Made for Peace

A Series in Ephesians

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.

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August 7, 2022

“Walking in Love”

Pastor Sam preaching

Walking in love and light means giving up the old life of self-interest.

July 31, 2022

“Walking in Tenderness”

Pastor Sam preaching

Walking in new life with God means cultivating a tender heart.

July 24, 2022

“Built Up in Love”

Pastor Sam preaching

Diverse gifts strengthen the church in love.

July 17, 2022

“Called to Peace”

Pastor Sam preaching

The apostle Paul urges churches to live lives oriented toward peace.

July 10, 2022

“Hope is Here”

Rev Eileen VanGieson preaching

July 3, 2022

“Standing Firm Against Liars”

Rev Dr Steve Locke preaching

June 26, 2022

“Holy and Blameless”

Rev Dr Chris Lenocker preaching

June 19, 2022


“Filled to the Brim”

Pastor Sam preaching

A prayer for growing in the love of Christ.

June 12, 2022

Trinity Sunday

“Now More Than Ever”

Pastor Sam preaching

God’s purposes have been revealed in Christ: those who were outside have been included as sharers of love and promise.

June 5, 2022

Pentecost Sunday

“Radical Hope”

Guest preacher Rev Steve Locke

May 29, 2022

Ascension of the Lord

“Made for Peace”

Pastor Sam preaching

While peoples of varied communities within the church have held hostility toward each other, they have been brought together for peace.

May 22, 2022

Sixth Sunday in Easter

“Alive Together in Grace”

Pastor Sam preaching

The apostle Paul prays for the growth of Christians in the early church.

May 8, 2022

Fourth Sunday in Easter

“Hope Among the Saints”

Pastor Sam preaching

By grace, the church has been raised up in Christ to do good works in the world.

May 1, 2022

Third Sunday in Easter

“Gathering Up All Things”

Pastor Sam preaching

God has planned the salvation of the world in Christ.

Previous Sermon Series

With Open Hearts

The Gospel of Luke gathers a varied cast of characters around the person of Jesus, as he shares good news to the poor, release to captives, and freedom to the oppressed. From small villages to centers of power, Jesus heals and teaches, and in the process, he reveals to us the dream of God in and for the world. The young pastor, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, wrote, “Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ…Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again, the gift which must be asked for, the door at which a person must knock…Such grace is costly because it calls us to follow, and it is grace because it calls us to follow Jesus Christ.” The Gospel of Luke shows us the path of discipleship, of following Jesus in the world today.

Unexpected Arrivals-An Advent Series

The season of Advent marks the beginning of the church’s calendar with the anticipation and the birth of Jesus. Advent means coming. So, we are celebrating the coming of God in Christ at the first Christmas, and we are anticipating the ongoing coming of God in lives each day afresh. This Advent, we are following the themes of hope, peace, joy, and love with the Gospel of Luke.

Borders and Belonging

The story of Ruth is a story for our times. It is a drama of grief and love and prejudice and promise during a time of manifold upheavals. Glenn Jordon has observed, “This short narrative features those who are forced to migrate to another country because of poverty of famine and therefore encourages communities to face the question of what constitutes national identity and belonging.”