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Life Lessons from Ecclesiastes: Make It Count

Our new May sermon series of ‘Life Lessons from…’ focuses first on the book of Ecclesiastes.  It’s not the most uplifting of books, since it goes on and on about how everything is meaningless.  But if you dig in a little deeper, you discover that there is a very profound reason for this book.  Ecclesiastes is […]

Good Friday Tenebrae Service – Sanctuary

The service of Tenebrae (the name means ‘darkness’ or ‘shadows’) is a Holy week devotion which traces its root back to the seventh century.  It is characterized by the gradual darkening of the Sanctuary as candles are extinguished throughout the service.  Every world spoken in the service is found in the Scriptures. The service is […]

Reflections on Grace: Saved by Grace – Sanctuary

How do we go about dealing with the darkness of this world?  We looked at this question today in our Palm Sunday installment of the Reflections on Grace series entitled “Saved by Grace.”  It isn’t, sadly, though more fully improving our humanity that we can expect to change the world.  In today’s dark social environment, we […]

Reflections on Grace: Puzzled by Grace – Sanctuary

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This Sunday, Rev. Rick Peters asked us the burning question, “Is life fair?”  Of course, as we all know, the answer to that question is a resounding NO!  Time, experience, and life teaches us all that life may be many things, but ‘fair’ isn’t one of them.  The parable of the workers in the vineyard is the […]

Reflections on Grace: Common Grace – Sanctuary

Common grace is a little-discussed concept that most of us are unfamiliar with.  Common grace is the foundational idea that grace is granted to EVERY person, regardless of race, religion, nationality or circumstances of life.  Grace is a gift bestowed upon every single person – we are ALL created in the image of God, and as such, each […]