Shakespeare once wrote, "There is a special providence in the fall of the sparrow." To put that in 21st century terms, if God knows how a sparrow is flying, doesn't that mean that God knows everything we are facing as well? Pastor Emily challenges us to take Jesus words about how to lose our life seriously, and to put fear aside, trusting that we are worth more than many sparrows.
It's our first summer service of 2017, and we're looking at the story of Abraham and Sarah. When Sarah was told she'd have a child, her first response was to laugh off the possibility. How many times do we laugh at what is possible, instead of believing that God might be doing something new?
On Ascension Sunday, Christopher Breen preaches about what it means to follow Jesus, even when we stop looking up.
Six young people made the decision to be confirmed on Sunday. Hear the two rules they had to follow in Confirmation class, and why they matter for all of us. A note on the recording: it began a little early, but you can hear us honoring one of our high school grads at the start.
Stephen was the first Christian martyr. But martyrs aren't always what we think. God calls us to be witnesses in the world, and to one another.
Jesus calls himself the Good Shepherd, and tells us that he wants abundant life for us. But there are thieves and bandits who want to distract us. How do we listen to the voice of the one who wants us to live?
On the first Easter, two disciples were walking down the road to Emmaus. When a stranger joined him, they didn't recognize him as Jesus until later. Sometimes on our own journeys we have trouble recognizing that God is with us, and that we are not alone.
Thomas was the disciples who didn't get a chance to see Jesus when everyone else did. When told that Jesus was alive, he doubted. That's understandable. It's what most of us would probably do. Thomas' story reminds us that sometimes faith is not about believing in the moment, but about continuing to come back, time and again, in order to wrestle with our faith.