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28 minutes | Sep 17, 2019
Podcast: Living Life at the Kids Table
Living Life at the Kid’s Table As adults, we don’t want to be at the “kids table” – do we? Have you ever went to a wedding reception or a fundraiser dinner only to find that your seats are way in the back away from the head table? You can’t really see or hear what’s going on at the head table and you miss all “the action” of what the important people are doing. Maybe you get your food last! You don’t get to brush shoulders with the hosts or people you’d really like to interact with. Jesus once addressed this type of situation: when you are invited to a big dinner, don’t go out of your way to get the best seats. In fact, when you host a banquet, don’t invite the upstanding important people who are the “in-crowd”, instead invite the lowly. To Jesus, this makes God’s kingdom real and visible – but why? Why do this? Why should we be eating at the reception equivalent of the kid’s table at Thanksgiving? The truth is centered in this: God wants us to live life at the kid’s table of life. Life is happening at the low, humble, and least-of-these places that require our love, grace, hospitality, and attention. We can be the presence of God to another when we place ourselves at the little tables of life. These moments are holy moments. Lives can be changed when we humble ourselves and place ourselves at the place where we are needed most – not where we most want to be. I choose to believe that there is nothing more sacred or profound than this day. I choose to believe that there may be a thousand big moments embedded in this day, waiting to be discovered like tiny shards of gold. The big moments are the daily, tiny moments of courage and forgiveness and hope that we grab on to and extend to one another. That’s the drama of life, swirling all around us, and generally I don’t even see it, because I’m too busy waiting to become whatever it is I think I am about to become. The big moments are in every hour, every conversation, every meal, every meeting Shauna Niequist, Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life
24 minutes | Aug 28, 2019
Podcast: Do words have power?
Journeying Through James: Do Words Have Power? Rev. Alan R. Rudnick – Journeying Through James: Do Words Have Power? James 3: Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2 We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check. 3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 5 Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. 7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.
24 minutes | Aug 21, 2019
Podcast: Does God tempt me?
Question of the day: Journeying Through James: Does God tempt me? Rev. Alan R. Rudnick
25 minutes | Jun 4, 2019
Podcast: Seeking Unity, Healing Wounds
Podcast: “Seeking Unity, Healing Wounds” – John 17:20-26 “Seeking Unity, Healing Wounds” Rev. Alan R. Rudnick In the midst of the conflict of politics, economics, and culture, the idea of unity in American life might seem impossible to many. We watch television as pundits argue and clash over ideology and policy. We think our country and community is divided. Unity is impossible. However, in Jesus’ high priestly prayer he prayers for his disciples and for us – the believers who are not yet born! Jesus prayed that we all may be one. The misconception is that unity is when we all agree. Jesus shows us that unity is truly a community – a people called by God to be faithful to God and to one another despite conflict, disappointment, and fear. True unity is community lived out. The Christian community is one when we join in the work of loving, caring, and serving one another in Christ and not agreeing on every point of ideology. Differences will abound but it is the love of God and neighbor that makes us one. T“The church is constituted as a new people who have been gathered from the nations to remind the world that we are in fact one people. Gathering, therefore, is an eschatological act as it is the foretaste of the unity of the communion of the saints.” ― Stanley Hauerwas, In Good Company: The Church as Polis
25 minutes | Feb 13, 2019
Sermon: I’m a hot mess God! Go away!
Sermon message from February 20, 2019 Luke 5:1-11 Go Away God! I’m a hot mess! 2/10/19
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