Jonah: A Tale of Two Brothers – Upper Room

During our second of three Sundays on Jonah, Rev. Campbell set the story of Jonah beside the story of the Prodigal Son to discuss the subject of anger.  Both Jonah and the elder brother ended up being angry, even unreasonably angry, at the circumstances.  Jonah was blindly angry over the forgiveness of God toward the people […]

Jonah: A Tale of Two Brothers – Sanctuary

During our second of three Sundays on Jonah, Rev. Campbell set the story of Jonah beside the story of the Prodigal Son to discuss the subject of anger.  Both Jonah and the elder brother ended up being angry, even unreasonably angry, at the circumstances.  Jonah was blindly angry over the forgiveness of God toward the people […]

Confirmation Class Service – Upper Room

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Today’s service was the culmination of the 2018-19 Confirmation Class retreat.  The students in this class prepared and presented the service, including their own prayers, personally-selected Bible verses, and a sampling of the faith stories that were developed and written over the weekend spent at the Howell Nature Center. We would like to thank these […]

Jonah: A Whale of a Tale – Sanctuary

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Today we began a three-sermon series on Jonah.  Today’s focus is not on the famous whale, however, but on God’s grace, and on Jonah’s reluctance to share God’s grace with others.  Jonah spends much of his time at the beginning of this famous story running away from God’s task for him.  God actually spent quite a […]

Gatherings — Upper Room

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People like gatherings because gatherings make them feel like they’ve been a part of a shared experience, part of something bigger than themselves.  But it’s best when we’re there in person.  We’re kind of wired to seek out shared experiences in life.  Whether it’s for fun, as the annual Groundhog’s Day event in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, […]

Gatherings – Sanctuary

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People like gatherings because gatherings make them feel like they’ve been a part of a shared experience, part of something bigger than themselves.  But it’s best when we’re there in person.  We’re kind of wired to seek out shared experiences in life.  Whether it’s for fun, as the annual Groundhog’s Day event in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, […]

Running After God – Upper Room

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Lots of people lately are looking for lost relatives.  In today’s Bible verse, Mary and Joseph were looking for their lost son, Jesus, who was 12-years-old, as they were returning home from Jerusalem.  After three days, they finally found him in the temple, talking with the religious teachers.  While his parents were running after him, looking for […]

Running After God – Sanctuary

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Lots of people lately are looking for lost relatives.  In today’s Bible verse, Mary and Joseph were looking for their lost son, Jesus, who was 12-years-old, as they were returning home from Jerusalem.  After three days, they finally found him in the temple, talking with the religious teachers.  While his parents were running after him, looking […]

Waiting to See – Upper Room

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What do YOU plan to do with your life?  You probably don’t plan to spend it waiting indefinitely.  But that’s what Simeon and Anna did with most of their adult lives.  Anna and Simeon were two people whom Mary and Joseph met in the temple when Jesus was just a tiny baby.  Simeon had actually […]

Waiting to See – Sanctuary

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What do YOU plan to do with your life?  You probably don’t plan to spend it waiting indefinitely.  But that’s what Simeon and Anna did with most of their adult lives.  Anna and Simeon were two people whom Mary and Joseph met in the temple when Jesus was just a tiny baby.  Simeon had actually […]