June 29, 2017

Worship Notes

Upcoming message themes and scripture readings.

June 2016 Worship Notes

June 5 | 10:00am One Family Worship & Annual Meeting| Communion
Scripture: Psalm 146; Genesis 6-9, selected verses
Message: Get on Board!
Theme: story of Noah and the fact that it takes all kinds and we are in this together—a great story for an Annual Meeting Sunday. How does this beloved story change when you yourself age and mature?

June 12 | 9:30 & 11:00am
Scripture: Psalm 5:1-8; Luke 7:40b-50
Message: Been in Sin
Theme: The nature and causes of sin. What brings us back into right relationship with self, others and the Holy after we have turned away? How our faith can make us well—aligning with the story Jesus tells in the Gospel Lesson and how he interacts with the woman at Simon’s house.

June 19 | 9:30 & 11:00am
Scripture: Psalm 42; Luke 8:26-39
Message: It Depends on Your View
Theme: A complex story of Jesus, a possessed person, a herd of pigs and a community. Something happens to and around all of them. Sorting out the meaning depends on your vantage point. What will happen next for this community?

June 26 | 9:30 & 11:00am | Mark Robinson leads worship
Scripture:
Message: Health
Theme: What is Health? Does God want us to be healthy? What does being the Church have to do with being healthy? How do we support health in ourselves and each other

 

May 2016 Worship Notes

May 1 | 9:30am & 11:00am | Communion| Give-a-Meal
Scripture: Psalm 67; Acts 16:9-15
Message: Persuasive Paths
Theme: Apostles travel to/through multiple places. They spend time with women and listen to the ways they live and embrace the message of the gospels.

 

May 8 | Mother’s Day
Scripture: Psalm 97; Acts 16:16-34
Message: Set Free
Theme: A story of fortune-telling, imprisonment, praying-singing, earthquake, freedom, celebration!

 

May 15 | Pentecost | New Members
Scripture: Psalm 104:24-34, 35b; Acts 2:1-18
Message: Overflow
Theme: The place was overflowing with people from all over! The Holy Spirit arrived and filled the place and the people. How does the Spirit continue to fill us too? How does it spill over from us onto others?

 

May 22
Scripture: Psalm 8; John 16:12-15
Message: Whole in One
Theme: What the Holy Spirit does now that we are Post-Pentecost What did the Creator give to Christ that was passed along to the Spirit…the Spirit now gives to us? What do we do with all of it now?

 

May 29

Scripture: Psalm 96; Luke 7:1-10
Message: Worthy of Authority
Theme:
Layered story of a centurion and his sense of his authority, worth, faith. Jesus has an interesting response to the man. What does this story touch off in us? If this is true, how then shall we live?

 

April 2016 Worship Notes

April 3 | 9:30am & 11:00am | Communion| Give-a-Meal

Scripture: Psalm 150; John 20:19-31

Message: Peace Breath

Century gothic: Jesus comes to the disciples breathing peace. He could have been angry, frustrated, spiteful about what has happened… but instead he was in peace—so much that he was able to exude that and breathe it onto the disciples. He comes back 8 days later to give them another dose (booster shot?) and to include Thomas who had not been there on Easter night.

 

April 10 | Youth Musical Sunday (11:00am)

Scripture: Psalm 30; John 21:1-19

Message: Breakfast with Jesus

Century gothic: Another Post-Resurrection appearance from Jesus. He is on the shore offering fishing advice as the disciples are not having much luck. Jesus has the opportunity to talk with Peter about his denial of Jesus x3 before the cock crowed twice…tend my sheep…follow me.

 

April 17

Scripture: Psalm 23; Acts 9:36-43

Message: “Tabitha, get up!”

Century gothic: Early church—Peter raises Tabitha/Dorcas from the dead. What disciples are capable of just leapt exponentially. How can we partner with the Holy to do the impossible too? Surely we are limited?

 

April 24

Scripture: Psalm 148; Acts 11:1-18

Message: Standing in God’s Way

Century gothic: Living into this early church, Peter has a vision of inclusion. He believed he was going to bring the Spirit to a people—but the Spirit was already there. How can we stand in God’s way? We are called to notice the Spirit, plug into it and multiply its impact in how we partner. (Double meaning of sermon title.)

March 2016 Worship Notes

Mar 6 | 9:30am & 11:00am | Lenten Candle: Flexibility| Give-a-Meal
Scripture: Psalm 32; Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32
Message: Flexibility for Lent
Theme: The Prodigal Son story…none of them were experiencing the kind of life that they had expected. Jesus’ stories always have a “flip.”

Mar 13 | Lenten Candle: Receptivity
Scripture: Isaiah 43:16-21; John 12:1-8
Message: Receptivity for Lent
Theme: The Gospel shows Mary anointing Jesus’ feet with very expensive perfume. The disciples rebuke her but Jesus defends her extravagant hospitality. What is this privilege and perfume all about?

Mar 20 | Palm Sunday | Lenten Candle: Advocacy
Scripture: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Luke 19:28-40
Message: Advocacy for Lent
Theme: Gospel Message: is of Jesus asking the disciples to go into the city to retrieve a donkey for him to ride. Then they spread their cloaks and palms along the ground for him to travel on…How do we make room for others and help them get what they need?

Mar 24 | Maundy Thursday | 7:00pm | Lenten Candle: Generosity
Scripture: Exodus 12:1-4, 11-14; John 13:1-17, 31b-35
Message: Generosity for Holy Week
Theme: The Ancient Hebrew people were justice minded and cared for others. Jesus takes that history and brings it alive with the foot washing and communion…and asks us to do the same.

Mar 25 | Good Friday | noon & 7:00pm | Lenten Candle: Darkness
Scripture: Psalm 22; John 18-19 selected verses
Message: Snuffed Out

Mar 27 | Easter | Sunrise, 9:30 & 11:00am
Scripture: Psalm 118; John 20:1-18
Message: Sunrise: Tipping Point | 9:30 & 11:00: Aramaic Teacher
Theme: Sunrise: There is a point where suddenly there is more of one thing than the other…this story is dark and dread and grief then comes back to life and light and love. 9:30 & 11:00: What Jesus taught us during Lent and Holy Week.

 

February 2016 Worship Notes

Feb 7 | 10:00am | Transfiguration Sunday | Communion | Give-a-Meal
Scripture: Exodus 34:29-35; Luke 9:28-36
Message: Something to Look At!
Theme: Transfiguration

Feb 10 | 7:00pm | Ash Wednesday
Scripture: Joel 2, selected verses, Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
Message: A List for Lent
Theme: Jesus talks about some faith practices. We have made a list for this Lent and will be intentional about this time and space that has been carved out for us. Our attention will be on Scripture:, our own experience, Jesus’s story as well as the history and now of our congregation and denomination … courage, vulnerability, patience, flexibility, receptivity, advocacy and generosity.

Feb 14 | 9:30am & 11:00am | Lent 1
Scripture: Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16; Luke 4:1-13
Message: Courage for Lent
Theme: Jesus is tempted in the wilderness. We must have courage and self-determination to stay sturdy and focused. It’s important to know what we are up against and struggling with on regular basis. God’s presence gives us courage in the midst of every challenge/opportunity.

Feb 21 | 9:30am & 11:00am |Lent 2
Scripture: Psalm 27
Message: Vulnerability for Lent
Theme: The Psalmist acknowledges some of the realities of life then/now. If we are honest, we are vulnerable to a great many things—and being being vulnerable and honest before the Holy will fill us with what we need to thrive. We place ourselves in God’s care because we trust.

Feb 28 | 4:30pm & 7:30pm | Lent 3
Scripture: Isaiah 55:1-9; Luke 13:6-9
Message: Patience for Lent
Theme: Jesus tells the story of a fig tree that has not produced fruit for three years. Should they cut it down or fertilize it and wait one more year? We have a God of many chances. How do we wait for God and how do we live patiently for one another?

 

January 2016 Worship Notes

Jan 3 | 9:30 & 11:00am | Epiphany | Communion | Give-a-Meal
Scripture: Isaiah 60:1-6; Matthew 2:1-23
Message: Walk in the Light
Theme: The wise men follow the star to the Christ Child. The Wise Ones are warned in a dream to go home by a different road. An angel comes to the Holy family and tells them to flee to Egypt in fear of Herod’s wrath. How do we decide where to go and when? What if we don’t have a choice? Mary & Joseph and Jesus are refugees fleeing their home. What does this mean for our faith and practices?

Jan 10 | 9:30am & 11:00am
Scripture: Isaiah 43:1-7; Matthew 3:11-17
Message: Water, River, Spirit, Grace
Theme: Reassurance upon reassurance in the readings. Jesus baptized by John—even though John didn’t feel worthy. The Spirit of God descends and brings grace.

Jan 17| 9:30am & 11:00am
Scripture: Isaiah 62:1-5; 1Corinthians 12:1-11
Message: Overlap
Theme: Spiritual gifts—we all have them…how to discern? What to do with them and how to grow them in self and others. How the Spirit builds community as gifts overlap—common spaces.

Jan 24| 4:30pm & 7:30pm
Scripture: Psalm 19; Luke 4:14-21
Message: Extensions of the Spirit
Theme: Jesus in the synagogue reading from Isaiah—his purpose: preach good news to poor; proclaim release to prisoners; recovery of sight to blind; liberate the oppressed; proclaim year of Lord’s favor. Where are these things happening? How are you giving/receiving these gifts?

Jan 31| 10:00am One Family Worship | Communion
Scripture: Jeremiah 1:4-10; 1Corinthians 13:1-13
Message: Choice Vocabulary
Theme: Jeremiah lesson about the strength of Gods’ love for us. New Testament lesson about how we are to love one another. What are the words we use to express our commitment and what words do we stay away from?

December 2015 Worship Notes

Dec 6 | 9:30 & 11:00am | Communion Give-a-Meal | Advent 2: Peace
Scripture: Malachi 3:1-4; Luke 3:1-6
Message: Peace Places Please
Theme: How do we plant peace, nurture it, protect it, help it to thrive and spread? Turning toward God, not away—can multiply peace.

Dec 13 | 9:30am & 11:00am | Lessons & Carols | Pageant | Advent 3: Joy
Scripture: Zephaniah 3:14-20; Isaiah 12:2-6; Philippians 4:4-7
Message: Joy Lasts
Theme: Allow deep abiding joy to push out other things—including fear, worry, anger and more.

Dec 20| 9:30am & 11:00am | Advent 4: Love
Scripture: Micah 5:2-5a; Luke 1:39-45; Luke 1:47-55
Message: Mary’s Love Song
Theme: Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth and sings about what is happening in and through her…and what it means for the ways we experience and share love.

Dec 24| 4:30pm & 7:30pm | Christmas Eve
Scripture: Isaiah 9 (selected verses); Psalm 96; Luke 2:1-20
Message: Step by Step | The Gifts We Are

 

Dec 27| 10:00am One Family Worship | Communion
Scripture: Psalm 148; Luke 2:41-52
Message: The Magic of 12
Theme: Here in these 12 days of Christmas, having just celebrated Jesus’ birth, we have him as a 12 year old. What has he experienced in these first dozen years as a young middle eastern Jewish man that may be similar and different from what we have experienced in our contexts.

November 2015 Worship Notes

November 1 | 9:30 & 11:00am | Give-a-Meal | All Saints
Scripture: Isaiah 25:6-9; John 11:32-44
Message: Yesterday
Theme: Our Hebrew Lesson is most comforting and reassuring. Our Gospel Lesson is a story of commitment and hope among siblings Mary, Martha and Lazarus. There is a death and grief and then celebration.

November 8 | 9:30 & 11:00am
Scripture: Psalm 112; Mark 12:38-44
Message: It’s All Relative
Theme: Scriptures about generosity. What is enough to share? What is enough to keep? When does it hurt? When does it help

November 15 | 9:30 & 11:00am
Scripture: Psalm 127; Mark 13:1-8
Message: The Church Building
Theme: How the relationships within the building strengthen the structure. What causes a structure to crumble? What is our vision? What are we building?

November 22 | 9:30 & 11:00am
Scripture: Variety of Psalms – 1, 8, 23, 63, 91, 92, 107, 121, 139, 148, 150
Message: Faith Expressions
Theme: Giving thanks for the gifts of faith throughout day, season, year.Writing our own psalm.

November 29 | 10:00am | Advent | One Family Worship
Scripture: Jeremiah 33:14-16; Psalm 25:1-10; Luke 21: 25-36
Message: Give Us Hope
Theme: There are signs and symbols, words and wonders that lead us forward. How can we catch the momentum of the Holy this Advent?

October 2015 Worship Notes

October 4| 9:30 & 11:00am | Give-a-Meal | World Communion
Scripture: Job 1:1; 2:1-10; Psalm 26
Message: In the Land of Uz
Theme: The challenges that Job’s story brings with it—blessing and curse. The rollercoaster nature of life—good and bad things happen.

October 11 | 9:30 & 11:00am
Scripture: Deuteronomy 15:7-11; Mark 10:17-27
Message: Possess Less
Theme: The call to simplify…Jesus talks about the camel through the eye of the needle; the man that did not want to give away his possessions.

October 18 | 9:30 & 11:00am
Scripture: Psalm 104:1-9, 24, 35c; Mark 10:35-45
Message: Pick Me
Theme: Disciples arguing among themselves as to which one is most favored. Secrecy, rivalry…Colleagues, collaboration…or somewhere in between? How do we serve one another?

October 25| 9:30 & 11:00am
Scripture: Psalm 34:1-8; Mark 10:46-52
Message: Trifocals
Theme: The blind man said to Jesus, “I want to see.” Bartimaeus knew what he wanted—to be able to see. How do we get ourselves into a place where we can see what Jesus sees? What is Jesus’ vision?

September 2015 Worship Notes

298824_10150443206679478_840423056_nSeptember 6 | 9:30 & 11:00am | Give-a-Meal | Communion
Scripture: Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23; Mark 7:31-35
Message: Ephphatha
Theme: Ephphatha “open up”…Jesus heals the man who was both deaf and mute. The words we speak should be very much connected to the words we hear. Jesus blesses us as we listen and speak. When is it a challenge to hear and speak? How do we ensure that we are listening and speaking with the Spirit?

September 13 | 9:30 & 11:00am
Scripture: Psalm 19; Mark 8:27-29
Message: Name Tag
Theme: Jesus and the disciples were traveling in and out of villages. He asked the disciples who people said he was. There were a few answers. What old and new names, roles, images do we use when we ponder and experience Jesus?

September 20 | 9:30 & 11:00am
Scripture: Psalm 1; Mark 9:33-37
Message: Kids R Us
Theme Jesus hears the disciples arguing and wants to remind them that none of them is greater than the other. In fact, he invites them to think about the last being first and the first being last—and how to welcome children as a measure of health, connectedness, honor.

September 27 | 9:30 & 11:00amr 20 | 9:30 & 11:00am
Scripture: Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22; Psalm 124
Message: Now
Theme: The Esther story—even with some gruesome parts—is about being in the right place at the right time…Esther calling on courage as she is asked to play a role she never imagined and one that she doesn’t feel equipped to play. How can we see where we are needed now and act with more courage and compassion?