Join Rev. Vickie as she brings today’s message.  Jacob wrestled with God before crossing over into the promised land. Like Jacob we wrestle with our faith, with God. What if this story was told from God’s point of view? God’s story might be, “I held Jacob all night while he struggled.” Indeed, God is present as […]

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“We Live, We Love: Rejected”

Rejection and the Story of Hagar and Ishmael This Sunday, in our series about relationships and conflict, we consider a Biblical saga that would be perfect for a TV mini-series! An ancient story about Abraham, Sarah, Hagar and Ishmael that could be an episode of “Big Love,” about a polygamous family, love, surrogacy, rejection and […]

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“We Live, We Love: Looking Back”

As we continue our series “We Live, We Love” we explore the story of Lot and his family as they escape the city of Sodom with God’s instruction to “not look back.” Letting go is one of the most difficult human experiences. We cling to the past, afraid to move forward, to change, to accept that […]

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“We Live, We Love: Finding Refuge”

The struggle of what makes a relationship right is a human theme that we’ve been dealing with ever since we were “humans.” To live is to love—no way around it! These themes cross boundaries of time and geography and we also find them in some of the most ancient stories of our Judeo-Christian tradition. How […]

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“We Live, We Live: Leaving Home”

Our summer worship series from the book of Genesis is about the struggles, connections and disconnections inherent in our human-divine stories of love. Starting with the Garden of Eden, leaving home is sometimes necessary. What does it mean when our sense of “home” shifts for whatever reason? The Eden story can also speak to our […]

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The Outsiders: Who is My Neighbor

This season we have been exploring our connection and responsibility towards those of our neighbors who are perceived as “Outsiders.” This week we will focused on “Who is my neighbor” the person asked Jesus. Who is our neighbor? The parable of the Good Samaritan reminds us that the outsider is our neighbor, perhaps even more a […]

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The Outsiders: The Wanderer”

This season we have been exploring our connection and responsibility towards those of our neighbors who are perceived as “Outsiders.” This week we focus on the traveler who is always an outsider — visiting new places and adjusting to customs and cultures outside their own experience. Sometimes wanderers are also refugees. Jesus warns the disciples […]

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“The Outsiders: The Distressed”

This season we are exploring our connection and responsibility towards those of our neighbors who are “Outsiders” – something many of us know about personally. This week we focus on a scripture story that describes a man whose demons forced him to live on the outside of community. The story is not only an ancient […]

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This season we are exploring our connection and responsibility towards those of our neighbors who are “Outsiders” – something many of us know about personally. This Sunday we heard in the Gospel reading that Jesus himself was homeless as he ministered to the crowds. In fact, he called people to leave the comforts of home […]

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“The Outsiders: The Worthy”

We begin a new worship series, “The Outsiders,” exploring in the Gospel of Luke Jesus’ ministry with those on the so-called “outside.” What can we learn from these stories and Jesus’ call to turn the inside out and the outside in? On this Trinity Sunday, we focus on “the worthy.”  Who is worthy of the love—of the grace—of […]

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