From Generation to Generation – Week 3 (12.11.22)

Joseph had a choice to make. Would he separate from Mary or stand with her? It, no doubt, was a difficult choice. 
While are circumstances are certainly different, we too face the same type of choice: will we separate from those in need – those we disagree with – those who are on the edges of society — or will we move toward and stand with? 
Joseph’s story invites us to choose a better way.

From Generation to Generation – Week 2 (12.4.22)

When Mary is visited by Gabriel and told that she will give birth to the long awaited Messiah, she is understandably afraid and troubled.
What does Mary’s response to this visit have to teach us about our response to fear? And what might Gabriel’s words prompt us to remember about God’s promises?

From Generation to Generation – Week 1 (11.27.22)

The genealogy of Jesus (in Matthew 1) is often overlooked. But what does this long list of names have to tell us?
As we consider it together we find an unlikely lineage full of unexpected characters. But perhaps that’s the point. Even Jesus’ beginning is through and through marked by those we continually dismiss or try to explain away.

What is God Like? – Week 5 (8.21.22)

Both the Old and New Testaments use the same word for Spirit and wind. Elliot helps us reflect on this as a valuable metaphor to teach us about what God is like.

In the Beginning… Week 3 (6.19.22)

The beginning of our story (Genesis 1 and 2) is a story of utmost goodness. So is the end of our story (Revelation 21 and 22). Between these bookends comes God’s call to care for, tend to, serve and guard the created world so that it might be good, whole and complete.

In the Beginning… Week 2 (6.12.22)

Our second week in Genesis 1 invites us to consider how deeply connected we are to the creation and how God’s ‘first language’ can draw us more deeply into relationship with the Creator.

In the Beginning… Week 1 (6.5.22)

The beginning of a story matters, and Genesis is a beginning of profound goodness. This tells us something fundamentally important about the Creator and about ourselves.

Wholehearted (together) – Week 11 (5.22.22)

Our final week in this series considers the overall goal: deeper and more meaningful connections with those in our lives. Which begs the question, what exactly does it mean to be connected and how do we connect? Jesus shows us a compelling way (Mark 10:46-52).

Wholehearted (together) – Week 10 (5/15/22)

The Scriptures ask us to do a difficult thing — to live in a way that both honors every person’s individuality and intentionally integrates their lives in the larger body. This week we talk about that both/and and give time to consider what it might mean for us.

Wholehearted – Easter Morning

Easter is a paradox: death leads to life. Emptying ourselves leads to a filling — a renewal. It is only by descending that we are lifted up. Philippians 2:5-11

Wholehearted – Week 6 (4.10.22)

The last Sunday in Lent points us to the story of the prodigal sons and father (Luke 15) as a way to explore the common experiences of shame, guilt, humiliation and perfectionism.

Wholehearted – Week 5 (3.27.22)

We continue to expand our vocabulary of the heart by considering an all to common human behavior: comparison.

Envy and jealousy — and two German words – schadenfreude and freudenfreude — are emotions and experiences connected to comparison. We see them in action in a story from Mark 10:35-45.

Wholehearted – Week 4 (3.20.22)

This week we expand our vocabulary of the heart by considering wonder and awe — what they are, what they feel like and what they often help lead us toward.

Wholehearted – Week 3 (3.13.22)

What’s the difference between joy and happiness? And what are the costs of choosing foreboding joy? We explore these parts of our heart while looking at a great story from Luke 15.

DEBRIEF – Mapping Our Future – Week 4 (3.3.22)

Teresa and Chris sit down to debrief our final week of conversation about where we are headed and how we might get there.

As you’ll hear in this short podcast (just 11 minutes), we not only took away some important things from Sunday’s dialogue, but we’re also inviting everyone to continue the conversation in some specific ways in the coming weeks.

DEBRIEF: Mapping Our Future – Week 3 (2.22.22)

Teresa and Chris share a summary of Sunday’s conversation on “Grow”, including what stood out to them and what we will be paying attention as we move forward.


DEBRIEF – Mapping Our Future – Week 2 (2.15.22)

For the next three weeks we won’t be releasing a podcast from Sunday since most of the morning is being spent in small groups, discussing various questions about our core values. But – we will be releasing these DEBRIEF podcasts — short summaries and take-aways from the morning.

DEBRIEF: Mapping Our Future, Week 1

During this series, we’ll also be sharing these brief podcasts which summarize Sunday’s main ideas. This week we also reflect on the survey folks filled out during worship. If you didn’t get the chance to complete the survey, you can do so by heading here.

Mapping Our Future – Week 1 (2.6.22)

We’re taking the month of February to map our future together.

Any good map shows you three things: where you are, where you are going, and some options for how to get there.
Sundays in February will center around these three things.

To begin, we took a look at a story from John 4 – a story that gives us a sense of where we are called to go. We are called to become people who receive and offer embrace, who are growing, and who participate in the renewal of God in the world.

Detour – Week 5 (1.30.22)

Our final week in the Detour series considers the regret that can come when things don’t go according to plan. What do we do with that regret? Is it possible that regret can be a ‘call to courage and a path toward wisdom?’ (Brene Brown, Atlas of the Heart).