How does telling the truth- with God, with each other, and in our world- lead to freedom? How does the Lord meet us in the process of telling the truth? What good news do we find in the act of telling the truth? Telling the truth leads to freedom in the name of Jesus. We practice truthfulness with God-- confession and lament. We practice truthfulness with each other-- learning to live authentically in community, sharing our stories with one another. We practice truthfulness in the world- the prophetic ministries of seeking justice.
August 9, 2020
Rev. Katie Fowler
Telling the truth leads to freedom in the name of Jesus. We practice truthfulness with God-- confession and lament. We practice truthfulness with each other-- learning to live authentically in community, sharing our stories with one another. We practice truthfulness in the world- the prophetic ministries of seeking justice.
August 16, 2020
Rev. Amber Ayers
Authenticity is a buzz word in the church (and wider world) these days. Jesus leads us to be honest about our own stories. We practice this in community with wise and appropriate boundaries.
August 23, 2020
“How long, Lord?” These are words of lament recorded in the Book of Psalms. Lament is a form of prayer that addresses our pain, anger, and grief to God. Whereas in confession we are honest about our own sins and the ways we’ve contributed to the brokenness of our world, in lament we bring the brutality and senselessness we’ve experienced because of our broken world before God. No need to pretend, no need to hide. God invites us to talk to him in this raw, honest way, and to do so is actually a deep act of faith and trust.
August 30, 2020
1 John 1:5-10
Rev. Ed Black
What is confession of sin? Why do we confess? How is confession part of our worship- both as we gather and in our daily lives? Why do we confess corporately?
September 6, 2020
Rev. Katie Fowler
What is God up to in the world? To be honest, we can reduce or minimize the gospel. But Romans 8:14-25 shows us the gospel of Jesus is good news for individuals and for all of creation. It's personal and cosmic. What God had done in Jesus Christ is good news for the redemption of our souls and our bodies. The good news of Jesus brings hope- yes, for our future and for our here and now, what we face in the world around us. The whole gospel of Jesus motivates us, compels us to respond to injustices in our world.
September 13, 2020
Rev. Chuck Fowler
Sin is pervasive and corrupting. It isn’t just the wrong things I’ve done--my individual sins. Sin ripples outwards, infecting communities and cultures, passing from past generations to future generations. Sin is so insidious that it actually weaves itself into the fabric of a society. In the words of author and pastor Tim Keller, “We’re far worse than we ever imagined.” Of course, Keller completes his thought by saying, “...and we’re far more loved than we could ever dream.” The good news is that the power of Jesus can overcome the corruption of sin, whether it’s individual, communal, or structural.