Seeking and Finding Joy this Season

Read below a report of two recent Christmas meals provided by our Evening Service and Downtown Dinner teams. Both are examples of God’s kingdom being shared and a practical way of proclaiming “great joy that will be for all the people” We have ventured forth to encourage meeting in person, face-to-face, more fully connecting, with…

Answering God: “The Lord Hears our Lament”

Passage: Psalm 13 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Summary There are over forty psalms of lament, and these very human psalms teach us how to “answer God” when we face the inevitable pain that life brings. When facing pain and despair, some bottle their pain in and some lash out, but in…

Answering God: “The Lord Gives Life”

Passage: Psalm 19 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Summary Part of “learning Christ” as his disciple involves learning how to answer God in prayer, on the basis of how he’s revealed himself. In Psalm 19, David looks out into God’s creation, then down into Scripture, and finally into himself before answering God….

Answering God: “The Lord Speaks to Us”

Passage: Psalm 1 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Summary Sometimes our circumstances lead us into deeper reflection on the kind of life that’s truly worth living. Many of the Psalms were compiled during such a time, while Israel was in a “forced time out” in exile in Babylon. As a whole, the…

Upside-Down Community: “God Grows Us Through Trials”

Passage: James 1:1-8 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Summary When we’re in the midst of a trial, it’s important to have the right perspective. Christianity gives us a unique perspective on trials. First, Christianity leads us to expect that as Christians, we will face trials. Trials are inevitable, and all of the…

The Passing of the Torch

It is a weakness in our society today that there is something of a generational divide, with few opportunities existing for regular, meaningful interaction between those in different stages of life. However, this is a strength of the church, and one like ours with people of all ages who gather together as one community around…

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