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Restored to Restore
10:30am, Sunday, May 5, 2019
Passage: John 21:1-19
Series: General
Duration: 17 mins 44 secs
The news of Notre Dame Cathedral burning sounded like a disaster; but then there was rescue and the hope of restoration. There is a similar pattern in God's rescue and restoration, as with both Peter and Paul in today's readings. We too are rescued and restored - but for what? [Instrumental - Easter 3]
Open for God's Business
10:30am, Sunday, April 28, 2019
Passage: John 20:19-23
Series: General
Duration: 20 mins 12 secs
Since the first Easter Day, disciples of Jesus have felt fear. In these days, too, Christians may have good reason to be fearful. But Jesus comes with four words that change everything. [Organ - Easter 2]
Remember the Resurrection!
10:30am, Sunday, April 21, 2019
Passage: Luke 24:1-12
Series: General
Duration: 11 mins 35 secs
On the first Easter morning, there were many surprises in Jerusalem. But why were people surprised? Because they had not remembered all that Jesus told them beforehand. As the angels in the tomb said to the terrified women, "Remember how he told you…?" So too, we need to remember as we carry forward the message. [Organ/Choir - Easter Sunday]
Walking with Jesus: Hour by Hour
8:30am, Friday, April 19, 2019
Series: General
Duration: 8 mins 7 secs
It turns out that the New Testament uses two different words for 'time': the first, for 'clock time', is 'chronos'. The second word, meaning the proper or opportune time for action, is 'kairos' (or as we would say, something happened "at just the right time"). In this service, we walked through the hours, one by one, leading up to Jesus' death and burial. [Organ/Choir/Band - Good Friday]
Memory in Action
7:00pm, Thursday, April 18, 2019
Series: General
Duration: 12 mins 8 secs
It's the night of the Last Supper, when Jesus told his disciples to "Do this in remembrance of me". It's true that repeating the actions helps us to remember. But more than that: as with the original celebrations of the Passover, these actions renew our participation in God's saving grace. [Organ/Choir - Maundy Thursday]
You're the Voice
10:30am, Sunday, April 14, 2019
Passage: Luke 23:1-49
Series: General
Duration: 19 mins 5 secs
Today, Palm Sunday, is also known as Passion Sunday. In the story of this last week leading to the crucifixion, we hear an astonishing array of voices. Voices that mock, betray, insult… and also cry for help. And above all, we hear the one voice of Jesus, and the promise he makes. [Organ/Choir - Palm Sunday]
Generous God, Generous Faith: Learning from Mary
8:30am, Sunday, April 7, 2019
Passage: John 12:1-8
Series: General
Duration: 14 mins 32 secs
When Jesus stopped at Bethany for dinner with the resurrected Lazarus, his sister Mary poured expensive perfume on Jesus feet, wiping them with her hair. This was her generous response to Jesus' gift of life, as well as her anointing Jesus for what awaited him in Jerusalem. Jesus also gives us the gift of life. How can we respond generously? [Organ/Choir - Lent 5]
Returned in the Hands of God (2)
10:30am, Sunday, March 31, 2019
Passage: Luke 15:1-32
Series: General
Duration: 7 mins 27 secs
(The second service today on the same theme, for those who prefer to order the organ service.) The parable of the Prodigal Son is really a story of the father's prodigal love. Despite his son's insulting departure and dissolute living, he welcomes home his son with a great celebration of loving acceptance. Today's shortened address followed a live performance of Keith Green's "The Prodigal Son Suite. [Organ/Instrumental - Lent 5]
Returned in the Hands of God
8:30am, Sunday, March 31, 2019
Passage: Luke 15:1-32
Series: General
Duration: 7 mins 27 secs
The parable of the Prodigal Son is really a story of the father's prodigal love. Despite his son's insulting departure and dissolute living, he welcomes home his son with a great celebration of loving acceptance. Today's shortened address followed a live performance of Keith Green's "The Prodigal Son Suite. [Instrumental - Lent 5]
The Urgent Call of the Gracious Gardener
10:30am, Sunday, March 24, 2019
Passage: Luke 13:1-9
Series: General
Duration: 18 mins 44 secs
The parable of the gardener comes as Jesus is calling even the righteous people of his day to repent, and to turn back to God. There is a sense of urgency about this. Then he tells of the gracious gardener who tends the fruitless fig tree, rather than just destroying it. Where the owner wants to cut it down, the gardener supports it in one last try to turn it around. For us, this means turning to Jesus, who is the gardener for us. [Organ/Choir - Lent 3]