28
Nov
2016

“Dawn Over the River” - - Rev. Dr. Ayvazian - - November 27, 2016

For the First Sunday of Advent, Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Andrea Ayvazian recounts her recent journey with "Monte's March," calling upon us to remember that while we are not obligated to complete a monumental task, we are not released from doing our part. (Isaiah 2:1-5)

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21
Nov
2016

“Pause, Breathe, Consider” - - Rev. Mereschuk - - November 20, 2016

Many of us are carrying a great amount of anxiety and a sense of urgency, and it can be hard to slow down. But slowing down - - pausing, breathing - - can help sustain us and refocus us so that we can attend to self-care and increase our resilience. Associate Pastor Rev. Chris Mereschuk offers Psalm 46 as an anicent guide to self-care in his sermon, "Pause, Breathe, Consider." 

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14
Nov
2016

“Not Your Job” - - Rev. Dr. Ayvazian - - November 13, 2016

Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Andrea Ayvazian offers two distinct yet related messages on our Stewardship Sunday. First, she enocurages us to examine where and how we can put our time and talent into building and supporting our Beloved Community - - and how it is essential to not over-extend ourselves. Second, Pastor Andrea invites reflections from the congregation on the presdiential election. Included in this podcast are Pastor Andrea's own reflections and her invitation, and not the responses of the congregation. Pastor Andrea encourages us to allow of the full spectrum of emotions and actions: "Mourn, Resist, Organize, Defend, Pray." And then we repeat. 

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7
Nov
2016

“Sheltering and Joyful Guardians” - - Rev. Dr. Ayvazian - - November 6, 2016

As we celebrate All Saints Day and the Sacrament of Communion, Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Andrea Ayvazian calls to remember the Saints in our lives and invites us to join with them around the Communion Table. 

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31
Oct
2016

“I never said that” - - Rev. Dr. Ayvazian - - October 30, 2016

We often think we know what Jesus said and what is in the Bible - - but how do we know for certain? Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Andrea Ayvazian examines the Beatitudes in Luke (6:20-31), contemplating some hard messages written in Jesus's name. 

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17
Oct
2016

“Becoming a Widow” - - Rev. Mereschuk - - October 16, 2016

Scripture teaches us that God carries a special place in their heart for widows - - protecting and seeking justice for widows. Jesus often elevates the widow to the level of unlikely hero. In "The Parable of the Unjust Judge and the Persistent Widow," (Luke 18:1-8), Jesus portrays the widow as a model for our faithful and relentless cries for justice. 

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11
Oct
2016

“Managers, Firefighters, and Exiles” - - Rev. Dr. Ayvazian - - October 9, 2016

The concept of Exile is a major theme throughout the Hebrew scriptures, and is one that carries over in our world today - - for both displaced people and our disconnected selves. Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Andrea Ayvazian uses the lenses of Psalm 137 and a new theory of individual therapy to examine exile in her sermon, "Managers, Firefighters, and Exiles." 

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25
Sep
2016

“To Be Seen” - - Rev. Mereschuk - - September 25, 2016

Jesus shares the parable of Lazarus and the rich man, describing the sharp contrasts between their mortal life and their afterlife. What is it that landed the rich man in the lowest level of Hades? What was it that Lazarus longed for during his mortal life? Associate Pastor Rev. Chris Mereschuk offers his ideas in his sermon, "To Be Seen" (Luke:16-19-31). 

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19
Sep
2016

“Batter My Heart” - - Rev. Dr. Ayvazian - - September 18, 2016

Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Andrea Ayvazian explores our relationship with prayer in her sermon, "Batter My Heart" (1 Timothy 2:1-7). 

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11
Sep
2016

“Guard the Good Treasure” - - Rev. Dr. Ayvazian - - September 11, 2016

Drawing on Paul's letter to Timothy (2 Timothy 1:1-14), Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Andrea Ayvazian calls us to mark this 15th anniversary of September 11, 2001 by considering the treasure within us, shining forth our capacity to be everyday heroes. 

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