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Sunday, July 21: Hear first, service second

by Trina Kleist

Hear Jesus, then serve with joy Hear me first, Jesus says to the distracted Martha. Today’s story offers a scenario every harried host or hostess can relate to. Martha invites Jesus into her home. Then, she gets so wound up trying to be an awesome hostess to this amazing teacher that she forgets the important […]

Sunday, July 14: A life of service

by Trina Kleist

Worship prepares us for service to each other Service forms the core of the Good Samaritan story. Perhaps the most well-known hero of the Jesus stories, the Good Samaritan usually gets viewed as offering service to the less-fortunate. Especially, we see the Good Samaritan as helping a stranger. Wanting to justify himself (the lawyer) asked […]

Sunday, July 7: One Worship Service today!

by Trina Kleist

Kingdom challenge: Will you labor for me? God’s kingdom is near, but God asks us to labor for it. We have to go out, perhaps into strange circles or uncomfortable situations. God asks us to love and to serve a hurting world. That’s the message of today’s Gospel lesson. Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful, […]

Shackled by demons? – Sunday, June 23

by Trina Kleist

God frees us from our demons! Shackled, naked and tortured by demons – does that describe anyone you know? Probably a lot of us feel that way! But Jesus breaks those bonds and sets us free. All he asks in return is, “Tell everybody about all God has done for you!” Jesus said, “Return to […]

Send That Truth Spirit, please! Sunday, June 16

by Trina Kleist

God’s Truth Spirit guides us! Truth can be tough to discern. So, Jesus promised God’s Holy Spirit would guide us into all truth. But, how can we hear that Spirit clearly? How can we possibly find the strength to act on that truth? “The Spirit of truth will guide you into all the truth.” – […]

Sunday, Nov. 25: It’s OK. God’s in Charge!

by Trina Kleist

But God’s “in charge” doesn’t look like the world’s “in charge”!           We sure want God to stand up and be in charge when times get scary. Where is God when fires ravage a town? Why didn’t God stop the car wreck from happening? We want God to respond according to our ideas of what it […]

Sunday, Nov. 18: Scary time? God Time!

by Trina Kleist

God calls us — especially in scary times! God’s people lived in scary times back then. We live in scary times, too! No, God doesn’t make it all go away. But God’s Holy Spirit guides us through chaos and fear. Will we choose to follow that Spirit? Let God embrace us? Or will we allow […]

Sunday, Nov. 4: One Worship Service @ 10am Today!

by Trina Kleist

Death sucks – and God gets that! God understands that death lies at the root of our pain as humans. Today is All Saints Sunday. We remember both the saintly believers of our faith heritage and also our own beloved people who have left us. We gather for ONE WORSHIP service at 10 a.m. today, […]

Sunday, Oct. 21: Who do you serve?

by Trina Kleist

Do you serve God, or the world? Jesus came to serve the very least among humanity. Today’s Bible readings contrast serving the world with our ego at the center, with serving the world with God at our center. Oppression, violence, injustice and living for immediate pleasure contrast with obeying God’s will. Jesus said to his […]

Sunday, Oct. 7: Care for children, be like children!

by Trina Kleist

ONE WORSHIP SERVICE today at 10am           More this week about children! We can start to see the pattern in our Gospel stories recently: First, Jesus tells us to believe in him with simple, open acceptance of a child. At the same time, Jesus also seems to ask us grown-ups to care for the little ones […]