Recent spiritual gatherings

April 15, 2018 — “Imagine” — On the third Sunday of Easter, we heard two accounts from Acts about how the followers of Jesus lived after the first Easter (Acts 2:42-47 and Acts 4:32-37). My reflection imagined what an ideal community might look like — Ian

April 08, 2018 — “Our purpose” — On the second Sunday of Easter, we heard a story about Paul in Athens (Acts 17: 16-33). My reflection was about the idols we sometimes worship versus the God who is Love. The choir sang “Patience” by Linnea Good – Ian

April 01, 2018 — “Into the mystic” — On Easter Sunday, we heard Mark’s account of the first Easter morning (Mark 16:1-8) and celebratde the mystery and joy of resurrection with song and ritual. The choir sang “The Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah — Ian

March 30, 2018 — “Holding space for grief” — On Good Friday, we heard the story of Jesus’ trials and crucifixion from Mark (Mark 14 and 15) — Ian

March 25, 2018 — “March for Our Lives” — On Palm Sunday, we remembered Holy Week, from Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem (Mark 11) to his arrest and crucifixion (Mark 14 and 15). Readings and songs that tell this story were woven into a celebration of communion – Ian

March 18, 2018 — “Life saving tips” — On the fifth Sunday in Lent, we heard a story about Jesus’ arrest and Peter’s denials of his connection to Jesus (Mark 14: 43-53; 66-72). My reflection was about what we are called to give up during Lent. The choir sang “Lonesome Valley” by Roger C. Wilson — Ian

March 11, 2018 — “Do I wake or sleep?” — On the fourth Sunday in Lent, we heard a story about wakefulness and sleep on the evening of Jesus’ betrayal (Mark 14:26-42 — Jesus prays in Gethsemane). My reflection was on the difficulties and rewards of staying awake. The choir sang “How Beautiful” by Twila Paris and Lloyd Larson.  — Ian

March 4, 2018 — “Narrow paths” — On the third Sunday in Lent, we heard a story in which Jesus is anointed for burial while yet living (Mark 14:1-9). My reflection suggested how facing our fears can light up our lives with hope and joy. The choir sang“God So Loved the World” by John Stainer — Ian

February 25, 2018 – “The Drum Major Instinct” –  On the second Sunday in Lent, as the Winter Olympics closed in South Korea, we heard Jesus say that true greatness comes from being a servant of all (Mark 10:32-45). The choir sang “The Life of Praise” — Ian

February 18, 2018“You can’t always get what you want” – On the first Sunday in Lent, we reflected on words of Jesus that startle his friends as they begin their journey from Galilee to Jerusalem (Mark 8:27-38). There was also be a baptism, and the choir sang a world premiere of an anthem by our own Bryan LeGrow, “Take Up Your Cross” — Ian

February 11, 2018 – On February 11, Rev. Dr. Bruce Miller led us in a celebration of “Transfiguration Sunday,” (Mark 9:2-9).

February 4, 2018 Signs of confusion – On Sunday, we heard a story about a dispute between religious leaders and Jesus over rules and authority (Mark 2:1-28). My reflection was about how rules can both help and hinder our ministry. The choir sang “Stay With Us Through the Night” — Ian

January 28, 2018 Healing pathways – On Sunday, we heard three stories where Jesus heals (Mark 1:21-45). My reflection asked how walking a spiritual path can heal us — Ian

January 21, 2018 Time to choose a new king -We heard the beginning of the Gospel of Mark (Mark 1:1-20 — the baptism of Jesus and the call Peter, Andrew, James, and John). My reflection was about Jesus’ statement, “the realm of God has come near” — Ian

January 14, 2018 — Rob McPhee led us in a reflection of “the call” based on a reading of Jesus calling his first disciples (John 1:43-51). The service was followed by a congregational information session on a 2018/19 Staffing Plan, presented by the Ministry and Personnel Committee

January 7, 2018 – “I’m An Adult Now” –  On Sunday, we celebrated the New Year and Epiphany based upon a reading from Isaiah (“Arise, shine, for your light has come” Isaiah 60:1-5) — Ian

Service information from 2017

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