A Greener Faith

Slow-Paced Practices of Gratitude

May ~ June 2023

“When Something Comes to Me From My Window” by Rainer Maria Rilke
How surely gravity’s law, 
strong as an ocean current, 
takes hold of even the smallest thing
and pulls it toward the heart of the world. 

Each thing – 
each stone, blossom, child – 
is held in place. 
Only we, in our arrogance, 
push out beyond what we each belong to
for some empty freedom. 

If we surrendered 
to earth’s intelligence
we could rise up rooted, like trees. 
Instead we entangle ourselves
in knots of our own making
and struggle, lonely and confused. 

So, like children, we begin again
to learn from the things, 
because they are in God’s heart; 
they have never left him. 

This is what the things can teach us:
to fall, 
patiently to trust our heaviness. 
Even a bird has to do that
before he can fly. 

June 4, 2023
Trinity Sunday

“Discovering Entanglements”

Pastor Sam preaching

May 28, 2023
Pentecost Sunday

“Getting Dirty, Planting Roots “

Pastor Sam preaching

May 21, 2023
Seventh Sunday of Easter

Pastor Kristi Van Nostran preaching

May 14, 2023
Mothers’ Day and Sixth Sunday of Easter

“Walking Barefoot, Every Day”

Pastor Sam preaching

May 7, 2023
Fifth Sunday of Easter

“Paying Attention, Facing Limits”

Pastor Sam preaching

Previous Sermon Series

Searching for Wholeness

A Series in the Gospel of Mark

In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus announces the good news that the reign of God has arrived (1:14-15). Is this announcement still good and timely news for us today? The reign of God means liberation, healing, and wholeness for individuals and communities. Jesus invites anyone who will listen to join him in witnessing the reign of God. Ched Myers has observed, “Mark’s Gospel…is a story by, about, and for those committed to God’s work of justice, compassion, and liberation in the world.” The Gospel of Mark is the oldest and shortest of the four gospels in the New Testament. In this sermon series, we will explore Jesus as the physician and the church as a field hospital.  

From Generation to Generation

Advent and Christmas

Faith’s Advent season

Our world and our lives often leave us feeling discouraged, fearful, lonely, and even hopeless. The season of Advent anticipates the arrival of hope, peace, joy, and love in our lives. Advent means “coming” or “arrival.” Each week, as we will reflect on what and who bring us hope, peace, joy, and love, we will orient our hearts to the ways in which God enters our world and our lives.

Humble Beginnings

During the fall months, we will follow David’s life in the Old Testament. David’s story is a story of humble beginnings, and his story holds a central place in the imagination of the Old Testament. The Bible scholar Walter Brueggemann has asserted, “More than any other person [in the Old Testament], Israel is fascinated by David, deeply attracted to him, bewildered by him, occasionally embarrassed by him, but never disowning him.” As we follow glimpses of David’s life, we will discover a person “after God’s own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14). David got a lot of things wrong, to put it mildly, but he also acted with humility and courage.

Made for Peace

The New Testament letter of Ephesians narrates the drama of God’s salvation of the world, God’s making peace with the world in Christ. Michael Gorman asserts, “Perhaps the world might actually sit up and take notice of the Christian faith if Christians really did embody the gospel of peace,” and Gorman says, “Ephesians is a letter about the gospel of peace.” While the church in Ephesus is a missional body clothed in the essentials for a real-life struggle in the world, the church in Ephesus is also culturally situated in the first century. Our reading together of the letter of Ephesians will seek to be faithful to the spirit of the letter while also engaging our contemporary life experience.