12
Nov
2017

“Thoughts & Prayers” — Rev. Mereschuk — November 12, 2017

God spoke through the Prophet Amos: God was fed up with empty worship of those who oppressed the vulnerable. God did not want to hear the empty "thoughts and prayers" of the unjust (Amos 5:18-24). What are we saying and doing when we offer our "thougths and prayers" following trauma, crisis, and grief? Are our "thoughts and prayers" an end point, or are they a catalyst for transformative action?

This podcast contains orginal music by our Minister of Music Jeff Olmsted.

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6
Nov
2017

“Forming Clouds” — Rev. Mereschuk — All Saints Sunday — November 5, 2017

The author of the Letter to Hebrews encourages us to remember the great "Cloud of Witnesses" that surrounds us: all of the pioneers who made the way for us and help us run the race with perseverance (Hebrews 12:1-2). Who is in our Cloud of Witnesses? Whose Cloud of Witnesses might we be in? 

This podcast contains orginal music by Jeff Olmsted.

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29
Oct
2017

“A Plentiful Harvest” — Rev. Mereschuk — October 29, 2017

Jesus sent 70 missionary disciples out into the world to share the Good News and announce the coming Kin-dom of God (Luke 10:1-9). They had no provisions, no money, no guaranteed food or lodging - - but they had each other, and they had Go'ds presence. The could've surrendered to scarcity, but instead were harvesting adundance. 

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22
Oct
2017

“God in the Rearview Mirror” - - Rev. Mereschuk - - October 22, 2017

Moses longs to see God face-to-face, but God will only permit Moses to see God's back - - yet God's presence is promised to Moses and to us. We too might want to see God's face, but must instead look for evidence of where God has been, where God has passed by. (Exodus 33:12-23)

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16
Oct
2017

“Joy Insurance” - - Rev. Mereschuk - - October 15, 2017

Paul counsels the Philippians to rejoice, rejoice, and rejoice again in all circumstances, holding on to the things that bring them joy. How do we notice and celebrate joy in the midst of suffering and hardship, and why is it important to do so? (Philippians 4:1-13)

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8
Oct
2017

“The Steel Calf” - - Rev. Mereschuk - - October 8, 2017

The Israelites traded the God who led them from the Land of Bondage for an idol forged from their remaining wealth: the Golden Calf. In the United States, we have done the same -- but ours is the gun god idol of the Steel Calf. But that Steel Calf idol can be melted down and forged into tools to dismantle our Culture of Death and build a Culture of Life (Selections from Exodus 19, 20, and 32). 

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1
Oct
2017

“On Bended Knee” - - Rev. Mereschuk - - October 1, 2017

Paul reminds the Philippians that Jesus had every right to cling to his high titles and privlieges - - yet he took on the form of oppressed humankind and dwelt among us. Jesus sufferd the trials and indiginites of oppressed humankind, and was brought to his knees on prayer. We, too, are on bended knee today. (Philippians 2:1-10, 13)

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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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