Wrestling with God…and Ourselves

By | Jul-29-2020 | Sanctuary, The Gathering, The Gathering, Worship, Worship, Z - Front Page

This Sunday in The Gathering (Lance is on vacation) and Sanctuary worship, we’ll spend some time with the story of Jacob and Esau and we’ll focus on an event in Jacob’s life that was so transforming that he took on a new name: Israel, which means One who strives with God. All night long he wrestled with himself and all night long he wrestled with a mysterious stranger whom he knew to be the very presence of God — tangible and touchable. I look forward to sharing with you on Sunday and I invite you to bring your struggles with you to the time of worship.


Father’s Day

By | Jun-17-2020 | Sanctuary, Worship, Worship, Z - Front Page

If you were to ask someone to name a parable or two, I am sure that the Parable of the Prodigal Son would be near the top of the list of favorites. Some have said it’s the world’s greatest short story. But more than that, it is our story — in particular, it is our story in relationship with God. I look forward to our worship on Sunday when I will share some insights from this beloved parable.


The Sufficiency of Grace

By | May-27-2020 | Sanctuary, Worship, Worship, Z - Front Page

In this time in our world, there are many, many “thorns”— those things which torment. It is so easy to see the thorns and miss seeing the Grace. It’s so easy to see the pain around us and hear the crying prayers and miss God’s answer: “My grace is enough for you, because power is made perfect in weakness.”


Having the Mind of Christ

By | May-14-2020 | Sanctuary, Z - Front Page

What does it mean to have the mind of Christ in us? Or, to put it in the words of the CEB, what does it mean to adopt the attitude that was in Christ Jesus? Join us this week in sanctuary worship as we continue our series, A Healthy Spirituality for Our Time, with “Having the Mind of Christ.” 


Making all of Life a Prayer

By | May-07-2020 | Pray, Sanctuary, Worship, Z - Front Page

I think we have thought of prayer so much as something we do—an activity in which we mostly ask for something from God — that it may be hard for us to think of prayer as constant attitude, orientation to God, and awareness of the presence of God. I invite you consider some questions: What is your prayer life like? When and how do you most often pray? What do you find most difficult about praying? What would it mean for you to “pray continually” or to make “all of life a prayer?”


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