Love Your Enemies

January 6, 2022

Pastor Jennifer writes: When we chose the subject for worship for 2/27, we had no idea that this would be the week Russia would attack Ukraine, but here we are, staring at images of devastation and failure once again.

As a young soldier many years ago, I was taught that going to war was always a symptom of failure: failure of diplomacy, failure of systems, and a failure of memory of how awful and devastating war is.  

This Sunday, we’re looking at a passage from Job who asks God to help him remember whatever he has done to cultivate enemies in his life that he might be reminded to never do those things again. We’re also looking at the passage from Luke that says, “Love your enemies and pray for your persecutors.” This is not to say that it isn’t necessary to stand against the powers of tyranny, but it is a call to not let our enemies turn us into people we ourselves despise.

Let’s gather online only (for the last time, fingers crossed) for worship at 10 a.m. over our YouTube channel.

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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February 24, 2022

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