Epiphany Sermon series: "Choosing Life" 

God is revealed in the midst of the dark days as loving and caring.  If we choose life, we will see the signs of God's presence in our daily lives.  Those signs lead us ever more deeply into the love and compassion of God. 

Let's take this journey together.

Watch previous messages and see what's coming.

The Heavens are Open

Sunday, January 5, 2020

The Kings came from the East, which would most likely be non-Jewish Mesopotamians, and they were what is usually translated as “wise men.”  They were observers of the heavens and noticed a new stellar event that led them to consult religious texts looking for some auspicious event that was identified with the appearance of a stellar event. This led them to conclude that it was a Jewish king who was born.

We Are Renewed in the Spirit

Sunday, January 12, 2020

To be a Christian, one must be baptized in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and one must make a profession of faith in Christ Jesus.  This profession is summarized in the baptismal vows.  John Wesley, the founder of Methodism took these very seriously, and at least annually asked all Methodists to renew their commitment to the faith.

We Are Gifted

Sunday, January 19, 2020

When the Lord calls, we often are at a loss to respond. We do not see ourselves as equipped to handle what life dishes out, much less what God seems to ask of us. When we pause and rest and celebrate, we can be renewed like a person who gets a good night’s sleep. We arise ready for the challenges of the day. And just as the body is replenished with good sleep, so our spirits are replenished by God.

We Are Kingdom People

Sunday, January 26, 2020

When we walk into our homes, we at least hope to feel a sense of belonging, safety and security—to sense that we are in a place where we have hope for life. Today, we have little sanctuary from the pressures of the world anywhere.  But, we can imagine, I suspect that home is still a place of refuge against the troubles outside our doors.

We Are Blessing

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Life in Christ is not just a metaphor for attending church once in a while.  It refers to an actual experience of living through Christ and Christ living through us.  Today, let us dig deeply into just how this works.

We Are Light

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Recent scientific understanding tells us that all matter in the universe is actually made up of packets of light, that are now called quanta.  So, when Jesus told us that we are “the light of the world,” it turns out he was scientifically not far off the mark.  We have traditionally read this passage as a lovely metaphor, reminding us that we are here to share the light of Christ, which is usually reduced to biblical quotations and rules.

We Choose Life!

Sunday, February 16, 2020

For our Jewish sisters and brothers, the challenge to choose life issued by God in the passage we have heard this morning is a core religious commitment.  As Christians, we too are asked this question, and, while our access to God’s grace comes through Jesus, so do the promises and challenges which our Jewish neighbors received through Moses.  And so, will we choose life?

We Are Transformed

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Science has recently discovered that when a person has a religious experience, the parts of the brain that are animated by an intense human relationship are animated with activity.  We do not yet know much more about this, but it does suggest that the encounter with the divine is hardwired with the most important of human experiences—relational intimacy. 

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