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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 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. 
Sep 2, 2018

TEXT
John 9:1-41
John 10:1-11
 
TAKEAWAYS
1
The thief climbs in through the fence instead of walking through the gate
 
2
The thief robs present joy by reminding us we are frauds
 
3
The thief robs from the now with the not yet and robs from the enough with the not enough

4
Prayer for when the thief is speaking: This is enough. You are enough. I am enough.

Aug 20, 2018

TEXT

Matthew 16:13-15

John 8:31-32

 

TAKEAWAYS

1.

May my words and actions more and more be congruent with the ruth (heart of Christ and my deepest calling) 

 

2.

Three possible sacrifices of following our deepest calling: Misunderstanding, shame, loneliness

 

3.

Three important questions in pursuing our deepest calling: Is it true? Are my words or actions doing harm as far as I can tell? Are my words and actions motivated by love as best as I can discern?

 

BENEDICTION

May we be undone by the love of Christ and for the sake of those whose voices have been silenced

Aug 12, 2018

While Darren is on sabbatical, we're in a series called Voices - exploring the different voices around us (call them wisdom, if you want) that might act as guides on the pilgrimage to the heart of Christ. 

Each week, the speaker will act as the guide to exploring a different voice of their choosing. The guest speakers invited are some of the voices we want people to hear.  

TEXT

2 Chronicles 5:11-14

Mark 7:31-37

TAKEAWAYS

1.

Yield power and listen to the voice and stories of those who are often silenced

Suggested reading: 

The Power Of The Powerless by Christopher De Vinck

I'm Still Here by Austin Channing Brown

 

2.

Practice a prophetic imagination that is deeply rooted in the world around you.

 

3.

Become curious for the voice of God in the cry of others. 

 

BENEDICTION

May we be undone by the love of Christ and for the sake of those whose voices have been silenced

Aug 6, 2018

While Darren is on sabbatical, we're in a series called Voices - exploring the different voices around us (call them wisdom, if you want) that might act as guides on the pilgrimage to the heart of Christ. 

Each week, the speaker will act as the guide to exploring a different voice of their choosing. The guest speakers invited are some of the voices we want people to hear.  

TEXT

2 Chronicles 5:11-14

Mark 7:31-37

TAKEAWAYS

  • Be mindful this week about when you feel the need to interrupt or interject in a conversation. Ask, "Why?"
  • Change one routine this week.

  • At least three times this week, set a timer for 4’33”.

    Sit in silence, with the word Ephphatha in your mind. See what the Spirit might reveal to you.

  • Consider reading these books:

    Reaching Out

    by Henri Nouwen

     

    Interrupting Silence

    by Walter Brueggemann

     

    Just Mercy

    by Brian Stevenson

 

BENEDICTION

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.

Jul 29, 2018

July 29, 2018 presented us with a 5th Sunday of the month! On those Sundays throughout year, we take a break from our normal order of service and have a Movement Service. We pick a theme and explore through that theme through three or four different movements in the structure of: Word - Song - Prayer

Staying true to our Voices series, the theme for our movement service this time was The Voice Of The Congregation.

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While Darren is on sabbatical, we're in a series called Voices - exploring the different voices around us (call them wisdom, if you want) that might act as guides on the pilgrimage to the heart of Christ. 

Each week, the speaker will act as the guide to exploring a different voice of their choosing. The guest speakers invited are some of the voices we want people to hear. 

 

ORDER OF SERVICE | MOVEMENT: THE VOICE OF THE CONGREGATION

Song of Welcome - Give Me Your Hand  

Invocation

Song of Entry -  Hallelujah

Recognition of Souls - Ben

Song of Entry -  Hallelujah

Prayer

 

Movement 1:

Recognition of Souls - Luella

Song - Reckless Love

Prayer

 

Movement 2:

Recognition of Souls - Andy

Song - May You Find A Light

Prayer

 

Movement 3:

Recognition of Souls - Paul

Song - Beautiful Things

Prayer

 

Movement 4:

Recognition of Souls - Sara

Song - Because He Lives

Prayer

 

Conclusion:

Takeaways

Benediction

Jul 22, 2018

While Darren is on sabbatical, we're in a series called Voices - exploring the different voices around us (call them wisdom, if you want) that might act as guides on the pilgrimage to the heart of Christ. 

Each week, the speaker will act as the guide to exploring a different voice of their choosing. The guest speakers invited are some of the voices we want people to hear.  

 

TEXT

 

Mark 10:13-16

 

TAKEAWAYS

Find and study a picture of yourself as a child. And picture those around you as children too.

 

BENEDICTION

My heart is not proud, Lord,

my eyes are not haughty;

I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me.

But I have calmed and quieted myself,

I am like a weaned child with its mother

Like a weaned child, I am content.

Amen.

 

Jul 15, 2018

While Darren is on sabbatical, we're in a series called Voices - exploring the different voices around us (call them wisdom, if you want) that lead are guides on the pilgrimage to the heart of Christ. 

Each week, the speaker will act as the guide to exploring a different voice. The guest speakers invited are some of the voices we want people to hear.  

 

TEXT

Matthew 5:3-6 (MSG)

Matthew 5:21-22 (MSG)

Matthew 5:27-28 (NIV)

Matthew 6:30-33 (MSG)

Matthew 7:13-14 (MSG)

Matthew 7:28-29 (MSG)

 

TAKEAWAYS

The Voice of Jesus sounds like

I see you, I am glad you’re here, I am with you, let’s do this together.

The Voice of Jesus calls us to

Transformation personally and publicly

Community: Life is like doge-ball. Pick a good team.

A rigorous journey

 

 

BENEDICTION

O God, gather me to be with you

as you are with me.

Keep me in touch with myself.

with my needs

my anxieties,

my pains,

my corruptions.

 That I may claim them as my own,

 rather than blame them on someone else.

 

O Lord, deepen my wounds into wisdom;

shape my weaknesses into compassion;

gentle my envy into enjoyment,

my fear into trust,

my guilt into honesty.

 

O God, gather me

to be with you

as you are with me.

 

Amen.

 

Ted Loder, Guerillas of Grace

Jul 8, 2018

While Darren is on sabbatical, we're in a series called Voices - exploring the different voices around us (call them wisdom, if you want) that lead are guides on the pilgrimage to the heart of Christ. 

Each week, the speaker will act as the guide to exploring a different voice. The guest speakers invited are some of the voices we want people to hear.  

TEXT

Matthew 25:35

 

TAKEAWAYS

Consider this Danish proverb:

If there is room in the heart, there is room in the house.

 

Consider this statement:

Learn how to learn from those who offend you.

 

Consider seeing this movie:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhwktRDG_aQ

 

BENEDICTION

Father -

We ask that this path not be a place of emptying

Without also being a place of filling.

That those who use it would quiet themselves to focus on God’s voice,

And upon departing be obedient.

That its pilgrims would find Christ

and in so-doing find love and peace and life.

Amen

Jul 1, 2018

While Darren is on sabbatical, we're in a series called Voices - exploring the different voices around us (call them wisdom, if you want) that lead are guides on the pilgrimage to the heart of Christ. 

Each week, the speaker will act as the guide to exploring a different voice. The guest speakers invited are some of the voices we want people to hear.  

 

TEXT

John 1:1-14

 

BENEDICTION

Father -

We ask that this path not be a place of emptying

Without also being a place of filling.

That those who use it would quiet themselves to focus on God’s voice,

And upon departing be obedient.

That its pilgrims would find Christ

and in so-doing find love and peace and life.

Amen

Jun 24, 2018

TEXT

Genesis‬ ‭25-33

 

TAKEAWAYS

  • May we be people who recognize our advantages and be humble about them

  • May we be people who recognize our disadvantages and find grace

  • May we be people who return to places of shame and find mercy. And may we be people who allow others to return to places of shame and find mercy

  • May we be people who slay the dragon of ego and find the true source of life. 

  • May we be people who see the face of God where we once saw adversaries.

 

BENEDICTION

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you: 

wherever he may send you;

May he guide you through the wilderness:

protect you through the storm;

May he bring you home rejoicing:

at the wonders he has shown you;

May he bring you home rejoicing:

once again into our doors.

 

Amen.

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