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August 2, 2020
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Focus:  Conversion is not a moral achievement accomplished by good behavior. Conversion is a deep unitive knowing that usually comes to people who need it intensely, who realize that only holding one side of life’s equation—the glory or the agony—has gotten them nowhere. Holding everything together becomes the pathway to God.
Isaiah 6:1-8
Luke 5:1-11

July 26, 2020
Steve Blewett
Focus:  Life is unfair.  True joy, which is a surprise, also is unfair because it gives more than it requires.  Both ask of us deep and enduring engagement.
Genesis 29:15-28 
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

July 19, 2020
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Focus:  We have been called to be in the world, but not of the world.  God never encourages us to escape the world as much as we would like.  If we are in the world and not of the world, we will experience wrestling with God.
Genesis 28:10-19a  
 Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

July 12, 2020
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Focus:  Jesus compares us to seeds that expend energy in various directions.  Healthy seeds expend energy on connective depth and engagement. 
Genesis 25:19-34
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

July 5, 2020
Home Worship Service         
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Focus: In times such as this when there are so many unknowns, the path of faith is to trust despite an unknown future, that someday, in hindsight, will look back and celebrate being guided by the hand of God. 
Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67 
Matthew 11:25-30 

June 28, 2020
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Focus:  We must reach out and love, even risking ourselves for the vulnerable.  That is the path of our healing.
Genesis 22:1-14
Matthew 10:40-42

June 21, 2020
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Focus:  We live in a post-traumatic world where suppression of truthful memories is a way of coping, but also retraumatizing.  To heal, we need to be willing to re-enter painful and fearful places, uncover the truth, and trust that God has equipped us with a way forward.
Genesis 21:8-21
Matthew 10:24-39

June 14, 2020
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Focus:  We live in a post-traumatic world where anger and defense are more easily kindled than hope and laughter.  Often the way forward is through hoping in what seems impossible, laughing at it all the way!
Genesis 18:1-15, 21:1-7
Matthew 9:35-10:8 

June 7, 2020 - Trinity Sunday
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Racism is the opposite of what God intends for humanity created in God’s image. It is the rejection of the other, which is entirely contrary to the Word of God incarnate in Jesus Christ. Racism is a lie about our fellow human beings, for it says that some are less than others. Because of our biblical understanding of who God is and what God intends for humanity, especially on Trinity Sunday, we must stand against, speak against and work against racism.
Genesis 1:1-2:4a
Matthew 28:16-20

May 31, 2020 - Pentecost
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Focus:  Even and especially in the midst of disorientation and disruption, today we celebrate our purpose in the ongoing life of Christ in the world, guided by the companionship and inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
Numbers 11:24-30
John 7:37-39, 20:19-23

May 24, 2020
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Focus: Do not be surprised or scandalized by the sinful and the tragic. Do what you can to be peace and to do justice, but never expect or demand perfection on this earth.  -Richard Rohr
Psalm 91
John 17:1-11

May 17, 2020
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Focus:   Being one with the Father was central to the consciousness of Jesus. His whole life flowed out of this fundamental awareness.  Jesus implores us to join in this “oneness.”
Psalm 66:8-20  
John 14:15-21 

May 10, 2020
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Focus:   God can only be loved and known in the act of love; God can only be experienced in communion. This is why Jesus “commands” us to move toward love and fully abide there. Love is like a living organism, an active force-field upon which we can rely, from which we can draw, and which we can allow to pass through us. –Richard Rohr
Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16  
John 14:1-14 

May 3, 2020
Dr. Scott Starbuck
Focus: There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.  -- Nelson Mandela 
Psalm 23
1 Peter 2:19-25