Those who thought they were in charge also thought their problem was solved. The radical was gone and, with him, the desire of people to be transformed from their complacency to experience the joy of new life and the empowerment of hope. But there was a surprise waiting for them on Sunday morning. This Sunday, we too can be amazed as we experience the enduring power of resurrection for our lives and for the world.
Everyone loves the end of the story – New Life – victory over hatred, evil and even death itself. But without acknowledging the events that happened before, and why it happened for us, the celebration is superficial at best. This Sunday we will experience a difficult story; but one that makes the victory real, personal and life transforming.
The way things look; we may have to wait a week or so before planting our gardens. But perhaps you already have your seeds selected for the perfect harvest. This Sunday, we will see how hope and rebirth for the world can blossom even in a winter that seems to never end.
For most of us, snakes do not make good meals – or pets, or livestock or just about anything else. So why would Jesus describe himself as a snake on a stick? This Sunday we will discover how facing our fears and brokenness can bring us hope through the one who came to lead us to new life.
Is there a little vandal in you? Someone who likes to disrupt things? Well, before you reach for the spray paint or a fire extinguisher; check us out this Sunday as we discover how sometimes a little disruption in our lives can result in the emergence of something new and exciting.
Exodus 20:1-7, John 2:17-33
Everybody wants to get away once and a while. But sometimes a journey can take us to a place we’d rather not go. This Sunday, as Lent begins, we we’ll walk with Jesus as he travels a difficult road so that we can experience the grace and hope of a loving God.
Sometimes we just get stuck. We know that something isn’t right, but we either don’t know what to do about it or fear that our decision will be wrong. This Sunday, we will discover how, even when things are beyond our control, nothing is beyond the control of God.
We are told that popularity is everything; that if enough people like something or believe in something then it must be right. But what if God calls us in a different direction? This Sunday, we will learn the difference between being popular and being faithful.
Depending on whom you ask, a cheeseburger is either a food of paradise or one that will send us there sooner. But is there really a spiritual component to what we eat – or what we say, or do? This Sunday, we will discover the power we have to change lives, simply by who we are.
You’ve heard about the one who got away. But this story is about anything but bragging rights. This Sunday, we will hear about God’s love and grace for everyone (including us), and how we are expected to make that message real in the world around us.