Category Archives: Messages

The Ripple Effect by Lauri Clark-Strait

I am honored to be here to speak to you in worship.  I am excited about it being today.  You see, I am a church reader board junkie.   I drive by your building multiple times during each week, and I … Continue reading

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Are We a Tribe? by Gary Jewell

As I thought about this morning’s sermon and the Scripture I might use, I chose this text because it focuses our minds on a relevant word that is often heard today in our current culturally anxious times…. “tribalism.”  Paul, in … Continue reading

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Listening as Peace-Making by Krista Maroni

To start our time together, I would like us each to take a moment to consider conversations we have had in the past. Recall a moment when you were trying to share something important but you knew the other person … Continue reading

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I Have Been to the Mountaintop by Jonas Cox

Good Morning.  This morning I have prepared to present Martin Luther King’s Speech “I have been to the Mountaintop.”  He delivered this speech to a Memphis, Tennessee, audience on April 3rd 1968.  I have also prepared some questions for us … Continue reading

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Comfort, Comfort Now My People by Lois Kieffaber

HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all, and welcome to the season which can seem the gloomiest time of year –The Christmas star is gone from the sky, the wise men have returned to their own countries, the Holy Family has … Continue reading

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Equality by Jon Maroni

This morning’s message comes from a Sunday school lesson I taught to my high school youth group way back in July of 2012. This would have been when I was living in Newberg, Krista and I would have been married … Continue reading

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Is My Love Loving? by Paul Blankenship

John 21:15 “When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter: ‘Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?’ He said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed … Continue reading

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The Universe Loves a Happy Ending by Anya Lawrence

In 1994, Michael Gorbachev, the former President of Russia, contacted a group of energy workers in Germany, and asked them to energetically treat the Russian Nizhnesvirsky Reserve.  This reserve is a vast tract of land, of forests, moors, and lakes.  … Continue reading

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Gratitude as a Subversive Activity by Leann Williams

My thoughts this morning are reflections arising from a Way of the Spirit alumni retreat I attended at the end of October focused on Diana Butler Bass’s recently published book Grateful. We have just celebrated a holiday focused on gratitude, … Continue reading

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Taize Worship Service by Lois Kieffaber

I’d like to say a few words about Taize worship before we begin.  Taize is a small village in France founded over 70 years ago by a man known as Brother Roger, who felt a call to create a monastic … Continue reading

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