This Sunday we come to the end of our “Homecoming” series. We began in Genesis, so it is only appropriate that we end with the Revelation of Jesus, we’ll consider what it means for God to have a Homecoming with us.  

Through this journey, I have had my own homecoming as I returned to guiding worship on a regular basis. I have been surprised by the face of God among you (Genesis 33). I recognize how I have changed over the last three years, and how I approach the home of worship from a different space (Ruth 1). I also recognize that for a time, I have chosen you to be my homecoming people (also Ruth 1). Every week I feel the tension of joy and grief in my body and in the community gathered, (Ezra 3) even as I am challenged by Jesus’ expansive vision for welcome (Luke 4) and humbled by God’s longing to be Home with us (Revelation 21). Thank you for taking this homecoming journey with me.  

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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October 5, 2022

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