Sixth Sunday of Pentecost

By Brent Ness / June 30, 2023

Unbinding the Children and the Rest of Us, Too Sunday, July 2 at 10am | Bulletin “Unbinding the Children, and the Rest of Us, Too” Friends, We return to the lectionary this Sunday with a reading of one of the most terrifying and triggering stories in the Bible — the Akedah, the binding of Isaac. The narrative has troubled its hearers – Jews, […]

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Pride Sunday

By Brent Ness / June 23, 2023

Whose Pride Goeth Before the Fall? Sunday, June 25 at 11am | Bulletin Friends, June is Pride month, and this Sunday is Pride Sunday. Happy Pride! Yet isn’t pride one of the Christian tradition’s seven deadly sins? There’s also the biblical proverb that has entered popular discourse (incorrectly) as “pride goeth before a fall.” Some […]

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4th Sunday of Pentecost

By Brent Ness / June 16, 2023

Freedom, Revived Sunday, June 18 at 11am | Bulletin Friends, We are going to spend some time with a little known text from the Bible this week, Habakkuk, found in the Hebrew scriptures. In this text, Habakkuk, the prophet, is angry at God. Why hasn’t your justice arrived, Habakkuk complains?  How long do people have to […]

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3rd Sunday of Pentecost

By Brent Ness / June 9, 2023

Tent Pitching Sunday, June 11 at 11am | Bulletin Friends, Have you ever had to pitch a tent? As many of you may know, I struggle with “fun” or “leisurely” outdoor activities. It’s mostly my suburban upbringing, but mostly I don’t like even the off chance that I’ll be uncomfortable in any way. Why be […]

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Trinity Sunday

By Brent Ness / June 2, 2023

Ready, Steady, Go? Sunday, June 4 at 11am | Bulletin Dear Friends, This Sunday, we get to officially welcome Rev. Dr. J. Terry Todd to our pastoral team. He’s not at all new to us.  Terry has been a part of our extended community for quite some time. Terry, his partner, Andrew, and their son, Eli, are fellow Upper West […]

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By Brent Ness / May 25, 2023

Ch-Ch-Ch-Change Sunday, May 28 at 11am | Bulletin ‘All were amazed and disturbed. They asked each other, “What does this mean?” ‘ Acts 2:12 So, as you’re all probably tired of hearing by now, Amanda and I graduated from Union Theological Seminary last weekend. I’ve been reflecting a lot over this past week about the degree we each received, Master of Divinity. Several people have […]

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Ascension Sunday

By Brent Ness / May 20, 2023

Ready To Take Off Sunday, May 21 at 11am | Bulletin “You will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now…” Acts 1:5 On Ascension Day, the risen Christ takes off, leaving the Apostles to figure out what to do with the rest of their lives. It’s a time of transition for them, and a time to renew their spirits for the work ahead. And don’t […]

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6th Sunday of Easter

By Brent Ness / May 12, 2023

Cite Your Sources Sunday, May 14 at 11am | Bulletin Friends, It is hard not to get stuck in hopelessness.  It is hard not to feel stalled by overwhelm.  The enormity of injustice and the numbers of needs all around us can literally feel like weights on our bodies, but also on our souls.  We forget […]

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5th Sunday of Easter

By Brent Ness / May 4, 2023

Whose Coats Are We Holding? Sunday, May 7 at 11am | Bulletin “…and the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul.” Acts 7:58 I’ve always been intrigued by this throwaway line in the story of the stoning of Stephen.  Saul (who would later become Paul) didn’t throw a stone.  […]

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4th Sunday of Easter

By Brent Ness / April 28, 2023

Feeling Sheepish? A Meditation on Psalm 23 Sunday, April 30 at 11am | Bulletin “God is my shepherd, therefore I lack nothing.” Psalm 23:1 The Twenty-third Psalm is probably pretty familiar to you. If you’ve been to enough funerals and memorial services, maybe you know it by heart. I can recite Psalm 23 without thinking. But […]

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