He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God......
Have you ever heard these phrases: “Jesus lives in your heart.” “Invite Jesus to be your personal Lord and Savior.” “It’s all about your personal relationship with God.” “It’s between you and God.” What about these songs? Jesus loves me, this I know. I’ll fly away. I know whom I have believed. My Jesus, I love Thee. I love you, Lord, and I lift my voice. These are phrases that I have heard and songs that I have sung over and over again in the church. These phrases taught me that my......
On Sunday, I spoke about God’s call to welcome all people without conditions. (If you missed the sermon, listen here.) In the story of the man at the Pool of Bethesda, Jesus stops, pays attention to, and helps a man who was judged and ignored by the rest of society. I asked us all to consider this question: Will we follow Jesus and offer unconditional welcome, unconditional service, unconditional love, and unconditional grace to all people? I want to answer this question with a resounding, “Yes!” And yet I know how easy......
Our mission is to… serve Christ through mutually supporting one another & embodying God’s grace and love for all We envision… a diverse church led by Christ to open its doors in love and service to all This coming Sunday, we will have a church-wide conference meeting directly after worship to vote on several items. Among those items is a final vote on our proposed Mission & Vision Statements. As we prepare for that vote on Sunday, I wanted to share a few thoughts on these statements. Our Mission is to… serve Christ......