Brent Ness

First Sunday in Lent

The Wonder In the Wandering Sunday, February 18 at 11:00 am | Bulletin A voice said to him, “Elijah, what are you doing here?” I Kings 19:12 “Oh Lord, my God, When I, in awesome wonder Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made. I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, Thy power…

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Transfiguration Sunday

What Are You Doing Here? Sunday, February 11 at 11:00 am | Bulletin A voice said to him, “Elijah, what are you doing here?” I Kings 19:12 Friends, What are we doing here? Here in this church, here in this city, here on this planet? That’s a question I hear God asking me, from time…

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Fifth Sunday After Epiphany

Mother-in-Law and Demons and Diseases, Oh My! Sunday, February 4 at 11:00 am | Bulletin “He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them.” – Mark 1:30-31 Friends, This short episode with the healing of Simon’s mother-in-law from Mark’s gospel challenges…

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Refugee Shabbat Havdalah: An Interfaith Gathering of Support

Refugee Shabbat Havdalah Saturday, February 3 at 6:30 pm Join with your neighbors for “Refugee Shabbat Havdalah: An Interfaith Gathering of Support” on February 3rd at 6:30pm at St. Paul and St. Andrew UMC. Alongside interfaith partners and the Synagogue Coalition on Refugee and Immigration Crisis, participants will hear from elected officials and insightful speakers,…

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A Spiritual Call & Response for Palestine

A Spiritual Call & Response for Palestine Tuesday, January 30 at 6:30pm Each year, an ecumenical group of Christians has come together to collaboratively develop a prayer and action service, recognizing World Day of Prayer. Four years ago, a group of Palestinian Christian women were invited to write the worship for 2024, bringing attention to…

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Fourth Sunday After Epiphany

Through the Roof! Sunday, January 28 at 11:00 am | Bulletin “When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed person, ‘My child, your sins are forgiven.’” – Mark 2:5 What is a ‘community of faith’? We toss that phase around, but do we think about what it means? Mark’s Gospel tells the story…

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Third Sunday After Epiphany

Called Out of Ourselves Sunday, January 21 at 11:00 am | Bulletin “And immediately they left their nets and followed Jesus.” Mark 1:17 Friends, We talk a lot in church about calling. Experiencing a call to something, or away from something. A call that feels like it comes from the Holy One. A call that…

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Fourth Sunday After Epiphany

Through the Roof! Sunday, January 28 at 11:00 am | Bulletin “When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed person, ‘My child, your sins are forgiven.’” – Mark 2:5 What is a ‘community of faith’? We toss that phase around, but do we think about what it means? Mark’s Gospel tells the story…

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Second Sunday After Epiphany

Come and See Sunday, January 14 at 11:00 am | Bulletin Nathanael said to Philip, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” – John 1:46 Friends, We all come from somewhere. But where we’re from doesn’t define who we are. Nathanael is skeptical about Jesus. Could this nobody from nowhere be worthy of his notice? And so, the question, “Can anything good come…

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Epiphany Sunday

So What Now? Sunday, January 7 at 11:00 am | Bulletin Friends, This weekend, here in the church world, is a pretty important weekend liturgically. From the anticipation of Advent to the hype of Christmas and the joy of baby Jesus being born, this weekend ushers us into what I find myself thinking of as…

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