Dec 11, 2016
A Desert in Bloom
Series: Advent 2016
Isaiah 35: 1 – 10 (NRSV)
1. The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus 2 it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the LORD, the majesty of our God. 3  Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. 4  Say to those who are of a fearful heart, "Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God. He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense. He will come and save you." 5  Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; 6  then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy. For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; 7  the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water; the haunt of jackals shall become a swamp, the grass shall become reeds and rushes. 8  A highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way; the unclean shall not travel on it, but it shall be for God's people; no traveler, not even fools, shall go astray. 9  No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it; they shall not be found there, but the redeemed shall walk there. 10
And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
 
James 5: 7 – 10 (NRSV)
7  Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. 8  You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. 9  Beloved, do not grumble against one another, so that you may not be judged. See, the Judge is standing at the doors! 10 As an example of suffering and patience, beloved, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.
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  • Dec 11, 2016A Desert in Bloom
    Dec 11, 2016
    A Desert in Bloom
    Series: Advent 2016
    Isaiah 35: 1 – 10 (NRSV)
    1. The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus 2 it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the LORD, the majesty of our God. 3  Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. 4  Say to those who are of a fearful heart, "Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God. He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense. He will come and save you." 5  Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; 6  then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy. For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; 7  the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water; the haunt of jackals shall become a swamp, the grass shall become reeds and rushes. 8  A highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way; the unclean shall not travel on it, but it shall be for God's people; no traveler, not even fools, shall go astray. 9  No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it; they shall not be found there, but the redeemed shall walk there. 10
    And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
     
    James 5: 7 – 10 (NRSV)
    7  Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. 8  You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. 9  Beloved, do not grumble against one another, so that you may not be judged. See, the Judge is standing at the doors! 10 As an example of suffering and patience, beloved, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.
  • Dec 4, 2016The Peaceable Kingdom?
    Dec 4, 2016
    The Peaceable Kingdom?
    Series: Advent 2016
    Isaiah 11: 1 - 9 (NRSV)
    1  A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. 2  The spirit of the LORD shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. 3  His delight shall be in the fear of the LORD. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; 4  but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. 5  Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist, and faithfulness the belt around his loins. 6  The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. 7  The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8  The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder's den. 9 They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.
  • Nov 27, 2016Make Way
    Nov 27, 2016
    Make Way
    Series: Guest Pastor
    Guest preacher - Lora East, M.Div
    Romans 13: 11 - 14 (NRSV)
    11  Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; 12  the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; 13  let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.
  • Nov 20, 2016King Jesus
    Nov 20, 2016
    King Jesus
    Colossians 1: 11 – 20  (NRSV)
    11  May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully 12  giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13  He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14  in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. 15  He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; 16  for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers-- all things have been created through him and for him. 17  He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18  He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. 19  For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.
  • Nov 13, 2016Praising God with Our Lives
    Nov 13, 2016
    Praising God with Our Lives
    Psalm 8 (NRSV)
    1  O LORD, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. 2  Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have founded a bulwark because of your foes, to silence the enemy and the avenger. 3  When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; 4  what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? 5  Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor. 6  You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet, 7  all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, 8  the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas. 9 O LORD, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
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  • Nov 6, 2016Grateful and Generous Hearts
    Nov 6, 2016
    Grateful and Generous Hearts
    Mark 12: 38 - 44 (NRSV)
    38  As he taught, he said, "Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, 39  and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets! 40  They devour widows' houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation." 41  He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. 42  A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. 43  Then he called his disciples and said to them, "Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. 44 For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on."
  • Oct 30, 2016Faith in Action (Mission Sunday 2016)
    Oct 30, 2016
    Faith in Action (Mission Sunday 2016)
    Series: (All)
    Micah 6: 6 - 8 (NRSV)
     
    6  With what shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? 7  Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?" 8 He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
  • Oct 23, 2016Disciples Embrace Grace
    Oct 23, 2016
    Disciples Embrace Grace
    Luke 18: 9 – 17
  • Oct 16, 2016Disciples Wrestle With God
    Oct 16, 2016
    Disciples Wrestle With God
    Genesis 32: 23 -31 NSRV
     
    22  The same night he got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23  He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had. 24  Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. 25  When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob's hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. 26  Then he said, "Let me go, for the day is breaking." But Jacob said, "I will not let you go, unless you bless me." 27  So he said to him, "What is your name?" And he said, "Jacob." 28  Then the man said, "You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with humans, and have prevailed." 29  Then Jacob asked him, "Please tell me your name." But he said, "Why is it that you ask my name?" And there he blessed him. 30  So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, "For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life is preserved." 31  The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip.
  • Oct 9, 2016Disciples Work to Redeem and Restore
    Oct 9, 2016
    Disciples Work to Redeem and Restore
    Jeremiah 29: 1, 4 - 7 (NRSV)
    1  These are the words of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the remaining elders among the exiles, and to the priests, the prophets, and all the people, whom Nebuchadnezzar had taken into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon. 2  This was after King Jeconiah, and the queen mother, the court officials, the leaders of Judah and Jerusalem, the artisans, and the smiths had departed from Jerusalem. 3  The letter was sent by the hand of Elasah son of Shaphan and Gemariah son of Hilkiah, whom King Zedekiah of Judah sent to Babylon to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. It said: 4  Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: 5  Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat what they produce. 6  Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. 7 But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.