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Tuesday
Apr102018

Easter - Beyond the Empty Tomb

 April 1, 2018

Easter is here!  The dark season of Lent is drawing to a close, we have traveled the path to the cross and now, we are called to a story that leads beyond the empty tomb.  What should our lives look like in light of the resurrection?  Here we will find a story that cannot be contained for the power of resurrection defies all odds.  

We invite all who are weary and afraid - all who need to hear the Good News of a God who conquers death for love of us all. 

Click here to join us as we celebrate the risen savior!

Thursday
Apr052018

Good Friday Tenebrae Service

March 30, 2018

Tenebrae means "darkness" or "shadow".  On this night, we remember Jesus' death.  It is a solemn service in which the lights slowly dim as we read the passion narrative and extinguish candles.  We leave in silent darkness after the Christ Candle has been extinguished and Jesus is buried in the tomb. The service is uncomfortable and unfinished as the story is not over.  We wait in grief and darkness for the life and resurrection of Easter morning.

Click here to listen as we read through Mark 14-15.

Monday
Feb192018

Misunderstood: A Lenten Journey

March 25, 2018

On Palm Sunday, we often think about singing Hosanna and crowning Jesus as king as he rides into Jerusalem. However, there are other people in John's account of the beginning of Holy Week.

Stephen Riley helps us to understand Palm Sunday from some different perspectives as we wrap up our series "Misunderstood".

John 12:12-19 (CEB)

12 The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 13 They took palm branches and went out to meet him. They shouted,

“Hosanna!
Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
     Blessings on the king of Israel!”

14 Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written,

15 Don’t be afraid, Daughter Zion.
        Look! Your king is coming,
            sitting on a donkey’s colt.

16 His disciples didn’t understand these things at first. After he was glorified, they remembered that these things had been written about him and that they had done these things to him.

17 The crowd who had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead were testifying about him. 18 That’s why the crowd came to meet him, because they had heard about this miraculous sign that he had done. 19 Therefore, the Pharisees said to each other, “See! You’ve accomplished nothing! Look! The whole world is following him!”

Click here to listen to Stephen's message.

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March 18, 2018

In John 12:20-33, Jesus tells a large crowd a strange parable about wheat. The crowd hears a voice from heaven and Jesus is deeply troubled. Join us as Pastor Linsey helps us unpack this confusing, and often Misunderstood, passage! 

"But Jesus wasn't that sort of Messiah. He was aiming to overthrow the kingdom of the world,all right, and replace it with the kingdom of God. But the victory was to be of a totally different sort. It was all about his being 'lifted up', exalted - on a pole, like the serpent in the wilderness (3.14-15). That's how the world would be rescued. That's how God, the true God, the God of astonishing, generous love, would be glorified. Swords don't glorify the creator-God. Love does. Self-giving love, best of all." 

-N.T. Wright

Click here to listen to Pastor Linsey's message

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March 11, 2018

This week we're in the book of John and looking at John 3:14-22 with Pastor Sarah. There are some great words and phrases in this passage about loving darkness and what it means to be in the light. In particular it says whoever "DOES truth" comes to light. Join us as we discuss what it means to "do truth".

Click here to listen to Pastor Sarah's message.

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March 4, 2018

Sometimes we look at Jesus, and can only get out, "What are you doing?!" Like the Jewish leaders, we can be plenty confused at Jesus' actions! It might even take years until we can look back and understand what Jesus meant.  This week, Debbie Whiting tells the story of Jesus clearing the Temple. Together we jump into Scripture, ask questions about what Jesus is doing, and talk about what it means for us today.

Click here to listen to Debbie Whiting's message.

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February 25, 2018

This week our journey through Lent takes us to Mark 8:27-38. Here Jesus asks his disciples, “Who do you say I am?” Peter and the disciples understood Jesus as a conquering Messiah. They believed that might makes right. The more power the better. Jesus tried to teach the disciples that the way to counter power was not more power, but the way of self-emptying, uncontrolling love. The way of the cross.

We are a lot like the disciples. Who do we say Jesus is in the ordinariness of our lives at home, work, church, and school?

Click here to listen to Joe Gorman's Lenton message.

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February 18, 2018

Have you ever felt misunderstood?  I sure have - this week, in fact!   People are quick to judge from their point-of-view without seeking to understand what's really going on.  Sometimes it's because we don't ask questions and actually listen to the answers given.  Other times, our lives have shaped us in such a way that seeing something differently is an almost impossible expectation.

This week we look at the the first chapter of Mark where John the Baptist ends up baptizing Jesus.  Talk about confusing!  Why would John need to baptize Jesus?  Why does Jesus proclaim "Good news!" after John's been imprisoned?  It's terribly confusing! 

Join us as we seek to understand a little more clearly, the life and message of Jesus and how that shapes our lives today.

Click here to listen to Pastor Sarah's message.

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Wednesday
Jan102018

All Things New

February 11, 2018

Have you ever wondered what in the world it is and why do we, as a church, mess with ashes? It's messy and dirty.

Stephen Riley shares about the ashes, where they come from, why we focus on them for this day, and what it means to prepare our hearts to enter the season of Lent.

Click here to listen to Stephen's message.

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February 4, 2018

We want to live in relationship with others, we want to be seen and loved, but it's hard to let people see us for who we really are. We often hide behind fear instead of opening ourselves up to others. Yet God calls us to love - something that's really hard when we're fearful of what others think! God invites us to a new motivation for living, a living motivated by love instead of fear. Listen with us as Debbie Whiting shares from 1 Corinthians 9. 

Click here to listen to Debbie's message.

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January 28, 2018

Sometimes we have great knowledge and understanding, but we fail to show love. 1 Corinthians 8 explores the idea that sometimes being loving is more important than being right. When we get hung up on who is right, we often miss Christ's bigger message. 

Click here to listen to Pastor Linsey's message.

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January 21, 2018

In 1 Corinthians 6 in the words of Mabel Boggs Sweet, "If you don't take care of your body, where else are you going to live?"  God created us to live out our divine calling through our bodies.  God is redeeming all of us--spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically.  God truly is "making all things new" in Christ, in us, and the entire world.

Click here to listen to Joe's message.

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January 14, 2018

According to 1 Corinthians 4 we are called to live lives of power, but it is power rooted in love and a gentle spirit.  It’s the kind of power our world deems foolish. What does it mean to live an unoffendable life rooted in foolish power?

Click here to listen to Pastor Sarah's message.

"Therefore, we renounce any form of racial and ethnic indifference, exclusion, subjugation, or oppression as a grave sin again God and our fellow human beings.  We lament the legacy of every form of racism throughout the world, and we seek to confront that legacy through repentance, reconciliation, and biblical justic.  We seek to repent of every behavior in which we have been overtly complicit with the sin of racism, both past and present; and in confession and lament we seek forgiveness and reconciliation.

Further, we acknowledge that there is no reconciliation apart from human struggle to stand against and to overcome all personal, institutional and structural prejudice responsible for racial and ethnic humiliation and oppression  We call upon Nazarenes everywhere to identify and seek to remove acts and structures of prejudice, to facilitate occasions for seeking forgiveness and reconciliation, and to take action toward empowering those who have been marginalized."

- Church of the Nazarene Manual, paragraph 915, 2017-2021

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January 7, 2018

As we begin this New Year, we look at the Wise Men's visit to Jesus and how God is making All Things New - in our relationship to others and even our past.  Stephen Riley helps us see how we might begin to see the holy in strange places and find redemption.

Click here to listen to Stephen's message.

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Monday
Jan012018

Covenant Renewal

December 31, 2017

Together we recognize God's faithfulness and commit to serving God in the New Year.

Click here to listen.

(Due to some technical difficulties with our microphone Sunday morning, it may be a bit difficult to hear Pastor Sarah for the first 30 seconds and the last minute and 15 seconds of the recording, but the audio is good for the rest of the time.  Thank you for your bearing with us!)