November 24, 2021

#morelove. Brain science blows my mind. Our brains are hard-wired to protect baby humans and (most) baby animals on sight. Our brain centers for pleasure and rewards get flooded with electrical impulses and neurochemicals when we are triggered by cute little faces. For an example, see this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L49VXZwfup8 which has almost 80 million views. Is that brain chemistry cocktail “love?” Well, yes, and no. Our worship this week centers on the love God has for us and intends for us to show to each other this week, the fourth Sunday of Advent, the Sunday of Love.

Speaking of Love, you’ve got to love our choir and church musicians who, individually and collectively have continued to provide music for us all pandemic long. This Sunday, the choir will sing LIVE IN PERSON, masked, of course. Please plan to show a lot of love to this intrepid, creative, courageous group of beloveds.

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:

December 23, 2021

more sermons

Pastor Jennifer Yocum and Rabbi Mark Kula reflect on the importance of joy on December 12.

continue reading

On November 28 Pastor Jennifer Yocum preaches the message of Hope as we begin the Advent season.

continue reading