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. 

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

Psalms of Hope

“May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy.” (Ps 126)

These words from Psalm 126 are lovely and compelling and drenched with hope. In the month of November, we will be dwelling in the Psalms during worship on Sundays. The prayer book of the Psalms in the middle of our Bible plumbs the depths of human experience with sorrow, anger, and joy. The Psalms express orientation, disorientation, and reorientation. The Psalms ground us in God, our true home and future.

During this time, the children’s sermons, Sermon on the Steps, will follow the same theme; planting seeds of hope and growing in gratitude.

November 15, 2020

“Over All Earth”

Pastor Sam preaching

Psalm 47

As we glimpse God’s dream, we find ourselves caught up in a divine dance and party with new siblings from all across the earth.

Sermon on the Steps for children

Today is Hunger and Homeless Sunday

November 22, 2020

“A Ray of Hope”

Pastor Sam preaching

Psalm 13

In the midst of what may feel like an endless intermission, memory makes hope possible.

Sermon on the Steps for children

Today is Reign of Christ Sunday

Next Sunday (Nov 29) is the first Sunday in Advent

November 1, 2020

“Turning Toward Home”

Pastor Sam preaching

Psalm 126

Sermon on the Steps for children

We are a people of memory and hope. Both sustain us on our journey. Memory reminds us of home, and hope gets us there.

Today is All Saint’s Day

Next week is Stewardship Sunday!

November 8, 2020

“To The Giver”

Pastor Sam preaching

Psalm 104

Sermon on the Steps for children

The world is a free gift from God, and we give to God out of the many graces we have received.

Today is Stewardship Sunday!

A Sermon series in the book of Esther

The story of Esther is at once satire and comedy and tragedy and drama. It has all the elements of slapstick comedy and drama with palace intrigue. It is at once a lampoon and a story of existential urgency, in which a whole people find their lives are under threat. The story asks of us, what might courageous faith look like today? 

October 25, 2020

“From Mourning to Rejoicing”

Cara Ann Maeda, Parish Associate, preaching

Esther 8:1-8, 15-17

After ensuring deliverance, mourning and anxiety give way to relief and jubilation.

Children’s Sermon on the Steps

Today is Reformation Sunday

October 18, 2020

“A Collision Course”

Pastor Sam preaching

Esther 7:1-10

Facing tremendous risks, Esther acts to deliver her people.

Today’s Sermon on the Steps for Children

October 11, 2020

A Series of (Un)Fortunate Events

Pastor Sam preaching

Esther 6:1-14

Esther’s cousin Mordecai is honored to the dismay of Haman.

Today’s Sermon on the Steps for children

Sept 27, 2020

For Such a Time as This”

Pastor Sam preaching

Esther 4:1-17

In the face of crisis, Esther meets the moment with strategy and courage.  

Sept 13, 2020

“Introducing…Queen Esther”

Cara Ann Maeda, Parish Associate, preaching

Esther 2:1-11, 15-18

Esther, an orphan and young Jewish woman, ascends to the Persian throne as queen. 

October 4, 2020

“A Theatrical Conflict of Interest”

Pastor Sam Preaching

Esther 5:1-41

Esther invites the King and Haman to a banquet, and Haman’s rivalry with Mordechai escalates

Today’s Sermon on the Steps for children

Today is also World Communion Sunday

Sept 20, 2020

“Protest and Reprisals”

Pastor Sam Preaching

Esther 3:1-15

When defiance meets ego, uncertainty ensues

Sept 6, 2020

“Parties and Power”

Pastor Sam preaching

Esther 1:1-12, 16-22

In a world of extravagant banquets and absolute power and inflated egos, we are invited to ponder what courageous faith looks like. 

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