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What’s your call story? by Pastor Steve Savage

Click here to watch the service. So we are diving back into the story of Moses and Pharaoh, and we are coming in on a pretty amazing moment, so let me ask you a question to set the tone… What’s your call story? As someone who has been pursuing ordination in the UCC for the past few years I have had […]

Change of Heart by Pastor Steve Savage

Click here to watch the service. It’s hard to know exactly how to dive into this passage, and to share the things that I have taken from it, so allow me to start with a question… Has one place or experience ever reminded you of another? For weeks now, as I have watched the news, talked with friends and colleagues, and […]

A Cup of Cold Water

Click here to watch the service. Matthew 10:40-42 “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; and whoever gives […]

Sarah’s Pride

Click here to watch the service. Genesis 18:1-15 The Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day.  He looked up and saw three men standing near him.  When he saw them, he ran from the tent entrance to meet them, and bowed down to the […]

Scales and Husks Falling from Our Eyes

Click here to watch the service. Acts 9:1-20 The first time we are introduced to the Apostle Paul in the New Testament, he was not an apostle and was not known as Paul. His name was Saul, and his first appearance was as a bystander at the stoning of Stephen, who is considered the first Christian martyr. We are told that […]

Witnesses to What?

Click here to watch the service. Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake […]

With Flames Above Our Heads

Click here to watch the service. Acts 2:1-21 One of the challenges of making the transition from in-person worship to online worship is the need for more visuals. In person we can have a four-minute prelude and you can choose to use it to prepare your hearts and mind for worship, or you can read the announcements in the bulletin, or […]

Unraveling Zacchaeus

Click here to watch the service. Luke 19:1-10 At first glance, our story for today does not appear to fit our theme. Our theme, of course, is about unraveling or coming unraveled. We’ve looked at those in exile, how their entire lives became unraveled. We’ve looked at Peter, how he was unraveled by uncertainty. But Zacchaeus? How is he unraveled? To […]

Walking or Waiting

Click here to watch the service. Matthew 14.22-36 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, […]

Unraveled: Seeking God When Our Plans Fall Apart

Click here to watch the service. Week 1: Jeremiah’s “Encouraging” Word Jeremiah 29:1-7 As I said at the beginning of worship, today we are starting a brief series called Unraveled: Seeking God When Our Plans Fall Apart. For some reason it felt relevant! I don’t know about you, but very few things in my life right now are going according to […]

A Love Psalm

Click here to watch the service. Psalm 23 Rabbi Kushner is best known for his bestselling book When Bad Things Happen to Good People. He says he was inspired to write that book, and every one since, by the death of his son, who was born with an incurable illness and died at fourteen years of age. In 2003 Rabbi Kushner […]

Peace Be With Me

Click here to watch the service. I’m sure you can see why I wanted to share this video with you. Rev. Casey Wait does such a beautiful job embodying the story. What really got to me were the pauses in her storytelling. Jesus said “Peace be with you,” and then she paused for that to sink in—or for it to sink […]

While It Was Still Dark

Click here to watch the children tell the Easter Story John 20:1-18 I’ve been excited about this video project. Our children tell the Christmas story every year, but for most (if not all) of our children, this is the first time THEY have gotten to tell the Easter story. Even some parents who couldn’t convince their children to participate on screen told me the process […]

Peace be with Me – Easter

Click here to watch the service I’m sure you can see why I wanted to share this video with you. Rev. Casey Wait does such a beautiful job embodying the story. What really got to me were the pauses in her storytelling. Jesus said “Peace be with you,” and then she paused for that to sink in—or for it to sink […]

Palm Sunday 2020

Click here to watch the service. 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 anything […]

Resurrected Hope

Click here to watch the video. John 11:1-6, 17-45 Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent a message to Jesus,[ a ] “Lord, he whom you […]

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