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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

December 25, 2016
Dr. Scott Starbuck
The birth of our Messiah is heralded by outsiders and feared by insiders. How can we have an Outside-In Christmas?
Old Testament Isaiah 52:7-10
New Testament Matthew 2:1-12

December 4, 2016
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Our concern for the poor and oppressed at Christmas is not only so that we might do good and be kind, but that our actions flow out of our knowledge that the great arc of history is moving towards justice.
Old Testament Isaiah 11:1-10
New Testament Matthew 3:1-12

November 27, 2016
Dr. Scott Starbuck
On the first Sunday of Advent we are encouraged to think about the goal of our lives together in Christ, rather than simply getting ready for yet another Christmas season.
Old Testament Isaiah 2:1-2
New Testament Romans 13:11-14

November 20, 2016 - Christ the King Sunday
Dr. Scott Starbuck
On this, the last Sunday of the Christian year, we dare to dream of what it would be like to have all political rule inhabited by Jesus Christ. What a dream!
Old Testament Jeremiah 23:1-6
New Testament Luke 1:68-79

November 13, 2016
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Rather than bringing God down to earth, or ascending to God in thought or spirit, we walk with God as God is making all things new, even our religion!
Old Testament Isaiah 65:17-25
New Testament Luke 21:5-19

November 6, 2016
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Our future in God is not limited by earthly legalities or physical realities. Yet it is bodily and relational, the soul-fullness of right relationship.
Old Testament Psalm 98
New Testament Luke 20:27-38

October 30, 2016
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Real encounters with Jesus reorder our financial lives, but so do real encounters with our selves.
Old Testament Isaiah 1:10-18
New Testament Luke 19:1-10

October 23, 2016
Dr. Scott Starbuck
God invites us to healthy giving and stewardship so that we can belong together rather than feel superior or gain status over and against one another.
Old Testament Joel 2:23-32
New Testament Luke 18:9-14

October 16, 2016
Dr. Scott Starbuck
If persistence works with the unjust, imagine what it might do with God...or is it us?
Old Testament Jeremiah 31:27-34
New Testament Luke 18:1-8

October 9, 2016
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Thriving in Christ is thriving by embracing the cross...always a form of struggle and potential failure. Resilience in Christ is unflappable!
Old Testament Jeremiah 29:1-7
New Testament 2 Timothy 2:8-15

October 2, 2016 - World Communion Sunday
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Throughout the world, whether Christians seem to be thriving or declining, it is always about responding joyfully with hope because of the gifts of God provided us.
Old Testament Psalm 37:1-9
New Testament 2 Timothy 1:1-14

September 25, 2016
Catherine Tobey
Living in the interim between creation and consummation, we drift from rebellion to hope and back again. But we are grounded in the constant and communal call to glorify God.
Old Testament Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15
New Testament Luke 16:19-31

September 18, 2016
Dr. Scott Starbuck
What is cunning and shrewd in us can be used for the purposes of God and the deep yearnings of our hearts.
Old Testament Psalm 113
New Testament Luke 16:1-13

September 11, 2016
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Health and hope in Jesus Christ nurtures creative options when responding to the very worst of what humanity threatens.
Old Testament Exodus 32:7-14
New Testament Luke 15:1-10

September 4, 2016
Kathy Sandusky
Following Jesus determines the whole direction of our lives and takes precedence over all things.
Old Testament Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
New Testament Luke 14:25-35

August 28, 2016
Dr. Nancy Hobbs
For mission to happen we must "go out" and help.
Old Testament Deuteronomy 15:7-11
New Testament Mark 6:30-44

August 21, 2016
Rev. John Owen
Given by God to help God’s people order their lives together, the Bible is inherently and profoundly political.  Its guidance, however, is not just authoritative for us as worshiping communities, but it is equally instructive for us as citizens of our local, national, and global communities.
Old Testament Micah 6:6-8
New Testament 1 Corinthians 1:10-15, 3:4-11

August 14, 2016
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Faith is what remains after the real experience with another fades.  Yet, the real relationship that fueled the initial experience is no less real when its experience fades.  Faith, then, is required to fully embrace reality! 
Old Testament Jeremiah 23:23-29
New Testament Hebrews 11:29-12:2

August 7, 2016
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Surprising as it may seem, a deep and productive blessing for spiritual growth is the gift of uncertainty. Uncertainty requires risk and trust, essential hearty soul qualities for right relationship.
Old Testament Genesis 15:1-6
New Testament Luke 12:32-41

July 31, 2016
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Jesus warns us in numerous ways to vision our future through soul-work rather than through the accumulation of wealth or goods. Investing within requires letting go of any anxious grip on what lies outside of us.
Old Testament Hosea 11:1-11
New Testament Luke 12:13-21

July 24, 2016
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Faithful confidence embraces uncertainty rather than seeks to deny it or avoid it. Trust is the bedrock of hope and action in Christ. 
Old Testament Psalm 85:7-13
New Testament Luke 11:1-13

July 17, 2016
Dr. Scott Starbuck
When we focus on doing “to” or “for,” despite industrious achievements, we short-cut being-with. God created us for being-with more than for doing-to/for.
Old Testament Genesis 18:1-15
New Testament Luke 10:38-42

July 10, 2016
Rev. Woody Garvin
In times of social unrest and personal crisis God seeks to shape our conduct with all people.
Old Testament Psalm 130
New Testament 1 Peter 2:11-17

June 26, 2016
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Without the acute anticipation of tinsel and toys, VBS provides space and time for our children to received deeply the Christmas message: the outstanding hope, love, direction, and courage we have in Jesus Christ!
Old Testament Isaiah 9:2-7
New Testament John 1:1-14

June 19, 2016
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Relationships between parents and children are always growing and changing. Finding the critical balance for right-relationship means moving forward.
Old Testament Deuteronomy 5:12-16
New Testament Colossians 3:20-21

June 12, 2016 (Worship in the Park)
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Christ's way forward in what feels like a "strange time" is to open up the fascia of the church for the sake of hospitality and the mission of honor.
New Testament Romans 12:1-13

June 5, 2016
Dr. Scott Starbuck
To be "with" others in the work of God requires constantly extending grace.
Old Testament Psalm 46
New Testament Galatians 1:11-24

May 29, 2016
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Jesus and the Centurion consider each other worthy, the first step in deep healings.
Old Testament Psalm 96
New Testament Luke 7:1-10

May 22, 2016 - Trinity Sunday
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Our Triune God reaches into our sufferings for the Gospel with hope, healing, and energy.
Old Testament Psalm 8
New Testament Romans 5:1-5

May 15, 2016 - Pentecost
Dr. Scott Starbuck
The Easter life equips us to have wide conversations of faith.
Old Testament Psalm 104:24-34
New Testament Acts 2:1-21

May 8, 2016
Dr. Scott Starbuck
The Easter life transforms Saul to Paul; an aggressor to a nurturer.
Old Testament Psalm 97
New Testament Acts 16:16-34

May 1, 2016
Kathy Sandusky
Lydia, lover of God and seller of purple cloth, was an example for us of hospitality - loving God and one another with acceptance, openness, and care.
Old Testament Psalm 67
New Testament Acts 16:9-15

April 24, 2016
Dr. Scott Starbuck
When we live in the reality of Easter, we no longer make distinctions between clean and unclean.
Old Testament Psalm 148
New Testament Acts 11:1-18

April 17, 2016
Dr. Scott Starbuck
The work of God in our world is bent towards healing all forms of death.
Old Testament Psalm 23
New Testament Acts 9:36-43

April 10, 2016
Dr. Scott Starbuck
One of Christ's main concerns after his resurrection is that his disciples be fueled both physically and spiritually.
Old Testament Psalm 30
New Testament John 21:1-19

April 3, 2016
Dr. Scott Starbuck
The Easter life opens up an entirely new way of living in the present so that our acts of forgiveness participate in Christ's atonement through the cross.
Old Testament Psalm 150
New Testament John 20:19-31

March 27, 2016 Easter Sunday
Dr. Scott Starbuck
So much of the Easter life is first learning the words of Jesus, forgetting the words of Jesus, and then rediscovering the words of Jesus.
Old Testament Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
New Testament Luke 24:1-12

March 20, 2016 Palm/Passion Sunday
Dr. Scott Starbuck
The recognition of the true kingship of Christ is a primary goal of creation itself.
Old Testament Isaiah 50:4-9
New Testament Luke 19:28-40

March 13, 2016
Dr. Scott Starbuck
There is no great cause accomplished if the human connection right in front of us is ignored.
Old Testament Psalm 126
New Testament John 12:1-8

March 6, 2016
Rev. Pamela Starbuck
This parable reflects the risk of being real.
Old Testament Psalm 32
New Testament Luke 15:11-32

February 28, 2016
Dr. Scott Starbuck
The love of God is long. Our time on earth, however measured, is relatively short. Christ would have us live courageously in the face of its shortness. 
Old Testament Isaiah 55:1-9
New Testament Luke 13:1-9

February 21, 2016
Dr. Scott Starbuck
God dignifies us with the truth, but sometimes the truth is difficult to bear. We stick with Gods' truth and ours when we have the courage to lament.
Old Testament Genesis 15:12-18
New Testament Luke 13:31-35

February 14, 2016
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Jesus is tested in the ways that the followers of Jesus are tested. Jesus passes the test by being grounded in the Law and the Prophets, showing us the way forward.
Old Testament Deuteronomy 26:1-11
New Testament Luke 4:1-13

February 7, 2016
Dr. Scott Starbuck
The "light" of God is almost always connected with God's commitment to justice. Moses and Jesus both "shine" because of their commitment to right-relationship.
Old Testament Exodus 34:29-35
New Testament Luke 9:28-36

January 31, 2016
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Religious orientations of self-interest are immature at best, and if left immature, harmful and ultimately God-denying. True faith unites us with God rather than reflecting immature self-interest.
Old Testament Jeremiah 1:4-10
New Testament Luke 4:21-30

January 24, 2016
Dr. Scott Starbuck
It was risky for Jesus to revive old prophecy left unfulfilled, but even riskier to claim its fulfillment. What true things must we risk to revive and see fulfilled in Jesus Christ?
Old Testament: Psalm 19
New Testament Luke 4:14-21

January 17, 2016
Dr. Scott Starbuck
In a culture that values youth over maturity, it is important to be reminded of the maturing arc of spiritual formation in Jesus Christ.
Old Testament Isaiah 62:1-5
New Testament John 2:1-11

January 10, 2016
Dr. Scott Starbuck
The turn of the new year, the preaching of John, and the baptism of Jesus provide renewed opportunity for us to embrace the unfolding work of God.
Old Testament Isaiah 43:1-7
New Testament Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

January 3, 2016
Kaitlin Schmidt
God has adopted us so that we can be a part of his plan to gather all things and people together.​
Old Testament Jeremiah 31:7-14
New Testament Ephesians 1:3-14

December 27, 2015
Dr. Scott Starbuck
When we engage in true worship, we grow mentally, physically, socially, and spiritually.
Old Testament Psalm 148
New Testament Luke 2:41-52

December 13, 2015 - Third Sunday of Advent
Rev. Pamela Starbuck
Christ's birth reminds us that in God there is always hope and promise.
Old Testament Isaiah 12:2-6
New Testament Philippians 4:4-7

December 6, 2015 - Second Sunday of Advent
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Advent is the time of year to hold lights of mercy in any and every darkness to guide all feet in the ways of peace.
Old Testament Malachi 3:1-4
New Testament Luke 1:68-79

November 29, 2015 - First Sunday of Advent
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Advent means “coming.”  This Advent, we have been given a special opportunity to repair our hearts, minds, homes, and schedules for a different and deeper seeing of Jesus Christ in our midst.
Old Testament Jeremiah 33:14-16
New Testament 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

November 22, 2015
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Each week we proclaim and ponder the Word of God because we belong to the truth rather than to any of the various “Pilates” who clamor, confuse, and control.
Old Testament 2 Samuel 23:1-7
New Testament John 18:33-37

November 15, 2015
Dr. Scott Starbuck
As the world continues to destabilize in front of us on our TV sets each night, we can be assured that God is doing his great work of tearing down and building up, of breaking and birthing, of judgement and grace, of repentance and renewal.
Old Testament 1 Samuel 2:1-10
New Testament Mark 13:1-8

November 8, 2015
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Jesus reverses the human pattern of valuing giving by “size” and “amount” – and instead teaches us to value giving based on “soul.”
Old Testament Psalm 127
New Testament Mark 12:38-44

November 1, 2015
Dr. Scott Starbuck
As is the case for many of us, Ruth's deep faith is first grounded in human relationships rather than divine. It is important to have eyes to see these strong sproutlings of faith.
Old Testament Ruth 1:1-18
New Testament Revelation 21:1-6a

October 25, 2015
Dr. Scott Starbuck
The crowds try to silence the needy cries of the blind beggar assuming that they are distracting, even degrading, to the ministry of Jesus.  Their reaction exposes religious fear, rather than respect. What are we afraid to ask of God?
Old Testament Psalm 34:1-8
New Testament Mark 10:46-52

October 18, 2015
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Christian leadership is multifaceted and varied, yet it is always, if authentic, servant leadership that seeks the good of others over the exaltation of self.
Old Testament Job 38:1-7
New Testament Mark 10:35-45

October 11, 2015
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Jesus seems to doubt our ability to choose relationships over stuff.  Instead, he trusts God’s abilities to save us from our stuff for the sake of right relationship. 
Old Testament Psalm 22:1-15
New Testament Mark 10:17-31

October 4, 2015 - World Communion Sunday
Dr. Scott Starbuck
In Christ, no relationship is wasted and all relationships are, ultimately, healed. This makes little sense to our adult drive towards efficiency, but is wondrous for the child within us.
Old Testament Psalm 26
New Testament Mark 10:2-16

September 27, 2015
Dr. Scott Starbuck
The life of faith connects us, necessarily and essentially, with others.  God invests unanticipated power in connective communities of healthy and loving relationships.
Old Testament Psalm 124
New Testament James 5:13-20

September 20, 2015
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Jesus embraced severe limits without compromising the fullness of his person or his passion for his call and mission. We, too, will find more energy for the life that God has given us if we embrace even severe limits placed upon us, rather than deny or even manage them.
Old Testament Psalm 1
New Testament Mark 9:3-37

September 13, 2015
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Although he was willing to listen to the perceptions of others, Jesus lived out of the integrity of his own self-knowledge gained through his relationship with God.  We, too, find “true north” when we live out of this nexus rather than “surfing the crowd.” 
Old Testament Psalm 19
New Testament Mark 8:27-38

September 6, 2015
Kaitlin Schmidt
God's blessings may not look like social status or achievement, but is found in treating all people as human.
Old Testament Psalm 125
New Testament James 2:1-17

August 30, 2015
Rev. John Owen
Beginning with the earliest confession of faith, “God is one,” integrity has been a fundamental characteristic of faith in God. As disciples of Jesus, this means that our  words and our actions must reflect what we believe. 
Old Testament Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9
New Testament James 1:17-27

August 23, 2015
Dr. Jack Wiley
Challenges are part of being healthy and we are not meant to face them alone.
Old Testament Psalm 84
New Testament Ephesians 6:10-20

August 16, 2015
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Thankfulness is a life-giving attitude of deep soul and spirit. Its enemy is the threat of chaos (evil), that is soulless.
Old Testament Psalm 111
New Testament Ephesians 5:15-20

August 9, 2015
Kathy Sandusky
As a community we can better imitate Christ as instruments of peace, justice, and mercy than we can individually.
Old Testament Psalm 130
New Testament Ephesians 4:25-5:2

August 2, 2015
Dr. Scott Starbuck
If there was a single word, beyond all words, that describes the transformative work of the Holy Spirit in the sacraments, it is the word “trust.”
Old Testament Psalm 51:1-12
New Testament John 6:24-35

July 26, 2015
Rev. Pamela Starbuck
David at his worst was willing to throw away. Jesus, in the midst of miracle, avoids wasting the miraculous abundance of food. Using the gifts given to us wisely is good for our world and also good for our soul.
Old Testament 2 Samuel 11:1-15
New Testament John 6:1-21

July 19, 2015
Rev. Craig Hall
Experiencing ourselves as one "household," The Body of Christ," and finding family connections with those beyond.
Old Testament 2 Samuel 7:1-14a
New Testament Ephesians 2:11-22


July 12, 2015
Dr. Scott Starbuck
As we learn about the wonderful relationship God desires to have with us, it is essential to remember that it is a covenantal relationship that God desires and that will supply all our need.
Old Testament 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19
New Testament 2 Corinthians 9:8-15

July 5, 2015
Kathy Sandusky
As Jesus' followers, we are sent to tell others about God's love.
Old Testament Psalm 48
New Testament Mark 6:1-13

June 28, 2015
Dr. Scott Starbuck
When we live in Christ we often encounter a secular observing-laughter suggesting that we might be "out of our minds." Sometimes, eve, that laughter comes from within. It is a common struggle of faith.
Old Testament Psalm 130
New Testament Mark 5:21-43

June 21, 2015
Dr. Scott Starbuck
The emotion of fear has a light and a dark side. On the one hand, it can lead to wisdom.  On the other hand, it can undercut faith.
Old Testament Psalm 9:9-20
New Testament Mark 4:35-41

June 14, 2015
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Parables confuse and conflict long before they clarify.
Old Testament Psalm 20
New Testament Mark 4:26-34

June 7, 2015
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Rather than pretending that Jesus had a storybook or ideal relationship with his family, the scriptures portray his family life as experiencing contention, misunderstanding, and strife.  Spiritual fruit is often born out of such painful conflict. 
Old Testament Psalm 138
New Testament Mark 3:20-35

May 31, 2015
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Christian leadership is more about a willingness and humility to grow and change, than it is about being equipped to lead. The skill set is relational rather than action-plan oriented.
Old Testament Isaiah 6:1-8
John 3:1-17

May 24, 2015
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Although Christmas and Easter are well-known even in our Northwest culture, Pentecost is not.  And yet, without Pentecost there would be no Christian Church. 
Old Testament Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
New Testament Acts 2:1-21

May 10, 2015
Dr. Scott Starbuck
The Easter work of Christ and the Holy Spirit is more about uniting than dividing, inclusion and embrace rather than exclusion and judgement.
Old Testament Psalm 98
New Testament Acts 10:44-48

May 3, 2015
Dr. Scott Starbuck
God gives and God takes away.  Spiritual pruning is essential to growth in Christ.
Old Testament Psalm 22:25-31
New Testament John 15:1-8

April 26, 2015
Rev. Craig Hall
Jesus used this figure of speech..."I am the gate for the sheep"..."I am the good shepherd."
Old Testament Psalm 23
New Testament John 10:1-18

April 19, 2015
Dr. Scott Starbuck
In Christ we know whose we are, even though it is not entirely clear who we really are and eventually will be.      
Old Testament Psalm 4
New Testament 1 John 3:1-7

April 5, 2015 Easter
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Easter brings and confronts us with a wild and improbable hope - amazement, even fear, before comfortable understanding.
Old Testament Isaiah 25:1-10
New Testament Mark 16:1-8

March 22, 2015
Dr. Scott Starbuck
At the very point when Jesus fulfilled the New Covenant promised by the prophet Jeremiah, Christ's obedience met suffering, ridicule, and attempted destruction.  Being covenantal is world-changing.
Old Testament Jeremiah 31:31-34
New Testament John 12:20-36

March 15, 2015
Dr. Scott Starbuck
In Lent we dare to see Jesus, not as we want him to be, but rather who he needed to be because of us—we dare to see the violence he carried because of the tenacity of our violent ways.
Old Testament Numbers 21:4-9
New Testament John 3:14-21

March 8, 2015
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Jesus rejected temple-centered religion that focused on things and bought relationships. This remains a challenge for us today - to place our trust in relationships rather than in silver and gold.
Old Testament Exodus 20:1-20
New Testament John 2:13-25

March 1, 2015
Dr. John Sheveland
Let us be church, a community of forgiven sinners who show their wounds to each other and hear each other, a community pardoned and forgiven - and therefore pardoning and forgiving - accepted and set free to accept.
Old Testament Psalm 22:23-31
New Testament Mark 8:27-38

February 22, 2015
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Lent can be a time of deep confrontation and clarity if we follow the Holy Spirit, even into places we are afraid to go and do not want to see.  
Old Testament Psalm 25:1-10
New Testament Mark 1:9-15

February 15, 2015
Dr. Scott Starbuck
When Jesus was transfigured, the impulse of the disciples mirrored many a religious impulse to savor and save the experience rather than to actually listen in holy relationship.
Old Testament Psalm 50:1-6
New Testament Mark 9:2-9

February 8, 2015
Dr. Scott Starbuck
In Mark's Gospel the proclamation of the good news happens with the casting out of evil. What powers must we cast away to be more effective disciples?
Old Testament Isaiah 40:21-31
New Testament Mark 1:29-39

February 1, 2015
Dr. Scott Starbuck
The bible presents a complex view of evil--it is outside of us as well as within us.  Christ shows us how to recognize, resist, and heal the evil that surrounds us.
Old Testament Deuteronomy 18:15-20
New Testament Mark 1:21-28

January 25, 2015
God calls us to recognize the Good News and witness to it even, and perhaps especially, when nothing extraordinary seems to be happening.
Old Testament Jonah 3:1-5, 10
New Testament Mark 1:14-20

January 18, 2015
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Following Christ leads us to a larger life than one we can conceive or even create for ourselves.
Old Testament 1 Samuel 3:1-10
New Testament John 1:43-51

January 11, 2015
Dr. Scott Starbuck
The work of the Holy Spirit is the renewing force of conversion, call, cohesion, service, and deep love.
Old Testament Genesis 1:1-5
New Testament Mark 1:4-11

January 4, 2015
Kaitlin Schmidt
God wants to gather us into his family, but when his light exposes our need for control we seek other homes.
Old Testament Jeremiah 31:7-14
New Testament John 1:10-18


December 28, 2014
Kathy Sandusky
God was at work while Anna and Simeon waited. God is at work in our lives waiting for us to share his hope, promise and joy.
Old Testament Psalm 128:1-5
New Testament Luke 2:22-40

December 24, 2014 Christmas Eve
Dr. Scott Starbuck
The light of Christ creates space for genuine loving. 
Old Testament Isaiah 9:2-7
New Testament Luke 2:1-20

December 7, 2014 Second Sunday of Advent
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Advent is our reminder that we await in faith an amazing in-breaking of God beyond our own celebrations. 
Old Testament Isaiah 40:1-11
New Testament 2 Peter 3:8-15

November 30, 2014 First Sunday of Advent
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Following the path and rhythm of the season of Advent allows us to approach Christmas deeply, honestly, and with integrity. 
Old Testament Isaiah 64:1-9
New Testament 1 Corinthians 1:1-9
  
November 23, 2014
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Jesus teaches us that true attention to the Triune God (worship) draws us into deep covenantal relationship and response to one another.
Old Testament Psalm 95:1-7
New Testament Matthew 25:31-46

November 16, 2014
Dr. Scott Starbuck
God has gifted us with powers, abilities, and opportunities to engage deeply in the life and mission of the risen Christ. 
Old Testament Judges 4:1-7
New Testament Matthew 25:14-30

November 9, 2014
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Waiting productively is an essential part of our faith-walk with God.  Because waiting is hard, it is easy for us to move on to things closer at hand.
Old Testament Amos 5:18-24
New Testament Matthew 25:1-13

November 2, 2014
Dr. Scott Starbuck
God specializes in what seems impossible or improbable. Such blessings and miracles always come as a gift of grace rather than through religious manipulation.
Old Testament Joshua 3:7-17
New Testament Matthew 23:1-12

October 26, 2014
Dr. Scott Starbuck
The commandments of God are meant to lead to good life.  When we look at them as markers of achievement rather than contours of participation, they lead to cursed life.
Old Testament Psalm 1
New Testament Matthew 22:34-46

October 19, 2014
Dr. Scott Starbuck
As we look to faithful stewardship of our congregation and mission, it is God’s larger vision and transformative work that fuels our local giving. 
Old Testament Isaiah 45:1-7
New Testament Matthew 22:15-22

October 12, 2014
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Being mindful about our life in God through Jesus Christ is essential to participating in the good news and good life right now. 
Old Testament Psalm 23
New Testament Philippians 4:1-9

October 5, 2014 World Communion Sunday
Dr. Scott Starbuck
The “gardens” of our lives are meant for open hospitality and the welcoming of all that is “new” in God’s doing throughout the world.
Old Testament Isaiah 5:1-7
New Testament Matthew 21:33-46

September 28, 2014
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Encouragement rather than criticism is what feeds our ability to stay on the course of Christ.
Old Testament Psalm 25:1-9
New Testament Philippians 2:1-13

September 21, 2014
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Our relationships with God and one another are hard by design, requiring focus and athletic fire.
Old Testament Exodus 16:2-15
New Testament Philippians 1:21-30

September 14, 2014
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Forgiveness is not simply a strategy for working out conflict, it is the primary expectation of what it means to be a Christian. 
Old Testament Psalm 103
New Testament Matthew 18:21-35

September 7, 2014
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Our relationships on earth hold heavenly significance.  The deep love that binds us is eternal.
Old Testament Ezekiel 33:1-11
New Testament Matthew 18:15-20
 
August 31, 2014
Kaitlin Schmidt
When we are hurt, often we silence ourselves and try to be understanding rather than express honest protest. However, God's mode of deliverance may be the messy dialogue we are trying to avoid. 
Old Testament Psalm 39
New Testament Luke 22:39-46

August 24, 2014
Ruth Seignemartin
"Next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise." Martin Luther 
Old Testament Psalm 108
New Testament Luke 1:46-55

August 17, 2014
Kathy Sandusky
God loves us so that He made us, knows us, and is always there for us. He became Jesus Christ our savior, a slave, in human form and we are to have that same kind of love. 
Old Testament Psalm 139
New Testament Philippians 2:1-11

August 10, 2014
Dr. Scott Starbuck
When we dwell in the memory of God’s goodness we are grounded to face the future with anticipatory joy.
Old Testament Psalm 146
New Testament Revelation 1:4-8

August 3, 2014
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Unity in relationship comes through deep investments of love that bloom in joyful and connective celebration.
Old Testament Psalm 133
New Testament John 15:12-17

July 27, 2014
Mark Burns
To rejoice is to live in proclamation of God's call on our lives. We respond to God's love with celebration, but also through struggle and in our suffering.
Old Testament Psalm 100
New Testament Philippians 4:2-7 

July 20, 2013
Dr. Scott Starbuck
When the going gets tough, it is time to give more...and more out of our God-grounded centers.
Old Testament Psalm 4
New Testament Ephesians 4:25-32

July 13, 2014
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Identifying, rather than ignoring, is the first step that leads to being able to love the enemy.
Old Testament Psalm 3
New Testament Matthew 5:43-47

July 6, 2014
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Keeping faith in the midst of struggle, confusion, betrayal, and selfish manipulation produces not only strength but also divinely birthed humor!
Old Testament Psalm 2
New Testament Acts 4:23-31

June 29, 2014
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Peace and purpose is found in being grounded in the covenant of God—it is the perfect location for a full life of deep purpose and blessing.
Old Testament Psalm 1
New Testament Mark 12:28-34

June 22, 2014
Dr. Scott Starbuck
When we feel out of place, alienated from others and even ourselves, or just plain weird, God’s love for us heals with connective thanksgiving!
Old Testament Psalm 65
New Testament Luke 17:11-19

June 15, 2014 Trinity Sunday
Dr. Scott Starbuck
We were created a “little less than God” for relationships, and Christ is in us for relationships.  Staying attuned is the constant test of life. 
Old Testament Psalm 8
New Testament 2 Corinthians 13:5-13

June 8, 2014 Pentecost
Dr. Scott Starbuck
The gift of the Holy Spirit to the church is not primarily expressed in gifts of power or ability, but an effective invitation and equipping for the ongoing missional work of the Triune God. 
Old Testament Numbers 11:24-30
New Testament Acts 2:1-12

June 1, 2014
Dr. Scott Starbuck
In Communion we are invited to live into the great and grand hospitality of the Triune God as we journey by eternal life in our call to hopeful, just, supportive, and celebrative relationships in Jesus Christ. 
Old Testament Isaiah 55:1-5
New Testament John 3:1-17

May 25, 2014
Kathy Sandusky
 Shared life with the Triune God brings us together as a community reflecting Christ's love by loving God and neighbor.
Old Testament Psalm 23
New Testament John 14:11-21

May 18, 2014
Dr. Scott Starbuck
It is tempting to want to relate to one person or member of the Trinity as a defense against the other members, but each person of the Trinity is equally part of God. The key is in our perception of individual actions to understand the unity of purpose, especially in terms of God’s justice.
Old Testament 1 Samuel 16:11-14
New Testament Matthew 11:25-30

May 11, 2014
Rev. Pamela Starbuck
The gift of having children in our lives is that we are called to incarnate the fullness of God's love and grace.
Old Testament Genesis 1:26-27
New Testament Matthew 23:37-39

May 5, 2014
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Relational wholeness is rooted in all the "relations" of the actors of creation: Father, Son, and Spirit. 
Old Testament Genesis 1:1-5
New Testament John 1:1-14

April 27, 2014
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Baptism by the Spirit into the Triune God brings us into a new family and a new heritage that we can only experience together in relationship. 
Old Testament Isaiah 61:1-4
New Testament Matthew 28:16-20

April 20, 2014 Easter Sunday
Dr. Scott Starbuck
The "Hiddenness" of Easter is essential for our own spiritual growth deep within and in relationship with others.
Old Testament Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
New Testament Colossians 3:1-4

April 17, 2014 Maundy Thursday
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Old Testament Exodus 12:8-11
New Testament John 13:1-35

April 13, 2014 Palm Sunday
Dr. Scott Starbuck
It is often said that life is not in the getting but in the giving. That is certainly true of love--the life-blood of right relationships.
Old Testament Psalm 118:1-2, 19-20
New Testament Philippians 2:5-11

April 6, 2014
Dr. Scott Starbuck
One of keys to right relationships is active and non-anxious waiting upon the other. This is our life and ever-lasting life spiritual task.
Old Testament Psalm 130
New Testament Romans 8:6-11

March 30, 2014
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Right relationships require deeper and deeper knowledge into ourself, a path that often is like walking, for a while, through the shadow of death.
Old Testament  Psalm 23
New Testament  Ephesians 5:8-14
 
March 23, 2014
Dr. Scott Starbuck
As Christians, we are willing to embrace suffering for the sake of right relationship, not as badges of courage for some personal holiness.
Old Testament  Psalm 95
New Testament Romans 5:1-11
 
March 16, 2014
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Living by faith is essential for living out the vision of the law (right relationship), which, without faith, imprisons us to navel-gazing.
Old Testament  Psalm 121
New Testament  Romans 4:1-5; 13-17
 
March 9, 2014
The calculus of repentance and grace sets our otherwise captive emotional and physical lives free for right relationship.
Old Testament   Psalm 32
New Testament   Romans 5:12-19

Facing Transcendence and Projections of Power

March 2, 2014
The freedom that Christ offers is a freedom to engage anew in relationships and relationship issues that we normally dismiss as impossible.
Old Testament  Isaiah 55: 1-5
New Testament  Romans 8: 1-9
 
February 23, 2014 
Trying to find security outside of right relationships is always bound to fail and often turns ugly and awful even if well-intended.
Old Testament  1 Kings 11
New Testament  Matthew 6: 25-34
 
February 16, 2014
Dr. Starbuck
Forgiveness is the glue of all relationships and therefore a cornerstone of true leadership. So is repentance.
Old Testament  Psalm 51
New Testament  John 12: 27-36
 
February 9, 2014
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Like David, we are to find the sacred in relationships, rather than through a "temple" mentality.
Old Testament   2 Sam 7: 1-16
New Testament   Ephisians 2: 14-22
 
February 2, 2014
Dr. Scott Starbuck
True leadership is always covenantal leadership. This means each of us is called to be a true leader in the world.
Old Testament   Deuteronomy 17: 14-20
New Testament   Matthew 5:17-20
  
January 26, 2014
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Hierarchical leadership often turns into a form of idolatry; not so much because of revering the leader but by wanting control of the leader and of the world through it.
Old Testament   Judges 9: 1-21
New Testament   Philippians 4: 2-9
 
 
 
 
 
Foundations of Genuine Faith in the Torah
 
November 24, 2013
Dynamic Holiness
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Holiness is about being in the presence of God activity and concern, rather than imitating or play-acting. This is intentional life with God and life together!
Old Testament Leviticus 19: 1-16
New Testament Matthew 5: 43-48

November 17, 2013
Talking Back to God
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Expectations are not simply dictated by God, but negotiated for the sake of good relationship with God and others.
Old Testament Numbers 27: 1-11
New Testament Luke 6: 6-11

November 10, 2013
The Great Divorce
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Idolatry is wanting God to be who we want, rather than loving God as is. Idolatry is an all-too-easy stinging betrayal of relationship.
Old Testament Exodus 32: 1-10
New Testament 1 Corinthians 10: 6-8
 
November 3, 2013
Home Base
Dr. Scott Starbuck
The Sabbath is meant to support relationships at home - relationships essential for our growth in capability to have real relationship with God.
Old Testament Exodus 20: 1-21
New Testament Ephesians 6: 2-4
 

October 27, 2013
Two-Way Covenant
Dr. Scott Starbuck
It is impossible to read the Torah pure; instead we always read through a lens. The lens that Jesus provides reminds us of how important the love of neighbor is for our love of God.
Old Testament Deuteronomy 6: 1-5 and Leviticus 19: 17-19
New Testament Mark 12: 28-34

 
October 20, 2013 The Church Shutdown: Marginalizing Jesus One Sermon at a Time
Matt Rindge
How do our lives reflect Jesus' criteria for judgement?
Old Testament Isaiah 58: 1-9a
New Testament Matthew 25: 31-46
 

October 13, 2013
Dressing Up God
Dr. Scott Starbuck
When God acts in ways we like or hope, it is natural for us to want to praise God to stay that way and to do so even more. Yet, for the people of faith, God resists praise that domesticates.
Old Testament Exodus 15:1-12
New Testament Revelation 15: 2-4

October 6, 2013
One Bread, One Body, One Lord of All
John Sheveland
In Communion we are invited to participate as conscious and committed members of the reconciled body of Christ, living vulnerably together as one, while many.
Old Testament Hosea 11: 1-9
New Testament Ephesians 2: 11-22, 4: 1-6
 
 
 
 
 
Sermon Samples - Fall 2012

September 9, 2012
The Pain of Not Knowing
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Knowing why we were created and whose we are brings us joy, purpose, and hope. Not knowing abandons us to painful attempts to create ourselves, rather than to be ourselves.
Isaiah 1:1-3
Romans 10:1-4


September 16, 2012
Who Asked for This?
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Right relationships lead to right worships, not, surprisingly, the other way around.
Isaiah 1:10-17
Matthew 5:23-26

October 21, 2012
Growing up at Midlife
Dr. Scott Starbuck
At midlife and mid-career, Isaiah undergoes a transformational conversion experience. he now sees things as they are, not how he best imagined them to be. In a word, he enters the "real" with God.
Isaiah 6:1-13
Revelations 4:8-9