Going Forward, Together
God closes the door on the past and opens the door for a future.
Forgiven and Called to Transforming Love
September 20, 2020 • Rev. Brian Sixbey
Ever since we left the garden of Eden, we struggle with a distorted view of everything. We see ourselves, our role, and our calling with too great or too small a view. Help us re-set our mind’s eye, beginning with your utter forgiveness of our sins in Jesus Christ, reaching to your unchanging love for us, and drawing us forward into your calling, your purpose for our lives. We are your beloved children, built into the body of Christ to encourage, uplift, and inspire each other so that you can spread your wings over every individual on the face of the earth. In Jesus’ name, enable us to speak the truth in love. Amen.
Back Home, or Forward to the Promise?
God calls Abram to go from his home to a promised land. • September 13, 2020 • Rev. Brian Sixbey
Lord, we get comfortable with the way things are. We find our pews, schedules, friends, work, meaning, and values, and we stay put. Over time, our habits become our lives, and we lose sight of our purpose, to make disciples of Jesus Christ. So, you nudge us gently at first, using your Word and other people, asking us to make changes. Enable us to soften our hearts and respond to your nudges, so we can go where you need us to go, do what you need us to do, and become who you call us to become, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Back to the Garden, or Forward to Work?
How God always supplies a forward and blocks the “back." • September 6, 2020 • Rev. Brian Sixbey
Background on series: We are beginning a thematic Bible series today – “Going Forward, Together.” The idea is, beginning with their expulsion from the Garden, God closes the door on the past and opens the door for a future – a resurrection instead of continuous life, a new hope instead of the old life, and so on. If you’re interested in doing your own research as we go along, the passages will be in this order: Genesis 3:20-24, Genesis 11:31-12:5, Exodus 16:1-15, Isaiah 55:1-13, Galatians 3:1-14, and Hebrews 11:13-16, 32-40; 12:1-13. Along the way, we’ll have a break for Stewardship (9/20), Laity Sunday (10/11), and Consecration (10/25).