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Most would be confused or upset at the thought that “sorrow is better than laughter” like it states in Ecclesiastes 7:3. When we pretend that everything is okay, we are not handling our deep hurts and griefs—the only way to do that is to feel them and to open ourselves to healing. Putting on a happy face is not always right for our soul. The servan…
 
We have spent this last year navigating our way through the Gospel of Mark and this week’s reading brings us full circle, back to the place we started. This section of Mark is known as “apocalyptic” and it points our hearts, minds and spirits to that which God is revealing in our midst. It encourages us to ponder if and how God is afoot—with life, …
 
This Sunday we celebrate All Saints Sunday, a day when we are especially mindful of the great cloud of witnesses and the communion of the saints. It is a day of acknowledging death and the tears, grief and sadness that accompany it. But it is also a day of holding fast to life, including life in our here and now and the promise of life eternal to c…
 
As Christians, we speak about love, we sing about love, we pray about love, we talk about love…the word “love” is so familiar and embedded in every aspect of our faith that it’s possible to hear the Great Commandment and miss the truly radical and life-altering nature of this divine call! What is this love to which we are called? How is it differen…
 
Our scripture reading for Sunday draws us into the world of Bartimaeus, a blind man begging on the streets, whose encounter with Jesus not only changed him but the entire community around him. This account raises tender and important issues around healing, hope, and discipleship. Scripture passage: Mark 10:46-52 The post Take Heart appeared first o…
 
Today is Laity Sunday when we lift up and celebrate the ministry of the laity. And PBUMC has remarkable laity! We are reminded once again that ministry is not just the function of ordained clergy. It is the calling of every Christian as we seek to share the inviting, healing, transforming love of God in the world. Ken Brown, our Lay Leader and Chur…
 
A Blessing of the Animals is often celebrated close to the Feast Day of St. Francis (October 4th) and we are partaking in this wonderful tradition this morning! We delight in the knowledge that all of God’s creation is GOOD. We will be lifting up, in word and song and story, thanksgiving for the many blessings we receive through our pets and all of…
 
Today, along with siblings in Christ around the world, we will be celebrating World Communion Sunday. In literal and figurative ways, we will be “at table” with one another, near and far. Please join us in person or online as we reflect on the sacrament of Holy Communion and what it means, in the midst of all of our differences, to come together at…
 
Today’s scripture passage from Mark highlights an age old challenge for people of faith…where and how we draw the circle of who is on the inside and who is on the outside. While we might like to believe that our circle is always wide open, the truth is that we struggle at times with “us” and “them.” This morning we’ll hear about how the disciples s…
 
None of us covet “last place” and many of us, understandably, hope for “first.” But this week Jesus turns that notion upside down, talking in apparent circles…last is first and first is last. Join us this morning as we explore this passage from Mark AND as we celebrate Malea’s ministry as Sunday School Director. Scripture passage: Mark 9:30-37 The …
 
Today is Homecoming Sunday! We’ve all been away for a while due to the pandemic and a whole host of other reasons. September is a month that turns our hearts and spirits back to regular patterns, rhythms and routines. We invite you join us this morning as we regather and ready ourselves for the fall season. We’ll be reflecting on the Bible’s quinte…
 
Traditions are a fundamental part of our human experience. They ground us, they connect us to one another and they often bring meaning, peace and joy to our lives. But tradition, according to our scripture reading for this week, can also lead us down a slippery slope…especially in our lives of faith. Traditions can become more important, in and of …
 
Our reading from Ephesians is a good indicator that this truly MAY be an age old question! The author talks about this very thing…what we should wear. Granted, they’re not talking about what we should wear to church or work or the grocery store. Rather the focus is on what we should wear, how we should clothe ourselves, for “battle” against the str…
 
We are currently in a series of lectionary readings from the Gospel of John that direct our attention, again and again, to the topic of bread. It’s making me hungry! The reading for today is the second in a series of three scripture readings that talks about Jesus as the bread of life. Some of us might be asking, “Didn’t we already cover that?” Whi…
 
Just like our bodies experience hunger pangs, our hearts and spirits can also experience “soul pangs.” It seems as if we’re born into this world with certain hungers for love, belonging, connection, joy, play, peace and so much more. We often experience these “hungers” in isolation, not acknowledging them to others and, very frequently, not even ac…
 
Today we are blessed to have Adam Marshall-Lopez with us to preach and lead in worship! This week’s text from 2 Samuel is a portion of a larger narrative and describes the encounter between David and the prophet, Nathan. This section of scripture illustrates how life is a constant learning process and an on-going journey. We are always on a path of…
 
Today we’ll wrap up our July sermon series with our fourth and final question, “Where Do We Go from Here?” Sometimes we’ve asked this question quite literally, especially in the days before GPS! But many a time we’ve asked ourselves this question in a much more figurative way. Where am I going from here? What is ahead for me? For us? For our famili…
 
Our July sermon series, “I’ve Been Meaning to Ask,” continues this morning with the question, “What Do You Need?” An experience common to many of us is being asked this same question and responding with, “I have no idea!” While it’s sometimes difficult to identify our own needs at times, we know that we all have them. They might be smaller needs th…
 
We continue this week in our sermon series entitled, “I’ve Meaning to Ask,” a series designed to help us connect or reconnect through courageous questions, genuine curiosity and deep listening. Last Sunday we asked the question, “Where are you from?” Today we will be spending time with another question…“Where does it hurt?” All of us experience hur…
 
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