Jesus' Mercy Changes Me, We and the World

Somatophobia

“’Cause love’s such an old fashioned word/And love dares you to care for/The people on the edge of the night/And love dares you to change our way of/Caring about ourselves/This is our last dance” ~Queen & David Bowie, Under Pressure “Only a handful of the books in the bible were written to individuals.” ~Soong-Chan Rah,…

Who are we at war with?

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, When World War II broke out, the war Ministry of London dispatched a coded message to one of the British outposts in an inaccessible area of Africa. The message read: “War is declared. Arrest all enemy aliens in your district.” The War Ministry received this reply: “Have arrested four Germans,…

Carousel

There was this great movie that had an unforgettable line “Life is a box of chocolates …” but I think “Life is like a luggage carousel.” At the airport, luggage is put on the carousel and then luggage is taken off the carousel. Things are given to you but yet, things are taken away from…

Sunday to Monday | All Are Included

It was Pentecost Sunday and we gathered via the stream. The Spirit pulled us together and moved. Pastor DJ led us through the book of Acts, from the first Pentecost on Acts 2 to stories of God’s inclusivity in Acts 10 and Acts 15.  If you missed being with us, you can watch it here. See…

My Whole Being Thirsts for God

Lament – I think we’ve talked about lament before. To lament is to feel, show, or express grief, sorrow or regret; to mourn deeply; and to cry out in grief or wail. This is a time when lament is pouring out whether we name it or not. Lament for the 100,000+ lives lost to COVID-19;…

Today

You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith, and hope.   ~Thomas Merton The above quote came from “A Network for Grateful Living’s” Word…

Church is Still Open

Ruth 3:7-11, “When Boaz had finished eating and drinking and was in good spirits, he went over to lie down at the far end of the grain pile. Ruth approached quietly, uncovered his feet and laid down. In the middle of the night something startled the man, and he turned and discovered a woman lying…

Do You Have a Song?

Late in her life, the great Catholic social worker Dorothy Day said, “If I have achieved anything in my life, it is because I have not been embarrassed to talk about God.” -Thomas G. Long, “Testimony: Talking Ourselves into Being Christian” On Sunday we will celebrate Pentecost. The day of the Holy Spirit’s coming among…

Smiles for God

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8 (NIV) Salvation is free and we don’t need to earn it. We are saved through Faith –and our Faith…

Sunday to Monday | God Cares About You

Memorial Day Weekend we gathered for worship via the stream. We estimate 116 participated through our website. Pastor Dave taught from 1 Peter 5:6-11 and reminded us that God cares for us individually and for the whole of humanity. It’s a message we needed to hear in these days. If you missed being with us,…