Lent

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Second Sunday in Lent – February 28, 2021

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We continue our forty-day Lenten journey with Jesus, focusing on repentance, renewal, reconciliation, and God’s relationship with us through Jesus Christ. In the reading from Genesis, the second covenant in this year’s Lenten readings is the one made with Abraham and Sarah: God’s promise to make them the ancestors of many, with whom God will […]

First Sunday in Lent – February 21, 2021

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We continue our forty-day Lenten journey with Jesus, focusing on repentance, renewal, reconciliation, and God’s relationship with us through Jesus Christ. On Ash Wednesday the church began its Lenten journey toward baptismal immersion in the death and resurrection of Christ. This year, the Sundays in Lent lead us to focus on five covenants God makes […]

Worship Service March 29, 2020

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Sermon Summary: On the Fifth Sunday in Lent we encounter Jesus in John 11, where we recall Jesus’ love for Mary, Martha, and Lazarus; Jesus’ raising of Lazarus from the dead; and the proclamation that Jesus is the resurrection and life. What does this Jesus story from John 11 tell us about our relationship with […]

Worship Service March 22, 2020

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We are not alone. On the Fourth Sunday in Lent, Jesus meets us in John 9, in the healing of a blind man, who sees Jesus for who he is in contrast with the Pharisees, who are blind. Believing is seeing. What you see through the eyes of faith? What will you do in response […]

Jesus offers Costly perfume for the world

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Jesus changes the concept of “costly perfume” Text: John 12: 1-8; Fifth Sunday in Lent Costly perfume, in Jesus’ time, sometimes consisted of the oily essence of a delicious flower called nard. Its pungent scent can fill a garden or a house. In today’s story, Jesus’ dear friends in Bethany threw him a big dinner. […]

How can we ‘bear fruit’?

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Practice spiritual discipline and you will Bear Fruit Text: Luke 13:1-9; Fifth Sunday in Lent If we want to bear fruit, it helps to practice some spiritual discipline. First, our Gospel story offers some harsh imagery of followers who, Jesus implies, may have failed to bear fruit. It raises plenty of questions. (The Message’s version […]

Jesus: Like a Mother Hen

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Live out God’s love today! Listen to Pastor Wong’s sermon here: Text: Luke 13:31-35 Some concerned citizens warned Jesus that Herod was after him. But Jesus had work to do in Jerusalem — the city known for killing God’s prophets. Jesus replies: “How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen […]

Tempted – Just like Jesus

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Jesus walks with us when we are tempted Listen to Pastor Wong’s sermon here: Text: Luke 4:1-13. You don’t have to go to the Sonoran desert to feel like you’re in a wilderness. The cares of this life are wilderness enough! The good news: Jesus was tempted just like you are! You can count on […]

Love Like This!

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Maundy Thursday: April 13, 2017 – Love one another… It sounds simple; but then Jesus says…”as I have loved you.” Sitting around that table, I can imagine the disciples, like you and me, nodding their heads. Of course! Show compassion, be nice to one another, forgive one another. Sure…we can do that! But wait… just […]

The woman at the well

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Sermon: March 19, 2017 –  I want to invite you into the life and world of the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well. A woman who, I suspect, saw herself as someone of little value. First of all, she’s at the well in the heat of mid-day. Traditionally, the women of a village traveled to the […]