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Sermon: We Walk in the Wilderness

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

I know that, when we are in touch with the amazing, persistent love of God, we are made glad. We become joyful. We celebrate. An old teacher of mine used to say that Israel had two ways of being—off the land (in the wilderness or in exile) and on the land (in the Promised Land). When they were off the land, he said, they celebrated. All the feasts were wilderness feasts. When they were on the land…, he said, …they worried. And I have to confess that I can go for long periods of time when I’m far better at worry than I am at celebration. Join us as we seek the source of celebration.


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Sermon: Into the Water and Out

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Maybe the grace that gets us through our crossing of our Red Seas should be held the way Maya Angelou lays out her sense of grace: We, unaccustomed to courage, exiles from delight live coiled in shells of loneliness until love leaves its high holy temple and comes into our sight to liberate us to life.


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Chimes Volume 2017, #2: Faith Formation

  Chimes Faith Formation Youth
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Volume 2017, #2 issue of Chimes is now available. In this issue: 

  • Adult Faith Formation
  • Youth 2017-08: Weaving God's Word with Their Own Lives and Experience
  • Children's Ministries Focus on Becoming God's People
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2017 Fall Women’s Retreat

  Women's Retreat News
Monday, September 11, 2017

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Sermon: The Call

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

We will be talking about “connection” this fall—our connection to God, to our neighbors, and to our truest selves. This Sunday a poem by Mark Halliday will help us experience that collateral blessings in taking hold of God’s hand. Why the HG Is Holy The Holy Ghost was browsing in his or her library one day in the future, unaccountably bored, oddly querulous, vaguely wanting something that would be quietly unfamiliar. “It doesn't have to be great,” said the Holy Ghost with the faintest note of exasperation in his or her voice, “just so long as it has its own special character.” Gliding along the billion shelves, incredibly graceful despite his or her mood. Then the deft and lovely hand of the Holy Ghost lit on a slim volume of poetry - it was your book. It was your book. The first poem caused the Holy Ghost to frown; ah, but not with disdain, rather with curiosity! The second poem brought a brightening of divine eyes. And the page was turned as if by a pensive breeze. Maybe it happened after your death, but so what? It happened. “I'm taking this back to my perfect desk,” said the HG. “This is really something.”


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Sermon: The Full Charge

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Romans 12 takes our “unity in Christ for the common good” and encourages us to use a whole range of practices to demonstrate how and where and with whom: twenty four declarations to help us "practice our way into believing.” It is a stunning list that will be familiar to many. Let’s call it “The Full Charge.” Join us for this service of communion on this holiday weekend at 10:00a in the sanctuary, Rev. David Baak, preaching. Music: Alan Exoo and Janlee Richter


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Sermon: One Spirit-One Sky

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

In this passage, Paul also says: no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit. It's a very important line in Scripture--and a very intriguing line. It also lies at the center of how Presbyterians have long understood membership in the Body of Christ. Come and join us as we explore this unexpected and radical word!


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Sermon: Good Morning

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Maya Angelou's poem, "On the Pulse of the Morning” concludes with images of humans greeting each hopefully with the words, 'good morning.' In this day of fiery rhetoric internationally and racial conflicts at home, wouldn't it be awesome if people could somehow recognize our common humanity and authentically wish each other well? This is the essential question of the sermon. Our Guest Preacher is the Rev. Paul Timothy Roberts, Sr., President of Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary, Atlanta, Georgia.


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Sermon: Their Eyes Were Watching God

Kyle Nolan

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

“It’s uh known fact, Pheoby, you got tuh go there tuh know there. Yo’ papa and yo’ mama and nobody else can’t tell yuh and show yuh. Two things everybody’s got tuh do fuh theyselves. They got tuh go tuh God, and they got tuh find out about livin’ fuh theyselves.” The spirituality of Zora Neale Hurston’s master work, Their Eyes Were Watching God is a spirituality of encounter: encounter with a wild life and a wild God. Join us as we gather to explore what it means to call ourselves disciples of such a God. Kyle Nolan preaching.


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Sermon: Enough Right Here

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

There are two passages from the lectionary that lead us to think about God’s abundance: Isaiah 55 that invites us to come buy wine and milk without money and without price, and Matthew 14 that describes Jesus’ feeding the 5,000. In the latter text, when Jesus asks the disciples to feed the multitudes they say, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.” Isn’t that the way it seems: all we see is a few fish; how is that supposed to address the need? Wendell Berry says, “Sight blinds us.” That’s a word worth unpacking. Join us Sunday, as we seek to look with our other eyes.

Sermon: It is like…

Rev. Jen Porter

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Last year, I read the Chronicles of Narnia to my three boys. A favorite character emerged, Repicheep, the mouse. Many are drawn to this soul who is small in stature but mighty in faith, courage and devotion. Jesus tells us again and agin, "the kingdom of God is like". Repicheep too invites us to seek this kingdom and to faithfully step toward the promises of God.

Sermon: Patience in Ambiguity

Rev. David Baak

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

This week’s scripture, Matthew 13.24-30, 36-43, gives one of the “kingdom parables” that teaches how to live in this beautiful, conflicted, joyful and confusing world. Wheat that is nutritious and life-giving and darnel or “tares” (weeds that are deceptive and noxious), growing together and indistinguishable from each other. We are called to let God be the judge and we are called to be patient with what is ultimate while faithfully working to find the right and the good. Rev. David Baak preaching on “Patience in Ambiguity."


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Sermon: Good Dirt

Kyle Nolan

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

There are subtle but marked tensions in the Parable of the Sower: between the mystery of God’s will and the possibility of its faithful anticipation, between the word of the prophets and the experience of the church, and between the title of the parable and it’s real focus, the soil. Join us as we explore the promise, possibility, and challenge it offers


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Sermon: The Capacity to Choose

Rev. Jen Porter

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

In this passage, Jesus addresses 'this generation.' This of course is not our generation, but sometimes as William Goettler reminds us, too much rings true. There is within us however, a capacity to understand, a capacity to follow, even a capacity to surrender. What will we choose to cultivate?


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