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Prayer Before the Trial (11am)

November 8, 2020 • Rev. Brian Sixbey • Jonah 2:1-10

Whether we find ourselves in the belly of despair or on the crown of triumph, we confess that we don’t keep in touch with you enough, Lord. We are glad to work for you or do things in your name, but we often find ourselves too busy to stay in contact. You want our time more than our work, and our presence more than our presents. Help us connect more with you so that we can know your hand is guiding us, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

The Call (11am)

March 7, 2021 • Rev. Brian Sixbey

Jesus said, “I have come to call not the righteous, but sinners…” Lord, are you calling me? What do you say? Do you hear the call? Humility is a greater gift than I thought… Praise the Lord! I know I’m a sinner called to repent!

The Challenge (11am)

February 28, 2021 • Rev. Brian Sixbey

Holy moments, like when you were transfigured on the mountain, or when you healed people from Peter’s home, come and go. We want to bask in the glory, hang on to the moment, and build eternal memorials, but moments of glory help us move forward to your mission. Indeed, Jesus challenges us to keep moving as he did. Help us savor the moments of glory and move through the moments of grief, settled not on hanging onto the moment, but your purpose for our lives. Help us keep moving to your ultimate end, which will be our home, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

The Test (11am)

February 21, 2021 • Rev. Brian Sixbey

What we worship is what we consider worthy of our lives. When we worship self-interest, material wealth, power over others, fame, or things like that, we bow down to something we have created, something lower than us – an idol. The Accuser tells us to give up because we’ll never measure of to Jesus’ standard, just as the Accuser tried to get Jesus to give up. The Accuser is always half-right, which is entirely wrong. While we will not measure up, we are forgiven and invited to grow into the image of God, in whom we were created. When we are tempted to bow down to idols, help us to stand up in the Light of Christ, for we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.