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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.

Dec 25, 2016

Merry Christmas! In an effort to stay at home with our dear ones, we gathered one morning in the living room of Katrina Tomlin - TOT children's director - and recorded a time of song, prayer, joy, beauty, story, and Christmas. Enjoy the audio podcast, or watch the video here!

For the Advent season, we will be using the book Light Upon Light by Sarah Arthur as a guide. Each component of the service will be taken from that book.
 
Opening Prayer
Welcome, all wonders in one sight!
Eternity shut in a span!
Summer in winter, day in night!
Heaven in earth, and God in man!
Great little One! whose all-embracing birth
Lifts earth to heaven, stoops heaven to earth.
 
Text
Isaiah 58:1-12
 
Literary Selection
Mary at the Nativity by Tania Runyan

The angel said there would be no end
to his kingdom. So for three hundred days
I carried rivers and cedars and mountains.
Stars spilled in my belly when he turned.

Now I can’t stop touching his hands,
the pink pebbles of his knuckles,
the soft wrinkle of flesh
between his forefinger and thumb.
I rub his fingernails as we drift
in and out of sleep. They are small
and smooth, like almond petals.
Forever, I will need nothing but these.

But all night, the visitors crowd
around us. I press his palms to my lips
in silence. They look down in anticipation,
as if they expect him
to spill coins from his hands
or raise a gold scepter
and turn swine into angels.

Isn’t this wonder enough
that yesterday he was inside me,
and now he nuzzles next to my heart?
That he wraps his hand around
my finger and holds on?

 
Benediction
Moonless darkness stands between.
Past, the Past, no more be seen!
But the Bethlehem-star may lead me
To the sight of Him Who freed me

From the self that I have been.
Make me pure, Lord: Thou art holy;
Make me meek, Lord: Thou wert lowly;
Now beginning, and alway:
Now begin, on Christmas Day.

Dec 18, 2016

For the Advent season, we will be using the book Light Upon Light by Sarah Arthur as a guide. Each component of the service will be taken from that book.

 

Opening Prayer:

 

O Thou, whose glorious, yet contracted light,

Wrapped in a night’s mantle, stole into a manger;

Since my dark soul and brutish is thy right,

To Man of all beasts be not Thou a stranger…

 

Text:

Luke 2:22-35

 

Literary Selection:

Nativity by Li-Young Lee

In the dark, a child might ask, What is the world?

just to hear his sister

promise, An unfinished wing of heaven,

just to hear his brother say,

A house inside a house,

but most of all to hear his mother answer,

One more song, then you go to sleep.

 

How could anyone in that bed guess

the question finds its beginning

in the answer long growing

inside the one who asked, that restless boy

the night's darling?

 

Later, a man lying awake,

he might ask it again,

just to hear the silence

charge him, This night

arching over your sleepless wondering.

 

this night, the near ground

every reaching-out-to overreaches,

 

just to remind himself

out of what little earth and duration,

out of what immense good-bye,

 

each must make a safe place of his heart,

before so strange and wild a guest

as God approaches.

 

Benediction:

 

...To Man of all beasts be not Thou a stranger:

Furnish and deck my soul, that Thou mayst have

A better lodging, than a rack, or grave. 

Amen.

Dec 11, 2016

For the Advent season, we will be using the book Light Upon Light by Sarah Arthur as a guide. Each component of the service will be taken from that book.

 

Opening Prayer:

Lead, Kindly Light, amid the circling gloom,

Lead Thou me on!

The night is dark and I am far from home—

Lead Thou me on!

Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see

The distant scene, — one step enough for me.

 

Amen.

 

Text:

Psalm 137

Luke 2:1-7

 

 Literary Selection:

The House Of Christmas by GK Chesterton 

There fared a mother driven forth
Out of an inn to roam;
In the place where she was homeless
All men are at home.
The crazy stable close at hand,
With shaking timber and shifting sand,
Grew a stronger thing to abide and stand
Than the square stones of Rome.

For men are homesick in their homes,
And strangers under the sun,
And they lay on their heads in a foreign land
Whenever the day is done.
Here we have battle and blazing eyes,
And chance and honour and high surprise,
But our homes are under miraculous skies
Where the yule tale was begun.

A Child in a foul stable,
Where the beasts feed and foam;
Only where He was homeless
Are you and I at home;
We have hands that fashion and heads that know,
But our hearts we lost - how long ago!
In a place no chart nor ship can show
Under the sky's dome.

This world is wild as an old wives' tale,
And strange the plain things are,
The earth is enough and the air is enough
For our wonder and our war;
But our rest is as far as the fire-drake swings
And our peace is put in impossible things
Where clashed and thundered unthinkable wings
Round an incredible star.

To an open house in the evening
Home shall men come,
To an older place than Eden
And a taller town than Rome.
To the end of the way of the wandering star,
To the things that cannot be and that are,
To the place where God was homeless
And all men are at home.

 

Benediction:

So long Thy power hath blest me, sure it still

Will lead me on,

O’er moon and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till

The night is gone;

And with the morn those angel faces smile

Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile.

 

Amen.

Dec 4, 2016

For the Advent season, we will be using the book Light Upon Light by Sarah Arthur as a guide. Each component of the service will be taken from that book.

 

Opening Prayer:

Deliver us for Thy descent

Into the Virgin, whose womb was a place

Of middle kind; and Thou being sent

To ungracious us, stayed’st at her full of grace….

 

Text:

Luke 1:26-38

 

Literary Selection:

Annunciation by Elizabeth B. Rooney

 

There was

Is

Has been

And will be

An everywhere

Fixed

And transfixed

Wherin

One single

Simple

Open soul

Received

The potency

Of the creative whole.

 

Benediction:

…And through Thy poor birth, where first Thou Glorified’st poverty,

And yet soon after riches didst allow,

By accepting King’s gifts in the Epiphany,

Deliver ,and make us, to both ways free.

Amen.

Nov 27, 2016

For the Advent season, we will be using the book Light Upon Light by Sarah Arthur as a guide. Each component of the service will be taken from that book.

 

Opening Prayer:

Of the Father’s love begotten,

Ere the worlds began to be,

His is Alpha and Omega,

He the source, the ending He,

Of the things that are,

That have been,

And the future years shall see,

Evermore and evermore!

 

        

Text:

John 1:1-18 

 

Literary Selection:

Conversion by Marci Johnson

How can word

become flesh?

Belly. Bone.

 

Tongue—the feel

in the mouth a word

rolling around. Word,

 

not a kiss not the thing

itself—a name. The arch

of a foot. Your face

 

in my hands, just

a name. Blue sky lolling

Beyond the window

 

frame—eyes open.

Just a way of looking.

Begin with a change.

 

Benediction:

Christ, to Thee with God the Father,

And, O Holy Ghost, to Thee,

Hymn and chant with high thanksgiving,

And unwearied praises be:

Honor, glory, and dominion,

And eternal victory,

Evermore and evermore!

Nov 20, 2016

Invocation:

"All shall be well" from At The Still Point

And so our good Lord answered

 to all the questions and doubts

that I might make,

saying comfortingly:

        I may make all thing well, 

        I can make all thing well,

I will make all thing well,

and I shall make all thing well;

and thou shall see thyself

that all manner of thing shall be well.

Where He says, I may,

I understand it for the Father;

Where He says, I can,

I understand it for the Son;

Where He says, I will,

I understand it for the Holy Ghost

and where He says , I shall,

I understand it for the unity of the blessed Trinity:

three Persons and one Truth;

and where He says, Thou shall see thy self,

I understand the oneing of all mankind

that shall be saved unto the blessed

Trinity.

And in these five words

God wills we be enclosed

in rest and in peace.

        

Text:

Revelation 1:1-3

Revelation 3:14-22

 

Takeaways:

  • What is different about me in the last year because of Jesus?
  • What is Jesus asking to disrupt right now in my space?
  • Have I let Jesus in at all?

 

Benediction:

And all shall be well and

All manner of thing shall be well.

Amen.

Nov 13, 2016

Text:

Matthew 15:10-20

Takeaways:

  • Where have I become dull?
  • Very soon, ask someone with whom you disagree to help you understand.
  • Make a list of what is best about the political party you voted against.

Benediction:

 

Be still and know that I am God.

Be still and know that I am.

Be still and know.

Be still.

Be.

Nov 6, 2016

Text:

Mark 10:32-52

Takeaways:

  • What do I want Jesus to do for me?
  • Why do I want that?
  • What are my blind spots?

Benediction: 

Be still and know that I am God.

Be still and know that I am.

Be still and know.

Be still.

Be.

Oct 23, 2016

Text:

Exodus 3:1-4:5

Takeaways:

  • Take inventory: What am I holding onto that keeps me from the true self?
  • This week, when I don't know what to say in a certain situation, practice waiting for the spirit.
  • Take some time this week to look at some cattle or horses and just be still.

Benediction: 

Be still and know that I am God.

Be still and know that I am.

Be still and know.

Be still.

Be.

Oct 19, 2016

On October 13, 2016 we hosted Q Commons: Engaging Our Divided Nation. During two-hour event , we heard 3 national talks via broadcast and 3 local talks on the Everyday Joe's stage.

Amy Lowe - senior editor & co-founder of Ruminate Magazine - kicked off our local Q Commons talks last week. She reminds us of what happens when we bear witness to each other's stories.

Oct 16, 2016

Text:

 

Genesis 2:25-3:10

Takeaways:

  • Where am I now?

Benediction: 

Be still and know that I am God.

Be still and know that I am.

Be still and know.

Be still.

Be.

Oct 2, 2016

Text:

Genesis 1:26-31

Ephesians 2:1-9

Takeaways:

  • Knowing "Whose I Am" changes my "Who Am I?" from a QUESTION into a STATEMENT of Who I Am - A Child Of God.
  • Identifying the "wrong voices" telling me who I am will allow me to focus on the one true voice who ultimately tells me who I am, which is all I should care about.
  • It is by grace I have been saved through faith. 
  • Whose I am tells me who I am.

Benediction: 

Be still and know that I am God.

Be still and know that I am.

Be still and know.

Be still.

Be.

Sep 25, 2016

Text:

Isaiah 11:1-9

Takeaways:

  • Jesus didn't die just so we could go to heaven when we die.
  • Where am I and who am I when I am there?
  • Are we judging only by what we see and hear?

Benediction: 

Be still and know that I am God.

Be still and know that I am.

Be still and know.

Be still.

Be.

Sep 18, 2016

Text:

Nehemiah 2:11-15

Takeaways:

  • Service is responding with mercy and love, not having all the answers.
  • The opportunity to respond is around us all the time.
  • Look at how Jesus did what he did, and do it well like that.
  • Take regular time this week to pray Psalm 139:1, followed by a time of silence. Pay attention and write down anything you hear about who you are.

Benediction: 

Be still and know that I am God.

Be still and know that I am.

Be still and know.

Be still.

Be.

Sep 11, 2016

Text:

Romans 12:16-21

Takeaways:

  • Don't be a jerk. Least wise, try real hard.
  • Same goes for being a baby.
  • Always remember when we start hating people or groups of people that we all have been told different stories.
  • Living at peace is not the same as agreeing with everyone.

Benediction: 

Be still and know that I am God.

Be still and know that I am.

Be still and know.

Be still.

Be.

Sep 4, 2016

Text:

Matthew 25:14-30

Takeaways:

  • Sometimes, the first movement is turning around.
  • Where am I stuck right now?
  • What am I afraid of right now?
  • What is the first thing I need to do?

Benediction: 

Be still and know that I am God.

Be still and know that I am.

Be still and know.

Be still.

Be.

Aug 28, 2016

Text:

Psalm 29

Takeaways:

  • Go to coffee with someone you know has suffered a lot and listen to what they have to share.
  • Read something by Brennan Manning

Benediction: 

Be still and know that I am God.

Be still and know that I am.

Be still and know.

Be still.

Be.

Aug 21, 2016

Text:

Psalm 126

 

Takeaways:

  • Go to coffee with someone you know has suffered a lot and listen to what they have to share.
  • Read something by Brennan Manning

 

Benediction: 

Be still and know that I am God.

Be still and know that I am.

Be still and know.

Be still.

Be.

Aug 14, 2016

Text:

Psalm 144

 

Takeaways:

  • Each day this week, take significant time to contemplate a part of your body.
  • Each day this week, take significant time to contemplate something in nature.
  • One day this week, find a place to sit and just watch your fellow humans for a half hour.
  • Each day, thank God specifically for an otherwise overlooked task you were able to perform

 

Benediction:

 

Be still and know that I am God.

Be still and know that I am.

Be still and know.

Be still.

Be.

Aug 7, 2016

Text:

Psalm 51

 

Benediction:

May God protect you through your time of trial.

May the love of Christ,

seen in what he did,

and heard in what he said

fill you with joy and hope.

May the Holy Spirit advocate for you,

leading into all truth,

lighting the way of faith,

and strengthening you to follow Jesus,

So that you will become

like a strong, young tree,

growing deep and bearing

much fruit.

Amen.

 

Jul 31, 2016

Text:

Psalm 23

Takeaways:

Benediction:

As you go forth from this place,
may the wind of the Spirit
startle your senses
and blow through your life;

May the fire of the Spirit scorch your complacency
and light your way.

And may the blessing
of the Holy One—
Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer—
rest with you now and forever more.
Amen.

Jul 24, 2016

Text:

 Luke 24:13-32

Benediction:

As you go forth from this place,
may the wind of the Spirit
startle your senses
and blow through your life;

May the fire of the Spirit scorch your complacency
and light your way.

And may the blessing
of the Holy One—
Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer—
rest with you now and forever more.
Amen.

Jul 17, 2016

Text:

 Luke 14:1-11

Takeaways:

  • When you receive a compliment, say thank you.
  • Make two lists: what I like about me & what I don't like about me. Ask someone you trust to look at it and give feedback.
  • Open our hearts to the spirit of Jesus everyday to tell us the truth about us. 

Benediction:

As you go forth from this place,
may the wind of the Spirit
startle your senses
and blow through your life;

May the fire of the Spirit scorch your complacency
and light your way.

And may the blessing
of the Holy One—
Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer—
rest with you now and forever more.
Amen.

Jul 10, 2016

Text:

 

Luke 11:37-54

Takeaways:

  • Contemplate this question: What is the flaw that I most quickly identify in other people?
  • And another: Where am I trying too hard?
  • And another: What are my litmus questions?
  • This week, give someone a kitty. Just kidding, but do surprise someone with generosity.

Benediction:

As you go forth from this place,
may the wind of the Spirit
startle your senses
and blow through your life;

May the fire of the Spirit scorch your complacency
and light your way.

And may the blessing
of the Holy One—
Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer—
rest with you now and forever more.
Amen.

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