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Title: A Dove and a Voice

We always begin each new year by remembering our baptismal vows together, so we find ourselves in the Gospel of Mark with John in the wilderness ministering a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. What is odd is that while John is proclaiming repentance and baptizing sinners in the waters of Jordan, Jesus comes to be baptized! Jesus has sanctified the waters by plunging into them. How are we to understand the sinless One being baptized for repentance? What is happening in this moment? Plan to be with us as we explore our baptism and the baptism of Jesus in a study called -- A Dove and Voice.

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Series:  Advent

Title: Love came Down

he final week of Advent and Christmas Eve. No one but God could have ever conceived of a plan like the Incarnation! Eternity entering time. The infinite contained in space and time. The Creator becomes a part of His creation to redeem it from corruption. Heaven colliding with earth. God becoming man! We want to take some time to meditate and ponder on how the Eternal God took up residence in the womb of a virgin. The heart of Christianity lies in this scandalous mystery, and we want to allow space for this to move from being merely doctrine to something that intrudes into our dailyness. Plan to be with us for this gathering that will be filled with readings, traditional carols, the Eucharist, and a sermon entitled: Love came Down

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Series:  Advent

Title: Joy

This week the Advent calendar beckons us to consider joy. It is the life we were made for, but somewhere along the way our joy has become twisted and confused, and it has lost its deep roots. We will be looking at joy this Saturday night and how to live joyfully, in community, in the midst of our everyday lives, and in the sure hope of all that God has planned for us.

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Series:  Advent

Title: Peace

During the second week of Advent we look at: PEACE. The angel trumpeted "Peace on Earth" that first Christmas. Yet, we live in a world of conflict:  inner turmoil and outer tumult. What is the peace that God promises? From social media posts to conversations over family dinner, how can we become peacemakers? 

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Series:  Advent

Title: Hope

This Sunday we ponder what it means to hope and to wait. The prophet Isaiah will lead us, proclaiming a vision of ultimate hope:  the new heavens and the new earth. What does it really mean to believe that ALL things will be made new? 

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Series:  Skepticism, Doubt, Uncertainty, Divine Hiddenness - FAITH on the EDGE

Title: Hide and Seek Pt 2?

This will be our last sermon in our series-- Faith on the EdgeLast week, we saw how God’s hiddenness is actually an expression of His love. He hides, so we have space to cultivate a seeking heart. He doesn’t overwhelm, and He desires to grow us beyond just being interested in Him for His gifts. Are there other reasons He seems hard to find? The Bible is full of examples of God’s presence going unnoticed and unrecognized where people were completely unaware. It seems like it is possible for people who should be most able to identify the presence and work of God to be unable to discern His visitation in their midst. When it comes to divine hiddenness, we often contribute to our own blindness. Plan to be with us for this conclusion in a sermon called: Hide and Seek (Part 2). 

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Series:  Skepticism, Doubt, Uncertainty, Divine Hiddenness - FAITH on the EDGE

Title: Hide and Seek?

We have been looking at Faith on the Edge and last week started exploring the hiddenness of God. The overarching storyline of the Bible is about a divine pursuit - humanity hides, God seeks. But other passages of Scriptures talk about God’s absence, His silence and even hiding. So why would God hide? The quick, easy answer is - sin (which rings true in many situations). But are there other reasons for divine hiddenness? Might love and hiddenness have more in common than we originally imagined? Plan to be with us as we examine some of the reasons behind God’s hiding. Our study is called: Hide and Seek.

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Series:  Skepticism, Doubt, Uncertainty, Divine Hiddenness - FAITH on the EDGE

Title: Hound or Hidden?

Picking back up with our series (Faith on the Edge), we move from ex- ploring the gifts of uncertainty and the nature of faith to the hiddenness of God. Some artists and thinkers have talked about God as hidden, secret, cryptic, or absent. Others have found Him everywhere and in everything. So which is it? Is God playing hard to get, or is He always readily available? Plan to be with us for this introduction to the next part of our series called— Hound or Hidden?

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Series:  Skepticism, Doubt, Uncertainty, Divine Hiddenness - FAITH on the EDGE

Title: The Nature of Faith (and why we don't like it) Part 3

We are in our series called Faith on the Edge, and last week we explored how God both reveals and conceals. Faith and mystery go hand in hand. This week we want to go further with understanding faith and ask some hard questions. Is it possible to follow God and not have our lives all tied up with a pretty red bow? How many people are disappointed with God because He hasn’t come through for them in the way they think He should? Will you and I follow God even when it hurts? Unfortunately, American Christianity is no longer a summons to the unpredictable life of faith but more of an invitation into the security and predictability of religion. Plan to be with us this Saturday as we examine the faith of surrender and the surrender of faith in Part Three of —The Nature of Faith (and why we don’t like it).

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Series:  Skepticism, Doubt, Uncertainty, Divine Hiddenness - FAITH on the EDGE

Title: The Nature of Faith (and why we don't like it) Part 2

Our series is called Faith on the Edge, and we are exploring skepticism, doubt, uncertainty, and divine hiddenness. Last week, we ended by asking, “What if God is about deepening the mystery, not removing it?” Moses once asked for God’s name, and God answered the question, but in a way that conveyed mystery, wonder, and awe. God both reveals and conceals. Meister Eckhart famously prayed, “God rid me of God.” What did he mean by this? Plan to be with us as we try to leave aside the need for clarity and instead just experience being known by God. Our study this week is: The Nature of Faith (and why we don’t like it)—Part 2

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