This week continues our sermon series on Homecoming. Together we encounter various “Homecoming” stories from our Scriptures. Sunday, we consider Ruth 1.  

Returning Home: Sometimes returning “home” is not a choice. It is mandated or put upon us by circumstances. Sometimes turning toward “home” means turning away from everything we’ve known. In both cases, “home” is complicated and full of the paradoxes of life. This week we explore two women who “turned home,” and their complicated journey together. In preparation for worship, I invite you all to consider how you would fill in the following blanks.  

Once I was ___________ then I left home. When I returned, I was _____________. In our story this week one woman leaves “pleasant” and returns “bitter.” What about you? There will be an opportunity for you to share your two words on Sunday (both online and in-person)!

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:

September 15, 2022

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