Pastor Sean Palmer invites us to continue our Lenten journey through the desert; sharing the story of Hagar and asking us to consider that, wherever we might find ourselves in the wilderness, God sees and is with us at every step.
Pastor Chris Seay invites us to participate in the kind of disruption that can lead us toward healthy change in this Lenten season. In preparation for Easter, we remember the words of the Prophet Isaiah, who reminds us that God is preparing something new. A way through the desert. How is God prompting you to examine and alter your rhythms through these sacred weeks?
As we consider life in the desert, the invitation to enter into a season of scarcity and contemplation, join us in this opportunity to pray and reflect together as a community, and to seek God’s guidance as we enter this forty day journey of Lent. In the silence, may our ears be tuned to hear God in new ways.
Pastor Sean Palmer shares vulnerably from his own story, inviting us to consider how we are called to prepare for and enter into the sacred season of Lent. The desert is a place which can feel barren and hopeless, but is where God comes to meet us separated from our ego and defenses. May these weeks of fasting and contemplation transform our experience of Jesus’ death and resurrection, and help us to faithfully walk the path he has laid before us.
Pastor Chris Seay brought us into the fuller context around the often quoted John 3:16 in order to consider Jesus’ unfailing heart for the outsider, the truth he continually proclaimed about who he is, and the invitation of eternal hope that he offered to Nicodemus just as he freely and lovingly offers it to us and to all.
This past Sunday, we shared an incredible story from some new Ecclesians, our friends who were forced to flee Nicaragua due to political persecution and are currently in Houston as they process an asylum claim in the US. In an effort to safeguard this precious family, we’ll be sharing their story in a more limited manner than our usual weekly podcast feed. At the moment, this is a story just for our community. If you missed their story, look for an email on Monday February 18th with a link to the content.
As we continue our series on Love, we welcome guest speaker Michael Rudzena, from Trinity Grace Tribeca. Pastor Michael leads us in examining the importance of learning to love ourselves if we are to love others well. If we are going to love ourselves, we have to learn to know, accept, and feel ourselves. How can we listen to others if we cannot listen to ourselves?
Pastor Sean Palmer leads us this weekend as we reflect on the roadmap towards reconciliation. What does it look like to forgive someone when they have sinned against us, offended us, or done something wrong? Join us as we learn to embrace the call to reconcile, redeem and seek those we shall forgive.
It was a great joy to welcome back Dr. Richard Beck, who asked us to consider Jesus’ encounter with a leper in which the “unclean” man was met with a love that reached across boundaries; an encounter in which the promise of relationship preceded healing. We’re called to name the places of disgust and contempt that lead us to create an other, and ask God to help change our hearts into a radically different way of loving.
Pastor Chris Seay continues our series of conversations on love; exploring love as the antithesis and antidote for fear. When we truly receive God’s love and embrace in faith that the saving work of Christ has liberated us from shame and condemnation, our hearts and lives open up to love vulnerably, boldly, and courageously.