This Sunday we will reflect on the story of Jesus’ feeding of the 5,000 as found in Mark 6:30-44. Jesus is moved by compassion to provide nourishment for hurting people through his teaching, healing, and example. I see in this story The Good News of COMPASSION. Compassion enables us to tap into often hidden sources of nourishment and healing, not just for ourselves but for those around us. This “compassion effect” is a powerful thing.
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Home is something that we may take for granted until we are traveling away from home, moving from one home to another, or even more challenging, experiencing a time of homelessness. There is something within most of us that longs for a “home”. This longing for home is expressed in familiar sayings like “There is no place like home,” “Home is where the heart is,” and “Home, sweet, home”, among others. Yet our longing for “home” is often complicated and frustrated. This Sunday we will reflect together on The Good News of HOME, a good news meant not just for us, but for all people.
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On this Sunday, April 22, which is also Earth Day, we will celebrate The Good News of GOD’S CREATION, and our God given responsibility to care for it, as good stewards.
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On this first Sunday after Easter, I will be preaching on The Good News of REST offered by Jesus in Matthew 11:28-30. I think Jesus means something deeper here than just some time off or a nice vacation although this kind of rest is certainly essential to restore mind, body and soul after too much work and too many responsibilities. What is this deeper rest? What are the burdens we can finally lay down? Come this Sunday and find out.
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Thursday, March 29th is Maundy Thursday, and we will be commemorating Jesus’s last supper with his disciples, his prayer in the garden, and his death by crucifixion on Good Friday. My message will be The Good News of SURRENDER. We will start with a potluck dinner at 6 pm in the Celebration Center, and then move into the Sanctuary at 7 pm for the service.
For the Maundy Thursday potluck, please bring your own table service (plates, forks, etc.) and whatever dish you desire.
Holy Week is almost here! It begins this coming Palm Sunday with a palm processional commemorating Jesus’ dramatic entrance into Jerusalem. This worship service will feature special music and a drama by Cornerstone called, 20 Minutes – Week In Review, that recounts the events of that week we call “holy” beginning with Jesus’ entrance on “Palm” Sunday and ending with his crucifixion on “Good” Friday. Then on Thursday evening, we will gather in the Celebration Center at 6 p.m. to share food and fellowship. This will be a potluck supper, so please bring a main dish, veggie, salad, or dessert to share. At 7 p.m. we will gather in the sanctuary for a brief worship service which includes communion and a message, The Good News of SURRENDER. Then on Easter Sunday, April 1, we will celebrate The Good News of RESURRECTION with lots of joyful music. I hope you are looking forward to celebrating this amazing good news!
In his guidance for living a transformed life found in Romans 12, the apostle Paul exhorts us in v. 11, “Do not lag in zeal; be ardent in Spirit; serve the Lord.” The word “zeal” is not one we use much but its synonym “enthusiasm” is more familiar. This Sunday we will explore together The Good News of Enthusiasm. I believe that enthusiasm is a precious gift that God wants to give us, as individuals but also as a congregation. What are you enthusiastic about? What do you have zeal for? Could it be that God is calling you to speak and act? Think about that.
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This Sunday we will explore The Good News of FORGIVENESS as revealed in Jesus’ words when being tortured and executed, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” What does this reveal about human sin? What does this show us about the depth and breadth of God’s forgiveness? Come to the cross, and find out.
grace and peace, Ernie
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This Sunday we will explore The Good News of Repentance. I suspect that for most of us being told to repent doesn’t sound like good news. But it is! For it implies something crucial about our ability to change our way of thinking, perceiving, and living in response to the good news that “the Kingdom of God has drawn near” in the ministry of Jesus. Repentance sets us free to live life more fully and truthfully. Now that is good news!
grace and peace, Ernie
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This coming Sunday we will explore The Good News of FAILURE by examining the life of the apostle Peter. Our main text will be Matthew 16:13-25 where Peter spectacularly succeeds in one moment and then miserably fails in the next. Peter did that a lot! But Jesus loved him, and never gave up on him, and Peter learned and grew. I personally find great encouragement in Peter’s story. I hope you will too. To listen to my message, click on “The Good News of FAILURE”
grace and peace, Ernie