Upcoming Services

A Change of Heart

1 Corinthians 8:1-13 and Mark 1:21-28

Sunday, January 31st, 2021 : 9:45 AM
Only online (Zoom) worship is available this Sunday; There is no in-person worship.

Rev. John W. Monroe III

Jesus was unusual in that he had power to change people’s lives and hearts. Paul, too, called for the church to have a change of heart in how they dealt with their differences – a preference of love over knowledge.

Action and Contemplation

Isaiah 40:21-31 and Mark 1:29-39

Sunday, February 7th, 2021 : 9:45 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

In Mark’s Gospel, Jesus is depicted as a busy man. Yet, he regularly sought time to be alone in prayer, to connect to Source and to discern what to do next. The Jesus path requires a balance between action and contemplation, prayer and work.

When the Veil Drops

2 Corinthians 4:3-6 and Mark 9:2-9

Sunday, February 14th, 2021 : 9:45 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

Humans straddle two realms – the physical and spiritual. The veil which separates these in our awareness is thinner than we think. Christ showed us how the spiritual is incarnated in the physical. Through him we see and the veil drops.

Animal Guides

Genesis 9:8-17 and Mark 1:9-15

Sunday, February 21st, 2021 : 9:45 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

God’s covenant after the flood is with Noah and the animals. The promise is given to humans and animals, who, on the ark, had been in community. As Jesus receives his call, he is sent to the wilderness, where he was tested. He was not alone. He was with the animals, the wild beasts, and the angels. Apparently, the human journey to God involves animals.

More Than We Dreamed

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

Sunday, February 28th, 2021 : 9:45 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

How do we look at the transformation which comes with a call from God? Do we see what we lose, the loss of who we were? Or, do we see how that loss, letting go, and death bring greater life than we ever deserved?

Where God Dwells

1 Corinthians 1:18-25 and John 2:13-22

Sunday, March 7th, 2021 : 9:45 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

For Jesus, both the temple and his body were places where God dwells. They are sacred. If they are to serve their sacred purpose, they must not get cluttered or distracted. If the exterior temple must keep its focus pure, so must the interior temple. This is the wisdom of which Paul wrote, which is foolishness to many.

The Big Picture

Ephesians 2:1-10 and John 3:14-21

Sunday, March 14th, 2021 : 9:45 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

The reason the gospel does not make sense is that we do not stretch beyond our own experience and perspective, which we take as gospel or normative. Jesus and Paul saw our small perspective as spiritual darkness. The Christian experience is to awaken us to spiritual dimensions which are present, but to which we are blind.

The Cost of Transformation

Jeremiah 31:31-34 and John 12:20-33

Sunday, March 21st, 2021 : 9:45 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

The cost of transformation is immense, like a grain that must die, or a heart that must undergo surgery, or a life that must be given love. What is produced in these gestures of surrender and trust is of eternal worth.

Exalted Humility

John 12:2-16 and Philippians 2:5-11

Palm/Passion Sunday, March 28th, 2021 : 9:45 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

The paradox of Palm/Passion Sunday is how humility and surrender in Christ become glorification and victory. We miss Christ’s glorification and victory by failing to see and take the pathway toward them.

Learning to Live with Resurrection

John 20:1-18

Easter Sunday, April 4th, 2021 : 9:45 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

The paradox of Palm/Passion Sunday is how humility and surrender in Christ We celebrate the joy of Easter yet fail to consider how it upends our certainties and our lives. How do you live in a world where resurrection is a reality? Consider how resurrection changed the lives of the disciples. Consider how it might change our lives.

The Sending

Acts 4:32-35 and John 20:19-31

Sunday, April 11th, 2021 : 9:45 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

Jesus sends his followers as the Father sent him. We are to follow Jesus’ path, incarnate his life, and to give ourselves courage and love as he did. If Christ is where spirit and matter meet, then our task is to bridge the worlds and offer a new way to be human, after the pattern of Christ.

New Mind and Heart

1 John 3:1-7 and Luke 24:36b-48

Sunday, April 18th, 2021 : 9:45 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

The risen Christ gives his followers their marching orders – to preach repentance, which means receiving a new and higher mind and heart. John spells out that transformation into Christlikeness is what the Christian journey is about.

The Meaning of Love

1 John 3:16-24 and John 10:11-18

Sunday, April 25th, 2021 : 9:45 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

There passages are simple and direct, showing how Jesus has forever raised the bar for what it means for us to be human and loving. It means imitating Christ’s example.

Love and Fear

1 John 4:7-21 and John 15:1-8

Sunday, May 2nd, 2021 : 9:45 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

John makes Christ’s love the measure of human life. We are to be so connected to Christ, who is love, that Christ’s nature becomes our nature. Once Christ’s love nature embeds in us, fear is overcome.