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
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.