Sermon Series/Study: Soul Reset: breakdown, breakthrough, and the journey to wholeness by Rev. Junius B. Dotson.
For the next six weeks, we will grow deeper in God’s love and deeper in community as we reset and recalibrate—getting back to the most important things such as time with God and being in relationship with others. A soul reset is an invitation to slow down—to take stock of what you have given your heart to, of how hard you are working, and whether or not you are working hard at the right things. This is an invitation to lay down our collective burdens and fall into the grace of God, learning together to follow Jesus’ unforced rhythms of grace day by day.
October 18, 2020
Scripture: Matthew 11:28-30
Title: How Is it with Your Soul?
Synopsis: The most important thing—our first-base tag—is staying close to Jesus. That’s what sustains us for the lives and the works to which we are called. Let’s work to put the first thing first.
October 25, 2020
Scripture: Psalm 42
Title: Feel the Feelings
Synopsis: God doesn’t just save us for heaven in the future. God saves our hearts and souls and bodies in the
here and now. God cares about our whole person, just as we are.
November 1, 2020
Scripture: Luke 10: 38-42
Title: It’s Not All on Me
Synopsis: When Jesus’ very presence is our first priority, we can lift our eyes from the long list of tasks to be
done and instead focus on their greater purpose. Busyness is not the way of Jesus.
November 8, 2020
Scripture: 1 Kings 19:5-9
Title: Take Care of Yourself
Synopsis: Taking care of ourselves sustains us for the whatever life throws at us, be it mountaintops or valleys. We all have mountaintop experiences, but most of our life is not lived on the mountaintop. We all have valley experiences, and fortunately, life is not lived just in the valleys. Most of life is lived somewhere in between.
November 15, 2020
Scripture: Excerpts from the Book of Job
Title: Life In Crisis
Synopsis: A gift we can give ourselves is the ability to be ourselves in the midst of grief. To not pretend that
we have it all together. To not put a timetable on our grief, but to know that God heals in God’s time, and that’s okay. To know that as you are moving through the grief process, there are people who know you and support you every step of the way.
November 22, 2020
Scripture: John 3:16-17; Matthew 26:34; John 21; Matthew 11:28-30
Title: Light and Free Living
Synopsis: God didn’t come to condemn us but to save us. God didn’t come to shame us into relationship. God
didn’t send Jesus to condemn us and make us run and hide. No, Jesus came to free us from shame and fear and sin and darkness.
Sermon Series/Study: Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas by Adam Hamilton
His parents gave him the name Jesus. But the prophets, the shepherds, the wise men, and the angels addressed him by other names. They called him Lord, Messiah, Savior, Emmanuel, Light of the World, and Word Made Flesh. In Incarnation, we will explore the meaning of these titles and what they tell us about the child whose birth we celebrate at Christmas. Join us and reflect upon the significance of the Christ-child for your life and world today!
November 29, 2020—Advent 1
Scripture: Micah 5:2; Matthew 2:1-2
Title: The Royal Titles: Lord and Messiah
Synopsis: While our politics have divided us, Advent should bring us together, unifying us around the newborn King and his life, message, ministry, death and resurrection. Today we will seek to unify under one Lord and Messiah and find hope for a future.
December 6, 2020—Advent 2
Scriptures: Luke 2:10-11; Matthew 1:20-21
Title: The Deliverer’s Title: Savior
Synopsis: Jesus’ very name means, “God saves.” Jesus came to help us find the pathway to peace. This week we will seek that peace in our deliverer.
December 13, 2020—Advent 3
Scripture: Matthew 1:20b-23
Title: The Incarnate Title: Emmanuel
Synopsis: We celebrate with joy Emmanuel, God with us. But if God is with us, how come we have to deal with coronavirus and all the other calamities of our lives? How do you get to the fear not part of the story?
December 20, 2020—Advent 4
Scripture: John 1:1-14
Title: The Light of the World
Synopsis: What does light have to do with a baby in the manger? Did love come down at Christmas or light? Or maybe both? Let’s explore this concept of light and how it is bursting forth in this beloved story.
December 24, 2020—Christmas Eve
Scripture: Luke 2:1-20
Title: God’s Plan for Changing the World
Synopsis: Lord, Messiah, Savior, Emmanuel, and Light of the world, whatever name you call Jesus, the Christ, he is the world’s change agent. So how do we fit into the plan? How do we show and spread the love that came down at Christmas? Come and find out how you fit in.
December 27, 2020
Pastor Mary on vacation
Sermon Series: Change Happens: Now What?
Johnny Rivers once famously sang, “The only thing that’s permanent is change.” What are the changes effecting our lives, the Church, the culture and what will we do about it? What should we embrace and what should we not? How do we tell the “old, old story” in a way that is attractive and effective in this changing world? Series is based on "Who Stole My Church" by Gordon MacDonald
January 3, 2021
Scripture: Matthew 23:37-39
Title: Why is Change so Hard?
Synopsis: Jesus weeps over Jerusalem’s unwillingness to accept him and the change he was bringing to their lives. The people failed to see that something “new” could be good…are we guilty of the same mistake?
January 10, 2021
Scripture: Matthew 24: 3-13
Title: Masters of Change
Synopsis: The disciples and those leading the early church were masters of change. We too need to have this quality as 21st Century Christ followers. We will look at why we shy away from such mastery and why it's important that we grow in this area of spiritual development.
January 17, 2021
Scripture: Acts 16 & 17
Title: Changing Times & Changing Methods
Synopsis: Paul famously molded his message to fit the people he was trying to reach. Who do we want to reach for Jesus and what changes are we willing to make to do it?
January 24, 2021
Scripture: Mark 11: 15-19
Title: The Seldom Used Why Question
Synopsis: In church we seldom ask the question, "Why?" Even Jesus had to ruffle some feathers to awaken the temple authorities to their complacency. This week we will ask that question, "Why?" in the hopes "To turn our eyes out the front door into the larger world and see who needs to be touch with the saving love of Christ." (MacDonald, 88)