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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.
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.
Lord, Can I Come to You on the Water? (11am)
January 31, 2021 • Rev. Tommy Markham
We feel trapped behind these masks and six-foot markers. Having to maintain a close proximity to our shelter hasn’t helped one bit. Sure, this is different, and meeting the challenge has occupied us, but now something is lacking. We are dealing with that which has been put upon us. But now we are becoming aware of the need to move beyond. Sure, lifting the restrictions would help. Forgive us for becoming bored. Help us to find something extraordinary for You that would satisfy our longing.
Is Anyone Still Listening? (11am)
January 24, 2021 • Rev. Brian Sixbey
When Jonah begrudgingly walked the streets of Nineveh to proclaim the judgment of God, the people eagerly listened, repented, and turned their lives over to the Lord, who had mercy on them. Jonah then became angry at a mercy loving God! Before we walk away, shaking our heads at Jonah, perhaps you are speaking to us, Lord? Do we resent it when You shower mercy on people we do not like? Do we want triumph over enemies more than fellowship with You? Have our hearts hardened to the cries of those You created? You call us to love you with all heart, mind, and soul, and to love neighbor as self. Help us learn obedience by treasuring Your mercy to others as we treasure it for ourselves, for we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Drown Your Tears, Heal Your Wounds (11am)
January 10, 2021 • Rev. Brian Sixbey
Day in, day out, week in, week out — we see that not much is changing for the better. Politics are going from bad to worse. COVID-19 cases are going from bad to worse. For many, economic and personal situations are either staying the same or getting worse. The reality is we experience is that not much changes, and what changes does not change quickly. We hate to be skeptical about it, but can God really make a difference? Can God really wash away our sins and make us new again? We look at the world around us, and we notice – in just a few months, the empty trees will be budding and blooming again. In just a little while, the leaves of fall and winter will be replaced with the flowers of spring. Even the weeds will spring back and bloom! Lord, you are always making things new, and whether it takes an instant or a lifetime, the beauty that You promise is worth waiting for! Help us, Lord, to put our faith in You, and put that faith into practice, so that we and those around us can find Your strength to move forward with Your hope. We pray in the name of the Lord who has walked the road before us, Jesus our Lord. Amen.
When the World Turned Upside Right (11am)
January 3, 2021 • Rev. Brian Sixbey
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.
From Birth to Exit (11am)
December 27, 2020 • Rev. Tommy Markham
Lord, we are much relieved now that the rush of Christmas is over. We can’t understand why we let all that preparation get to us so. Now that it is behind us, we can make sense of our guilt. Forgive us when we lose sight of what Christmas is all about. As Christians, we have a responsibility to keep our wits about us. Help us find what that is for, to celebrate and do nothing is wrong.
In the Beginning (11am)
December 13, 2020 • Rev. Tommy Markham
Lord, we are in the season of Advent. We are thinking about everything but what Advent is all about. We are coming close to hating what is happening around us. We need forgiveness for trying to not think about the suffering world. We search for the right gifts, almost ignoring the Gift You have given us. Lord, get us on course, that we can put Jesus back in the center.
Expect the Unexpected (11am)
December 6, 2020 • Rev. Brian Sixbey
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.
Behind and Before (11am)
November 29, 2020 • Rev. Brian Sixbey
Lord, as we prepare to celebrate your birth, we put out lights, trees, decorations, and we want that feeling of being cozy in our spaces. We try to push all the fears we have to the back of our minds – Covid-19, political problems, world problems, personal, church, and family problems. Many of these things are out of our control, but they seem to pursue us from dawn to night. As the season of Advent unfolds, may we recognize Jesus not only as the baby in the cradle, but especially as the Lord of all creation. Teach us to bring all those problems, all those people, all those worries to you in our prayers and petitions, because you are powerful, mighty, and the Savior of the world! You are working through us (and sometimes despite us) to bring relief to those who suffer, hope to those who fear, justice to those who are oppressed, and love to all who will receive love. May we receive you as Lord over all creation, and especially over our individual lives, and follow your lead in all things. When we come to celebrate your birth, we will be ready to receive your grace, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Prayer During the Trial (11am)
November 22, 2020 • Rev. Brian Sixbey
Lord, when things seem to collapse around us, we start scrambling for a foothold, something that we can depend on. We often reach for a human handhold, but nothing of human origin remains the same. We are the grass that withers and fades, and our greatest accomplishments can be undone in a moment. Teach us to rely on your Word, Lord, to depend on your grace and promises, which are eternal. When the time of crisis and trial arrives, we can then have steady ground to stand on and even sing your praises. In Jesus’ name. Amen.