This week, Pastor Sean Palmer follows last week's message by defining what is a wall in our lives. As we examine Nehemiah's story of faithfulness and continue to build our wall, we learn from Nehemiah the need to discover the why.
Pastor Chris Seay continued our series in Nehemiah; considering his story of faithfulness, focus, and leadership in the face of discouragement and conflict. God is calling us to vital and transformative work, individually and collectively, and we cannot allow ourselves to be distracted from that command.
Pastor Sean Palmer continues our engagement with the story of Nehemiah; asking us to consider our goals for the "new year", WHY we make resolutions, and what we can expect as we seek to faithfully follow God's will in the months to come.
Beloved family, we pray blessing and peace upon your Christmas celebrations. As we pause in remembrance of the Incarnation, we're each called to consider anew the implications of Jesus' arrival in our hearts and lives. May this unexpected gift disrupt us. May we be changed in ways that propel us forward in greater faithfulness, hope, and love, throughout the year that lies ahead. God bless you, Ecclesia. Merry Christmas.
Note: No audio this week. Our weekly sermon podcast will return next weekend on 12/31.
Pastor Chris Seay prepared us for the final week of Advent with a message on the kingdoms vying for our hearts; those consumed with wealth, power, and influence, and that of our true King. Living in a world of "Herods", are we prepared to pledge full allegiance to Christ, knowing that he comes to upend a great deal in our hearts and lives?
Pastor Chris Seay shares a message from Pucallpa, Peru; just one of the many communities with whom we've been called to partner in this Advent season. As we consider the many stories of those in need, will we enter into them with genuine empathy; truly feeling the burdens that we are called to join God in lifting?
Teaching Pastor Sean Palmer continued our teaching in this sacred season, offering a message on hope in the midst of darkness; the seemingly improbable triumph of our infant savior standing against the "dragons" of a broken world.
As we look toward the Advent season, Pastor Chris Seay shares the stories of obedience lived by Mary, Joseph, and the Magi; risking greatly as they embraced God's calling upon their lives. In this "new year", in the season that lies ahead, we must ask ourselves if we are willing to meet Jesus anew and obediently proclaim as Mary did, "Here I am, God's humble servant."
Teaching Pastor Sean Palmer shared an insightful and personal teaching on the challenge of living a life shaped by gratitude. We have earned nothing, and we are owed nothing. All good things are given to us solely by the grace of God.
Pastor Chris Seay taught through Isaiah 25, and continued laying the groundwork for our ongoing response following this challenging time for so many; a plan for the next two years that will include serving the poorest in our city, the first-responders who worked tirelessly and selflessly through the storm, and our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico following the devastation of Maria. We're excited for the healing, the feasting and dancing, the rejoicing to come in this season ahead.