Sunday, May 30, 2021 – Holy Trinity

Due to technical difficulties, we were unable to record today’s worship service.  We are sorry for this inconvenience.  

 

If you are interested, the bulletin and a copy today’s sermon are available for you to download.

 

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Scripture Readings for Holy Trinity:
Isaiah 6:1-8; Psalm 29; Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-17
 

When we say God is the triune God, we are saying something about who God is—beyond, before, and after the universe: that there is community within God… within God’s very being.

 

Whether we can explain it or not, the Trinity is about loving relationships—among and between Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (the persons of the Trinity)… between God and
humankind… among and between people.
 

Our experience of this is reflected in Paul’s words today—in his letter to the church in Rome. When we pray to God as Jesus prayed to his Abba (= an everyday, intimate parental address), the Spirit prays within us, creating between us and God and same relationship Jesus has with the One who sent him—for us… for the world!


The Spirit leads us to recognize that we are beloved children of God… and joint heirs with Christ, the Son… our brother.

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A Prayer for Memorial Day…
Heavenly Father, on this Memorial Day weekend, we pray for those who courageously laid down their lives for the cause of freedom. May the example of their sacrifice inspire in us the selfless love of your son, our Lord, Jesus Christ. Bless the families of our fallen troops and fill their homes and their lives with your strength and peace. We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.
 

Blessings and Joy,
Pastor Karen

Sunday, May 23, 2021 – Day of Pentecost  

Due to technical difficulties, we were unable to record today’s worship service.  We are sorry for this inconvenience.  

 

If you are interested, the bulletin and scripture insert and a copy today’s sermon are available for you to download.

 

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Scripture Readings:

Acts 2:1-21; Romans 8:22-27; John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15

 

Fifty days after Easter, we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.  Crossing all boundaries that would separate us, the Spirit brings the wideness of God’s mercy to places we least expect it—to a crowd of strangers from different lands, different languages… to our weak and wounded hearts that groan along with all creation as we struggle to pray.  Jesus promises his disciples (that’s us, too!) that they will be accompanied by the Holy Spirit…that this Spirit will reveal the truth.  

Today we celebrate the gift of this Spirit that has come to us in and through the waters of baptism.  Guided by that Spirit… guided by “the truth” we are taught by that Spirit… we join together in worship and then disperse to share the fullness of Jesus’ love and forgiveness and mercy with the world.  

 

Blessings and Joy, 

Pastor Karen

Sunday, May 16, 2021 – Ascension/Last Sunday of Easter 

Good morning! And welcome to worship! We are so glad you are able to join us today!

The season of Easter is coming to a close. In these days between Jesus’ ascension and the day of Pentecost, we gather with Jesus’ disciples… praying for the Spirit to transform us and “the church” (“the body of Christ”) around the world.

In today’s readings, the risen Jesus ascends into heaven. He leaves his disciples with a commission, a blessing, and a promise that his Spirit will empower them to be his witnesses through the earth.

We find his presence among us as we proclaim his Word of truth and promise… and continue his work and ministry. As we celebrate our 68th anniversary as a congregation this weekend and give thanks for the ministry we have been able to do over the years, we ask for Christ’s Spirit to enliven our faith… to invigorate our mission and ministry for what lies ahead.

**The bulletin and a copy today’s sermon are available for you to download.

 

Scripture Readings:

Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 93; Ephesians 1:15-23; Luke 24:44-53

Sunday, May 2, 2021 – Fifth Sunday of Easter

Alleluia! Christ is risen! Christ is risen, indeed! Alleluia!

This Sunday’s image of how the risen Christ shares his life with us is the image of the vine (Jesus’ final “I AM” saying). Jesus the vine and we the branches are alive in each other… in the mystery of mutual abiding described in the gospel and in the first letter of John. Baptism makes us a part of Christ’s living and life-giving self and makes us alive with Christ’s life. As the vine brings food to the branches, Christ feeds and nurtures us at his table… and then sends us out to bear fruit for the life of the world.

Scripture Readings:

Acts 8:26-40; Psalm 22:25-31; 1 John 4:7-21; John 15:1-8

 

**Unfortunately, we are unable to provide a recording of our worship service today as our Worship Media Coordinator is still recovering from illness.

 

The bulletin and a copy today’s sermon are available for you to download.

 

Have a safe and blessed week!

 

 

Easter Blessings and Joy,

Pastor Karen


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good morning! And welcome to worship!

We are so glad you are able to join us today!

 

Scripture Readings:

Genesis 3:8-15; Psalm 130; 2nd Corinthians 4:13—5:1; Mark 3:20-35

 

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A house divided against itself cannot stand. Jesus makes this observation in light of charges that he is possessed. He is possessed—NOT by a demon, but by the Holy Spirit.

We who have received the Holy Spirit through baptism have been joined to Christ’s death and resurrection and knit together in the body of Christ. Those with whom we gather, sing, and pray this day are Jesus’ family… siblings of Christ. With them we go forth in peace to do the will of God.

**The bulletin for today’s service is available for you to download.

Thank you to Yvonne Smith for preaching and leading worship today.

 

The altar flowers are given by Ted and Joann in celebration of their 62nd Anniversary.