Upcoming Services

A Hole in a Flute

Acts 2:1-21; John 20:19-23

Sunday, May 31st, 2020 : 9:45 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

The risen Jesus breathes on the disciples and they receive the Holy Spirit. The word for spirit can also mean wind or breath. Are we filled with Christ’s breath? Hafiz wrote “I am a hole in a flute that the Christ breath moves through. Listen to the music.” What music will Christ breathe through us?

Lord of the Dance

2 Corinthians 13:11-13; Matthew 28:16-20

Sunday, June 7th, 2020 : 9:45 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

What deep truth is the doctrine of the Trinity trying to communicate? God is a dynamic movement of love. Some theologians have called God a dance of love. God, then, is not an object for our reflection, but a dynamic of an eternal dance of love that we can know only by joining the dance.

The Divine Comedy

Genesis 18:1-15 and Matthew 9:35-10:8

Sunday, June 14th, 2020 : 9:15 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

God plan for God’s vision for the world to be accomplished through ordinary people like us. When it dawns on us what God is up to in and through us, a first response may be laughter. God couldn’t be serious, or could God be?

The Cost of True Self

Romans 6:1b-11; Matthew 10:24-39

Sunday, June 21st, 2020 : 9:15 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

Jesus and Paul are both clear about the cost involved in finding true life, true self. It involves a deep letting go expressed by images of death, cross and loss. Are we ready for the journey to true self?

Slaves of Self?

Genesis 22:1-14; Romans 6:12-23

Sunday, June 28th, 2020 : 9:15 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

Paul’s language is off-putting for many. Sin, however, for Paul is deeper than things we do or fail to do. It is all that flows from the illusion of separation and it does enslave us in fear. We are being called to freedom, to a completely new grounding for the self in God.

TBD

Sunday, July 5th, 2020 : 9:15 AM

Rev. Sue Smith

Gardening the Soul

Genesis 25:19-34; Matthew 13:1-9,18-23

Sunday, July 12th, 2020 : 9:15 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

Jesus describes a reality that all farmers/gardeners would recognize – the perils and possibilities of the planted seed. Soil requires care and attention for seeds t manifest their potential. Just so, our souls. What reception is the seed of God finding in our souls?

Growing in Discernment

Genesis 28:10-19a; Matthew 13:24-30,36-43

Sunday, July 19th, 2020 : 9:15 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

Jesus’ parable speaks to the spiritual task of discernment, necessary for our growth. Life presents us with choices, some which appear good and turn out not to be so or appear worthless and prove to be of great worth. This life is about learning to discern.

Spiritual Perception

Genesis 29:15-28; Matthew 13:31-33,44-52

Sunday, July 26th, 2020 : 9:15 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

In this series of parables, Jesus invites us to see the worth of the kingdom, which is the planting of a new heart within. This is the true prize for which everything else should be sacrificed.

The Gift of the Wrestling Angel

Genesis 32:22-31

Sunday, August 2nd, 2020 : 9:15 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

Jacob tried to run away from the challenges of his life. Life cannot be escaped. We must learn to face what it brings, or it will keep coming our way. The angels which wrestle with us at night may be our true friends.

Walking on the Waves

Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28; Matthew 14:22-33

Sunday, August 9th, 2020 : 9:15 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

Storms are going to come, and we will have to face them. This story has some clues for us staying above the waves when they come.

Standing Up to Jesus

Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32; Matthew 15:21-28

Sunday, August 16th, 2020 : 9:15 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

This Canaanite woman stood up to Jesus’ rebuff and won his admiration. What bones do we have to pick with Jesus? Might we be surprised at the consequences if we stand up to Jesus?

Keys to the Kingdom

Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 16:13-20

Sunday, August 23rd, 2020 : 9:15 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

Jesus offers us the Keys to the Kingdom. Is his offer to flatter our egos and desire for power, or is it a recognition that entrance into a new mind, the Kingdom, is always available to us and that we have the Key?

The God Who Will Not Be Named

Exodus 3:1-15; Matthew 16:21-28

Sunday, August 30th, 2020 : 9:15 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

God’s answer to Moses’ request for God’s name is probably not what Moses wanted to hear. It offered no comforting guarantees. God remains unnameable and untameable. Peter finds the same dynamic at play with Jesus.