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WE RETURN TO TWO SERVICES SEPTEMBER 15:
FIRST SERVICE AT 9:00 A.M.
MIDDLE HOUR FELLOWSHIP AT 10:15 A.M.
SECOND SERVICE AT 11:15 A.M.

September Worship Theme - Expectation

Covenant and Jazz

Rev. Dr. Linda Olson Peebles
Sunday, September 15 — 9:00 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.

We dedicate our teachers and leaders to the ministry ahead, and we affirm the covenant we have with each other, and with our faith. The music will include jazz, and Rev. Linda's homily will explore the different expectation covenant can bring to our lives.
 
Special music by André Enceneat; Justin Furnia, piano.
 
First Fifteen—Three to four Sundays a month, all ages* join in worship in the Sanctuary for the “First Fifteen” minutes, after which those in pre-K through 5th grade follow their teachers to their classrooms. Parents of pre-K through 3rd grade are asked to sign their children out from classes promptly at the end of worship; children in 4th grade and up will be dismissed to find their parents at the end of class. *Nursery care for infants—3-year-olds is available during the entire service in Building 3, Room 33.

Expecting the Unexpected

Rev. Dr. Linda Olson Peebles
Sunday, September 22 — 9:00 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.

What happens when we let go of expectations? Is it because of past disappointments? Or can letting go help us arrive at destinations beyond our hopes and dreams? Or maybe we can just finally see what has always been here? Carla Miller, Director of Religious Education, offers a story for all ages, and Rev. Linda preaches.
 
We will be treated with music from WildBerry Jam; Dick Gilbert, piano.
 
First Fifteen—Three to four Sundays a month, all ages* join in worship in the Sanctuary for the “First Fifteen” minutes, after which those in pre-K through 5th grade follow their teachers to their classrooms. Parents of pre-K through 3rd grade are asked to sign their children out from classes promptly at the end of worship; children in 4th grade and up will be dismissed to find their parents at the end of class. *Nursery care for infants—3-year-olds is available during the entire service in Building 3, Room 33.

And Then Some...

Rev. Rebekah Savage
Sunday, September 29 — 9:00 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.

When our expectations of life are generally met, we are contenthappy even. When our expectations are exceeded and showered with good fortune, we are elated—grateful even. American moral and social philosopher Eric Hoffer wrote: "The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings." Grace is when we are bestowed with unexpected, unearned, and "un-asked for" blessings, even in the midst of heartbreak and spiritual despair. We are called to be stewards of blessings—and then some. 
 
Special music by Justin Furnia, piano.
 
First Fifteen—Three to four Sundays a month, all ages* join in worship in the Sanctuary for the “First Fifteen” minutes, after which those in pre-K through 5th grade follow their teachers to their classrooms. Parents of pre-K through 3rd grade are asked to sign their children out from classes promptly at the end of worship; children in 4th grade and up will be dismissed to find their parents at the end of class. *Nursery care for infants—3-year-olds is available during the entire service in Building 3, Room 33.

 

Past Sermons

Read or listen to a recent Sunday sermon below, or visit our archived sermons for more. Transcripts are saved as PDFs, and mp3 audio can be played online.

09/08/2019

Returning to the River

Rev. Dr. Linda Olson Peebles
Reading(s):

09/01/2019

Liberal Religion's Prophetic Witness

Bob Clegg, MDiv, Guest Preacher
Reading(s):

08/25/2019

Checking Your Baggage

Christin Green, MDiv, Guest Preacher
Reading(s):
  • lifelong spiritual discovery
  • beloved community
  • a just world

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