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Healing Invisible Wounds

Third Sunday of Easter, April 14, 2024 @ 9:45 AM (Communion)

Rev. Sue Smith

Readings: Isaiah 65:17-25; Luke 24: 36b-48

In this Earth honoring month and amidst the conflicts around the world – what wounds do we not see. What hope does God provide?

 

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Hymns:
Hymn 749 “Come! Live in the Light!” (WE ARE CALLED)
Hymn 373 “O Day of Peace” (JERUSALEM)
Offertory “Big Yellow Taxi” by Joni Mitchell
Hymn 764 “For the Troubles and the Sufferings” (PELAS DORES DESTE MUNDO)

Love Stinks

Second Sunday of Easter, April 7, 2024 @ 9:45 AM (No Communion)

Andy Kirkpatrick

Readings: Romans 12:9–21; Psalm 34:12-18

We know we are commanded to do it; we know we should do it, but we still find it difficult to live our life dedicated to promoting and demonstrating God’s love to all whom we encounter, especially our “enemies.” And that stinks.

 

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Hymns:
Hymn 336 “We Gather Together” (KREMSER)
Contemporary Hymn “Let My Love Open the Door” by Pete Townshend
Hymn 377 “I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light” (HOUSTON)

Surprise Ending

Easter Sunday, March 31, 2024 @ 9:45 AM

Rev. Linda Goeddel

Readings: Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; Mark 16:1-8

Sometimes unpromising endings lead to opportunities for glorious beginnings!

 

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Hymns:
Hymn 233 “The Day of Resurrection!” (LANCASHIRE)
Hymn 250 “In the Bulb There Is a Flower” (PROMISE)
Hymn 245 “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today!” (LLANFAIR)

Good Friday Meditation & Service

March 29, 2024

Meditation: 10:30 AM – 12:00 Noon
Service: 12:00 Noon

Rev. Sue Smith

There will be a brief Good Friday worship service beginning at noon. In addition, to allow individual prayer on Good Friday, our sanctuary will be open for from 10:30 AM until noon. Meditative music will be offered, and the candles will be lit. You are invited to come in any time during those hours, and stay as long or short as you wish, as you spend time in meditation and prayer.

 

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Maundy Thursday Service

March 28, 2024 @ 7:30 PM
Rev. Linda Goeddel

In this service, we’ll be having a solemn remembrance of Jesus’ last night with his disciples which will include sharing in the Lord’s Supper.

 

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Hymns:
Hymn 206 “This Is the Night” (vs. 1, 3, & 5) (MY NEIGHBOR)
Hymn 202 “An Upper Room Did Our Lord Prepare” (O WALY WALY)

Join in the Parade

Palm Sunday, March 24, 2024 @ 9:45 AM

Rev. Linda Goeddel

Readings: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Mark 11:1-11

Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem sets an example of humble joy and service that we are called to follow.

 

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Hymns:
Hymn 197 “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna” (ELLECOMBE)
Hymn 804 “Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart” (vs. 1, 3 & 5) (MARION)
Hymn 215 “What Wondrous Love Is This?” (Vs. 1 – 3) (WONDROUS LOVE)

The New Covenant: Forgiveness, Friendship, and Faithfulness

Fifth Sunday in Lent, March 17, 2024 @ 9:45 AM

Chris Peet

Readings: Jeremiah 31:27-34; John 13:12-20

Jeremiah prophesied about the new covenant that Jesus initiated, a loving covenant based on forgiveness, friendship, and faithfulness. In this Lenten season, let us reflect upon how this covenant affects our relationships with God and those around us.

 

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Hymns:
Hymn 418 “Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling” (SOFTLY AND TENDERLY)
Hymn 370 “This Is My Father’s World” (TERRA BEATA)
Hymn 39 “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” (FAITHFULNESS)

What Do You Choose to See?

Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 10, 2024 @ 9:45 AM

Rev. Linda Goeddel

Readings: Numbers 21:4-9; John 3:14-21

Jesus urges us to keep our eyes on the cross, but whether we see hope or despair depends on our point of view.

 

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Hymns:
Hymn 104 “O Lord, How Shall I Meet You” (VALET WILL ICH DIR GEBEN)
Hymn “Blackbird” by John Lennon & Paul McCartney
Hymn 774 “There Is Now a New Creation” (vs. 1, 2 & 4) (STUTTGART)

What Does God Expect from Us?

Third Sunday in Lent, March 03, 2024 @ 9:45 AM

Rev. Linda Goeddel

Readings: Exodus 20:1-17; John 2:13-22

God gives us boundaries, not to restrain us, but to make abundant life more possible.

 

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Hymns:
Hymn 664 “Morning Has Broken” (BUNESSAN)
Hymn “People Get Ready” by Curtis Mayfield
Hymn 761 “Called as Partners in Christ’s Service” (BEECHER)

Aren’t We Carrying Enough Already?

Second Sunday in Lent, February 25, 2024 @ 9:45 AM

Rev. Linda Goeddel

Readings: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Mark 8:31-38

Carrying the cross of Jesus is not about suffering; it’s about service.

 

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Hymns:
Hymn 49 “The God of Abraham Praise” (vs. 1, 2 & 4) (LEONI)
Hymn “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” by Bob Russell & Bobby Scott
Hymn 733 “We All Are One in Mission” (ES FLOG EIN KLEINS WALDVÖGELEIN)

Trusting God When Wild Beasts Surround Us

First Sunday in Lent, February 18, 2024 @ 9:45 AM

Rev. Courtney B. Cromie

Readings: 1 Kings 19:1-8; Mark 1:9-13

It’s easy to be afraid when wild beasts surround us or to be tempted in the face of defeat. Lent is a time to gain courage for the tough times ahead and to know strength if facing them right now. God promises never to leave us or forsake us. So even in the lowest of lows, all that we need will be provided.

 

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Hymns:
Hymn 166 “Lord, Who throughout These Forty Days” vs. 1 – 3 (ST. FLAVIAN)
Hymn “In Christ Alone” by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend
Hymn 275 “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” (EIN’ FESTE BURG)

Scraping the Boat

Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2024 @ 7:30 PM

Rev. Linda Goeddel

Readings: Isaiah 58:1-12; Matthew 61-6, 16-21

Note: There is no livestream recording of this service.

 

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Hymns:
Hymn 450 “Be Thou My Vision” vs. 1 & 2 (SLANE)
Hymn 439 “O My Soul, Bless Your Redeemer” vs. 1 & 4 (STUTTGART)

Only Jesus

Transfiguration Sunday, February 11, 2024 @ 9:45 AM

Rev. Linda Goeddel

Readings: Psalm 50:1-6; Mark 9:2-9

We are impressed by thrilling demonstrations of greatness, but they are rare and they are not dependable. Watch instead for the ordinary, daily expressions of God’s presence and love which are lavished on all of us.

 

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Hymns:
Hymn 13 “The Mighty God with Power Speaks” vs. 1 & 3 (KINGSFOLD)
Hymn 409 “God Is Here!” vs. 1 & 4 (ABBOT’S LEIGH)
Hymn 192 “Lord, the Light of Your Love Is Shining” vs. 1 & 3 (SHINE, JESUS, SHINE)

While We Wait

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany, February 4, 2024 @ 9:45 AM

Rev. Linda Goeddel

Readings: Isaiah 40:21-31; Mark 1:29-39

We spend a lot of our life waiting for one thing or another. Sometimes we feel as if we are waiting for God. How can we make waiting meaningful time?

 

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Hymns:
Hymn 327 “From All That Dwells Below the Skies” vs. 1 & 3 (LASST UNS ERFREUEN)
Hymn 43 “You Who Dwell in the Shelter of the Lord” (ON EAGLE’S WINGS)
Hymn 315 ““In the Midst of New Dimensions” vs. 1, 3 & 5 (NEW DIMENSIONS)

Repossessed

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany, January 28, 2024 @ 9:45 AM

Rev. Linda Goeddel

Reading: Mark 1:21-28

There are voices inside and outside of us that tell us we are not enough, that we are at risk; but Jesus speaks with more authority, assuring us that we are loved and God is in control.

 

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Hymns:
Hymn 667 “When Morning Gilds the Skies” vs. 1, 2 & 4 (LAUDES DOMINI)
Hymn “Make You Feel My Love” by Bob Dylan (as performed by Adele)
Hymn 684 “Faith Begins by Letting Go” vs. 1 & 4 (LUX PRIMA)

Faithful People of the Water

Third Sunday after Epiphany, January 21, 2024 @ 9:45 AM

Blair Nelsen

Reading: Jonah 3:1-5,10 ; Mark 1:14-20

Jesus’ ministry on the shores of Galilee suggests how we can create holy relationships with water.

 

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Hymns:
Hymn 14 “For the Beauty of the Earth” vs. 1 – 3 (DIX)
Hymn 170 “You Walk along Our Shoreline” (WIE LIEBLICH IST DER MAIEN)
Hymn “Blue Boat Home” by Peter Mayer / Rowland Hugh Prichard

Think Again

Second Sunday after Epiphany, January 14, 2024 @ 9:45 AM

Rev. Linda Goeddel

Reading: Psalm 139:1-6,13-18; John 1:43-51

We can be quick to make up our minds about people, but Jesus teaches us to take our time and to have the courage to change our minds.

 

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Hymns:
Hymn 409 “God Is Here!” vs. 1 & 4 (ABBOT’S LEIGH)
Hymn 451 “Open My Eyes, That I May See” (OPEN MY EYES)
Hymn 686 “God of Our Life” (SANDON)

Wisdom, Worship, and Wonder

Baptism of the Lord Sunday (Communion), January 7, 2024 @ 9:45 AM

Bill Chaney

Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:18-20; Matthew 2:1-12

What can we learn and apply from the story of the wise men?

 

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Hymns:
Hymn 152 “What Star Is This, with Beams So Bright” (PUER NOBIS NASCITUR)
Hymn “Come and Stand Amazed, You People!” Dutch / Psalter Hymnal No. 338
Hymn 450 “Be Thou My Vision” (SLANE)