Rev. Trip Porch

Remember Who God Says You Are

Remember Who God Says You Are

There is something incredibly powerful about this ritualized act of remembering.  Of setting aside a regular time to remember some of the most important moments of our life. Because God’s grace shouldn’t just be reserved for Sunday, but everyday! Because everyday we could use the reminder of God’s over flowing Grace. Because everyday we could use the reminder of God’s wide open welcome. Because everyday we could use the reminder of Christ’s life, his sacrifice, and his new life for the world, that we have chosen to join our lives with.

What Might God Be Birthing?

What Might God Be Birthing?

We often say that advent is a time of waiting, of sitting in darkness, and watching for signs of Christ’s ever growing light. But I think even more so, Advent is a time for dreaming, for hoping, for re-imagining our world through God’s eyes… 
It is a time to face the darkness and choose not to respond with fear, but instead ask the hopeful question… “What if?” 

What if God is birthing something new here? 

What if the circumstances of our life aren’t just some random occurrence…  What if this is the Holy Spirit at work even now… even in this darkness?

Advent is a time to dream with God anew…
what might it look like if God’s light were to shine even here?

A Path through the Wilderness

A Path through the Wilderness

God is always meeting people in the midst of their wilderness. 
God meets us in our struggles and provides what we need there to survive and endure, and then God will always provide us with a path out. 
A new system… a way forward… a better way of living that surpasses even our best efforts. 

A repeated phrase for our sermons so far in exodus has been that “Egypts come in many sizes,” well the saying is true of the wilderness too.. the wilderness comes in many sizes, and in many places too… I don’t know what wilderness you are journeying through right now… But I do know that God is meeting you there. And I know that it is not God’s wish for you to remain there… 

Instead God is providing you a way forward… a new system to put in place… a better way of life… 

Defiant Origins

Defiant Origins

God’s liberating work always begins in the midst of murky waters.
God’s deliverance can begin with two no-name women who should have been forgotten to history choosing to stand up for what is right…
God's liberation of a whole people can start with two girls unexpectedly meeting each other and one really crazy idea. That’s it; that is all you need. 

Humbled Wisdom

Humbled Wisdom

Humility doesn’t mean inaction…
Humility doesn’t look like giving up the fight.
Humility doesn’t look like ceasing to act all together.
Humility doesn’t look like flying close to the sea.

Humility looks like aligning yourself with God… Acting in a way that God would… acting with peace, acting with mercy… acting with Love…

Humility looks like relying less on yourself… Humility looks like relying on God.