Sun, Apr 01, 2018
Duration: 18 mins 19 secs
Big Idea: What does it mean to believe in the resurrection of Jesus? It changes everything when we can trust that death is not the end of life. The first importance is: The God who raised Jesus from the dead is the same God we can trust with our life and our lives together.
Sun, Mar 25, 2018
Duration: 19 mins 58 secs
Big Idea: As we come to the last week of this Lent journey, we have experienced the blessings of turning away from the noise of the world in order to turn inward to hear that "still small voice" of God. What is God's calling to each of us and whose feet are we being called to wash? When we listen to God's voice we can find our life's purpose. When we let go of our own expectations and surrender to the Jesus way, our life's purpose will become clear.
Sun, Mar 18, 2018
Big Idea: We often have a "cast of characters" living inside our heads. "They" carry on endless conversations - each from their own perspective, comparing the self with others. The chatter can keep us from a deeper listening. It is difficult to understand our mystical connections to God when our minds are full of chatter. Knowing your true self as the person God loves will help you dismiss the false selves that chatter in fear, pessimism, and accusation, and who bully us into negative action.
Sun, Mar 11, 2018
Big Idea: Prayer as a spiritual practice may come easily for you or it may not. Even the most devout have doubts about prayer's power at times. What is it? How does it work? The mechanics of what happens in prayer is not as important as doing it. Because whether or not the outcome for ourselves or others is the healing we envision, the very act of being in a relationship with God and with others through prayer has healing and power-bestowing benefits.
Sun, Mar 04, 2018
Duration: 18 mins 12 secs
Big Idea: As we have been practicing in our worship, Lectio Divina ("divine reading") is an ancient tradition of mixing the reading of scripture with prayer and meditation. Rather than an analytical approach to the words of scripture, it is a way for the words to simply be present and live in us. What will we hear when we let go of what it all is "supposed to" mean and simply let it reside in us?
Sun, Feb 25, 2018
Duration: 10 mins 31 secs
Big Idea: The early church believed that breath and Spirit were one in the same. The word "spirit" and "breath" are the same in both the Hebrew and Greek languages. How might the meditative practice of paying attention to our breath be, in and of itself, a prayer of connection to God? When we embrace our bodies as the holy vessel of God, we become even more our true selves - which has been there all along.
Sun, Feb 25, 2018
Selections from Psalms 33 and Romans 8
Sun, Feb 18, 2018
Duration: 10 mins 22 secs
Big Idea: What is your "cave?" What place - perhaps a park, a path, a rocking chair, a shoreline - and what practice - such as walking, journaling, reading, or making art - helps you get quiet enough so you can hear past the chaos into the depths of your life? This Lent we will quiet things down and heighten our attention to the "still, small voice" of God and our own true self. Listening through prayer as well as meditation on sacred texts is an ancient Lenten practice. So, let us come and rest, come and listen.
Sun, Feb 11, 2018
Big Idea: What does it take to hand on leadership from one generation to another?
Sun, Feb 04, 2018
Duration: 23 mins 17 secs
Big Idea: Where can we go to get assistance that the "biggest god" is indeed the same God who is on our side? Jesus is the one who shows us what real power looks like -- the one on the side of the poor, the powerless, and the defeated, is the same one raised from the dead.
Sun, Jan 28, 2018
Big Idea: Every society needs to establish leadership characteristics, and we need to know the "good people" from the "bad people." But how? The Hebrew people summed p their leadership qualities as "a prophet like Moses." Someone like that could qualify as a person with integrity who could speak for God.