Words in Spiritual Conversations

Susan and I often do various word puzzles together.  I like words, and I am a reader, writer and preacher, but Susan is much better at word puzzles than I am. Sometimes I accuse her of making up a word, and we have to pull out the dictionary…

This Sunday we will look at how limiting, even misleading, words can be, and nowhere more so than in spiritual conversations. What does it really mean to say I believe…? To make sense of that statement, we need to define believe. If we answer I believe in God, we need to define not only the word believe, but also the word God. In our worship service this week, we will find some expansive definitions for familiar words from our faith. 

In person or on-line, I hope you’ll join us. We will sing and pray as always, and this Sunday during the worship hour we will also have a short congregational meeting to elect new lay leaders and to vote on a gift acceptance policy. And in the midst of all of it, we will find the grace of God.  

Rev. Janice Springer

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:

June 23, 2022

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