Lord, we confess our confusion: With the pandemic, fires, hurricanes, personal, political, and corporate challenges of this year, our hearts feel like ping pong balls clattering uncontrollably on broken pavement. We have minds of cold, wet, and hungry squirrels looking for the food we forgot we already had. And yet — we’re here, together, gathered as the Body of Christ to feast on the Word and gain whatever truth will help us be fruitful for the upcoming week. Thank you, Lord! You know what we need, and you provide. Help us be the church for each other, for our community, and for our families and friends, so we can not only weather the storms in front of us, but bring a breath of grace to the people around us, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
What Church Means to Me (One service)
October 25, 2020 • Rev. Brian Sixbey • John 13:31-14:6
Ash Wednesday: 40 Days to Life
February 17, 2021 • Rev. Brian Sixbey
Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. (Joel 2:13, NIV)
When Words Fail (11am)
February 14, 2021 • Rev. Brian Sixbey
God of grace and glory, we confess we aren’t used to either grace or glory. Tempers flare, patience withers, and our ability to be graceful all seem to have vanished. Glimpses of your glory catch us by surprise, because we only see what our eyes are used to seeing. We have become calloused by so many complaints, disgruntled by speaking so much disgust, and infuriated by all the irritants in our lives. Today, Lord, we ask: Silence our flapping tongues. Allow us to become awestruck in your presence, our words failing because of your glory abounding. Open our hearts, minds, and spirits to worship in your love, for we beg this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Don’t Outrun Jesus! (11am)
February 7, 2021 • Rev. Brian Sixbey
We get tired, and sometimes, we get sick and tired. When the Lord taught us how to live through Moses, the prophets, and by the example of Jesus, we were taught to take rest and rely on the Holy Spirit for strength. The human body, mind, and spirit need rest by design. Sometimes, taking a nap is spiritual. Sometimes, asking for help is spiritual. When and if we find ourselves getting tired, help us, Lord, to rely on your Spirit instead of our own stamina. May we wait on you Lord, and renew our strength, in Jesus’ name. Amen.