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.
This Sunday's sermon theme is "The Gift of Disappearing." Pride artificially inflates our self-image. Shame artificially deflates it. Both tend to set us on dead-end paths because they cause us to willingly obstruct our connection to God. Ironically, both pride and shame tend to fabricate an image or ourselves that is ultimately too small to live within. However, Humility is what keeps us grounded. Humility is living by God's vision of you, not your own. The Gift of Disappearing helps us maintain a healthy distance from self-conceptions that are built on a grand house of cards or upon a meager image pulled from the swamps of shame.