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Taking Jesus Seriously: The Sacred Practice of Neighboring

When Jesus was asked to reduce everything in the Bible into one commandment, he said: Love God with everything you have and love your neighbor as yourself. What if he meant that we should love our actual neighbors? For these six weeks of Lent, we will practice together doing what Jesus said:  creating community with the people who live near us. Because maybe … just maybe … this is exactly what Jesus meant.

March 1: Why Not? Time

March 8: Why Not? Fear

March 15: Why Not? Energy

March 22: Why Not? Respect

March 29: Why Not? Boundaries

April 5: Palm Sunday

April 12: Easter

Standing in the Bright Light: January Worship Series

January 5 (Epiphany Sunday): Senior Pastor Kathi McShane will preach on “Home By Another Way.”

January 12: Our special guest preacher will be the nationally known author and consultant Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean. She will speak on the responsibility of raising faithful young people.

January 19: The theme will be “We Are Always Just Catching Up,” using Isaiah 49:6-7. Come ponder how God’s heart is bigger than ours is, always. We will also take a special offering for Human Relations Day.

January 26 (Africa Sunday): Our guest preacher will be James Salley from Africa University. He will talk about the spirit of Ubuntu: “My humanity is caught up, is inextricably bound up, in what is yours.”

Carry-on Baggage Only: June Worship Series

Seasoned travelers know to pack only what they need. Excess baggage simply weighs you down—and costs extra. In June our series of worship and sermons is called Carry-on Baggage Only. The idea is that often we lug around with us big suitcases full of theological questions, and spiritual dilemmas, and lists of things we think we have to get right before we can live the kind of joyful, light-hearted, self-releasing life that God is inviting us to. We are checking bags, paying extra baggage fees for oversized luggage, when really, all we need is what will fit in in the luggage compartment over our heads. Maybe even under the seat in front of us. What do you need to carry with you, and what can you leave behind as excess baggage? In this season we’ll talk about essential beliefs of the Christian faith in the Methodist tradition that might be enough to take with you, no matter where you are traveling.

June 9 (Pentecost Sunday)—God With Us: Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit

June 16—God at Work in Us: The Crucifixion and Resurrection

June 23—God at Work Through Us: Faith Is a Verb

June 30—God Among Us:  Life Together