24
Sep
2017

“Considering Forgiveness” - - Heather King and Rev. Mereschuk - - September 24, 2017

The call to forgiveness runs throughout the Hebrew and Christian scriptures. It is a rich and complex topic, and one that is often misunderstood. Listen in as Deacon Heather King and Acting Pastor Chris Mereschuk reflect on the various forms, blessings, and challenges of forgiveness, guided by Psalm 32 and Mpho and Desmond Tutu's "Prayer Before the Prayer." 

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18
Sep
2017

“Convictions of Conscience” - - Rev. Mereschuk - - September 17, 2017

The Apostle Paul instructs the Romans to set aside disagreements about dietary laws and holy days, and to reserve judgement against believers who observe or do not observe them. Such judgement can be a "stumbling block" that prevents both the one who judges and the one who is judged from "walking in love." But is there ever a case where judgement is warranted? (Romans 14:1-12)

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10
Sep
2017

“Community and Covenant” - - Rev. Mereschuk - - September 10, 2017

Jesus knew that being in community meant that sooner or later there would be conflict. How a community - - and the individuals in the community - - handle conflict tells us a lot about the strength and health of the relationship. What does it mean to be part of a covenant when you are faced with conflict? What does Jesus have to say about direct and loving confrontation? (Matthew 18:15-20) 

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27
Aug
2017

“Harboring Hope” - - Rev. Mereschuk - - August 27, 2017

When Pharaoh commanded that all male Hebrew infants were to be killed, Moses's mother set him afloat on the Nile River - - the unknown dangers of the Nile seemed somehow safer than his remaining at home. Countless parents from war torn countries have faced the same heartwrenching decision in the ongoing global refugee crisis. As people of faith, our scriptures demand that we care for refugees. Note: This sermon podcast is followed by a performance of "Would You Harbor Me?" written by Yasaye M. Barnwell. 

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21
Aug
2017

“Watch Your Mouth!” - - Rev. Mereschuk - - August 20, 2017

Jesus teaches his Disciples that it's not what goes into a person's mouth that makes them unclean (food), but what comes out of it (words)! How do the words we speak reflect the truth that is in our hearts? And when is the right time to keep silence? (Selections from Matthew 15:1-20, Common English Version)

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14
Aug
2017

“Get Out of the Boat” - - Rev. Mereschuk - - August 13, 2017

The nauseating reality of white supremacist terrorism has bubbled to the surface of our collective consciousness. We might believe that it is "impossible" that such a thing could happen in our country - - but it is happening now before our eyes and in our towns. Witnessing the terror, violence, and fear, we might believe that it is "impossible" to overcome and dismantle such evil - - but we will. The impossible will take a little while. Jesus sent his Disciples off on a boat into stormy seas (Matthew 14:22-33), and then walked atop the crashing waves (impossible!) and called Peter to step out of the boat. We, too, are called from our boats to step into the raging waters, taking Jesus by the hand. 

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23
Jul
2017

“Envisioning Hope” - - Rev. Mereschuk - - July 23, 2017

What is the difference between optimism and hope? How do we hold on to hope despite all evidence to the contrary? The Apostle Paul tealls the Romans that all who are baptized in Christ are adopted into the family of God, infused with the Spirit of hope. (Romans 8:18-25)

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26
Jun
2017

“No More Volunteers” - - Rev. Mereschuk - - June 25, 2017

How many volunteers do we need for our church to function? None! But why? The author of the Letter to Ephesians reminds us of the diverse gifts shared by each member of the community - - each one of us a vital "ligament" that makes the Body of Christ function (Ephesians 4:11-16). But the Body of Christ does not require volunteers. 

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19
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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