July 2016 / 5 posts found

31 Jul 2016 10:00am – Living with Diversity – Rabbi Laura Kaplan, Ph.D.

In world news we read about conflicts between religious traditions; yet in our city we see much cooperation. What is our secret? What advice does the book of Ecclesiastes offer? How can it support our hopes for the future? Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23 2 Vanity of vanities, says the Teacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity. The Futility of Seeking Wisdom 12 I, the Teacher, when king over Israel in Jerusalem, 13 applied my mind to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven; it is an unhappy business that God has given [...]

24 Jul 2016 10:00am – Living Authentically – Rev. Dr. Keith Howard

The “city” in which we live is no longer a Ford vs Chevy, Coke vs Pepsi world. Many ways of defining the good life exist, each with their own images and evangelists. How does one live and act as a Christian in a world where we each are urged to “speak our own truth,” where decisions are often more impacted by a YOLO (“You Only Live Once") ethic or a morality where all is permitted “as long as no one gets hurt.” The writer to the early Christian church at Colossae offers some answers that provoke a double-take of head [...]

17 Jul 2016 10:00am – Living with Open Doors – Rev. Dr. Brian Thorpe

Abraham invites three strangers into his tent and a nation is born. Mary and Martha invite Jesus into their home and grace abounds in ways unexpected. Living in the city we are often lives of isolation. The gospel this Sunday invites us into a new way of being through the spiritual discipline of radical hospitality. Scripture Reading: Genesis 18: 1 -10a, Luke 10: 38-42 A Son Promised to Abraham and Sarah 18 The Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day. 2 He looked [...]

10 Jul 2016 10:00am – Living Patiently – Rev. Dr. Jason Byassee

We often speak of faith as "going" somewhere (to heaven etc), but for scripture the city of God is coming down, from God, to us, establishing itself in our midst, including all (even our enemies), making all things new. Scripture Reading: Revelation 21:1-7 The New Heaven and the New Earth 21 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned [...]

03 Jul 2016 10:00am – Intro: Faith In The City, Rev. Philip Newman

Scripture Reading: Exodus 3:1-15 Moses at the Burning Bush 3 Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. 3 Then Moses said, “I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.” 4 When the Lord saw that he had [...]