April 22, 2021

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn. –John Muir

This Sunday, we hear the good tidings coming from the mountains that ring our community here in Missoula. It’s also the first Sunday in the last 14 months where church folk will be welcome to worship in the Sanctuary as well as online on our YouTube channel. Regathering for worship while in the COVID-era will look quite a bit different than it did in the Before Times. We won’t sing, pass the peace or plates, or gather for coffee and snacks, but we will worship God and use the technology at our disposal to blend our experience into a holy moment.  If you plan to worship with us in person, you’ll need to reserve your seat here and observe all COVID protocols listed in the Regathering poster attached here. Please pray for all of us to enter this next chapter with peace, patience and the perspective gained from the mountains.

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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April 29, 2021

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