Sermon

What Do You See When You See “Church”?

What Do You See When You See “Church”?

Sometimes when people see the church, all they can see is the weeds. But sometimes, they look at us, and they can see wheat. Maybe we just need to help them see it…

The life-giving love of Jesus, growing inside us. The love that connects us to each other, the love we’ve received, and given. The love that grows out to the world… A field of love, growing right here. Because maybe that’s what they’re hungry for, too. Maybe they just want to be fed.

Walk of Faith

Walk of Faith

What does it mean to have a “walk of faith”? And how do we know if we’re going the right direction, following Jesus…. Or if we’re using a road map that’s hopelessly out of date? Or if we’re stuck, frozen in place, spinning our wheels, going nowhere? In these stories at least, a true “walk of faith” has little to do with being “religious” or “righteous” and much more with having the kind of faith that helps other people find healing.

What’s “Following Jesus” Mean, Anyway?

What’s “Following Jesus” Mean, Anyway?

It is so much easier to see ourselves as belonging to a church rather than belonging to Christ. And then being a church member becomes just one more thing that we do – one more activity on our calendars, one more possibility, one more choice.

But what if this is something more than that? A community to which we belong, with a shared identity? And what if that shared identity is that we are all trying to be followers of Jesus? Part of something sacred? A place where we practice surrendering our lives to God?

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.

Signs and Mystery

Signs and Mystery

It’s safer that way, isn’t it? To just ignore these little signs from God, the things that  come in ordinary things, like stars, or a baby’s sighs, or a wind, blowing through our midst… The words someone says, the news, that person we don’t really want to notice, the gnawing or stirring in our own heart.

We don’t have to respond. We really don’t. It is a choice, whether to go and worship, or stay secure in our chairs, solving puzzles. But be aware, the moment will pass…