The kingdom of God is like kudzu

By Lyndsay Williams

A sermon on Mark 4:26-34

God's kingdom can surprise us, we can find it in the most unexpected places, in the most unexpected ways, and in the most unexpected people.  God is among each of us at every moment.  To borrow a line from Anne Lamott,  "You can safely assume you've created God's kingdom in your own image when it turns out that God's kingdom speaks, votes, and looks just like you do."

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Enacting Shalom

By Chris Fillingham

4th in the series, Becoming Like Christ

A sermon on Luke 13:10-17; Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7

Enacting shalom is practicing peace, which sometimes in order to be achieved requires action on our part.   Jesus is our best example of this, when he throughout scripture takes the “bent” things/people in the world such as the disabled, or be it a system of exclusion, an economic system that alienates, or even religious practices that exclude people from God’s table.  More often, confronting the powerful head on whose primary intent is keeping things bent is the only way to bring about shalom - heaven on earth.  In using today’s language, many times enacting shalom can only be achieved by “raising a little hell” on earth.

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At One With God

By Chris Fillingham

3rd in the series, Becoming like Christ

A sermon on John 14:8-11, 17:20-23

"We can’t get out of touch with God, God is the God of all life’s and God is the life of all life’s.  We have been given union with God whether we like it or not."
– George MacLeod Founder of the Iona Community – Church of Scotland

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Community that Endures

By Jordan Dollar

A sermon on Philippians 1:1-14

"Most Christian traditions suggest that it is very difficult to live a life of integrity apart from the support, encouragement, witness, challenge and celebration of a community. Community is, if you will, the medium in which so many other important things of the Gospel can happen. Community is an engine for peace, it is fuel for justice. We are made for each other. As a species we have always known we could not survive, could not flourish, without each other. Whatever is to prosper, grow, or multiply will only happen with the nourishment of people who are for each other in a significant way. . . ."     
          -Richard Rohr, meditation from May 10, 2018  

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A Revolutionary Spirit

By Kate Hanch

A sermon on Acts 17:16-31

If we use the book of Acts as a book about a revolutionary spirit of God, what does it mean that everything in the world is touched by (the spirit of ) God?  The beauty in that concept is that the spirit of God opens a common school for all.  It can include the scriptures, a creation story, but it can even include anything else that was created by God, including the heavens (astronomy) and philosophy.  "We are made of dust and bones, and yet you are also made of something called spirit. You are crammed full of a divine breath of life itself. You are an exotic cocktail of dust and soul, bone and spirit.”  ~Rob Bell.

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