Hold On

June 16, 2022

The first African slaves arrived in what was not yet the United States in 1619. These people would be legally deprived of their freedom until January 1, 1863, but the last group of enslaved people in Galveston, Texas would not get Union Army-backed word of the Emancipation Proclamation until June 19, 1865. That’s the basic outline of the story of Junteteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Black Independence Day which we’ll celebrate this Sunday along with Father’s Day. In the context of worship, we’ll also look at other long-term struggles and how our faith can carry us through. Please join us in person or online at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

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

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June 16, 2022

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