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Title: Why Jesus doesn't want any more followers (JESUS as SENSEI)

We are closely following the Christian calendar this year for the season of Lent, and our text for this week is Mark 8:31-38. This is a very familiar passage that we tend to speak about in general terms -- basic discipleship. We want to take some time to bring these thoughts to another level by examining specifically what it might mean to "deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me” in the area of enemy love. What does it mean to practice Jesus’ teachings in this regard? At the end of the day, what is a Christian? Plan to be with us as we explore apprenticeship to Jesus and love of enemy in a study called: Why Jesus doesn’t want any more followers (JESUS as SENSEI).

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Title: The lost message of Jesus

We were marked on Ash Wednesday, and this will be our first gathering in this season of Lent. The Christian calendar gives us the Gospel passage for this week: Mark 1:9-15. After Jesus' baptism and wilderness training, He emerges preaching the gospel of the kingdom. What if the stories we tell are too small? What if the gospel story is truer, better, and more beautiful than we have imagined?  Jesus seemed to teach Christianity as a life, not merely a secure death. Which means that eternal life - abundant life - begins here on earth as we follow the kingdom way of Jesus. Our study for this first week of Lent is called: The lost message of Jesus.

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Title: In Your Light We Shall See.

We have been encountering different episodes and unique people in the life of Christ. This week in the Christian calendar is where the story of the Transfiguration is explored. There is a definitive turning point in the gospel story after this event. Up to this point, Jesus is moving up the mountain and His popularity is on the rise. People seem fascinated with what is happening around them. All of this reaches a climax at Mount Tabor, and then there is a steep descent down. The season of Lent is a little like walking with Jesus in this downward spiral toward the cross. Plan to be with us for this strange engagement between Jesus, Moses, and Elijah. Our study is called: In Your Light We Shall See.

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Title: Finding your Center

We are several weeks into the season of Epiphany moving towards the season of Lent, and we have explored several different vignettes in the life of Jesus. There was Jesus and the Old Testament prophetic tradition, embodied in John the Baptist, as Jesus sanctified the waters of baptism. Jesus and the Devil squared off in the desert as the Messiah resisted temptation on our behalf. And last week, we encountered Jesus and the religious elite of his day as Nicodemus learned what it meant to be born from above. This week, Jesus encounters the “other” in a Samaritan woman as he rests by Jacob’s well. The text says, “He had to go through Samaria,” for there was a divine encounter that needed to take place. Plan to be with us as we examine the story of the woman at the well. Our study is called: Finding your Center.  

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Title: When the Wind Blows.

We have been exploring different episodes and encounters in the life of Jesus during this season of Epiphany. We examined Jesus and the prophetic tradition (John the Baptist) in the waters of Jordan as Jesus sanctified the waters of baptism and received the Holy Spirit into our humanity. We inquired into Jesus and the Evil One in the wilderness temptation as Jesus overcame temptation on behalf of all humanity. This week we consider Jesus with the religious elite (Nicodemus) in John 3. Nicodemus, in the dark night, is asked to rethink everything and be born from above. Being born again is risky business! Our study this week is called: When the Wind Blows

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Title: The Devil made me do it.

We are in this time of Epiphany where we are examining the life of Jesus. Following his baptism, Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the Judean wilderness where he would spend 40 days praying and fasting, as he was on the cusp of his public ministry. Maybe Christ was contemplating how he would go about the work of being the Messiah. What path would he take? As Jesus pondered how to go about his mission we are told the devil came to him with some detrimental alternatives. Was Jesus really tempted by these unsuitable options? Did this trilogy of bread, entertainment, and power really make him consider the dark side? Plan to be with us as we explore the temptations of Jesus in a study called: the Devil made me do It

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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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