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That early Christians were called the “people of the way” is a reminder to us that we have not yet reached our destination, but continue to make our way along the path of discipleship. What is true of our lives as Christians is also true of this page and site. It, like us, is “a work in progress.”
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And “may the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all” (2 Cor. 3:14)

 

Message From the Pastor
June 2017

On June 4th, we will celebrate Pentecost, which is sometimes called the “birthday of the church.”  When I think of birthdays, I am gently reminded that it is not so much how old we are, but how we are old.  Turning the question around that way may help to loosen the tentacles of the past and open us up to God’s future, especially if we can trust that our future as individuals and as the church is held in the heart of our loving God.
As we come again to Pentecost, I find myself reflecting again about what it was that turned a bunch of scared to death, self-absorbed, has-been followers of Jesus into a community on fire with love for one another, the world into which they are sent, and the God who equipped and sent them.  Luke says it was the Holy Spirit, the very love of God unleashed in the world.   That being so, we don’t have to huddle in fear for ourselves or for our church.  We don’t have to desperately pray for the descent of the Spirit, but simply realize the Spirit’s presence already in our midst.  We don’t have to anxiously seek God’s love, but simply ask God’s help in removing the barriers within ourselves against that love that won’t
let us go. 
As the church prepares for another yard sale the day before Pentecost, maybe it would be a good time for us to box up some of our worn-out practices and tired, old questions and put them out at curbside. Perhaps we could take a break from asking, "How do we bring new people in?", as if “new people” were an instrumentality to solve our financial challenges, and ask instead, "How do we send our people, young and old, out?" Instead of asking, "What can we do to bring people to Christ?,” we might ask, "What's God in Christ up to with us anyway, and how can we get out of God’s way?"  And rather than wringing our hands over what is past and gone, or anxiously fretting about what shall become of us in the future, we could celebrate the reign of God that Jesus Christ has already inaugurated in our very midst.  We could, in a word, become fully present and available to our lives together as they actually are, right here, right now.

See you in church,
Pastor Fred

PASTOR FRED'S SERMONS

Pastor Fred's Sermon Archive 2010-11
Pastor Fred's Sermon Archive 2012
Pastor Fred's Sermon Archive 2013
Pastor Fred's Sermon Archive 2014

Sunday Bulletin Archive 2015
Sunday Bulletin Archive 2016

Sunday Bulletins - Date
 
Bulletin 10.30.16 Bulletin 11.6.16
Bulletin 11.13.16 Bulletin 11.20.16
Bulletin 11.27.16 Bulletin 12.4.16
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Christmas Eve
Bulletin 12.25.16
Christmas Day
Bulletin 1.1.17 Bulletin 1.8.17
Bulletin 1.15.17 Bulletin 1.22.17
Bulletin 1.29.17 Bulletin 2.5.17
Bulletin 2.12.17 Bulletin 2.19.17
Bulletin 2.26.17 Bulletin 3.5.17
Bulletin 3.12.17 Bulletin 3.19.17
Bulletin 3.26.17 Bulletin 4.2.17
PalmSunday Bulletin 4.9.17 Good Friday Bulletin 4.14.17
Easter Sunday Bulletin 4.16.17 Bulletin 4.23.17
Bulletin 4.30.17 Bulletin 5.7.17
Bulletin 5.14.17 Bulletin 5.21.17
Bulletin 5.28.17 Bulletin 6.4.17
Bulletin 6.11.17 Bulletin 6.18.17
Bulletin 6.25.17