Earths Oceans

Happy Easter, Friends!  Yes, we are still celebrating and I am so glad. This year, especially, a few more weeks (fifty days on the Christian liturgical calendar to be exact) of attention to new life and astounding hope feels like a good thing. As the signs of spring emerge around us in western Montana I am drawing hope from the chives in the pot in my yard. Even as the pandemic wears on, patience wears thin, and violence and suffering continue all around us, the chives still emerge. Those little green shoots are giving me energy to look for and work towards resurrections of justice and love too. I hope you will join us online on Sunday for an introduction to our new worship theme, “Earth, Our Original Monastery,” based on the book by Christine Valters Paintner with the same title. In Sunday’s worship we’re going to explore oceans as a source of knowing God, and you will probably hear more about my chives.

Waves of love and grace upon you,

Pastor Laura

Everything Changes
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

Publish Date:

April 14, 2021

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