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1 John

We are all asking, “What comes next?” There are many good responses to this question. At Faith, we are saying, “Beloved community comes next!” We are putting our hearts in one another’s hands, sharing life and offering responsibility for one another and for the community. “Beloved, let us love one another because love is from God!”

June 13, 2021

“All Will Be Well”

Pastor Sam preaching

1 John 3:1-3

Our identity in God, as beloved children of God, gives us assurance for the future.

June 6, 2021

“A Way Other Than Our Own”

Pastor Sam preaching

1 John 2:15-17

Learning to cultivate the desires of God rather than only our own self-interest makes community possible. 

May 30, 2021

Trinity Sunday

“Discovering What Matters”

Pastor Sam preaching

1 John 2:12-17

While every day our desires are being formed by consumption and entertainment, sharing life in beloved community involves re-forming our desires to what really matters.

May 23, 2021

Pentecost Sunday

“Stepping Out and Into Light”

Pastor Sam preaching

John 2:7-11

Walking in light and love involves taking responsibility for our sisters and brothers.

May 16, 2021

“Healing the Whole World with Love”

Pastor Sam preaching

1 John 2:1-6

The Way of Jesus is the basis of the church’s fellowship, of beloved community.

May 9, 2021

“Pulling Back Curtains, Letting in Light”

Pastor Sam preaching

1 John 1:5-10

Though honesty can be hard, honesty makes deep relationship with God, one another, and ourselves possible.

May 2, 2021

“Forming Community Around Shared Experiences”

Pastor Sam preaching

1 John 1:1-4

The fellowship of early churches was shaped by their lived experiences with Jesus and one another.

Gospel of John

Border-Transgressing Intimacy

The Gospel of John tells a different story than the other three gospels in the New Testament. This Gospel focuses on the eternal Word of God entering human experience and dwelling with our human desire for belonging. This Gospel tells stories of Jesus with flashes of irony, passion, and humor.

April 25th

“The Voice of Love”

Pastor Sam preaching

John 21:15-19

Jesus invites Peter into renewed relationship.

Sermon on the Steps for children

April 18th

“The Voice of Welcome”

Pastor Sam preaching

John 21:1-14

Jesus surprises his weary disciples with breakfast.

Sermon on the Steps for children

April 11, 2021

The Voice of Peace

Pastor Sam preaching

John 20:19-29

Jesus brings peace to his fearful disciples.

Sermon on the Steps for children

April 4th
Easter Sunday

“The Voice of Life”

Pastor Sam preaching

John 20:1-18

Mary Magdalene unexpectedly meets a stranger, and she hears a familiar voice.

April 2nd

Good Friday

John 18: 1-19:42

Jesus suffers with all those who have suffered in the valley of the shadow of death.

Maundy Thursday Meditation

John 13:1-38

Jesus models servant love by washing his disciples’ feet.

March 28th

Palm Sunday

The Way of Peace

Pastor Sam preaching

John 12:12-19

Jesus brings peace from a place of truth and honesty through openness, vulnerability, and intimacy.

Sermon on the Steps for children

One Great Hour of Sharing Minute for Mission

March 21st

When Time Slows Down

Cara Ann Maeda, Parish Associate, preaching

John 12:1-8

In a moment of extravagant devotion, Mary anoints Jesus’ feet with costly perfume.  But what do we have to anoint Jesus with?  Join us as we look at this precious scene when time slowed down and how we too can offer such devotion to Jesus. 

Sermons on the Steps for children

One Great Hour of Sharing Minute for Mission

March 14th

“The Transformative Power of Love”

Pastor Sam preaching

John 11:17-27

Jesus brings love, tenderness, and new life where there is weeping, hurt, and death.

Sermon on the Steps for Children

One Great Hour of Sharing Minute for Mission

March 7th

“The Giver of Abundant Life”

Pastor Sam preaching

John 10:1-21

Jesus opens the door of abundant life with sacrificial love. 

Sermons on the Steps for children

One Great Hour of Sharing Minute for Mission

February 28th

“Seeing”

Pastor Sam preaching

John 9:1-12

Jesus challenges cultural assumptions and gives renewed vision.

Sermon on the Steps for Children

One Great Hour of Sharing Minute for Mission

February 21st

Welcoming

Pastor Sam preaching

John 7:10-24, 37-39

Pastor Sam preaching

Sermon on the Steps for children

One Great Hour of Sharing Minute for Mission

February 17th: Ash Wednesday

“Receiving”

Pastor Sam preaching

John 6:16-21

Jesus draws near to his followers as they find themselves caught in the middle of a storm.

February 14

“Sharing”

Pastor Sam preaching

John 6:1-15

Jesus feeds a multitude and unsettles his followers’ assumptions of scarcity with abundance.

Sermon on the Steps for Children

February 7th

“Walking”

Pastor Sam preaching

John 5:1-18

Jesus transgresses religious rituals with healing and wholeness.

Sermon on the Steps for children

January 31st

“With the Outsider”

Pastor Sam preaching

John 4:1-15

As he meets a woman at a well, Jesus transgresses boundar4ies of gender and ethnicity.

Sermon on the Steps for Children

January 24th

“Deeper Conversations”

Cara Ann Maeda, Parish Associate, preaching

John 3:1-22

As Jesus meets with a Pharisee in the cover of the night, Jesus transgresses boundaries of status and spiritual understanding.

Sermon on the Steps for children

January 10th

“One of Us”

Pastor Sam preaching

John 1:1-18

As the eternal Word of God becomes human, God transgresses boundaries of the divine and the human.

January 17th

“For the Humble”

Pastor Sam preaching

John 2:1-12, 13-25

As he attends a wedding celebration and protests in the temple, Jesus transgresses boundaries of social norms and religion. 

Sermon on the Steps for children

Advent & Christmas

Advent is a season of waiting for the coming of God. With the weekly themes of hope, peace, joy, and love, we anticipate and attune ourselves to the reign of God embodied in Jesus. As we walk through this Advent season, you are invited to prayerfully notice the glimpses of Christ’s presence in your life and in this world God loves. Look for the characteristics of Christ present in the world: compassion, justice, tenderness, healing, restoration, and welcome of the least of these. Where we see “the least of these” cared for as described in Matthew 25, there we see Christ. 

January 3rd

“The Gifts We Give”

Pastor Sam preaching

Isaiah 60: 1-6

On the second Sunday of Christmas, we express gratitude for the coming of God in Christ.

Christmas Eve

“Good News”

Pastor Sam preaching

Isaiah 9:2-7, Luke 2:1-20

On Christmas Eve, we contemplate the birth of Jesus, the savior.

Children’s Advent craft video!

December 27th

“The Glorious Yet Challenging Road Ahead”

Cara Ann Maeda, Parish Associate, preaching

Isaiah 61:10-62:3, Luke 2:22-40

2020 has been difficult, 2021 is filled with hope and expectations but what does the road ahead look like? Join us for the last Sunday of the year as we look back on where we have come from, taking lessons into the new year, and how the birth of the Christ-child Jesus speaks into our current context.

Sermon on the Steps for children

December 13th

“Cultivating Joy”

Pastor Sam preaching

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11

On the third Sunday of Advent, we ponder the joy of God’s restorative justice.

Sermon on the Steps for children

Advent Craft Video for children

December 20th

“Cultivating Love”

Pastor Sam preaching

Isaiah 62:6-12, Luke 1:26-38

On the fourth Sunday of Advent, we anticipate the liberating love of the one who will be called Jesus.

Sermon on the Steps for children

November 29, 2020

“Cultivating Hope”

Pastor Sam preaching

Isaiah 64:1-9

On the first Sunday of Advent, we yearn for the coming presence of God. 

Sermon on the Steps for children

December 6, 2020

“Cultivating Peace”

Pastor Sam preaching

Isaiah 40:1-11

On the second Sunday of Advent, we envision the peaceable kingdom of God.

Sermon on the Steps for children

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