 17, is a prominent question for Christian communities in the midst of cultural change- how much are we in it yet not of it? As part of the Christian community, we have the confidence to be in the world yet the assurance that we are protected by the power of God’s name.

Podcast & Facebook Live! - May 6, 2018

Easter Season Sermon Series: "Unoffendable"

This sermon series is based in part on the best selling book of the same name. It’s a radical, provocative idea: We’re not entitled to get offended or stay angry. The idea of our own “righteous anger” is a myth. It is the number one problem in our societies today and, as Dallas Willard says, Christians have not been taught out of it. As it turns out, giving up our “right” to be offended can be one of the most freeing, healthy, simplifying, relaxing, refreshing, stress-relieving, encouraging things we can do. Order a copy of Unoffendable and read along with Pastor Brice to discover something of immeasurable value—a concrete, practical way to live life. Today's sermon is titled "The Ripple Effect".

Podcast & Facebook Live! April 29, 2018

Sunday Worship Theme - “Powered”

Sacred Story - John 15:1-8

Overview: We must be connected to the power source (Christ) to both find our energy and to provide it to others who need the life we have to give.

Human Need: I’m always giving; I’ve got nothing left. Also, I feel disconnected.

Community Challenge: That people practice the presence of abiding in Christ’s love, through which they are rejuvenated and empowered.

Podcast & Facebook Live! - April 22, 2018

Earth Day Sunday Worship Theme - “Mandate to Protect”

Sacred Story - John 10:11-18

Overview: Jesus vows to protect his sheep, even to the point of death. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, is our model for care and protection of each other and our environment. The Good News is that Jesus has the power to protect us from eternal death through his resurrection.

Human Need: We all need protection in times of vulnerability. The earth also is vulnerable and needs protection.

Community Challenge: What is our mandate to protect the environment?

Podcast & Facebook Live! - April 8, 2018

Sermon Theme: The Smoking Gun                Sacred Story: John 20:19-31

 Human Need: In a world built on the Scientific Method we all want proof, like Thomas.

Overview: Thomas wanted “the smoking gun,” or the definitive empirical evidence that the one standing before him was the victim of the crime, the crucified and resurrected Jesus. Rather than criticizing Thomas, Jesus gives him what he desires.

Community Challenge: To share Thomas’ experience as one who receives the gift of faith—not something we decide so much as something with which we are blessed.

Facebook Live! - April 1, 2018

Easter Sunday sermon theme "Mystery of Tomb". 

Sacred Scripture: Mark 16:1-8

Overview: The story of the women at the tomb is one of surprise and fear, as they find a stone that has been rolled away, and a mysterious figure inside who tells them the dead has been raised. Out of their fear, they tell no one.

Human Need: To enter the mystery of death and resurrection without fear.

Community Challenge: When we are confronted with this mystery, what is our response? how might we turn our grief to amazement, our sorrow to joy, and our fear to hope.