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February 11, 2018: Rise Up-God is Speaking  (2 Kings 2:1-12 and Mark 9:2-8) God is speaking, calling us to be bridges between things that have been and things that will be.

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February 4, 2018: Rise Up-Focus  (Isaiah 40:21-23) In the midst of exile, Isaiah helps the Israelites shift their focus to God which changes their perspective. How can we shift our focal point to God and  find hope in the midst discomfort/despair?

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January 28, 2018: Rise Up-Answer  (Deuteronomy 18:15-20) God answers through a prophet. What is a prophet? Are we called to be prophetic?

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January 21, 2018: Rise Up-Listen  (Jonah 3:1-10) God calls Jonah back to Nineveh. God moves us out of our comfort zones.

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January 14, 2018: Rise Up-Listen  (1 Samuel 3:1-20) Samuel and Eli teach us a lot about the importance of truly listening: it is challenging, life-changing, and connectional. You are also invited to watch the video below of Spoken Word written by Rev. Dr. B. Kevin Smalls, narrated by Pastor John M. Baker-Streevy, and designed by Niki Turner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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January 7, 2018: Rise Up-God is Speaking  (Isaiah 60:1-6 and Mark 1:1-9) Into the rebuilding after exile, into the people gathered at the Jordan for baptism, into our communities today, God is Speaking: “Arise, shine; for your light has come and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.”

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December 31, 2017: New Year’s Eve (Luke 2:22-40) Mary and Joseph bring baby Jesus to the Temple and find a surprise blessing from Simeon and Anna.

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December 24, 2017: Christmas Eve (Luke 2:1-20) Witness the extraordinary in the ordinary.

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December 17, 2017: Advent Three: Joy (1 Thessalonians 5:16-24) Paul calls the Thessalonians to live a life of joy as they wait for Christ’s coming.

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December 10, 2017: Advent Two: Love (Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13) The Pslamist casts a vision of  ultimate belonging for all people which includes God’s qualities of steadfast love, faithfulness, righteousness/justice, and peace. How can we embody those things in our own neighborhood?

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December 3, 2017: Advent One: Hope (Isaiah 64:1-9) Isaiah laments to God in the midst of a chaotic, violent, and oppressive world: Where are you God? Where is the hope?

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November 19, 2017: Thanksgiving/Stewardship (Deuteronomy 8:7-18) God remains a constant presence in the wilderness and the promised land. We are called to remember that relationship God calls us to, be filled with thanksgiving and gratitude, and then give with joy.

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November 12, 2017: Stories of the Saints (Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25) When we remember our stories, we remember God is with us, and we remember who we are.

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October 29, 2017: Stewardship-Prayer (Matthew 6:5-15) Offering our prayers is not always easy, and we worry about the “right” thing to say. Jesus shows his disciples (and us) how to pray.

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