Rebuilding Home. Re-building is challenging and hard. There is labor and sacrifice to rebuild. There is lament and gratitude. We remember fondly the way things, (buildings, structures, programs, etc) used to be and we release our memories as we rebuild toward a new future. This week’s story from the prophet Ezra meets us right where we are as we consider what is foundational. As you prepare for worship, I invite you to consider Ezra 3, what is being rebuilt in your own life? What is foundational as we go about the work of rebuilding? Looking forward to your participation in worship this Sunday, either in person or online. -Rev. Courtney Arntzen

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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September 29, 2022

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