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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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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