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The Extraordinary in the Ordinary: Kids, Culture and Blessing

June 18, 2017 – Jenn Ohlhauser

All of life’s ‘ordinary’ experiences can be pathways to God. The patriarch Jacob, whose story we will be following this summer, comes to this realization in the middle of the book of Genesis. Awaking from a holy dream, he remarks: “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” (Genesis 28:16) This is my prayer for us this summer, that, like Jacob, we might wake up to our lives as having the possibility for encountering God in the midst of birth, eating, family, sleep, courting, marriage, work, conversion, sex, home, calling, dressing, finishing, and death. This week, we look at the phenomenal impact of the blessing that Isaac gave Jacob and consider how we do and don’t bless in our culture, how church influences our families and just what a blessing can do.

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The Extraordinary in the Ordinary -Reflection on Hunger

June 11, 2017 – Kim Pierrot

All of life’s ‘ordinary’ experiences can be pathways to God. The patriarch Jacob, whose story we will be following this summer, comes to this realization in the middle of the book of Genesis. Awaking from a holy dream, he remarks: “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” (Genesis 28:16) This is my prayer for us this summer, that, like Jacob, we might wake up to our lives as having the possibility for encountering God in the midst of birth, eating, family, sleep, courting, marriage, work, conversion, sex, home, calling, dressing, finishing, and death. This week, we reflect on the experience of “hunger.”

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The Extraordinary in the Ordinary

June 4, 2017 – Kim Pierrot

All of life’s ‘ordinary’ experiences can be pathways to God. The patriarch Jacob, whose story we will be following this summer, comes to this realization in the middle of the book of Genesis. Awaking from a holy dream, he remarks: “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” (Genesis 28:16) This is my prayer for us this summer, that, like Jacob, we might wake up to our lives as having the possibility for encountering God in the midst of birth, eating, family, sleep, courting, marriage, work, conversion, sex, home, calling, dressing, finishing, and death. This week, we reflect on the experience of “birth.”

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Seeking the Kingdom, Empowered by the Spirit, Faithfully Present in our Work

May 28, 2017 – Kim Pierrot

May 28, 2017 – Community Response

In God’s kingdom, there is no division between spiritual and unspiritual—all of life holds the possibility of experiencing an in-breaking of the kingdom. All our work, as we offer it to God, has the possibility of being empowered by the Spirit. And God wants us to experience His faithful presence and to be faithfully present to others in every place we inhabit. How does this sound to you? Our prayer is that you would hear this as an invitation to live all of your life for God—to seek His Kingdom, to experience the life of the Holy Spirit, and to be faithfully present wherever He calls you to be.

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Surviving or Thriving

May 21, 2017 – Rod Wilson

We continue our series ‘Kingdom, Spirit, Presence,’ as Rod asks whether we are surviving or thriving in our Christian life.  In particular we will talk with three people who work in Christian organizations and ask them where the Kingdom, the Holy Spirit, and Faithful Presence fit into their work and to what degree they are surviving or thriving.

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That was Then, This is Now

May 14, 2017 – Kim Pierrot

Living out Kingdom, Spirit and Presence in Our Unpaid Work. Our current series called  “Kingdom, Spirit and Presence” sums up the three big ideas we have explored in our preaching this year. This morning, I will spend some time reflecting briefly on how these themes have shaped my own life, and how I have come to understand them in new ways recently. Then we get the pleasure of listening to Cappers Sharon Lisette, David Strilchuk and Bev Wilson offer their own responses to Kingdom, Spirit and Presence from their experience of unpaid work.

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Kingdom, Spirit, and Presence

May 7, 2017 – Rod Wilson

Kingdom, Spirit, and Presence. As we live our lives personally and relationally, at home and at work, as well as every other sphere, there is one question worth asking:  Do I live my life with a passion for the Kingdom, with the
empowerment of the Holy Spirit, and with a commitment to be a faithful presence wherever I am placed?

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Jesus: Risen and Hidden

April 30, 2017 – Kim Pierrot

In this season of Easter rejoicing, three gospel scenes fascinate me: Luke 24 (the disciples walking on the road to Emmaus), John 20 (Mary at the tomb), and John 21 (the disciples on the beach). Each vignette features people encountering the risen Jesus, but they don’t recognize him right away. Despite the real (and, eventually obvious) presence of Jesus in each story, people initially experienced him as hidden. What were these people doing when Jesus encountered them? Did something prevent them from seeing Jesus at first? And how did they come to recognize Jesus? I hope that by answering some of these questions, we will learn how to catch glimpses of the risen Jesus (occasionally hidden) in our own lives.

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Moses Mwalye brings us good news from Uganda

April 23, 2017 – Moses Mwalye

This morning we welcome our good friend and brother in Christ, Moses Mwalye, Program Manager for Food for the Hungry in Mbale, Uganda. Our partnership with Food for the Hungry and specifically with the village of Bufukhula dates back to 2005. With the community of Bufukhula graduating in 2014, our partnership with the village of Nashisa is now just starting its 3rd year. We are excited to have Moses with us this weekend, and to hear both the good news of Jesus and news of our dear brothers and sisters in Uganda through him.

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The Very Good News!

April 16, 2017 – Kim Pierrot

He is Risen! He is Risen indeed! We say it once a year but it doesn’t always seem to have much to do with any other day of the year—or it only means something to us here Sunday mornings, but not
anywhere else. But Jesus—alive, in our midst, making all things new—this is very good news! We will
celebrate this in a family-style
service today. (Kim Pierrot

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