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As we begin a worship series on the Big Four Covenants in the bible (Noah, God, the flood, and the rainbow; Abraham, Sara, God and the promise of land and offspring; Moses, God, and the Ten Commandments; and Jesus, us, God, and the “New Covenant”), I remember that things weren’t perfect for any of those people either.
This week, as we revisit the story of Noah, the flood, God and the rainbow, I am reminded of the simple joy of seeing a rainbow in the sky after a storm. Looking up at a rainbow reminds me there is more here than water heaters and frozen video feeds. There is love, ever-present hope, and a promise from God to be with us forever (the details of that are still a little foggy to me, but I’ll take it).
This week in worship, we will “re-covenant” together by making some promises of our own about being the church together, through technology hiccups, pastoral transitions, and water heater replacements, AND all the good and beautiful stuff too. I hope to see you there, in all our imperfect humanity, online or in person.
Peace and rainbow hopes,
In our sermon series we are exploring how our brains were designed to be suspicious of change, and for good reason–homeostasis in good measure helps us thrive, protecting us from danger. But if we look closely at what the Creator set in motion, we find that change is the most constant part of life and necessary for animating our spirits as we find renewed purpose throughout life. Jesus advocated for changes that would keep us moving toward greater goodness! “Everything Changes” John 12:20-26 In our scripture this week Jesus asks us to let go of life “as it is” in order to create and multiply the love that is eternal. What feels like the chaos, or recklessness, of change is the breaking-open of possibility and the sprouting of new life. This is what it means to follow the change-maker Jesus and serve his purpose of more love in the world. -Pastor Courtney
September 9, 2021
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We worship whenever we are together, but we gather formally for worship Sunday mornings at 10:00 am.