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Sunday morning teachings and guest speakers from Timberline Old Town. At Timberline Old Town we gather to remind each other who we are…that we are all created in the image of God and have chosen to accept that, accept God’s love, take care of each other, and participate in God’s kingdom as followers of Jesus Christ.
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These are the weekend teachings from Timberline Old Town Church in Ft. Collins, CO. Darren Fred is the primary communicator, though there are a smattering of guests spread here and there. Also, check out the Speaking of Art segments. We love art, we love what artists have to say about art. For more info about who we are, visit timberlineoldtown.org.

Mar 17, 2019

ISONGS WE SANG

Centuries by Aaron Strumpel

Great Are You Lord by All Sons and Daughters

Broken Vessels/Amazing Grace by Hillsong

King Of My Heart by John Mark McMillan

INVOCATION

"Be Opened" by Malcolm Guite

Be opened. Oh if only we might be!
Speak to a heart that’s closed in on itself:
‘Be opened and the truth will set you free’,
Speak to a world imprisoned in its wealth:
‘Be opened! Learn to learn from poverty’,
Speak to a church that closes and excludes,
And makes rejection its own litany:
‘Be opened, opened to the multitudes
For whom I died but whom you have dismissed
Be opened, opened, opened,’ how you sigh
And still we do not hear you. We have missed
Both cry and crisis, we make no reply.
Take us aside, for we are deaf and dumb
Spit on us Lord and touch each tongue-tied tongue.

TEXT

Matthew 9:18-26

Mark 10:13-16

Matthew 8:1-4

TAKEAWAYS

1 If applicable, hold you’re partners hand more.

2 If you don’t have a partner, hold a friend’s hand occasionally.

3 Pay attention to those who are alone.

PRACTICE

Keep a touch journal this week. What did I feel? How did I feel? What did I learn about creation, about me, about the creator?

RESOURCE

TED Talk: Why We Hold Hands by Dr. James Coan: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1UMHUPPQ96c

BENEDICTION

May the touch of your skin

Register the beauty

Of the otherness 

That surrounds you.

Amen

Mar 10, 2019

SONGS WE SANG

Great Are You Lord by All Sons & Daughters

How Beautiful by Mosaic

Dirt by The Collection

How He Loves Us by John Mark McMillan

INVOCATION

"Be Opened" by Malcolm Guite

Be opened. Oh if only we might be!
Speak to a heart that’s closed in on itself:
‘Be opened and the truth will set you free’,
Speak to a world imprisoned in its wealth:
‘Be opened! Learn to learn from poverty’,
Speak to a church that closes and excludes,
And makes rejection its own litany:
‘Be opened, opened to the multitudes
For whom I died but whom you have dismissed
Be opened, opened, opened,’ how you sigh
And still we do not hear you. We have missed
Both cry and crisis, we make no reply.
Take us aside, for we are deaf and dumb
Spit on us Lord and touch each tongue-tied tongue.

TEXT

Luke 1:39-45

1 Samuel 16:14-18, 23

TAKEAWAYS

1 What am I hearing that I need to stop hearing?

2 What am I not hearing that I need to start hearing?

3 Listen to the birds of the air

4 Listen to music without words

5 Listen to a voice that you wouldn't ordinarily

BENEDICTION

May your listening be attuned

To the deeper silence

Where sound is honed

To bring distance home

Amen.

(John O'Donohue)

Mar 3, 2019

SONGS WE SANG

All Creatures Of Our God And King by St. Francis of Assissi

Satisfied In You by Sing Team

(27) Take Heart by Loud Harp

Build My Life by Housefires

TEXT

Mark 4:1-20

TAKEAWAYS

The seed is good

We feel like fools

It’s not a secret to be de-coded. It’s a mystery to be experienced

Hold space (Our soil)
- confess weakness and sin
- Receive love and grace
- Cultivate gifts
- Pay attention

BENEDICTION

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God,
But only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round and pluck blackberries.

Amen.

(Elizabeth Barrett Browning)

Feb 24, 2019

SONGS WE SANG

Who You Say I Am by Hillsong

God Is So Good by Pat Barrett

Almighty God by Sandra McCracken

Immanuel by Loud Harp 

TEXT

Mark 2:15-16

TAKEAWAYS

Go where you go, but go differently.

2 Questions To Consider:

Who am I avoiding?

Who am I keeping separated?

With whom do I need to have a 21 minute conversation?

3 Have coffee with two of your friends who've never met each other

4 Throw a party and invite people you're not sure will like each other

BENEDICTION

A Prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen.

Feb 17, 2019

Melissa Carmon is the Bolt Gallery featured artist for February and March 2019. She joined us on Sunday to talk about her series of portraits titled Eternal Color, what eternal echoes reach from their lives to ours, and how we might go with all of it.

 

SONGS WE SANG

Brother by The Brilliance

Too Proud by Enter The Worship Circle

How Beautiful by Mosaic

Build My Life by Housefires

 

TAKEAWAYS

Go where you go, but go differently.

 

BENEDICTION

A Prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen.

Feb 10, 2019

SONGS WE SANG

Divine Romance by Phil Wickham

How Beautiful by Mosaic

Reckless Love by Cory Asbury

From The Inside Out by Hillsong

TEXT

Matthew 18:21-35

TAKEAWAYS

1 Practice generous thinking

2 Where might I have a scarcity mentality?

3 Practice paying attention to the gifts we receive, great and small.

What do I need to pass on?

5 Truly generous people know who they are and embody mercy

BENEDICTION

Love After Love

The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other's welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.
 
Amen.

Read more at http://timberlineoldtown.libsyn.com/darren-fred-words-for-the-year-pray#Ud7TrDKXJxem02Hy.99

Feb 3, 2019

SONGS WE SANG

Mightier by Aaron Strumpel

Too Proud by Enter The Worship Circle

Fire And The Flood by Loud Harp

Relentless by Hillsong United

TEXT

Luke‬ ‭18:9-14‬ ‭

TAKEAWAYS

1 Prayer is an antidote (a medicine taken or given to counteract a particular poison) for my brain’s chaos and despair including but not limited to anxiety, fear, jealousy, hate, disorientation, insecurity, and saying or doing stupid stuff.

2 Find your prayer(s)

3 Join us Wednesday at noon for midweek prayer at the shop, or join online here.

RESOURCES

Podcast: Jill Bolte Taylor "My Stroke Of Insight"

BENEDICTION

Lord Jesus Christ
Son Of God
Have mercy on me, a sinner.
Amen.
 
PRACTICE
This week, set aside 90 seconds each day to recite the Jesus Prayer:
Lord Jesus Christ
Son Of God
Have mercy on me, a sinner.
Amen.
Jan 27, 2019
We set aside this particular Sunday to spotlight U COUNT, an organization that works to increase awareness of the crime of global sex trafficking and support at risk women, children, and survivors of sex slavery through three fronts: global projects, domestic efforts, and the marketplace.
 
The theme for the morning was "Change Their Story"
 

SONGS WE SANG
Free by Gungor

Beautiful Things by Gungor

White As Snow by Jon Foreman
 
Love Song by Jason Morant


RESOURCE
Video: U COUNT Campaign Info Graphic
Information: U Count Campaign
 

BENEDICTION
Father, 
We pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, who showed loving kindness to the powerless, that You will grant to the people of this nation the will to do good, to flee from evil, and to practice all righteousness, making us respectful of life and sharers of Your blessings, caring for one another in mercy and truth.
 
Amen
 

PRACTICE
Think of someone who you know very well, whose story you know very well. Holding their face in your mind, say this prayer:
Remember to be kind 
Endeavor to be aware 
Of the quiet world
That lives behind each face.*
 
Think of someone whose story you've decided you know. Someone who you've written a narrative about, that you might need to let go of. Holding their face in your mind, say this prayer:
Remember to be kind 
Endeavor to be aware 
Of the quiet world
That lives behind each face.*
 
Now, see your own face. Knowing your own story, say this prayer:
Remember to be kind 
Endeavor to be aware 
Of the quiet world
That lives behind each face.*
 
*from To Bless The Space Between Us by John O'Donohue
Jan 20, 2019

SONGS WE SANG

Spirit Move by Bethel Music

Nothing I Hold Onto by United Pursuit

Psalm 29 by Shawn Keefer

King Of My Heart by John Mark McMillan

 

TEXT

2 Corinthians 1:3-7

 

TAKEAWAYS

1

The worst suffering is suffering alone.

2

The curse of rugged individualism is isolation.

3

What needs to be re-integrated?

4

What needs to be unwrapped?

 

RESOURCES

Video: Psalm 29 by Shawn Keefer

Podcast: The Miraculous Healing Power of Mustard Seeds

 

BENEDICTION

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with you all.
 

PRACTICE

 

This week, set aside 30-60 minutes to reflect on 2 Corinthians 1:3-7.

Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal what needs to be unwrapped and what needs to be re-integrated.

Jan 13, 2019

SONGS WE SANG

Build My Life by Housefires

Nothing I Hold Onto by United Pursuit

How Beautiful by Mosaic

Reckless Love by Bethel

 

TEXT

Matthew 17:14-20

 

TAKEAWAYS

1

Helpful and Helpless may be ego narratives

2

Be present

3

Bear Witness

4

Check In

5

Pray

 

RESOURCE

Video: As If with Malcolm Guite

 

PRACTICE

This week - in moments of feeling helpful or feeling helpless - recite the Jesus Prayer:

Lord Jesus Christ,

Son of God, 

Have mercy on me.

Amen

Jan 6, 2019

SONGS WE SANG

Woke Up This Mornin'

It Is Well With My Soul

Mightier by Aaron Strumpel

How Great Thou Art

 

TEXT

2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:7-10‬ ‭

 

TAKEAWAYS

Everything Belongs

Everyone Belongs

Everything is Now

 

RESOURCE

Podcast: The Bible For Normal People "Episode 2: Richard Rohr- A Contemplative Look At The Bible"

 

PRACTICE

This week it will be nice weather. Find some sweet music. Put in earbuds. Look at everything. Ponder.

 

Dec 16, 2018

For Advent, we’re following the guide Celebrating Abundance by Walter Brueggemann. We want to create space to sit in the tension between our illusions of abundance and the abundance of newness. Or as Brueggemann says about Advent: "Advent is preparation for the demands of newness that will break the tired patterns of fear in our lives."

Advent 3: The What & The When Of The Christ Child

Song: Spirit Move by Bethel Music

Recognition of Souls Prayer: 
We confess that we are inured to chaos, O God.
We are well accustomed to fear and scarcity,
and so we do not easily discern your transformative power.
Make our hardened hearts supple once again,
so that we might be prepared to celebrate the lord of abundance.

Amen.

Songs: 
Beautiful Things by Gungor
O Come O Come Emmanuel
Revelation Song by Jesus Culture
The Stand by Hillsong


Readings & Commentary:
John 3:1-9
Sermon by Darren Fred
 
Benediction:

God, may we live in the mystery of Christ in us, and us in Christ, and move in Christ and have our being in Christ. May we be in Christ. May Christ be in us. May we see and be seen. May we know and be known. May we let go of our perceived need for certain experiences. May we experience everything. Amen.

Resource
A Conversation With Walter Brueggemann from Image Journal

Practice
Enter into John 3:1-9 through the practice of Imaginative Prayer, which you can read about here.
Dec 9, 2018

For Advent, we’re following the guide Celebrating Abundance by Walter Brueggemann. We want to create space to sit in the tension between our illusions of abundance and the abundance of newness. Or as Brueggemann says about Advent: "Advent is preparation for the demands of newness that will break the tired patterns of fear in our lives."

Advent 2: Energy At Midpoint

Song: Reckless Love by Bethel

Recognition of Souls Prayer: 
By your loving spirit, may Advent be a time of remembering and giving thanks,
and also a time of renewing our energy and our resolve for mission.

May we rest and obey.

Amen.

Song: Nothing I Hold On by United Pursuit

Readings & Commentary:
Isaiah 40:31
 
From Celebrating Abundance:
The poem [in Isaiah 40] reflects a faith community in which the possibilities of the Gospel seem to have failed. We might call it burnout. They could not generate the old vitality. Nothing seemed to work. In this world, appeal to the power of God did not carry much weight.

Song of Reflection: Scattered Stones by Young Oceans
Reflection Prompts: 

Song: O Come O Come Emmanuel

Readings &Commentary: 

From Celebrating Abundance:

The news in this poem is for the faint in the church, those who have run out of steam, out of patience, out of courage, out of imagination, out of generosity.

The reason we have run out is that we have believed the world too much. We have listened to the Babylonians. We have yearned too much for the American dream. And people who get caught in Babylonian dreams or American dreams wind up without energy for faith and mission.

But as we focus on the God who is free and restless and at work, we break the spell of the empire, and we are free again.

Song: Beautiful by Phil Wickham

Song: King Of My Heart by John Mark McMillan

Benediction:
God, You are here
God, You are good
God, You are enough
Amen

Resources
A Blessing For Longing by Jon O'Donohue
Album: Advent by Young Oceans

Practice
In moments of longing this week, stop and pray:
Come, thou long expected Jesus

Then imagine the Holy Trinity turning to you and saying:
Come, thou long expected Child
 
Dec 2, 2018

For Advent, we’re following the guide Celebrating Abundance by Walter Brueggemann. We want to create space to sit in the tension between our illusions of abundance and the abundance of newness. Or as Brueggemann says about Advent: "Advent is preparation for the demands of newness that will break the tired patterns of fear in our lives."

 

Advent 1: Newness Is On Its Way

Song: Children Of The Earth by Josh Garrels

Recognition of Souls:

Living God, visit us in this season with your Holy Spirit that we may get carried away to do obedient things we have not yet done, kingdom things we did not think we had in us, neighbor things from which we cringe. May you act in us, through us, beyond us, more than we imagine, because newness is on its way among us.

Amen.

Song: Are You Listening by United Pursuit

Reading:

John is not the newness. He prepares us for the newness. And his word is that if we want to be immersed in the life giving power of God, then we must do as john says: share your coat and shoes and goods; manage money in neighborly ways; quit being the heavy in social transactions. Who would’ve thought such concrete acts are the tactic whereby God's newness will yet come!

Advent is not the kind of “preparation” that involves shopping and parties and cards. Such illusions of abundance disguise the true cravings of our weary souls.  Advent is preparation for the demands of newness that will break the tired patterns of fear in our lives.

Song: Everything Now by Arcade Fire

Reading: Luke 3:15-16

Song: O Come O Come Emmanuel

Sermon: Darren Fred

Song: For Joy by Aaron Strumpel

Song: May You Find A Light by The Brilliance

Benediction:

God, You are here

God, You are good

God, You are enough

Amen

 

Resource

Celebrating Abundance by Walter Brueggemann

Practice

During times of stress this week, pause and repeat this:

God, You are here

God, You are good

God, You are enough

[Your name], you are here

[Your name], you are good

[Your name], you are enough

Nov 25, 2018

Heading into the holidays, we are in a three week series thinking about Hospitality in terms of welcome, comply, and farewell. The holidays can be a space in time when anxious scarcity is the loudest voice and heaviest feeling. By practicing hospitality, we begin to depart that system and realize the wealth of what we have to offer to one another: generous abundance. It just so happens that ‘Celebrating Abundance’ is the title of the guide we’ll be using for Advent in December. See where we’re going with this one?

 

TEXT: John‬ ‭13:1, John‬ ‭14:27

TAKEAWAYS:
  • When we are with people this next month, let’s remember to see them, listen to them, wish them well.
  • Is there someone we didn’t properly say goodbye to? Might we need to circle back?
  • In small ways and larger ways, what are we leaving with each other and what are we receiving from each other. When we remember each other, how do we feel?
  • Some things to leave when we leave: A joke. A compliment. A truth. A note. A small gift. Food. Peace.

RESOURCE:

Watch this and revel in times gone by. When Darren played the song at the beginning of his teaching, we had no idea what was going on. We just knew we didn't know what to do, so some of us laughed.

PRACTICE:

This practice is not directly tied to the sermon this week, but it is relevant to the time of year and our heading into Advent. Brene Brown talks often about joy coming from gratitude. This week, practice an examen of gratitude:
  • Take 10 minutes to think about the past 24 hours, past week, past year. Whatever length of time, think through it from beginning to end.
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to be your guide in revealing the gifts you might come across.
  • Practice gratitude for these things. Thank God for them. Thank people for them.
  • Admit something: they did not come from you.

SONGS WE SANG:

  • Relentless - Bethel Music
  • Skeleton Bones - John Mark McMillan
  • Centuries - Aaron Strumpel
  • You Found Me - Loud Harp
 
Nov 18, 2018

Heading into the holidays, we are in a three week series thinking about Hospitality in terms of welcome, comply, and farewell. The holidays can be a space in time when anxious scarcity is the loudest voice and heaviest feeling. By practicing hospitality, we begin to depart that system and realize the wealth of what we have to offer to one another: generous abundance. It just so happens that ‘Celebrating Abundance' is the title of the guide we’ll be using for Advent in December. See where we’re going with this one?

SONGS

Mightier - Aaron Strumpel

Build My Life - House Fires

Nearness Of You - Loud Harp

Reckless Love - Bethel

TEXT

Mark 10:35-52

TAKEAWAYS

  • What do we really need?
  • A quality product (read:love) in a timely manner with kindness
  • When we want to be special, what we need is to be known
  • Most of us feel like the weird one most of the time
  • Kingdom hospitality is to remember that no matter how someone is acting, what we are all looking for is love.

RESOURCE

With That Moon Language by Hafiz (trans. Daniel Ladinsky)

Admit something: Everyone you see, you say to

them, “Love me.”

Of course you do not do this out loud, otherwise

someone would call the cops.

Still, though, think about this, this great pull in us

to connect.

Why not become the one who lives with a full

moon in each eye that is always saying,

With that sweet moon language,

What every other

eye in this world is dying to hear?

PRACTICE

This practice is not directly tied to the sermon this week, but it is relevant to the time of year and our heading into Advent. Brene Brown talks often about joy coming from gratitude. This week, practice an examen of gratitude:

  • Take 10 minutes to think about the past 24 hours, past week, past year. Whatever length of time, think through it from beginning to end.
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to be your guide in revealing the gifts you might come across.
  • Practice gratitude for these things. Thank God for them. Thank people for them. Admit something: they did not come from you.

 

Nov 11, 2018

SONGS 

Holy Spirit

It Is Well

Reckless Love

Lord I Need You

TEXT

Romans 12:9-13

TAKEAWAYS

  • People can tell when you're not happy to see them
  • Practice seeing people
  • Introduce people to people
  • Act happy to see everyone - especially the people you aren't happy to see
Nov 4, 2018

SONGS 

Free - Gungor

Satisfied In You - The Sing Team

I Could Sing Of Your Love Forever

Relentless - Hillsong United

TEXT

Isaiah 11:6-10

CAMPAIGN BREAK

TAKEAWAYS

Over the next month leading to Advent, regularly read the poem in Isaiah 11:1-10, considering this commentary from Walter Brueggemann:

In poetry we can do things not permitted by logic or reason. Poetry will open the world beyond reason. Poetry will give access to contradictions and tensions that logic must deny. Poetry will not only remember, but also propose and conjure and wonder and imagine and foretell.

Consider these questions:

  • What does it ask you to remember?
  • What healing rest does it propose?
  • What truth and good work does it cause you to wonder about and imagine?
  • Where is might edge effect be present in your life that you might engage to help create the place of glorious rest the poem foretells?

BENEDICTION

Risen Christ,

Come near to us who are in places of death,

Come near to us who are strugging to surrender,

Come near to us fools and make us your fools,

And let us practice resurrection in a world that fears death.

Amen

RESOURCE

Podcast: Hidden Brain | The Edge Effect

PRACTICE

Lectio Divina (try this with Isaiah 11:1-10)

Oct 28, 2018

The Poem is a 4-week series in Isaiah 11, a section of poetry a few of us have thought a lot about over the years. As a result of that thinking, it has had a large influence on how we view things and do things at Timberline Old Town & Everyday Joe's. The hopeful fruit of a month in the poem together is a reminder of our identity: congregationally and individually. 

 

TEXT

Isaiah 11:1-5

 

TAKEAWAYS

  1. We must reckon with what is and what was, but the Spirit of Christ is always leading us to newness
  2. Reckon with our words. What is our goal? To impress? To control? To bring healing, joy, reconciliation.
  3. Shut up sometimes.
  4. Listen to this: On Being with Krista Tippett - Eugene Peterson 

 

BENEDICTION

Risen Christ,

Come near to us who are in

       places of death,

Come near to us who are       

       struggling to surrender,

Come near to us fools

       and make us your fools

       and let us practice    

       resurrection in a world

       that fears death.

Amen

Oct 21, 2018

The Poem is a 4-week series in Isaiah 11, a section of poetry a few of us have thought a lot about over the years. As a result of that thinking, it has had a large influence on how we view things and do things at Timberline Old Town & Everyday Joe's. The hopeful fruit of a month in the poem together is a reminder of our identity: congregationally and individually. 

 

TEXT

Isaiah 11:2-4a

 

TAKEAWAYS

  1. A few times this week, read Isaiah 11:1-4a. As for the Spirit of Christ to guide you as you...
  2. Reflect - try practicing the Examen prayer. Write down what was brought to your attention in reflection. Ask “Does it burn good?” Look for new life. Where is there unexpected beauty?
  3. Rest - Set the list aside.
  4. Breath - In, out. Rest in you, resting in me.
  5. Listen to The Poetry of Self Compassion

 

BENEDICTION

Risen Christ,

Come near to us who are in

       places of death,

Come near to us who are       

       struggling to surrender,

Come near to us fools

       and make us your fools

       and let us practice    

       resurrection in a world

       that fears death.

Amen

 
Oct 14, 2018

The Poem is a 4-week series in Isaiah 11, a section of poetry a few of us have thought a lot about over the years. As a result of that thinking, it has had a large influence on how we view things and do things at Timberline Old Town & Everyday Joe's. The hopeful fruit of a month in the poem together is a reminder of our identity: congregationally and individually. 

 

TEXT

Isaiah 11:1

 

TAKEAWAYS

Sins of omission get us all 

What do I need to reckon with personally?

What sins of my family or my race or my congregation or my gender do I need to consider that I haven’t considered?

Think big. Think free.

Watch Vapor Meditation and Vapor Gungor official lyric videos
 
 
BENEDICTON

"For A New Beginning" by John O'Donohue

In out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.

For a long time it has watched your desire,
Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.

It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the gray promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.

Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plenitude opening before you.

Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life’s desire.

Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.

Oct 7, 2018

TEXT

James 1:19-20

Philippians 4:4-9

Philippians 2:1-8, 12-16

 
TAKEAWAYS
1
Be slow to speak
 
2

When you're not speaking think about some things:

  • That’s a human bearing the image of God 
  • We cannot and should not assume that given the same genetic and environmental conditions we would be any different than they are
  • Have I been wrong before?
  • What are the questions?
  • What is the mind of Christ?
Sep 24, 2018

TEXT

Ephesians 4:2-6, 29-32

 
TAKEAWAYS
1
Life is awful beautiful
 
2

Be gentle with our souls

3

Let them love you.  I know you don’t always believe it, but your limp makes you even more beautiful.

4

Pay attention.  It’s hard to imagine that nothing at all could be so exciting, so much fun.

 

BENEDICTION 

Let us praise the grace & risk of Fire.

In the beginning
The Word was red,
And the sound was thunder,
And the wound in the unseen
Spilled forth the red weather of being.

In the name of Fire,
The Flame,
And the Light:
Praise the pure presence of fire
That burns from within
Without thought of time.

The hunger of fire has no need
For the reliquary of the future;
It adores the eros of now,
Where the memory of the earth
In flames that lick and drink the air
Is made to release

Its long enduring forms
In a powder of ashes
Left for the wind to decipher.

As air intensifies the hunger of fire,
May the thought of death
Breathe new urgency
Into our love of life.

As fire cleanses dross
May the flame of passion
Burn away what is false.

As short as the time 
From spark to flame,
So brief may the distance be
Between heart and being.

May we discover
Beneath our fear
Embers of anger
To kindle justice.

May courage
Cause our lives to flame,
In the name of the Fire,
And the Flame
And the Light.

Amen

Sep 19, 2018

TEXT

Isaiah 11:1-9

 
TAKEAWAYS
1
Disparate:  Fundamentally distinct or different in kind; entirely dissimilar: Containing or composed of dissimilar or opposing elements.  essentially not alike; distinct or different in kind; unequal.
 
2

Have a mixer

3

Note the places and times when people who wouldn’t otherwise be together are together and identify the transcendent

4

See Christ in all

 

BENEDICTION 

Christ shield me today
Against wounding
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.

Amen

 
Sep 10, 2018

Mackenzie Matthews is a dear friend and pastor of Timberline College. She's also an impressive visual artist. On 9.16.18, she shared with us concerning the importance of creative work, whatever our work is.

 

TEXT

Genesis 1.27

Nehemiah 4.16-17

Matthew 13.13-16

 

READINGS

“Unless we are creators, we are not fully alive.” - Madeline L’Engle 

“A singer songwriter named Peter Case was leading a discussion among aspiring muscians concerning lifelong habits of creativity. He talked about how the artist operates as a thieving magpie, always on the lookout for bits, threads and fragments that might serve in the assembling of a nest. With the same working survival instinct, the artist draws inspiration from a half-remembered remark, a billboard, an odd facial expression mis-perceived, a snatch of dialogue among strangers or whatever’s at hand... to articulate something needful, new and timely whether in lyric, image, story or argument. 
    “How old are you guys?” He asked when a lull had set in. Most reported in their late teens and early twenties. Nodding he surprised everyone by saying, “You’ve seen enough then. You have more than enough material to get you where youre going.” After a pause, “But maybe you havent seen what you’ve seen.” - David Dark
 
“Thank you. Thank you and keep going. Please keep writing songs. Please keep believing in music, because we do, and we need it, and specifically we need yours. We need the sounds and words and rhythms of hope and longing and beauty. We need the drums and strings and the haunting twist of your voice. We need the poetry of your lyrics and the spirit and force of your sounds. We’re desperate for great music, and there’s so much out there, but never, ever enough. We’re desperate for great storytellers, great painters, great dancers, great cooks, because art does something nothing else does. Art slips past our brains straight into our bellies. It weaves itself into our thoughts and feelings and the open spaces in our souls, and it allows us to live more and say more and feel more... Thank you and keep going” - Shauna Neiquist 
 
 
TAKEAWAYS
 
Creativity is a matter of human identity. How can you participate in creativity this week? 
 
If its not work, is it art? What opposition are you facing when it comes to creativity? Share it with a friend.  
 
Have you really seen what you’ve seen? Consider praying for eyes to see and ears to hear.  
 
The work you make matters. Thank you and keep going. 
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