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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.

Apr 8, 2018

PRAYERS

  • May I see those you have given to me to love and allow myself to be seen by those to whom I have been given to love.
  • May I daily surrender before you God, opening my mind to the sacred wind of the Kingdom, letting go of my shame and releasing others from theirs.
  • May I practice passing on knowledge and wisdom and food and joy and friends and love so that my life is a vibrant river of life with the grace of God flowing in and out.
  • Father, when I am stuck in my own head, in my own fears, in my own shame, grant me the courage to make one move, and when I am depleted with my pursuing, may I be still and receive power from on high.
  • We have received mercy. May we be merciful. We have received power. May we be wise and true and humble. Amen.

TAKEAWAYS

  • This week, each day, pick one story from the life of Jesus. Read it through. Choose an word of action in that story. Write that word down. Meditate on it. Pray about it. Then watch for opportunities during the day to practice that word.
  • With the mission of Jesus in mind, write a mission statement for yourself, your family, your vocation.
Apr 1, 2018

Life & Resurrection, Darren shares a funny he's been holding on to for 15 years, Chris reads a poem

Mar 25, 2018

Long Story Short: Enter The Story is a 12-week series covering the entirety of the Bible.

What an irresponsible use of entirety! Really, it's an overview of the holy scriptures. The hope is to catch the thread of the story being told: the coming and the presence of the Kingdom of Heaven. As a guide, we are using the imperative -enter the story-

Find weekly readings and more here.

 

TEXT:

Genesis 2:15-17

Genesis 12:2

Exodus 19:3-6

TAKEAWAYS:

1

How am I mad?

2

Rethink

3

Begin each day this Holy Week in the solid place with this prayer:

Do you love me?

4

Be humble

BENEDICTION: 

May it be enough for me

to see God in the world.

Mar 18, 2018

Long Story Short: Enter The Story is a 12-week series covering the entirety of the Bible.

What an irresponsible use of entirety! Really, it's an overview of the holy scriptures. The hope is to catch the thread of the story being told: the coming and the presence of the Kingdom of Heaven. As a guide, we are using the imperative -enter the story-

Find weekly readings and more here.

INVOCATION:

May I never grow tired

of starting over or

helping others do the same.

My hope is always in

renewal and resurrection.

 

BENEDICTION:

Artist of souls, 

you sculpted a people for yourself

out of the rocks and fasting.

Help us that we take up your 

invitation to prayer and simplicity, 

that the discipline of these forty days

may sharpen our hunger for the feast of your holy friendship, and

whet our thirst for the living water you offer through Jesus Christ. 

Amen.

 

Mar 11, 2018

Long Story Short: Enter The Story is a 12-week series covering the entirety of the Bible.

What an irresponsible use of entirety! Really, it's an overview of the holy scriptures. The hope is to catch the thread of the story being told: the coming and the presence of the Kingdom of Heaven. As a guide, we are using the imperative -enter the story-

Find weekly readings and more here.

 

TEXT:

Genesis 2:15-17

Genesis 12:2

Exodus 19:3-6

TAKEAWAYS:

1

Be humble

2

Be a reconciler

3

Practice the sacred

4

Pray for the heart of Christ

 

BENEDICTION:

 

May my pursuit of happiness

never come at the cost

Of someone else's right

to do the same.

Mar 4, 2018

Long Story Short: Enter The Story is a 12-week series covering the entirety of the Bible.

What an irresponsible use of entirety! Really, it's an overview of the holy scriptures. The hope is to catch the thread of the story being told: the coming and the presence of the Kingdom of Heaven. As a guide, we are using the imperative -enter the story-

Find weekly readings and more here.

 

TEXT:

Exodus 6:2-8 ; Matthew 1:9-13

TAKEAWAYS:

1

Follow the ark (solitude)

2

Step in the water (prayer)

3

Build an altar (reflect)

4

Do it together

 

BENEDICTION:

 May I have the vision to see this day

(and the work that comes with it)

as a gift.

 

Feb 25, 2018

Long Story Short: Enter The Story is a 12-week series covering the entirety of the Bible.

What an irresponsible use of entirety! Really, it's an overview of the holy scriptures. The hope is to catch the thread of the story being told: the coming and the presence of the Kingdom of Heaven. As a guide, we are using the imperative -enter the story-

Find weekly readings and more here.

 

TEXT:

Exodus 20:1-3

 

TAKEAWAYS:

1

The practice of St. Francis: Speak to me of God.

 

BENEDICTION:

May I be too engaged

risking my own failures

To have time to criticize the failures 

of others.

 

Feb 18, 2018

Long Story Short: Enter The Story is a 12-week series covering the entirety of the Bible.

What an irresponsible use of entirety! Really, it's an overview of the holy scriptures. The hope is to catch the thread of the story being told: the coming and the presence of the Kingdom of Heaven. As a guide, we are using the imperative -enter the story-

Find weekly readings and more here.

 

TEXT:

Exodus 6:2-8 ; Matthew 1:9-13

TAKEAWAYS:

1

In our return home during this Lenten season, what do we need to let go?

2

In our return home during this Lenten season, what do we need to receive?

3

Who are we with?

4

What is home?

 

BENEDICTION:

 

May I have vision and courage

to join God in the places

He's already working

rather than feel

Responsible for bringing Him

with me.

Feb 11, 2018

Long Story Short: Enter The Story is a 12-week series covering the entirety of the Bible.

What an irresponsible use of entirety! Really, it's an overview of the holy scriptures. The hope is to catch the thread of the story being told: the coming and the presence of the Kingdom of Heaven. As a guide, we are using the imperative -enter the story-

Find weekly readings and more here.

 

TEXT:

Genesis 12:1, Hebrews 11:8-9, Genesis 22:1-2, Hebrews 11:17-19

TAKEAWAYS:

1

Am I living a good story?

2

In the story I am living, where is the place my character is being asked to leave?

3

In my story, what is the test my character needs to overcome?

4

How have I changed in the story?

 

BENEDICTION:

Be still and know that I am God.

Be still and know that I am.

Be still and know.

Be still.

Be.

Feb 4, 2018

Long Story Short: Enter The Story is a 12-week series covering the entirety of the Bible.

What an irresponsible use of entirety! Really, it's an overview of the holy scriptures. The hope is to catch the thread of the story being told: the coming and the presence of the Kingdom of Heaven. As a guide, we are using the imperative -enter the story-

Find weekly readings and more here.

 

TEXT:

Genesis 1:1-5, 2:19-20

TAKEAWAYS:

1

What chaos do I encounter that God is calling me to name?

2

What confusion in me am I asking God to name?

3

Enter the story.

 

BENEDICTION:

Be still and know that I am God.

Be still and know that I am.

Be still and know.

Be still.

Be.

Jan 28, 2018

TEXT:

1 Corinthian 11:23-26 

TAKEAWAYS:

1

Learn one new joke per week for four weeks.  Tell 3 people.

2

Start a journal in the spirit of receiving and passing it on. Make two daily entries based on two questions:
1. What did I receive today for which I’m grateful?

2. Whose day was better because of me?

BENEDICTION:

We ask you, Master, be our helper and defender. 

Rescue those of our number in distress; raise up the fallen ; assist the needy; heal the sick; turn back those of your people who stray; feed the hungry; release our captives; revive the weak; encourage those who lose heart.

Let all the nations realize that you are the only God, that Jesus Christ is your Child, and that we are your people and the sheep of your pasture.

Amen.

Jan 21, 2018

TEXT:

1 Peter 4:8-11

Hebrews 13:1-3

 

TAKEAWAYS:

1

Good neighbors don't add sticks to the fire of hate.

 

2

Good neighbors are yolkfellows.

 

3

Good neighbors are watchmen.

 

4

Good neighbors are innkeepers.

 

BENEDICTION:

We ask you, Master, be our helper and defender. 

Rescue those of our number in distress; raise up the fallen ; assist the needy; heal the sick; turn back those of your people who stray; feed the hungry; release our captives; revive the weak; encourage those who lose heart.

Let all the nations realize that you are the only God, that Jesus Christ is your Child, and that we are your people and the sheep of your pasture.

Amen.

Jan 14, 2018

Each week, we take a moment to pause and enter a practice we call Recognition Of Souls. It is a time to remember and realize that we are not in the room alone. Furthermore, we've all ended up in the room in the middle of very different lives and stories. The miracle of congregation is that we're all in the room. The call of congregation is to worship. The act of congregation is to "rejoice with those who rejoice; Mourn with those who mourn."

Sometimes we post the recording of Recognition Of Souls here. Enjoy.

Jan 14, 2018

TEXT:

Luke 18:1-14

 

TAKEAWAYS:

1

Now we see through a glass darkly; then, face to face. Now we know in part; then, fully, even as we are fully known.

 

2

Grit without humility can be annoying.

Humility without grit can be despairing.

 

3

The prayer in there:

Lord Jesus Christ Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

 

BENEDICTION:

We ask you, Master, be our helper and defender. 

Rescue those of our number in distress; raise up the fallen ; assist the needy; heal the sick; turn back those of your people who stray; feed the hungry; release our captives; revive the weak; encourage those who lose heart.

Let all the nations realize that you are the only God, that Jesus Christ is your Child, and that we are your people and the sheep of your pasture.

Amen.

Jan 7, 2018

 TAKEAWAYS:

  • More fun.
  • More time.
  • More compassionate.
  • More generous.

 

Dec 31, 2017

We wanted our time together during the Advent season to be set apart. Instead of our normal rhythm of congregation, we put together an order of service that might serve as an interruption to how we normally gather. Perhaps it will wake us up to hear new things, or give us pause to consider something from a different perspective, or...who knows?

Each week, the liturgy is lead and the homily are given by different folks - different voices making up the mass of humanity anticipating the arrival of the Christ Child.

 

Interruptions Of Wonder | 12.31.17 | Look

 

Opening Prayer

Madisen Golden

Recognition of Souls

Chris Deigert

Reading of Wonder

Madisen Golden

Homily - "Look"

Chris Hess

New Year Benediction

Madisen Golden

Dec 24, 2017

We wanted our time together during the Advent season to be set apart. Instead of our normal rhythm of congregation, we put together an order of service that might serve as an interruption to how we normally gather. Perhaps it will wake us up to hear new things, or give us pause to consider something from a different perspective, or...who knows?

Each week, the liturgy is lead and the homily are given by different folks - different voices making up the mass of humanity anticipating the arrival of the Christ Child.

 

Interruptions Of Wonder | 12.24.17 | Shepherds

Welcome & Pause

Chris Hess

Opening Prayer & Recognition of Souls

Chris Hess

Reading of Wonder - "The Shepherd" by Frederick Buechner

Chris Hess

Homily - "Shepherds"

Darren Fred

Advent Benediction

Chris Hess

Dec 17, 2017

We wanted our time together during the Advent season to be set apart. Instead of our normal rhythm of congregation, we put together an order of service that might serve as an interruption to how we normally gather. Perhaps it will wake us up to hear new things, or give us pause to consider something from a different perspective, or...who knows?

Each week, the liturgy is lead and the homily are given by different folks - different voices making up the mass of humanity anticipating the arrival of the Christ Child.

 

Interruptions Of Wonder | 12.17.17 | The Magi

Welcome & Pause

 Darren Fred

Opening Prayer

Katrina Tomlin

Recognition of Souls

Maggie Shafer

Reading of Wonder - "Wait" by Antoinette Portis

Katrina Tomlin

Homily - "Joseph"

Chris Hess

Advent Benediction

Katrina Tomlin

Dec 10, 2017

We wanted our time together during the Advent season to be set apart. Instead of our normal rhythm of congregation, we put together an order of service that might serve as an interruption to how we normally gather. Perhaps it will wake us up to hear new things, or give us pause to consider something from a different perspective, or...who knows?

Each week, the liturgy is lead and the homily are given by different folks - different voices making up the mass of humanity anticipating the arrival of the Christ Child.

 

Interruptions Of Wonder | 12.10.17 | Joseph

 Welcome & Pause

 Chris Hess

Opening Prayer

Darren Fred

Recognition of Souls

Ben Jewell

Reading of Wonder - Excerpt from "Traveling Mercies" by Anne Lamott

Darren Fred

Homily - "Joseph"

Steve Griffin

Advent Benediction

Darren Fred

Dec 4, 2017

We wanted our time together during the Advent season to be set apart. Instead of our normal rhythm of congregation, we put together an order of service that might serve as an interruption to how we normally gather. Perhaps it will wake us up to hear new things, or give us pause to consider something from a different perspective, or...who knows?

Each week, the liturgy is lead and the homily are given by different folks - different voices making up the mass of humanity anticipating the arrival of the Christ Child.

 

Interruptions Of Wonder | 12.3.17 | Mary

Welcome 

Opening Prayer

Dick Foth

 

Recognition of Souls

Chris Hess

Reading of Wonder - Excerpt from "Godric" by Frederick Buechner

Dick Foth

 

Homily - "Mary"

Mackenzie Matthews

Advent Benediction

Dick Foth

Nov 27, 2017

During the Advent season, we are using Pauses for Advent: Words Of Wonder by Trevor Hudson as a guide. 

Each entry in the guide - beginning November 27 - follows the rhythm of Pause-Meditate-Practice

On this particular Sunday, we took time to try and catch the rhythm as a congregation.

 

PAUSE

Mark 1:1-3

 

MEDITATE

Darren's homily

 

PRACTICE

  • Find a place that is abandoned. Look at it for awhile. Pray.
  • Reach out to a person that is in the wilderness. Write a note. Share a coffee. Make a call.

  • Sit on some grass. Ask some questions and take some notes. What do I want right now? Why do I want that? Who am I? Who am I not?

  • When you are waiting somewhere sometime soon - and you will wait - look around, see people, and pray.

  • Listen to Oprah’s Supersoul conversations podcast with Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor: “My Stroke of Insight”

 

BENEDICTION

Be still and know that I am God.

Be still and know that I am.

Be still and know. 

Be still.

Be.

 

Nov 20, 2017

TEXT:

Luke 17:5-6 ; 11-19

 

TAKEAWAYS:

1

Read Psalm 1 in the morning.

Write “meditate day & night” on a 3x5 card.

Stick it in your pocket.

When you take the card out of your pocket, think about that phrase.

 

2
Ask God and yourself who you need to apologize to. Write that name on a 3x5 card and put it in your pocket.

Apologize.

Shred the card.

 

3
Write a note on a 3x5 card to someone you haven’t seen for a month.

Put it in an envelope.

Address the envelope.

Mail it.

 

4

Write “Nicely Done” on a 3x5 card.

Sign your name.

Leave it under a paperclip on a report from a kid, or on a keyboard, or under the plate at a restaurant. Or just look at it before you go to bed.

 

BENEDICTION

May the Lord bless you and keep you, May He make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you.

May the eyes of your heart be open to all the blessings which surround you; may this awareness produce a harvest of generosity in your spirit.

May thankfulness rise up within you, not just during this short season, but day after day, from the early morning watch until you retire for the night.

May your prayers reflect gratitude, while also acknowledging the needs of others whose situations are so drastically different.

May the thoughts of Jesus fill your mind, and thanksgiving be your response.
Amen.

Nov 12, 2017

Every year, we take 5 weeks to go through our Coat Of Arms. It's always about identity. This time, we're looking at it through the lens of access.

 

TEXT:

Matthew 13:10-15

 

TAKEAWAYS:

  • What do you do? [job]
  • What do you do when you do what you do? [vocation, inclination]
  • Why do you do what you do when you're doing what you do? [motivation] 

BENEDICTION:

God, give me grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.
Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.
Amen.
Nov 6, 2017

Every year, we take 5 weeks to go through our Coat Of Arms. It's always about identity. This time, we're looking at it through the lens of access.

 

TEXT:

Genesis 11:4

Genesis 28:10-17

John 1:43-51

 

TAKEAWAYS:

  • Where will you be at this time tomorrow?
  • What are the gaps that need to be filled?
  • What are the spaces you wish you could climb out of?
  • If you could put a ladder in those spaces, what do you wish would climb down into them?
  • When we are in spaces we wish we could climb out of, pray for the Kingdom to climb down.

 

BENEDICTION:

I slow myself down for a moment, and try to realise that God is present.

To me. Here and now. He is present in what I do,

in the people that I meet, and the situations I find myself in daily.

How can I make this reality real for myself?

 

I remind myself that I am in the presence of the Lord.

I will take refuge in His loving heart.

He is my strength in times of weakness.

He is my comforter in times of sorrow.

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