As we contemplate your birth, Lord Jesus, we cannot help but marvel at how many prophecies You fulfilled in such a short time. All the pieces that had to come together, and all the people who had to say “yes,” “no,” or “I don’t know,” to make it happen in your perfect timing is astonishing to consider. We do not often see your hand orchestrating our lives, when we look back, we see your grace moving through all our pain and confusion. Help us, in these days, to trust your Almighty hand. You are giving us grace to carry out your will, even now, even if we do not see what You are doing. Open our hearts to trust, our minds to believe, and our hands to receive Your grace, even today! Forgive us Lord for not thinking deeply into your interaction in our lives, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Expect the Unexpected (11am)
December 6, 2020 • Rev. Brian Sixbey • Luke 1:5-23
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.