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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.

Aug 18, 2019

Our weekly songs, readings and practices are now available in our Weekly Guide! We hope for it to be a catalyst for the movement of the Holy Spirit through our week.

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Aug 11, 2019

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Aug 4, 2019

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Jul 28, 2019

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Jul 21, 2019

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Jul 14, 2019

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Jul 7, 2019

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Jun 30, 2019

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Jun 23, 2019

Christy Nelson is the Bolt Gallery featured artist for June 2019. She joined us on Sunday to talk about her Transform show, the importance of our stories, and the metamorphosis of seeing.

Jun 23, 2019

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Jun 16, 2019

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Jun 9, 2019

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Jun 2, 2019

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May 26, 2019

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May 19, 2019

TEXT

Matthew 16:24-36

 

TAKEAWAYS

Write em down: “I am dust and ashes.” “The world was created just for me.”

Less is more. What do I need to do or say less?

Spend one full half hour in a natural setting meditating on the flow of life.

Prayerfully, be who you are in conscious awareness of Christ’s presence

 

BENEDICTION

The grace of God means something like: "Here is your life. You might never have been, but you are, because the party wouldn't have been complete without you. Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don't be afraid. I am with you. Nothing can ever separate us. It's for you I created the universe. I love you."

There's only one catch. Like any other gift, the gift of grace can be yours only if you'll reach out and take it.

Maybe being able to reach out and take it is a gift too.

Amen.

- Frederick Buechner

 

May 12, 2019

SONGS WE SANG

Jesus Paid It All by Kings (MHM)

Heart Of Worship by Matt Redman

Love Song by Jason Morant

King Of My Heart by John Mark McMillan

TEXT

Philippians 2:1-4 MSG

Philippians 2:1-4 NIV

 

TAKEAWAYS

Surrender to Everyone

Pray for the person that annoys you

Go home, and let all your relatives off the potter's wheel. You are not the potter. - Joyce Meyeer

Listen through your screams to the wind still whispering: Don't give up -- Surrender! - Eric Ganther

BENEDICTION

By Rachel Held Evans, who recently passed away and we will miss.

God, go with us. Help us to be an honor to the church.

Give us the grace to follow Christ’s word,
to be clear in our task and careful in our speech.

Give us open hands and joyful hearts.

Let Christ be on our lips.

May our lives reflect a love of truth and compassion.

Let no one come to us and go away sad.

May we offer hope to the poor,
and solace to the disheartened.

Let us so walk before God’s people,
that those who follow us might come into his kingdom.

Let us sow loving seeds, words that are quick with life,
that faith may be the harvest in people’s hearts.

In word and in example let your light shine
in the dark like the morning star.

Do not allow the wealth of the world or its enchantment
flatter us into silence as to your truth.

Do not permit the powerful, or judges,
or our dearest friends
to keep us from professing what is right.
Amen.

PRACTICE

In forgetting ourselves long enough to lend a helping hand (see the Message link above), consider this practice:

Pause ... when an interaction or situation causes something to rise up in you

Consider ... is this of weight or is this me just wanting people to be more like me?

Confess ... should the Holy Spirit show us we are keeping others at a distance because of superficial things

Surrender ... to our (God's) love of the person leading to an important conversation or letting it go.

RESOURCE

  • During Recognition Of Souls, our friend Maggie lead us in a reading of the poem "To My Mother" by Wendell Berry. You can read that poem here.
  • Rachel Held Evan's recently passed. Her book Searching For Sunday has been important to quite a few of us. Dig into her writings here.
May 5, 2019

SONGS WE SANG

The Earth Is Yours by Gungor

Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing by Audrey Assad

Twenty-Three by Aaron Strumpel

You're Beautiful by Phil Wickham

TEXT

Psalm 139:7-12

TAKEAWAYS

We have the Spirit

Get lost

Take a walk without a plan

Practice knowing as we go instead of knowing before we go

BENEDICTION

God go before you to lead you,

God go behind you to protect you,

God go beneath you to support you,

God go beside you to to befriend you.

Do not be afraid.

May the blessing of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be upon you.

Do not be afraid.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Amen.

PRACTICE

Get lost! Go for a walk without knowing where you're headed, pausing to notice what you come across, wondering about it with God. Go for a drive without destination. Follow interesting road signs. See where you end up. Wherever you end up, spend time in silence.

RESOURCES

Elizabeth Rooney: A Later-In-Life Poet

1A Podcast: The Curious Ways We Find (And Lose) Our Way

Apr 28, 2019

Busy week! Lydia Cruz - Bolt Gallery's featured artist for April 2019 - shared about the personal origins of her exhibit The Forest. Then we talked about breakfast.

SONGS WE SANG

Mightier by Aaron Strumpel

Your Love Never Runs Out by Loud Harp

Broken Vessels by Hillsong

Sins Are Stones by John Mark McMillan

TEXT

John 21:1-17 (MSG)

READINGS

“The true way to be humble is not to stoop until you’re smaller than yourself, but to stand at your real height against some higher nature.”

- Phillips Brooks

“It is while you are patiently toiling at the little tasks of life that the meaning and shape of the great whole of life dawn on you.”

- Phillips Brooks

"What matters is not where we are, but who -- what real things -- are with us. "

- Robert Capon

BENEDICTION

O Lord,
refresh our sensibilities.
Give us this day our daily taste.
Restore to us soups that spoons will not sink in,
and sauces which are never the same twice.
Raise up among us stews with more gravy
than we have bread to blot it with,
and casseroles that put starch and substance
in our limp modernity.

Take away our fear of fat,
and make us glad of the oil
that ran upon Aaron’s beard.
Give us pasta with a hundred fillings,
and rice in a thousand variations.

Above all,
give us grace to live as true people—
to fast till we come to a refreshed sense
of what we have and then to dine gratefully
on all that comes to hand.

Drive far from us,
O Most Bountiful,
all creatures of air and darkness;
cast out the demons that possess us;
deliver us from the fear of calories
and the bondage of nutrition;
and set us free once more in our own land,
where we shall serve thee as thou hast blessed us—
with the dew of heaven,
the fatness of the earth,
and plenty of corn and wine.

Amen

-Robert Capon, from The Supper Of The Lamb: A Culinary Reflection

RESOURCE

Excerpt from The Supper Of The Lamb: A Culinary Reflection

PRACTICE

Set aside 15 minutes. Sit down with a piece of paper in front of you. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you 'stand at your real height'. Begin to right down statements beginning with "The truth is..." Write statements until the time is up. What do you notice? What was difficult to write? What feels like provision? What feels like new life? 

Apr 21, 2019

SONGS WE SANG

Weeping Mary by Loud Harp

Here With Me by Loud Harp

In Christ Alone by Passion

Because He Lives by David Crowder Band

TEXT

Luke 22:14-19

Luke 24:13-32

READINGS

“So this story isn’t yet primarily about Jesus. It’s about people like us, muddled & afraid but showing up, going to look, still not understanding, but unable to let go. About people like us finding a stone rolled away when we thought it was impossible, but not yet understanding why it’s happened or what’s going to happen next.”

- NT Wright

“To practice the sacrament of sacred presence is to be Jesus, and to see Jesus. It’s all right in front of us, here and now...Certainly, if we live in the past, we will be depressed. If we live in the future, we are guaranteed anxiety. Now is always vast and new. Like any practice, it’s not about technique or program. It’s a decision.”

Gregory Boyle

TAKEAWAYS

  1. Look
  2. Linger
  3. Invite

PRACTICE

This week, practice the Prayer Of 3s as you feel invited:

  1. Take a moment to pause whatever you are doing and look up. Name 3 things you can see.
  2. Close your eyes. Name three things you can hear.
  3. Gently move three parts of your body.
  4. Take three deep breaths, in and out. 
  5. Be thankful.
  6. Amen.

RESOURCE

Supper At Emmaus by Caravaggio

Consider practicing Visio Divina with this painting as reference.

Apr 14, 2019

Lent is a period of 40-days leading to Easter when we practice letting go in order to receive from God. Sometimes this letting go looks like giving up something very specific - sweets, coffee, etc - and our cravings for those things might draw us to God. Sometimes the letting go is a more internal, daily practice as we listen to the Holy Spirit. Regardless,  Lent is both a time of more intense spiritual practice and a season of open-handed surrender rather than tight-fisted discipline.

During Lent, Sundays are feast days. Days when we celebrate mini-resurrections on the way to the resurrection of Christ. For Lent this year at Timberline Old Town & Everyday Joe’s, we will enter into these mini-resurrections through the five senses in a series called Awakenings. The senses are signs of life, and we wonder what would happen if we were to be intentionally awake to them. This week, we enter into the sense of sight.

This particular Sunday as also a Movement Sunday. When a month has a fifth Sunday, we take it as an opportunity to break our normal pattern of worship, with the hopeful fruit being a breaking of tired patterns in our lives.

  

INVOCATION

The following poem by Malcolm Guite was inspired by the account in Mark of Jesus healing the deaf & mute man. Please receive it as our Lenten invitation to practice resurrection:

"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.

SONGS WE SANG

Deliverance by Strahan

Skeleton Bones by John Mark McMillan

Who You Say I Am by Hillsong

Oh How We Love You by United Pursuit

TEXT

Matthew 21:6-11

TAKEAWAYS

Reflect on a time you felt especially connected with the people around you.

Be curious.

Reflect on a time when you said "wow" to the mystery of Christ.

PRACTICE

This week, practice The Daily Examen. Ask the Holy Spirit moments in your day of connection and moments of "wow" to the mystery, whether you missed them or not.

RESOURCE

Watch this performance of "Wake Up" by The Arcade Fire

BENEDICTION

Hosanna to the Son of David!

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!

Hosanna in the highest heaven!

Amen.

 

Apr 7, 2019

SONGS WE SANG

Give Me Your Hand by Aaron Strumpel

May You Find A Light by The Brilliance

I Lift My Eyes by Loud Harp

Relentless by Hillsong United

TEXTS

2 Corinthians 2:14 (MSG)

Psalm 23:1-3

READINGS

"The main thing about Christianity is not the work we do, but the relationship we maintain and the atmosphere produced by that relationship. That is all God asks us to look after, and it is the one thing that is being continually assailed."

Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

“Lord, I crawled across the barrenness to you with my empty cup … If only I had known you better, I’d have come running with a bucket.”

Nancy Spiegelberg

TAKEAWAYS

How could beyond me hospitality make a difference in the life of someone you know today?

What do you need to exhale today? What can you inhale to take its place?

 
PRACTICE

This week, consider making Breath Prayer a daily practice.

RESOURCES

Smell by Frederick Buechner 

Mar 31, 2019

Lent is a period of 40-days leading to Easter when we practice letting go in order to receive from God. Sometimes this letting go looks like giving up something very specific - sweets, coffee, etc - and our cravings for those things might draw us to God. Sometimes the letting go is a more internal, daily practice as we listen to the Holy Spirit. Regardless,  Lent is both a time of more intense spiritual practice and a season of open-handed surrender rather than tight-fisted discipline.

During Lent, Sundays are feast days. Days when we celebrate mini-resurrections on the way to the resurrection of Christ. For Lent this year at Timberline Old Town & Everyday Joe’s, we will enter into these mini-resurrections through the five senses in a series called Awakenings. The senses are signs of life, and we wonder what would happen if we were to be intentionally awake to them. This week, we enter into the sense of sight.

This particular Sunday as also a Movement Sunday. When a month has a fifth Sunday, we take it as an opportunity to break our normal pattern of worship, with the hopeful fruit being a breaking of tired patterns in our lives.

  

INVOCATION

The following poem by Malcolm Guite was inspired by the account in Mark of Jesus healing the deaf & mute man. Please receive it as our Lenten invitation to practice resurrection:

"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.

 

ORDER OF SERVICE

HOPES FOR THE DAY:

  • Beautiful Trinity, may this day be retreat and rest for each of us.
  • Beautiful Trinity, may  this day be a pattern interrupt - may something might catch our eyes, pass through our line of sight - and cause us to pause and notice and wonder.
  • Beautiful trinity, may this morning be a moment of pause - may this feast day, this mini-celebration of aliveness through sight - that would cause a movement of newly alive, newly refreshed sight during the week.

SONG: Beautiful by Phil Wickham

MOVEMENT 1: What Do You Want Me To Do For You?

Text: Luke 18:35-43

Quote: "The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision." - Helen Keller

Prayer: 

Close both eyes see with the other one.

Then we are no longer saddled by the burden of our persistent judgments

our ceaseless withholding

our constant exclusion.

Our sphere has widened and we find ourselves quite unexpectedly in a new, expansive location

in a place of endless acceptance

and infinite love.

Amen.

(Father Gregory Boyle)

SONG: Be Thou My Vision

MOVEMENT 2: How Do You See?

Text: Matthew 5:3-8

Prayer: 

Close both eyes see with the other one.

Then we are no longer saddled by the burden of our persistent judgments

our ceaseless withholding

our constant exclusion.

Our sphere has widened and we find ourselves quite unexpectedly in a new, expansive location

in a place of endless acceptance

and infinite love.

Amen.

(Father Gregory Boyle)

SONG:  I Lift My Eyes by Loud Harp

MOVEMENT 3: Who Do You See?

Reading:

"What this means is that even if you are socially shy and generally inarticulate about spiritual matters -- and I say this as someone who finds casual social interactions often quite difficult and my own feelings about faith intractably mute -- you must not swerve from the engagements God offers you. These will occur in the most unlikely places, and with people for whom your first instinct may be aversion. Dietrich Bonhoeffer says that Christ is always stronger in our brother's heart than in our own, which is to say, first, that we depend on others for our faith, and second, that the love of Christ is not something you can ever hoard. Human love catalyzes the love of Christ. And this explains why that love seems at once so forceful and so fugitive, and why, "while we speak of this, and yearn toward it," as Augustine says, "we barely touch it in a quick shudder of the heart."

Prayer: 

Close both eyes see with the other one.

Then we are no longer saddled by the burden of our persistent judgments

our ceaseless withholding

our constant exclusion.

Our sphere has widened and we find ourselves quite unexpectedly in a new, expansive location

in a place of endless acceptance

and infinite love.

Amen.

(Father Gregory Boyle)

SONG:  Brother by The Brilliance

 

RESOURCE

This TED talk about how we learn to see

and this TED interview about how going blind gives you vision

BENEDICTION

May your soul beautify

The desire of your eyes

That you might glimpse

The infinity that hides

In the simple sights

That seem worn

To your usual eyes

Amen

John O’Donohue

Mar 24, 2019

SONGS WE SANG

Deliverance by Strahan

Skeleton Bones by John Mark McMillan

Who You Say I Am by Hillsong

Oh How We Love You by United Pursuit

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

John 1:35-39

TAKEAWAYS

1 What is a food I used to hate and now I’m crazy about it?

2 What is a change I made in my life that surprised me?

3 What is a change I’ve wanted to make for a long time? What is a move I’ve been putting off and it’s time to take the first step?

PRACTICE

Try one new taste per day. Give an old taste another chance. Keep a taste journal for the week.

RESOURCE

Watch Babette's Feast! You can watch the trailer here.

BENEDICTION

And when you partake

Of food and drink,

May your taste quicken

To the gift and sweetness

That flows from the earth.

Amen

John O’Donohue

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)

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