Early worship is an intimate gathering with simple music, a short homily, and plenty of space for quiet reflection.
Worship at Eleven is a larger, more traditional gathering with our sanctuary choir, organ accompaniment, and sermon.
Melissa often tells me "feelings aren't facts." She finds herself saying this a lot in her therapy sessions as well--luckily I get a discount. It's taken me a while to catch on, but I'm slowly getting it, I think. Just because I feel something (fear, anxiety, shame), doesn't mean that feeling has to define my reality. If I can step back from the feeling a bit, I might be able to see a little more clearly.
Join us for worship as we celebrate the first Sunday of Lent. As we begin our lenten journey, we'll consider God's covenant love for humanity. This quote from Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel reminds us of the opportunity we have each day to find God's love filling all of life. Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement....get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed.”
At our early service, we move at a slower pace with time to reflect and listen in the quiet. Join us this week as we journey into Lent.
Our Sanctuary Choir sang a beautiful piece in worship last Sunday, “Here I Am, Lord” by Dan Schutte, arranged by Craig Courtney.
Join us for worship this week as we celebrate Transfiguration Sunday. Our children will lead us in song as we contemplate the mystery of God's transforming grace. Our call to worship reminds us that we are welcomed into God's beloved community: If you are filled with joy and conviction, welcome home: here we proclaim that the world is beautiful and God is good. If you are exhausted or overwhelmed, welcome home: here we offer rest to those who are weary and a chance to catch your breath. If you are eager for another day and another chance, welcome home: here when we worship, God is among us, and everything is possible.
Whether or not you consider yourself a writer, you can join us for a morning of writing and reflecting. Writing can be a tool for self-discovery and healing. We'll engage in several exercises to explore our inner landscapes and discover paths to wholeness, and renewal. Even if you've never joined our writers workshop before, this retreat can be a great time to explore writing as a tool for self-expression and contemplation. You're always welcome to share your writing or keep it private--our welcoming group of writers create a safe place to exercise your creativity.
As I allude to from time to time, I'm not really a sports fan (though in high school I was decent with a hacky sack). Somehow, both Emma and Jake have ended up playing sports, so I find myself in places I would usually avoid, like gymnasiums. It just so happens I read this chapter of Everything Belongs while sitting on the sidelines of the Lexington Road Church of God's basketball court while Jake was practicing with his Upward team. I was pretty sure the squeaking of rubber and thumping of overinflated plastics was not an ideal environment for reading, but this was something I could do without wifi.
This week as we worship together we celebrate the grace of God that brings healing and redemption to all of creation. Though we struggle to follow in the way of Jesus, God continually invites us to join in an economy of grace where there is more than enough.
I hope you're enjoying our journey through Richard Rohr's Everything Belongs so far. As we move to the second chapter, Rohr begins by saying that prayer is simple. To be honest, I'm not sure it feels simple yet. It doesn't feel like Rohr is complicating things, but even if prayer turns out to be a simple practice, it will never be easy. Perhaps that's part of what he's getting at in this chapter.