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Jun
2017

“The Reason Why We Sing” - - Rev. Mereschuk - - June 18, 2017

Music spans cultures, history, geography, and faiths as a means to express joy, sorrow, longing, praise, and protest. The Psalms give us 150 examples of prayer-songs calling out to God with a wide range of emotions. The rich and complex history of African American Spirituals has been the soundtrack for liberation. What music sings for us in our time? (Psalm 100 and Psalm 150).

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12
Jun
2017

The Good Samaritan - - Children’s Sunday - - June 11, 2017

On Sunday, June 11th, the youngest members of our Beloved Community led us in a spirited worship service centered around the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). One of the young people delivered a personal and powerful sermon about this parable, challenging us to examine how we have been the priest, Levite, Samaritan, and injured person throughout our lives. This worship service was crafted by the Children's Church kids and teachers, led by our Transitional Director of Children's Church, Rev. Lindsey Peterson. 

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29
May
2017

“Left Behind for a Reason” - - Rev. Mereschuk - - May 28, 2017

The Disicples were desperately hoping that Jesus would "restore Israel" or at least take them with him into Paradise when he ascended to heaven 40 days after the resurrection - - but it was not to be! Instead, he charged them to be his witnesses here on earth and carry on his work (Acts 1:1-11). The be a disciple today is to receive that same charge - - stop staring up into heaven, and look at the world around you. 

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14
May
2017

“Imago Dei” - - Rev. Mereschuk - - May 14, 2017

The images of God we hold in our minds, read in scripture, and hear in church all have a significant impact on how we view God, ourselves and others. For centuries, the predominate image of God has been masculine, but there is plenty of scriptual grounding to proclaim the feminie aspects of the Divine. When we can envision and embrace a broader image of God, then we can see more fully God's image in us.  

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7
May
2017

“Enough” - - Rev. Mereschuk - - May 7, 2017

Psalm 23 is one of the most well known and treasured scriptures in all of the Bible. How can we pray it today so that we might come to know God's love, and beleive that - - in God's eyes - - we are "enough."

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24
Apr
2017

“Instant Sermon” - - Rev. Mereschuk - - April 23, 2017

The author of I Peter encouraged readers to "always be ready to make your defense" (I Peter 3:8-16) for the hope you have in your faith. For our Instant Sermon Sunday, the congregation submitted questions and comments at the start of worship. Pastor Chris then responded to as many questions as possible, "making his defense" for the faith. Note: The audio recording has moments of crackles and buzz. Apologies for the technical difficulties.  

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17
Apr
2017

“Nevertheless: Rise, Resist, Persist” - - Rev. Mereschuk - - Easter Sunday - - April 16, 2017

Mary Magdalene was "last at the cross and first at the grave." She faced many hardships and great risks, nevertheless she persisted in her faith. Mary Magdalene's steadfast faith and Christ's resurrection empower us today to rise, resist, and persist. (Luke 24:1-12)

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10
Apr
2017

“Look, your king is coming to you!” - - Rev. Mereschuk - - Palm Sunday - - April 9, 2017

Jesus rode in from the east, representing the Kingdom of God. Pilate marched in from the west, representing Roman imperialism. How is the soverignty of God and Jesus more powerful than the might of the Roman Empire? How is this relevant to us today? Acting Pastor Rev. Chris Mereschuk explores this and other questions in his Palm Sunday sermon, "Look, your king is coming to you!" (Matthew 21:1-11)

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3
Apr
2017

“Overwhelmed, Resurrected, Unbound” - - Rev. Mereschuk - - April 2, 2017

Mary and Martha send messagngers to Jesus: their brother, Jesus's beloved friend, Lazarus is near death. They expect Jesus to rush to his bedside, but Jesus delays with holy plans in mind. When Jesus finally reaches Lazarus, he finds Lazarus 4 days dead, and his sisters grieving and angry. Then Jesus wept. Reaching Lazarus's tomb, Jesus procliams 3 commandments: Roll away the stone, Come Out, Unbind. How do we hear Jesus crying out these commandments in our lives? (John 11:1-44)

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27
Mar
2017

“Sleeper, Awake!” - - Rev. Mereschuk - - March 26, 2017

The author of Ephesians urges the readers to "awake and rise from the dead" - - rip back the covers on those things done in secret shadows and expose them with the light of Christ. We, too, need to remain awake and shine a light on injustice. (Ephesians 5:8-17)

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