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November 11, 2018
Jesus rejects the common value judgments of worth and identity to urge us to connect with one another and with God in our fullest God-created humanity. 
Old Testament: Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17
New Testament: Mark 12:38-44  

November 4, 2018
Dr. Scott Starbuck
When we love our neighbor as we love our self, we love from the same deep center that fuels a true love of God.  Anything else is but a handful of excuses and idolatry.
 Old Testament Ruth 1:1-18  
New Testament Mark 12:28-34 

October 28, 2018
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Healing is active and participatory. It is something we do together rather than something done to us. 
Old Testament Jeremiah 31:7-9
New Testament Mark 10:46-52

October 21, 2018
Christian leadership, at home and in our community, is best when authentic, honest, vulnerable, and able to bear other’s pain.  
Old Testament Isaiah 53:4-12
New Testament Mark 10:35-45

October 14, 2018
Dr. Scott Starbuck
What would ministry look like if we could no longer pay for it? What would ministry look like if our funding sources were unlimited? What is possible for God to do with and through us?
Old Testament Amos 5:6-7, 10-15
New Testament Mark 10:17-31

October 7, 2018 - World Communion Sunday
Rev. Nancy Goodwin
If Jesus is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being (Heb. 1:3), we know God’s character and will for our lives by following the words and actions of Jesus. We will look at Mark 10 to see that God’s heart always leads toward reconciliation.
Old Testament Psalm 26
New Testament Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12 

September 30, 2018
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Jesus would have us examine all things inwardly so that we might engage all things outwardly. 
Old Testament Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29 
New Testament Mark 9:38-50 

September 23, 2018
Dr. Scott Starbuck
True greatness responds in loving service to those so often thought of as weak and insignificant. 
Old Testament Jeremiah 11:18-20
New Testament Mark 9:30-37

September 16, 2018
Dr. Scott Starbuck
It is possible to read the bible and completely misunderstand what the bible is trying to say because of the assumptions we bring. We are called to be responsible readers in Christ. 
Old Testament Numbers 21:4b-9
New Testament Mark 8:27-38

September 9, 2018
Katie Stark
God sends us out of where we are comfortable and into the unknown where God creates something new.
Old Testament Genesis 12:1-7
New Testament Hebrews 11:8-16

September 2, 2018
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Learning, growing, and thriving in faith is about inner transformation that leads us into deep connective knowledge, of ourselves, of God, and one another.
Old Testament Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9
New Testament Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

August 26, 2018
Dr. Scott Starbuck
We are to be in the world, but not of the world.  We cannot assume that our general culture holds or lives the values of Jesus Christ. 
Old Testament Joshua 24:1-2a; 14-18
New Testament Ephesians 6:10-20  

August 19, 2018
Dr. Scott Starbuck
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is an Open-Air, Open-Border, Open-Heart reality. 
It is good to live it outside!
New Testament John 6:51-58

August 12, 2018
Dr. Scott Starbuck
As Christians we are called to give and receive tangible means of spiritual support so that we might help integrate body, mind, soul, and spirit.
Old Testament 1 Kings 19:4-8 
New Testament John 6:35; 41-51 

August 5, 2018
Kathy Sandusky
We can imitate Christ as instruments of peace, justice, and mercy better as a community than we can individually.
Old Testament Psalm 130
New Testament Ephesians 4:25-5:2

July 29, 2018
Rev. Pamela Starbuck
Being human means we need connection to survive, to grow, and to flourish. However, we are chronically tempted to live independently and forget that we are branches that need deep roots!   
Old Testament Psalm 1:1-2
New Testament John 15:1-11

July 22, 2018
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Leadership in Christ does not divide and conquer.  Rather, leadership in Christ differentiates in order to build up and work together.
Old Testament Jeremiah 23:1-6
New Testament Mark 6:30-34

July 8, 2018
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Faithfulness does not equate with success, or power, or protection.  Faithfulness is always about authentic connections.
Old Testament Psalm 123
New Testament Mark 6:1-13

July 1, 2018
Dr. Scott Starbuck
In terms of soul work, we dare not get rid of our pain before we learn what it has to teach us.
Old Testament Psalm 130
New Testament Mark 5:21-36

June 24, 2018
Rev. Rick Melin
Paralyzed by fear or emboldened by faith?
Old Testament Psalm 107:23-35
New Testament Mark 4:35-41

June 17, 2018
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Faith grows through movement.  As we connect with those who are forced to physically migrate, we grow deeper into who God created us to be and redeems us to live in Jesus Christ.
Old Testament Deuteronomy 26:1-11 
New Testament Hebrews 11:8-14  

June 10, 2018
Dr. Scott Starbuck
As Christians we are called to be Christ-connected, Christ-centered, to render to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's.
Old Testament 1 Samuel 8:4-20
New Testament 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:1

June 3, 2018
Dr. Scott Starbuck
In faith we keep listening, keep moving, keep centered, keep love, especially in transitional and uncertain times.
Old Testament 1 Samuel 3:1-10
New Testament Romans 12:9-16

May 27, 2018 - Trinity Sunday
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Life is not about being correct but about being connected.
Old Testament Isaiah 6:1-8 
New Testament Romans 8:12-17 

May 20, 2018 - Pentecost
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Living in the Holy Spirit saves us from being "trapped" in our ego.
Old Testament Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
New Testament Acts 2:1-21

May 13, 2018
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in a lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope.
Old Testament Psalm 93
New Testament Acts 1:15-17, 21-26

May 6, 2018
Dr. Scott Starbuck
God has made it clear that we must not call anyone profane or unclean.
Old Testament Psalm 98
New Testament Acts 10:44-48

April 29, 2018
Dr. Scott Starbuck
The authentic Gospel lives out how God walks with suffering people revealing and redeeming their plight as God’s own. 
Old Testament Psalm 22:25-31
New Testament Acts 8:26-40

April 22, 2018
Dr. Scott Starbuck
'Bad power' tries to force others to change. 'Good power' changes us.
Old Testament Psalm 23
New Testament John 10:11-18

April 15, 2018
Rev. Dr. Rob Hagan
Rob Hagan, Ministry Relations Officer for the Presbyterian Foundation, works with pastors and church leaders to cultivate generosity and promote stewardship within congregations.
Old Testament Exodus 16:13-15
New Testament Matthew 14:13-21

April 8, 2018
Dr. Scott Starbuck
The more deeply you live your spiritual life, the easier it will be to discern the difference between living with God and living without God. 
Old Testament Psalm 133
New Testament Acts 4:32-35

April 1, 2017 - Easter Sunday
Dr. Scott Starbuck
“Remember, you are held safe. You are loved. You are protected. You are in communion with God and with those whom God has sent you. What is of God will last. It belongs to the eternal life. Choose it, and it will be yours.” ― Henri J.M. Nouwen, The Inner Voice of Love
Old Testament Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 
New Testament Mark 16:1-8