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September 8, 2019
Rev. Jennie Barber
Being fully known by God invites us to embrace the truth of who we are and respond with wonder and praise. 
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
Luke 14:25-33

September 1, 2019
Dr. Scott Starbuck
True learning is a continual act of intellectual repentance. We expect it of our children. God offers it to us as well. 
Psalm 81:1, 10-18
Luke 14:1, 7-14

August 25, 2019
Dr. Scott Starbuck
We often prefer magical, external, one-time transactions instead of the universal pattern of growth and healing—which is always through loss and renewal.
Jeremiah 1:4-10
Luke 13:10-17

August 18, 2019
Rev. John Owen
The Gospel encourages us to “run with perseverance the race that is set before us.”  That can seem impossibly difficult at times.  Only Jesus, the “pioneer and perfecter of our faith,” gives us the perspective that can keep us from falling into despair, and finish the race we have begun. 
Isaiah 5:1-7
Hebrews 11:29-12:2

August 11, 2019
Dr. Scott Starbuck
All worship is to prepare us, encourage us, and equip us to engage God through Jesus Christ in this world and the next.
Isaiah 1:1, 10-20
Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16

August 4, 2019
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Jesus and the prophets believed that God's love and judgement were consistent and mutually supportive. How might we live into this non-dualistic connection with God and ourselves?
Hosea 11:1-11
Luke 12:13-21

July 28, 2019
Dr. Scott Starbuck
When Jesus taught us to pray, prayer itself was released from pleading to engagement, from “for” and “to” to “with.”
Psalm 85
Luke 11:1-13

July 21, 2019
Dr. Scott Starbuck
The Protestant “Work Ethic” needs to give way to a “Christian Connection Ethic;” deep motivation rather than strategic is the way to live in the Spirit!
Psalm 52
Luke 10:38-42

July 14, 2019
Steve Blewett
Deuteronomy 30:8-14
Luke 10:25-37

July 7, 2019
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Our hope that God turns mourning into dancing is not magical nor whimsical, but founded on our own agency found through the Holy Spirit and connective love in community. 
Psalm 30
Galatians 6:1-10

June 30, 2019
Dr. Scott Starbuck
If read the right way, the scriptures force a moral choice.  It is urgent in the moment and salvific for the future.  But the moral choice that is encouraged is often against our cultural stream.
2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14
Luke 9:51-62 

June 23, 2019
Rev. John Owen
1 Kings 19:1-19a 
Luke 8:26-39

June 16, 2019
Dr. Mark Finney
Jesus re-orients the idea of "neighbor love" around the vulnerable person, rather than the powerful and privileged.
Exodus 1:6-14; 2:11-15
Luke 10:25-37 

June 9, 2019
Dr. Scott Starbuck
The gift of the Holy Spirit sent disciples into a world of divided speech for the sake of healing, reconciliation, and new orientation towards God in Jesus Christ.
Genesis 11:1-9
Acts 2:1-21 

June 2, 2019
Dr. Scott Starbuck
True ministry is inner-driven and undeterred by the shiny objects of particular circumstance.
Isaiah 50:4-5
Acts 16:16-34

May 26, 2019
Dr. Scott Starbuck
At the root of hospitality is listening. All service, gifting, and vulnerability, as well as inconvenience, is for the goal of listening in Christ.
Psalm 67
Acts 16:9-15

May 19, 2019
Prophets in Plain Clothes
Rev. Katie Haney
Discovering together our mission as followers of Jesus Christ and envisioning its working among us. 
Isaiah 61:1-3
Luke 4:16-30

May 12, 2019
 Dr. Scott Starbuck
As we forgive others, we will be forgiven.  As we provide God’s touch to others, we will be claimed, brought near, and given new agency.
Psalm 23
Acts 9:36-43 

May 5, 2019
Dr. Scott Starbuck
True repentance, life-change, and reconnection with God is always a “magical” act rather than “guilt” or “shame” centered.
2 Samuel 12:1-9 
Acts 9:1-20 

April 28, 2019
Rev. Pamela Starbuck
Doubting Thomas reflects the parts of us that long for child-like belief!
Psalm 118:14-29
John 20:24-31

April 21, 2019 - Easter 
Dr. Scott Starbuck
If God is absolute relatedness, then any notion of salvation is simply the readiness, the capacity, and the willingness to stay in relationship (which almost always involves forgiveness). 
Isaiah 65:17-25
Luke 24:1-12