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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 […]

Sunday, Sept. 30: Power In God’s Name!

by Trina Kleist

Do the good you do in God’s powerful Name!        The name of God is so incredibly powerful! So much so, that God’s second commandment to us, of the Big 10, warns us not to use it lightly. But God does want us to use his name to heal, declare his praise, and act with love […]

Sunday, Sept. 23: Welcome God like a Child!

by Trina Kleist

The child in you yearns for God’s love!      A child is so vulnerable! People can be mean or take advantage of the child. And yet, that’s how Jesus says we should be toward God. More, God asks us to welcome children and lead them to Him. Taking (the child) into his arms, Jesus said to […]

Sunday, Sept. 16: How can I follow Jesus?

by Trina Kleist

Take up Jesus’ “cross” — it leads to God-life! Jesus is the One God Sent. He shows us how to live in relationship with God and with each other. To do that, Jesus says, we need to reject the things that keep us from living truly in those relationships. Jesus asked them, “But who do […]

Sunday, Sept. 2: God wants doers!

by Trina Kleist

ONE service at 10am today! Be a doer, not just a talker! God promises us many blessings if we do what he asks. Be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. – James 1:22 What does God ask doers to do? “Care for the orphans and widows in their distress.” Check. […]

Sunday, Aug. 26: God’s Word is our Bread!

by Trina Kleist

This bread comes from God’s spirit!           Jesus is bread? We eat him?? Jesus understood that his words can be hard to understand. For some, they are even harder to accept. But he promises they are true! Jesus is more nourishing than regular bread, because this “bread” comes directly from the source of all life – […]

Sunday, Aug. 12: God will nourish you!

by Trina Kleist

Let God’s Spirit feed you!             Nourish yourself lately? Yeah, it’s OK to enjoy the material things. Our human bodies and minds need some of that. But they leave you hungry and thirsty, sooner or later. That’s because the material goodies don’t feed your spiritual self. And you know that’s true! So God invites you to […]

Sunday, Aug. 5: God’s bread lasts forever!

by Trina Kleist

ONE Worship service today @ 10am!        Forever – that’s how long you’ll get the nourishment God gives. Bread has long been the western world’s most basic food. People called it “the staff of life.” In today’s stories, bread symbolizes all the deeper things that we hunger for – food of the spirit. This food comes […]

Sunday, July 29: God offers bread for the world!

by Trina Kleist

Eat your fill of God’s bread here!   Bread plays both a real and a symbolic role in two stories today. In the first, the prophet Elisha feeds 100 people with 20 loaves of barley and a sack of fresh grain. In the second, Jesus – God’s own Son! – feeds 5,000 people with even less: […]