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First Sunday in Lent


-  Pastor Matt Reeves

“In the Wilderness”
Part of the series, Presence over Perfection
 
Psalm 25:1-10
Mark 1:9-15

February 18, 2024
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The first thing after his baptism, Jesus walked into the wild, driven there by the spirit. This was no posh retreat. It was full of wild beasts and testing by Satan, but also where “angels waited on him.” Before he could be our savior, Jesus had to accept the fragility of human life and to experience being saved. Where life feels uncertain and fragile to us, we are in company with Jesus and do not walk in the wilderness alone.

 

Transfiguration of the Lord

 
 - Pastor Matt Reeves
 
“The Voice Worth Listening To”
 
 2 Kings 2:1-12
Psalm 50:1-6
Mark 9:2-9
 
February 11, 2024

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Day to day life is mostly marked by ordinary things. But every so often, something happens to pull back a curtain on deeper layers of existence. For Peter, James and John, Jesus’ transfiguration––when he was transformed to shine with brilliant light––was one of those moments. It showed them that day to day, Jesus above all others is worth listening to: all of God’s love, power and fullness––the depths of what is finally real––was caught up in him. If Jesus is worthy of all the attention we can give him, are we listening?

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

 
 - Pastor Matt Reeves
 
“A Village at Jesus' Door”

 

Isaiah 40:21-31
Mark 1:29-39
Psalm 147:1-11, 20c;
 
February 4, 2024
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In Mark, Jesus begins his ministry by preaching and healing in a synagogue. By the end of the day the entire town was seeking him out, looking for his restoration. Did neighbors look at each other differently––”I had no idea you struggled with that?” The message and ministry of Jesus belong in services of worship, but their power is meant just as for the places and people we live with when we walk out the door. How is Jesus present in our neighborhood, releasing his power to restore? 

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

 
 - Mike Mahon

“Faithfulness Under Adversity”
 
Genesis 50:19-21
Psalm 67
Matthew 28:18-20

 

January 28, 2024

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Mike and Nancy Mahon, missionaries with SAMAIR Peru, have an aviation ministry that serves the needs of people in hard-to reach places. Whether providing freshwater wells, medical transportation, or other services, it is all for the sake of the gospel of Christ. Their testimony is to God’s faithfulness under adversity.
 

Third Sunday after Epiphany


“The Story Written in Us”

- Pastor Matt Reeves

Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Psalm 62:5-12
Mark 1:14-20

January 21, 2023

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Jesus began his ministry by announcing the nearness of God’s kingdom and calling ordinary people to “repent”––to change their minds and lives by living in this kingdom following him. When four fishermen responded to his call, they were consenting to Jesus’ writing the story of God’s kingdom in and through their lives. How is Jesus calling us to trust the nearness of God’s kingdom today? How is he writing a new story in our life as a church?

Second Sunday after Epiphany

 

“God and our Thought Bubble”
- Pastor Matt Reeves
 
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
John 1:43-51
 
January 14, 2023
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A sentence that begins, “Can anything good come out of…” is likely not difficult to finish. We can have opinions, tendencies to think we know, and perhaps a bias toward negative thinking. When Nathanael’s friend Philip said they’d found the Messiah in Jesus of Nazareth, he was skeptical, saying, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” But Jesus knew Nathanael better than Nathanael knew Jesus and offered him a vision of how God can be present and work for good in unlikely places, whether Nazareth or somewhere that we’d never think good would come.

 

First Sunday of Christmas

 

“Joy To The World”
- Pastor Aland Smith
 
Psalm 98
John 15:9-17


 

December 31, 2023
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Christmas Eve 

Candlelight Service
 
December 24, 2023

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Fourth Sunday of Advent

 

“You Are Favored”
- Pastor Matt Reeves
 
2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16
Luke 1:26-38
 
December 24, 2023

We can place a lot of stock in “having a good Christmas.” Indeed, in all kinds of ways, we live with a desire to make a “good” life, achieve what we think we want, and prepare for the life we think we should have. When the angel came to Mary announcing that she would conceive a son by the Holy Spirit and give birth to the Son of the Most High, there was no mention of her worthiness, preparedness, or achievement. She hardly could have managed the situation. She simply said yes and graciously received, which is what Christmas opens us to: receiving God’s life housed in ours––not because of us, but because of God and great diving love.
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Third Sunday of Advent

 

We celebrate our Christmas Light Show drama, proclaiming Jesus as light of the world!
 

 
December 17, 2023


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Second Sunday of Advent

 

“God's Patience”
- Pastor Matt Reeves
 
Isaiah 40:1-11;
2 Peter 3:8-9
 
December 10, 2023

When the seeming delay in the coming of Christ concerned Peter’s community, he reminded them that God inhabits time differently than we do: “with the Lord, a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” Advent waiting reminds us that our lives aren’t ruled by time but promise, from a present God who meets us, in time, in Jesus. A God who is patient and offers us each moment as fresh opportunity to turn to God.
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First Sunday of Advent

 
“Waiting Again”
- Pastor Matt Reeves
 
Isaiah 2:1-5a
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
 
December 3, 2023

We wait for Christmas, celebrate the holiday, and find ourselves waiting for Christmas again, because Christmas is not enough. The grace given in Christ at Christmas needs to be received again and again, until the coming of the day that all creation awaits: the revealing of Jesus at his return. Advent helps us to live by grace with a sense of incompleteness, confident that God will finally bring to completion the life giving purpose of Jesus.

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Christ the King/Reign of Christ

 

“All Things. Really. All Things.”
- Pastor Matt Reeves
 
Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
Psalm 95:1-7a
Ephesians 1:15-23
 
November 26, 2023

The ails of life and the world can feel heavy, especially as “the holidays set in.” As we acknowledge this, the reign of Christ as creation’s true king also lead us to wisdom, hope, and power not always apparent in the day to day. The gospel promise is that all things, including what weighs us down, are under the authority of Christ and that the power of his resurrection is what finally holds sway in the world and in each of our lives. It can take training to claim this hope and to see the world in this light, which is what Christ the King Sunday is about: training to live trusting that the power that raised Christ also lives in us and our world.
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25th Sunday after Pentecost

 

“Too Precious to Bury”
- Pastor Matt Reeves
 
Psalm 90:1-8 [9-11] 12
Matthew 25:14-30
Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18

 

November 19, 2023

Jesus knew God as a generous, joyous giver to be received and enjoyed by all. This comes through in a story about a man who departs on a journey and leaves large sums of wealth to his slaves, some of which recognize the blessedness of the gift and partner with the master in multiplying it. But another is afraid, both of the master––wrongly––and of the responsibility he received, and buries the wealth, thus missing out on the nature of the gift and sharing in its joy. The church is given to know and share the riches of God’s mercy in Jesus. Do we grasp the gift we have received? Are we entering and risking God’s joy in multiplying mercy in the world?



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24th Sunday after Pentecost

 

“The Life We’re Not Prepared For” 
- Pastor Matt Reeves
 
Matthew 25: 1-13
Psalm 70
Amos 5:18-24
 
November 12, 2023

Many today feel they’re living in a world they aren’t prepared for––with their kids, in their jobs, as the church, in how the world seems. For Christians, the role of faith in such a world isn’t just to receive an invitation to believe. It’s to take responsibility for what their faith means––to actively live as Jesus’ disciples as they wait for his coming again. This was the message of Jesus’ parable about wise and foolish bridesmaids invited to a wedding party. The part of wisdom isn’t just to accept the invitation. It’s to take responsibility for its demands in the situations they find themselves in.
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All Saints Day

 

“A God Who Wipes Tears” 
- Pastor Matt Reeves
 
Matthew 5: 1-12
Psalm 34:1-10, 22
Revelation 7:9-17
 
November 5, 2023

We live in a world of tears. On All Saints Sunday, we see John’s Revelation vision of white robed “saints” that have come through life’s tribulation to behold and worship God with every tear wiped from their eyes. The center of the worship is the Lamb that has brought them through and that itself looks to have been slaughtered. As we claim Jesus’ hope for ordinary saints that have gone before us, we also trust that Jesus is in the midst of our suffering to see us through our ordeals.



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Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost

 
“A Way of Being"
-Pastor Matt Reeves
 
Psalm 84: 1-7
Luke 10:38-42
 
October 29, 2023

We live in an age marked by anxiety and distraction. We are not the first to be afflicted by these. Jesus noted them in Martha who frantically prepared a meal for Jesus while her sister Mary sat at Jesus’ feet listening to him. When Jesus commended Mary for doing the one essential thing, he wasn’t minimizing the importance of activity but underscoring the necessity of openness to God’s presence. Jesus continues to offer this gift today: not to learn how to get more done but how to source all our life, including our activity, in God’s presence and being.

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Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

 
“Listening Prayer"
-Pastor Matt Reeves
 
Psalm 95:1-51-8
John 10: 1-5
 
October 22, 2023

Jesus calls himself the good shepherd whose sheep hear his voice. But hearing Jesus’ voice isn’t straightforward, especially in a life filled with noise, busyness, and distractions. In a life of prayer, our talking with God is joined with pausing and listening for God, in scripture, the events of our lives, and the quiet of our hearts.
One of the first things Genesis tells us about human beings is that we are made in the image of God. What is the gift of this? What is the calling? 

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Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

 

“God Loves Us and so Loves Us to Ask” 
- Pastor Matt Reeves
 
Luke 11:5-13
Psalm 20
 
October 15, 2023

When Jesus taught about prayer, he encouraged coming to God with boldness, like one friend going to another with what they need. He reveals a God who wants us to ask, to seek, to live open handedly to God with our needs and those of others. For Jesus, prayer is a way of living with God as a companion in life, and a way to companion God in seeking the good of the world.


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Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

 

“Prayer to Grow Into” 
- Pastor Matt Reeves
 
Luke 11:1-4
Psalm 63:1-5
 
October 8, 2023

Jesus prayed. All through the Gospels, in his active life of teaching and healing, Jesus sets time apart to pray. When his disciples asked him to teach them to pray, he gave them a prayer that is a simple, accessible, sure basis for our own prayer to God. The Lord’s Prayer helps us talk to God, and more than that, it helps us receive our place in a world that is full of God’s presence, goodness, and beauty. 


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Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

 

“Authority” 
- Pastor Matt Reeves
 
Ezekiel 18:1-4
Psalm 25:1-9
Matthew 21:23-32
 
October 1, 2023

We live in a world with many claims to authority, thus the many who feel pulled by “demands” of work, family, activities, and just the desires of their own hearts. When religious leaders confronted Jesus about the authority in which he sourced his life, he responded with a question about the authority of John the Baptist in whose baptism he was anointed as God’s Son and given the Holy Spirit. In our baptism, Jesus is given to us as the true authority in our lives––the only one who can finally tell us who we are and whose Spirit we must finally obey in how we would live.


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Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

 

“God's Crazy Ledger” 
- Pastor Matt Reeves
 
Jonah 3:10-4:11
Psalm 138
Matthew 20:1-16
 
September 24, 2023

We live in a world that trains us to compare: resumés, skill sets, efforts, accomplishments. We can say that we want equal opportunity and fairness of reward for all. But Jesus tells a story about the kingdom of heaven in which workers are all paid the same even though some worked an entire day while others only a few hours. It reveals that the heart of the kingdom of heaven is a God who doesn’t compare or reward according to merit but who chooses to be generous to all. What does it mean for us to live under the rule of God’s generosity?


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Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

 

“All or Nothing” 
- Pastor Aland Smith
 
Genesis 12:1-7
Psalm 138
Luke 10:25-28
 
September 17, 2023

When tested about what it means to have eternal life, Jesus gave a traditional Jewish response: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” For Jesus, life comes as we give all of ourselves to the God who gives all of himself to us.
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Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

 

“Made in God's Image” 
- Rev. Carmen Cox Harwell
 
Genesis 1:26-28
 
September 10, 2023

One of the first things Genesis tells us about human beings is that we are made in the image of God. What is the gift of this? What is the calling? 

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Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

 

“The Question” 
- Pastor Matt Reeves
 
Matthew 16:21-28
Psalm 26:1-6
Exodus 3:1-15
 
September 3, 2023

Life is precious, so we can spend much of our lives trying to shore it up. So does Jesus startle us in saying, those who would save their life must lose it and that those who would lose their life for him will find it? Maybe it depends on what we think is our “life.” Jesus brings us into a life of which we are not the center. The heart of our life is the God whose Son has passed through death into life and who brings us with him on that journey. What would it be like for us to take Jesus' words about finding our lives by losing them for him absolutely seriously?
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