In the world that divides, the ministry of Jesus brings us together and we carry that same grace and forgiveness, acceptance and love to the world.
The disciples wait for the Spirit and in the in-between time, struggle with wanting things to be familiar. Before dying, Jesus prayed they would be protected as they follow God's call. How are our lives of faith put on hold because we're trying to stay comfortable?
We were fighting some connectivity issues (internet and inter-computer) and a random cartoon's sound at the beginning. God only knows what's going on, and we're glad God's got it.
Worship the God who hangs on to us through all our lives and asks us to love God and others in return. The 10 Commandments give us a clue how to live in this kind of love. We also celebrate the affirmation of faith of two of our young men.
Jesus invites us to abide in God as God abides in us - but what does that look like? As a young one offered, "We give Jesus our hearts." Well said. Join us in worshiping the God who is love and who trims and guides us until we live in the same love toward others.
Ponder Christ's acceptance of the cross, as one who willingly lays down his life for his beloved. Tonight we read from John chapters 18-19, honoring the cross as the symbol of that love, forgiveness, healing, and salvation. Christ has died, so that we may live.
Join us in worship as Christ gives his final mandate: to love one another. It's not an easy task, but one that we don't walk alone as we internalize God's law and love into our hearts.
Shouts of celebration and "hosanna" turn to cries of "crucify" as we read the story of Jesus' last week of life and the events around his death. Join us in this unique worship as we prepare for Easter, reading through Mark 14-15.
Follow us through the journey of the Hebrew Scriptures - the Christian's Old Testament - as we trace God's quest to be in relationship with the creatures that were made in God's image! When external laws aren't working, God promises to write the laws on our hearts and create a new relationship with humanity based on forgiveness and grace.
Many of us ask where God is when things are bad. We're frustrated, worn down, and feel alone. Our reading from Numbers 21 shows how God is present with us to give us a way around death, hope in the future, and a promise: we know the God who saves, and God still saves. Keep looking to this God.
Continuing our study through God's covenants, we land on the 10 Commandments and hear them as a gift, not burden. How are we guided into relationship with God and with one another? Plus, a fun memory tool in our children's message for the 10 Commandments! Grrr!
Worship God with Lord of Life as we hear the promises of God to Abram and Sarai. God renames them and invites them to live into the promise God made to them about descendants more numerous than the stars. We too, receive new names and live with hope as we wait for God's promises to be realized in our own lives.
Worship God with us as we enter the church season of Lent, turning our attention to God and preparing to hear the Easter story. The first promise is the rainbow - God hangs up his bow, promising to not respond to our evil by destroying the world.
In this season of Lent, we hear the stories of how God has formed us out of dust and ash and promises into God’s own people. Tonight, we recognize our mortality and engage in the work to keep our treasure in God.
Worship God with us this Transfiguration Sunday, as Jesus is revealed in all his glory for who he is: God's beloved Son! But the mountain top isn't only about glory, it's about God sticking with us through joy and terror! Guest preacher, Pastor Lisa Smith-Fiegel (working in our Alaska Synod office), shares the message today.