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“Leaving and Following” 2-10-19


Luke 5:1-11      “Leaving and Following”  (Jeff Moore, preaching)     Jesus encounters fishermen at their workplace as they’re doing what they know best, and invites them to reconsider.  They listen and respond, and find themselves surprised and amazed.  They leave everything and follow him.  What has Jesus asked us to reconsider?  What would it mean […]

“Church – Love ≠ Church” 2-3-19

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1 Corinthians 13:1-13   “Church – Love ≠ Church”     (Jeff Moore and Keiler Swartz, preaching)   These well-known verses are often heard in the setting of the beginning of a marriage.  They are strong and important thoughts as we consider personal relationships.  But what’s more is that Paul’s discussion of love is directed to a […]

 “The First Sign – Mighty Fine” 1-20-19


John 2:1-11  “The First Sign – Mighty Fine”   John’s gospel tells us that Jesus’ presence is a manifestation of God.  It changes things – our celebrations, our understandings, our expectations.  How might this sign of the wedding wine provide us with a glimpse of his glory?  What witness will we give to Jesus’ presence […]

“Seeking Refuge” 1-6-19


Matthew 2:13-23   “Seeking Refuge”  (Jeff Moore, preaching)   Jesus was born into a dangerous situation.  His story proceeds directly from the gifts of the wise ones to a journey across borders.  Even though his ancestral land was likely his family’s first and best choice for his infancy and early childhood, political threats and violence […]

“Hoping Through the Tears” 12-23-18


Psalm 80:1-7 “Hoping Through the Tears” The worse things seem, the more we need hope.  Imagine how the Psalmist’s community must’ve felt, lamenting having been sustained only on the bread and drink of tears.  And they cried out together for God to “shine.”  Maybe joy and sorrow work together that way.  Our own common meal, […]

“Setting Things Straight” (12-9-18)


Dec. 9: Luke 3:1-6 “Setting Things Straight”  (Jeff Moore, preaching)   Check it out: When Tiberius was the biggest deal of all, when Pilate was in charge down south and Herod had it covered up north; when Phil and Lysy were takin’ care of business, and Annas and Caiaphas were the names to know at […]

“When the Hunter Tells the Story”  11-25-18


2 Samuel 23:1-7   “When the Hunter Tells the Story”  (Jeff Moore, preaching)   Here, near the end of 2 Samuel, David gives, as an oracle, a eulogy, of sorts, for himself.  He sure sounds great!  God’s favorite.  Super faithful.  Fantastic!  I wonder – I just wonder – if the story would be a little […]

“Two Princes” 11-4-18


This coming Sunday, 10:30AM. “Two Princes” (Jeff Moore, preaching) Psalm 146 How do we decide whom to follow and whom to serve in life? Where do our allegiances lie? The Psalmist reminds us of the importance of acknowledging God’s, and of the futility of following “princes,” “mortals.” What does this mean for our community life […]

“Responsibility and Authority”


Mark 10:35-45   “Responsibility and Authority”   James and John ask Jesus for authority, but seem not to consider the implications of their request.  What does it mean to “drink the cup” Jesus drinks?  How are we called to participate in Jesus’ ministry?  (How) Can we experience the “glory” of being servants of all?