We sometimes believe that we worship the Lord because we are somehow special. In truth, we are special because we are called, and we are called because our ears have been opened, and our ears can hear because we have been forgiven and loved. Just as the magi of old had their eyes opened to see the sign of the newborn King of the Jews, so make our eyes open to see the signs that Jesus is Lord of all. We confess that we are not so special, but we are so loved. Enable us to live our lives upside right so that your love can shine through us, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
When the World Turned Upside Right (11am)
January 3, 2021 • Rev. Brian Sixbey • Matthew 2:1-12
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.