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Click here to watch the service. Matthew 20:1-16 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.  After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard.  When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace; […]

Click here to watch the service. Acts 1:3-11 The musical Hamilton begins with Alexander Hamilton wanting to make a mark, wanting to make a name for himself.  His lines include: “Don’t be surprised if your history books mention me.”  and “I wish there was a war!  Then we could prove that we’re worth more than anybody bargained for.”  He begs for […]

Hamilton – The Room Where It Happens

Click here to watch the service. The song in the Hamilton musical called “In the Room Where It Happens” is about what historians call The Compromise of 1790.  Alexander Hamilton (and others) wanted the federal government to assume the debts the states had incurred during the Revolutionary War and establish a national bank.  But Southern states in particular were opposed to […]

Hamilton Week 3 – Wait for It?

Click here to watch the service. Isaiah 40:28-31 In the musical Hamilton, Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton have a complex relationship.  Burr is Hamilton’s friend, enemy, colleague, adversary, and ultimately killer.  If we didn’t know their history before watching the show, we know from the very first song that Aaron Burr is the one who shot (and killed) Hamilton.  Burr is […]

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 […]

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