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July 23, 2017
Rev. Craig Hall
Outline: 1. A spirit of adoption  2. This present time  3. Groaning in labor pains
Old Testament Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24
New Testament Romans 8:12-25


July 16, 2017
John Hoffman, Jubilee Intern
Even when we feel that change is impossible, God works in our hearts to create the conditions for life transformation--and that process might go deeper than we bargained for.
Old Testament Psalm 51:6-12
New Testament Luke 18:9-29


July 9, 2017
Dr. Scott Starbuck
We are created out of God's covenantal creation for the spaces in between.
Old Testament Psalm 8
New Testament John 1:1-14


July 2, 2017
Kathy Sandusky
When we welcome and give "a cup of cool water," we show Christ's love to one another.
Old Testament Psalm 24
New Testament Matthew 10:40-42


June 25, 2017
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Periodically, we need to be shaken and remember that our mission is not our own. Our religious faith is not to serve us. Our mission and faith are of God, and entering into God's works of grace brings freedom, joy, and renewed life!
Old Testament Jeremiah 20:7-13
New Testament Matthew 10:24-39


June 18, 2017
John Hoffman, Jubilee intern
In order to have the kind of gut-level compassion for the crowds that Jesus has, we need to move past a self-centered perception of our culture as threatening.
Old Testament Psalm 100
New Testament Matthew 9:35-10:8


June 11, 2017 - Trinity Sunday
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Trinitarian discipleship is always connective, reflecting the nature of God itself. God created the world for "good" relationship, with willingness to wade through "feared' boundaries.
Old Testament Genesis 1:1-2:4a
New Testament Matthew 28:16-20


June 4, 2017 - Pentecost
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Our church is organized by the biblical vision of Pentecost, rather than efficiencies gleaned from other professional or organizational worlds. It is an inefficient structure to promote the powerful life-changing and world-shaking work of God in Christ.
Old Testament Joel 2:28-29
New Testament Acts 2:1-21 


May 28, 2017
Dr. Scott Starbuck
The eternal prayer of Jesus is that we would be protected for deep and connective relationship with God and one another.
Old Testament Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35
New Testament John 17:1-11


May 21, 2017
Dr. Scott Starbuck
As we grow in our faith we understand more and more that understanding does not lead to better control of our lives, others, or God, but deeper connection with God through attentive powerlessness. 
Old Testament Psalm 66:8-20
New Testament Acts 17:22-31


May 14, 2017
Rev. John Owen
While Mother's Day offers us an opportunity to celebrate a uniquely important relationship in each of our lives, the truth is that our lives and relationships are complicated, flawed, and sometimes painful. Our Scriptures are unflinching in acknowledging life's hardships, and yet always call us to a sustaining and life-giving hope through Jesus Christ.
Old Testament Psalm 31:1-5, 9-16
New Testament John 14:1-14


May 7, 2017
Rev. Pamela Starbuck
While God longs for us to have an abundant life, this life is full of both valleys and peaks. 
Old Testament Psalm 23
New Testament John 10:1-10


April 30, 2017
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Like the disciples, we read so much into the scriptures that we often obscure their salvific and transformative message. The Resurrection can shake us to the foundations of new understanding and faith.
Old Testament Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19
New Testament Luke 24:13-35


April 23, 2017
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Although many have doubted the resurrection, including Thomas, the Gospel accounts are far from "fake news."
Old Testament Psalm 16
New Testament John 20:19-31


April 16, 2017
Dr. Scott Starbuck
On Easter, it is not the normal enemies that are destroyed...those who participated in the killing of Jesus. Rather, it is what has been killing them, and us, that is destroyed, finally bringing healing and breaking the cycle of violent dysfunction.
Old Testament Isaiah 55:1-11
New Testament Matthew 28:1-10


April 9, 2017
Dr. Scott Starbuck
It took a lot of coordination, energy, and deception to condemn Jesus. Such are the wildfires that kindle so destructively when sin accelerates by self-justified dysfunction. 
Old Testament Isaiah 50:4-9a
New Testament Matthew 27:1-54


April 2, 2017 - Fifth Sunday of Lent
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Our journey with God always and necessarily involves waiting. Often, it does not make sense until we can look backwards discerning deep purpose. 
Old Testament Psalm 130
New Testament John 11:1-45


March 26, 2017 - Fourth Sunday of Lent
(At 17:15 to 20:40, a video clip was shown, which was hard to pick up on audio.)
Rev. Pamela Starbuck
Growing spiritually means to eventually let go of the blindness of our own kingdom commitments and to embrace the Kingdom of God.
Old Testament 1 Samuel 16:4-7
New Testament John 9:35-41


March 19, 2017 - Third Sunday of Lent
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Walking with God in relationship often leads to conflict and argument. It is the necessary purging for dysfunctional relating that stunts our soul-deep selves. 
Old Testament Exodus 17:1-7
New Testament John 4:5-15


March 12, 2017 - Second Sunday of Lent
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Spiritual growth in relationship with God requires movement and recovery, pain and healing, hope and perseverance. 
Old Testament Genesis 12:1-4a
New Testament John 3:1-17


March 5, 2017 - First Sunday of Lent
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Instead of being in relationship with God, we usually want the things of God so that we do not have to be dependent upon God.
Old Testament Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
New Testament Matthew 4:1-11


February 26, 2017
Dr. Scott Starbuck
The transfiguration of Jesus is both confirmation and correction. Both are necessary to be a disciple of Jesus, or for that matter, a healthy human.
Old Testament Exodus 24:12-18
New Testament Matthew 17:1-9


February 19, 2017
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Jesus teaches the heart of the covenant, rather than the letter of the law. Biblical law is not so much about "rights" as it is about right relationship.
Old Testament Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18
New Testament Matthew 5:38-48


February 12, 2017
Dr. Scott Starbuck
God's covenant provides boundaries for right-relationship and the way to the deepest and most joyous life. Before Jesus, it was the way, the truth, and the life!
Old Testament Deuteronomy 30:15-20
New Testament Matthew 5:21-26



February 5, 2017
Dr. Scott Starbuck
It could be said that Jesus saves us from ourselves. Jesus liberates us from ourselves to be fully covenantal...as salt and light in the world.
Old Testament Isaiah 58:1-9a
New Testament Matthew 5:13-20


January 29, 2017
Dr. Scott Starbuck
When Jesus announces God's blessings in his sermon on the Mount, he reminds us of God's central and constant concern as well as promise. This is our true center, as followers of Christ.
Old Testament Micah 6:1-8
New Testament Matthew 5:1-12


January 22, 2017
Dr. Scott Starbuck
As Christians we find unity in Christ's witness and action, not in belonging to things human, however popular or laudable.
Old Testament Isaiah 9:1-4
New Testament 1 Corinthians 1:10-18


January 15, 2017
Rev. Woody Garvin
Old Testament Jonah 3:1-5, 10
New Testament Mark 1:9-14


January 8, 2017
Kathy Sandusky
Through baptism God says to us, "You are my beloved child, with whom I am well pleased."
Old Testament Isaiah 42:1-9
New Testament Matthew 3:11, 13-17


January 1, 2017
Hope for a New Year
Dr. Scott Starbuck
The biblical story of Christmas is hardly tame, and it is full of risk, adventure, danger, and peril. Yet, just like the world today, God provides faithful hope and care.
Old Testament Isaiah 63:7-9
New Testament Matthew 2:13-23