The Story

Nehemiah: The Return Home

The Story • June 14, 2020 • Peter Mueller

Sometimes we forget who we are and what our identity is. The people of Judah who returned to Jerusalem knew they were part of God’s people, but they forgot God’s laws and what it means to live in God’s ways. As they were at risk of falling into the same mistakes of their ancestors, Ezra comes along to remind them of their true identity and how to live as God’s people. That message is important for us today as well - you belong to God, and God calls us to become like Him. This is a lifelong process of becoming transformed into people who increasingly live out of our identity as adopted sons and daughters of the King.

Esther: Slave Girl to Beauty Queen

The Story • June 7, 2020 • Peter Mueller

Once upon a time, God called a young woman in exile to become queen of the world’s greatest superpower at the time. In order to save her people from genocide, she takes a great risk to use her influence over the king to serve and to save her people from suffering and destruction. What will YOU risk and who will YOU serve with your influence?

Ezra: The Return Home

The Story • May 31, 2020 • Peter Mueller

EVERY good thing you have is a pure gift from God (even the ones you worked for). The people of Judah experienced this when God moved the King of Persia to not only allow them to return to Judah to rebuild, but even paid for all of their expenses. But they also learned that if we want God’s blessing in the rebuilding, it’s critical to continue to DEPEND on Him and do His work in HIS way. There is great hope for you and me in this story - even when your life falls apart, God invites you to seek Him first as He helps you to rebuild.

Daniel in Exile

The Story • May 24, 2020 • Peter Mueller

Living in this world as a Christian is sometimes like living in a foreign country. This is even more the case in this season of COVID-19 when it seems like everything is upside down and unfamiliar. This could leave us disoriented and disillusioned, but the good news is that God has placed us in this time and place to be ambassadors of our home country, the Kingdom of Heaven. This weekend’s message will look to the stories of how God used Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego as ambassadors for God in their time of exile in the foreign land of Babylon.

Flowers into Weeds: The Fall of the Kingdom of Judah

The Story • May 17, 2020 • Peter Mueller

We get rightfully angry when someone we love betrays us with another. That’s how God came to see the people of Judah and he unleashed his anger at them and their lives were all but destroyed. But then something amazing happens - and it’s a good reminder for you and me today as well - even when our lives are destroyed, God still offers the the hope of new mercies and new hearts! God may get angry, but His love is greater still - praise God for this gift!

The Beginning of the End (of the Kingdom of Israel)

The Story • May 10, 2020 • Peter Mueller

When your story gets messed up, Jesus offers you a new beginning! This is really good news for everyone, it was good news for the rebellious people of Israel, and it’s good news for moms on Mother’s Day and throughout the year. Nobody’s perfect but Jesus - He comes as our Savior, gives us new beginnings, and sends us out to serve others with His love!

Prophets: God's Messengers

The Story • May 3, 2020 • Peter Mueller

God is a relational God who created you and me as relational people. Consequently, throughout history, God has been speaking to His people - the question is are you listening? This week’s message will explore this question as we look at part of the story of the prophet Elijah, one of God’s many messengers to the people of the Old Testament.

A Kingdom Torn in Two

The Story • April 26, 2020 • Peter Mueller

The character of the king impacts the lives of those in the kingdom. This is as true for you and me as it was for ancient Israel. Unfortunately, many of Israel’s kings turned away from God and led their people to do the same, with disastrous consequences - but even in the midst of their troubles, God’s enduring love is a constant presence. What kind of king or queen are you?

Solomon: The King Who Had It All

The Story • April 19, 2020 • Peter Mueller

King Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived, or so he was considered in his time. The problem is that there was one piece of wisdom he didn’t internalize: wisdom only works when you live by it. This week’s message unpacks his story and what it can mean for our lives as we trust in the crucified and risen Savior, Jesus!

Living the Resurrection

Easter 2020 • April 12, 2020 • Peter Mueller

A lot is broken and struggling right now, but Jesus rose to bring new life - for you, in you, and through you! Be encouraged by a great worship service celebrating the resurrection of Jesus, including special music, an encouraging message, and more! This Resurrection Celebration is available now - click above!

Good Friday: West Seattle Church Collective

April 10, 2020

A Good Friday services featuring leaders from several West Seattle churches reading the story of Good Friday from the Gospels, as well as worship music led by worship leaders from different churches as well. This service will be available late Thursday evening.

Maundy Thursday: The Presence of Jesus in Isolation

Holy Week 2020 • April 9, 2020 • Peter Mueller

Social distancing has saved many lives, but has caused us to live in isolation from each other - this is hard, but the good news is that Jesus is with you and me in the midst of our social isolation and brings us friendship with God!

Palm Sunday: The Savior You Need

Palm Sunday • April 5, 2020 • Peter Mueller

Right now, it would be great if someone would make COVID-19 go away and return our lives to normal. That's similar to what 1st century Jews wanted as well - for their oppressors to leave and their lives to return to freedom. The thing is that Jesus came not as the conquering hero they wanted, but as the loving savior they needed - and that's how He comes for you and me this Palm Sunday as well. There is great HOPE as we trust this situation and every moment of our lives to Him!

David: The Trials of a King

The Story • March 29, 2020 • Peter Mueller

This week's message looks at a significant turn of events for David - the teenage giant-slayer is now King David, but makes a series of mistakes that have life-long consequences. The good news is that even when it looks like all hope is lost, God is faithful and present to help him to rebuild and have hope for the future again. In the same way, God is faithful to us, even when life pushes us to our limits - God still loves us and is still present with us to encourage us and guide us on our way. Check back here on Sunday March 29th for this week's video worship experience and message!

David: From Shepherd to King

The Story • March 22, 2020 • Peter Mueller

Who do you think is in charge of the world? You? COVID-19? God? In this weekend’s message from The Story, we’ll take a look at how David’s answer to that question absolutely informed and shaped how he approached the Philistine giant named Goliath. Everyone else was terrified, but David somehow had the courage to face the giant, and it wasn’t just because of his slingshot. You can watch the message and the rest our online video worship experience any time starting Sunday at 8:00 AM by clicking on the video above - enjoy and share with friends!