November 21, 2018

Worship Notes

Upcoming message themes and scripture readings.

February 2018 Worship Notes

Worship Notes – February 2018


Sunday, February 4

Isaiah 40:21-31; Psalm 147:1-11, 20c

The Power of Prayer and Poetry

Reminders of what God says to us and does with us… we can carry around these reminders in our hearts and our pockets to share with ourselves and one another. Prepare to receive these blessings for others as well – whether you speak the same language or not.

Communion at our Open Table

Voices of Grace sing

SOUPer Bowl Collection

Give-A-Meal Sunday


Sunday, February 11

Transfiguration Sunday

From the Mountain to the Valley Below – and Back Again

2Kings 2:1-12; Matthew 17:1-8

Elisha promises Elijah that he will not leave him.

Peter wants to stay on the mountaintop with Jesus, Moses and Elijah but he has to go back to the people in the valley below of they’ll never know that they can go to sacred places such as this. Light and warmth and spirit and inspiration and revelation!

Faith Sharing by member Kevin Hogarty (Council President)


Ash Wednesday — February 14 at 7pm

Joel 2:1, 12-16; Psalm 51:1-17; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

Lovers to Fools: Making Sense of the Lenten Journey

Imposition of Ashes for those interested to mark our humanity, humility and holiness as we begin our Lenten Journey alone and together.

We will be intentional about using all of our whole selves to be Christ-like in our words, ways and actions this season.

Sacrament of Communion at our open table


Sunday, February 18

Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-10; Mark 1:9-15

From Lovers to Fools with Our Eyes

We see the rainbow after the flood. We see the dove descending as Jesus comes up out of the water at his baptism. We see the wild animals and the angels with Jesus in the wilderness this 40 days. What do you see then and there? Now and here?

We will light our Lenten Candles and hear about our Second Mile Lent Offering.


Sunday, February 25

Psalm 22:23-31; genesis 17:1-7, 15-16

From Lovers to Fools with our Ears

What Bible stories from the Hebrew Bible do you think may have been important and influential to Jesus as he was growing up? As you look at your life and the life of our faith community, what stories of the Hebrew Bible and the Gospels shine through?

January 2018 Worship Notes


January 7   Epiphany

Meditation   A great epiphany: I found out that I’m totally confused and I’m good with that. I’m consistently inconsistent. I’m all of the above. I’m OK. I’m a work in progress. That’s my next tattoo somewhere. – Ronnie Dunn


Scripture      Isaiah 60:1-6; Matthew 2:1-12


Sermon        We Are Three +

Theme         We are light, gold, frankincense, myrrh. We are Herod, wise ones. We are rising, sent, overwhelmed, stopped, entering… we are a great deal

Music ?        #66 We Three Kings

#53 What Child is This?

#29 Go, Tell it on the Mountain

Special         Communion


January 14

Meditation   Freedom and justice cannot be parceled out in pieces to suit

convenience. I don’t believe you can stand for freedom for one group of people and deny it to others. – Coretta Scott King


Scripture      1 Samuel 3:1-10; John 1:43-51


Sermon        Can You Hear Me Now?

Theme         Three weeks after Christmas – what is the work of Christmas.

Jesus says ‘Follow me.’ Hearing the call to get up and go!

How do we listen to the call from the Holy and one another?

Music ?        Will You Come and Follow Me?

Lift Every Voice and Sing

#525 Here I Am, Lord

(verse from Lead Me, Guide Me somewhere as a response)

Special         MLK Jr Wknd; Faith Sharing by Member/Friend


January 21

Meditation   Come. There is a way to be good again… –  Khaled Hosseini


Scripture      Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Mark 1:14-20


Sermon        Second Chances

Theme         It wasn’t that Jonah didn’t hear God, he decided to ignore God and go in the opposite direction of where God called him to go. We have choices all the time as we consider which ways to go – and we can turn and return as well. How did the disciples discern whether or not to follow Jesus? Was does it mean to be ‘immediately’ as the Gospel says?

Music ?        #377 Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore (different version?)

#388/389 O Jesus, I Have Promised

I Have Decided to Follow Jesus



January 28 One Family Worship 10am – Annual Mtg immediately following

Meditation   When the words of prophets seem repetitive, that should rivet our attention. – Henry B. Eyring


Scripture      Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Mark 1:21-28


Sermon        Prophets Wanted

Theme         God is calling people/groups to be prophetic all over the place –

across time and place … quotes and inspirations from prophets

Music ?        #504 Draw Us in The Spirit’s Tether

#521 You Satisfy the Hungry Heart

#339 Be Thou My Vision

God Made From One Blood All The Families Of Earth

Special         Annual Meeting



September 2017 Worship Notes

Worship Notes – September 2017


September 3

Meditation   Don’t let someone keep putting out the flame God keeps re-lighting, we all have a purpose. As a wing to a bird. As wind that goes the destiny over the sea. -Anthony Liccione

Scripture      Exodus 3:1-12; Psalm 105:1-6; Romans 12:9-21

Sermon        We Have Work to Do

Theme         God lays out what God wants to do because of the needs of the people and then tells Moses to make it happen – God wants/needs us to act.

                    What is God asking us/you to do? Romans passages


us some clear direction.

Music ?        They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love

                    I Have Decided to Follow Jesus

                    Every Move I Make

                    Jesu, Jesu

Special         Communion


September 10

Meditation   You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct

                    way, and the only way, it does not exist. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Scripture      Psalm 149; Matthew 18:15-20; Romans 13:8-14

Sermon        Day by Day

Theme         Passages about how to be in


with one another – esp when there is tumult, disagreement… the time is now to love one another

                    (a good primer for Vitality Initiative – Consultant KickOff next wknd)

Music?         Day by Day

                    Blest Be the Tie That Binds

                    Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

                    Where Charity and Love Prevail

                    Make Me A Channel of Your Peace

                    Bind Us Together

                    As We Gather

Special         Choir’s first Sunday back from summer break!



September 17

Meditation   Always


twice. First to what is being said and then to what isn’t.

– unknown

Scripture      Exodus 14:19-31; Matthew 18:23-35

Sermon        What’s Not Being Said

Theme         Parting of Red Sea – focus on safe passing or drowning of



                    Parable of forgiven slave that doesn’t forgive right after he is forgiven

                    What assumptions are there when we say one thing without mentioning another? What assumptions do we make about others’ words and ways?

Music ?        Lead On, O Cloud of Presence

                    There’s A Wideness in God’s Mercy

In the Midst of New Dimensions

Special         Consultant Weekend; Faith Sharing by Member/Friend


September 24

Meditation   For me, the opposite of scarcity is not abundance. It’s enough. I’m enough. – Brene Brown

Scripture      Psalm 105: 1-6, 37-45; Matthew 20:1-16

Sermon        Scarcity or Abundance?

Theme         Parable of the laborers in the vineyard – all arriving at different times

yet landowner paying them the same wage – which causes outrage then and now. What is it about us wanting to limit God’s lavish love?

Music ?        I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me

Ubi Caritas

                    God Will Take Care of You

                    Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing

                    Make Me A Servant

                    Humble Thyself in the Sight of the Lord

Special         Elin Patel Baptism at


; Skyler’s final Sunday


October 1





Music ?

Special         World Communion Sunday with Marthoma


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
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
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.