Borders and Belonging Worship Services

Borders and Belonging

A series in Ruth
September ~ November 2021

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 Jordan has observed, “This short narrative features those who are forced to migrate to another country because of poverty or famine and therefore encourages communities to face the question of what constitutes national identity and belonging.”

November 21, 2021

“Joseph’s Story ~ Our Story”

Rev John Moser, Interim Executive Presbyter, preaching.

New & Old Testament Readings

November 14, 2021

Stewardship Sunday

“A New Beginning”

Pastor Sam preaching

Ruth 4:13~22

Boaz and Ruth are married and they begin a family.

November 7, 2021

Holiday Mission Fair

“Love Beyond Law”

Pastor Sam preaching

Ruth 4:1-12

Boaz advocates for Ruth’s welfare.

October 31, 2021

“Waiting on Edge”

Pastor Sam preaching

Ruth 3:16-18

Ruth and Naomi wait to learn their future.

October 24, 2021

“He Has A Name, You Know”

Pastor Alex Wirth preaching

Mark 10:46-52

October 17, 2021

“Hope and Planning”

Pastor Sam preaching

Ruth 3:1-5

Naomi devises a plan.

October 10, 2021

“Grace and Gratitude”

Pastor Sam preaching

Ruth 2:17-23

Naomi pieces together the events of the day.

October 3, 2021

World Communion Sunday

“Abundance Beyond Borders”

Pastor Sam preaching

Ruth 2:4-17

Ruth receives hospitality from a local landowner.

September 26, 2021


Pastor Sam preaching

Ruth 2: 1~3

Under the gaze of locals, Ruth gathers leftover grain in the field.

September 19, 2021


Pastor Sam preaching

Ruth 1:19b ~ 22

The gossip mill begins churning when Ruth and Naomi arrive to Bethlehem.

September 12, 2021


Pastor Sam preaching

Ruth 1: 6-19a

Ruth and Naomi seek belonging and security and home.

September 5, 2021


Pastor Sam preaching

Ruth 1: 1-5

A family migrates during a time of famine.

Previous Sermon Series

The Inward Journey
A series in Psalms
August 2021

Amidst a noisy and fast-moving world, we may find ourselves feeling weary and unmoored from what we value most. This series in the Psalms invites us to slow down and to tend to our interior life, to be attentive to our deepest longings, fears, and hopes. Richard Rohr has said, “The Psalms—like all great art—lead us to a truer image of ourselves, reality, and God.” This series calls us inward, grounding us in knowledge of self and in knowledge of God.

Beloved Community
A sermon series in 1 John
May ~ July 2021

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!”