Congregations

A Circle of Trust – Readings, Texts, and Resources

Readings and Text Opening Words                                           Laura Esquivel’s novel Like Water For Chocolate: Each of us is born with a box of matches inside us, but we can’t strike them all by ourselves; we need oxygen and a candle to help. In this case, the oxygen for example, would come from the breath of the person … Continued

See the Whole Board – Sermon Text

Reading: Matthew 21:1-11 When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, ‘Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says … Continued

The Sin of Certainty – Sermon Text

Time for All Ages “Seven Spools of Thread” by Angela Shelf Medearis Sermon The brothers in our story made some big assumptions. They each assumed they would inherit, and that there was no way to work together. And until they let go of their assumptions, they were willing to commit what we might call the … Continued

The New Year

Bring a favorite reading, poem or song to share, and join us in remembering the year that has past and sharing our dreams for the year ahead.  

Shifting the Narrative – Sermon Text

Back in the mid 1980s, I moved to North Carolina. Now if you’ve ever lived in North Carolina, you know that the most important question is not “what’s your name” or “what do you do for a living” – it’s “What college basketball team do you support?” Because my friends were graduates of NC State … Continued

Where the River Will Never Run Dry – Service Text

Musical Introduction Performed by Pastor Kimberley Debus and Lauren Sisson – below is the original version by Ma Muse Homily I’d like to begin with a story by Christopher Buice (from A Pocketful of Dreams): Once upon a time there were two rivers flowing side by side. Both rivers liked to argue about who was … Continued

SERVICE CANCELED

Due to the blizzard, this service is canceled. Stay safe!   Breaking Through: One of the joys of being part of an association of congregations is that we get to learn from others. In this service, we’ll look at things we can learn from our Breakthrough Congregations.