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July 21, 2018

Series:  Psalms of the Summer

Title: Shock and Awe

As we continue with our series, Psalms of the Summer, we will be considering the idea of awe. What does God do that causes people to be awe-inspired? Do we sometimes get so focused on "awesome" things that we miss the wonders of God that are around us all the time? What does it mean to live life well with a sense of the presence and wonder of God in all that we do and see and in every person we encounter? We will walk together through Psalm 65 in a message called: Shock and Awe

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July 14, 2018

Series:  Psalms of the Summer

Title: True Grit

We will begin a new series for the summer called: Psalms of the Summer.  The Psalms are the root system of daily prayer. (This has been the consensus of the church for 2,000 years.) Augustine called the the Psalms a “school.” Ambrose provided us with a livelier metaphor: “gymnasium” (where we go for daily workouts, keeping ourselves in shape for a life of spirituality). To pray the Psalms is to embrace the whole gamut of human experience — the bright lights (gospel music) and dark corners of the human soul (the blues). The Psalms equip us to "come to attention" and notice the grace of God that is always at work in our lives. This week will be an introduction to the Psalms as a whole in a study called: TRUE GRIT.

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June 30, 2018

Series: Mixing it Up

Title: Is that the best you got?

Last week we considered the fact that Jesus was a pluralist--he continually reached out to those who were outside the normally accepted groups in his society. This week we will consider the fact that Coexisting is actually a low standard in comparison to Jesus' teachings. We are not to just coexist or tolerate our neighbors; we are to love them. And beyond that we are to love our enemies. This is the standard to which we are called. Join us this week as we consider how we can look beyond ourselves in order to learn to know, understand, and love our neighbor, and our enemy. We will consider the idea of: Coexist--Is that the best you got?

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June 23, 2018

Series: Mixing it Up

Title: Mixing It Up With Jesus

This week we start a new series: "Mixing It Up: Life in a pluralistic society." We will start by looking at Jesus and his teachings. Was Jesus a pluralist? How did this affect his choice of disciples? His attitude to the poor and outcasts of society? The way he responded to both women and children? How did he view those who were not of the covenant people of God? Did he think they had any spiritual life at all? Were there things they could teach the Hebrew people of Jesus' day? What is the right approach to people of other religions in our own time and society? Join us for the teaching: Mixing It Up With Jesus

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June 16, 2018

Title: not Called to Change the World

This week we want to explore Jesus’ teaching in the Sermon on the Mount about being Salt and Light. Jesus says to his disciples that they are salt & light. He doesn’t say we have to become light or become salt. He simply says this is what we are. Our lives when formed in the way of Jesus are salt and light, and we help preserve and illuminate the world. Plan to be with us as we examine what genuine Jesus people look like in a study called -- not Called to Change the World

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June 9, 2018

Title: Practicing the Presence of People

We are going to explore Jesus' teaching on how we treat others and His high ethic of love. What does a Jesus-style love of neighbor (and even enemy) look like? Unfortunately, our culture forms us to view life and people in terms of competition, and Jesus combats this with an other-oriented spirituality. Wendell Berry once asked in one of his essays -- what are people for? It is a good question that Jesus forces us to grapple with. There are over 7 billion people on this planet. What are they all for? Plan to be with us as we examine the teachings of Christ in a study called: Practicing the Presence of People.

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June 5, 2018

Title: Racism Part 2

We have a problem: racism in America.   Racism is an anti-gospel.  Last week, we looked at the violent history of American racism.  This week we will talk about the inheritance of systemic racism and how it shapes our current context.  As a gospel people, we are to testify to a new reality:  one faith, one body, one baptism.  Together, we will seek to better understand the part we all play in either perpetuating or standing against systems of oppression.  Come and be formed by the Spirit and by scripture as we confront the stronghold of racism.

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May 26, 2018

Title: Racism Part 1

We have a problem: racism in America.  Racism is an anti-gospel.  For the next two weeks, we will pause and listen.  We will hear what scripture has to tell us about the sin of racism.  We will look at the violent legacy of racism that shaped our nation.  We will sit with the stories of those suffering under racism, and we will talk about the part we all play in either perpetuating or standing against systems of oppression.

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May 19, 2018

Title: Pentecost

Fresh off Ascension, we celebrate Pentecost — the coming of the Holy Spirit. Jesus’ Incarnation was about a descent for an Ascent (lifting humanity to God). If Jesus has included us in the life of God, in His ascension to the Father, then it seems that the Spirit would descend to help us to know and experience this inclusion. As the Anointed One, Jesus has brought the Holy Spirit into our world of flesh, and as He embraced our darkness, we were included in His own anointing with the Spirit.  We will explore how the Holy Spirit is the spirit of adoption and truth as we look at Galations 4:3-6.

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May 12, 2018

Title: The Assension

Thus week we celebrate the Ascension of Christ. Saint Augustine said, “The Feast of the Ascension is that festival which confirms the grace of all the festivals together … For unless the Savior has ascended into heaven, his nativity would have come to nothing … and his passion would have borne no fruit for us, and his most holy resurrection would have been useless.” For Augustine, belief in the ascension of Jesus is not an optional extra to be appended to our faith. The ascension is the culmination of all that Jesus has accomplished for us. Our study will explore how all the different facets, layers, and dimensions of humanity have been taken by Jesus into the divine life of God.

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