Worship Services / 56 posts found

07 Aug 2016 10:00am – Living Counterpoint – Rev. Sally McShane

Do not conform to the pattern of this world." As Paul writes this letter to the Roman community is he urging revolution? Scripture Reading: Romans 12: 1-13, John 15: 26, 27 The New Life in Christ 12 I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable [...]

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 [...]

26 June 2016 10:00am – Life’s Wild Restless Sea, Rev. Philip Newman

Scripture Reading: Luke 9:51-62 A Samaritan Village Refuses to Receive Jesus 51 When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. 52 And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; 53 but they did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. 54 When his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” 55 But he turned and [...]

19 June 2016 10:00am – Life Out Of Control, Rev. Philip Newman

Scripture Reading: Luke 8:26-39 Jesus Heals the Gerasene Demoniac 26 Then they arrived at the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. 27 As he stepped out on land, a man of the city who had demons met him. For a long time he had worn no clothes, and he did not live in a house but in the tombs. 28 When he saw Jesus, he fell down before him and shouted at the top of his voice, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me”— [...]

12 June 2016 10:00am – It Takes All Kinds, Rev. Philip Newman

Scripture Reading: Luke 7:36–8:3 A Sinful Woman Forgiven 36 One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and took his place at the table. 37 And a woman in the city, who was a sinner, having learned that he was eating in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster jar of ointment. 38 She stood behind him at his feet, weeping, and began to bathe his feet with her tears and to dry them with her hair. Then she continued kissing his feet and anointing them with the ointment. 39 Now when [...]

5 June 2016 10:00am – Like Stars in the World, Rev. Simon LeSieur

Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:1-11 Imitating Christ’s Humility 2 If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, 2 make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. 5 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, 6 who, [...]