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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 15, 2017

It is finished.

Apr 9, 2017

During the lenten season, we are using the book Pauses For Lent by Trevor Hudson as a guide. 

TEXT

John 12:12-26

 

BENEDICTION

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done, 

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts,

as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from the evil one.

For thine is the kingdom,

and the power,

and the glory.

Amen

 

TAKEAWAYS

What am I doing to fit in?

We'll am I doing to set myself apart?

Apr 2, 2017

During the lenten season, we are using the book Pauses For Lent by Trevor Hudson as a guide. 

TEXT

John 8:2-11

BENEDICTION

The True Love by David Whyte

There is a faith in loving fiercely

the one who is rightfully yours,

especially if you have

waited years and especially

if part of you never believed

you could deserve this

loved and beckoning hand

held out to you this way.

 

I am thinking of faith now

and the testaments of loneliness

and what we feel we are

worthy of in this world.

 

Years ago in the Hebrides

I remember an old man

who walked every morning

on the grey stones

to the shore of baying seals,

 

who would press his hat

to his chest in the blustering

salt wind and say his prayer

to the turbulent Jesus

hidden in the water,

 

and I think of the story

of the storm and everyone

waking and seeing

the distant,

yet familiar figure,

far across the water

calling to them,

 

and how we are all

waiting for that

abrupt waking,

and that calling,

and that moment

we have to say yes,

except, it will

not come so grandly

so Biblically,

but more subtly,

and intimately, in the face

of the one you know

you have to love.

 

So that when

we finally step out of the boat

toward them, we find

everything holds

us, and everything confirms

our courage, and if you wanted

to drown you could,

but you don’t,

because finally

after all this struggle,

and all these years,

you don’t want to any more,

you’ve simply had enough

of drowning,

and you want to live and you

want to love and you will

walk across any territory

and any darkness,

however fluid and however

dangerous, to take the

one hand you know

belongs in yours.

 

 

Mar 26, 2017

During the lenten season, we are using the book Pauses For Lent by Trevor Hudson as a guide. 

TEXT

Genesis 4:1-2

TAKEAWAYS

  • When I feel justified in my disappointment, I need to practice gratitude.
  • When I feel jealous, I need to practice generosity.
  • When I am down or out and about to do something to deal with it, I need to ask this question: Am I intentionally doing harm to part of God's creation?

BENEDICTION

Be still and know that I am God

Be still and know that I am

Be still and know

Be still

Be

Mar 19, 2017

During the lenten season, we are using the book Pauses For Lent by Trevor Hudson as a guide. 

TEXT

Luke 14:16-22

TAKEAWAYS

  • Sometime soon, talk to someone holding a sign, tell each other your names and your stories (not just his or her story)
  • If being poor is lacking something, we're all poor
  • Visit Serve 6.8 and learn some about what they do

BENEDICTION

Be still and know that I am God

Be still and know that I am

Be still and know

Be still

Be

Mar 12, 2017

During the lenten season, we are using the book Pauses For Lent by Trevor Hudson as a guide. 

 

TEXT

John 4:13-14

 

 

BENEDICTION

Be still and know that I am God

Be still and know that I am

Be still and know

Be still

Be

Mar 5, 2017

TEXT

James 3:3-10

2 Kings 2:23-25

Luke 6:27-28 

TAKEAWAYS

  • Use some words to tell someone you are sorry for some words you said
  • Use some words to bless someone you've not spoken to in some time
  • Learn a new joke and tell it to many people

BENEDICTION

Be still and know that I am God

Be still and know that I am

Be still and know

Be still

Be

Feb 26, 2017

TEXT

Ephesians 5:1-20 

TAKEAWAYS

  • To put on the new self, we might need to put ourselves in some new places
  • Read the instructions, and talk to the old timers
  • Think about this: where have I gotten hard hearted?

 

 

BENEDICTION

 

Be still and know that I am God

Be still and know that I am

Be still and know

Be still

Be

Amen

Feb 19, 2017

TEXT

Ephesians 4:7-32

 

TAKEAWAYS

  • To put on the new self, we might need to put ourselves in some new places
  • Read the instructions, and talk to the old timers
  • Think about this: where have I gotten hard hearted?

 

 

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.

Feb 12, 2017

TEXT

Ephesians 4:1-6

Acts 15:36-40

 

TAKEAWAYS

  • Is there a relationship where I currently need to bring repair?
  • How can I help nurture and strengthen unity in our life together as church?
  • Temperamentally, am I a 'jazz player' in life?
  • Who listens well to the rhythm of your heart as well as your words?

 

 

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.

 

Jan 29, 2017

When we arrive at a month with a 5th Sunday, we take it as an opportunity to spend the morning moving through three liturgical movements. Each movement looks like this:

  1. Scripture/teaching
  2. Story
  3. Song
  4. Prayer

We also follow a theme during each Movement Sunday. In January 2017, the theme was Leaving, with the following movements:

  1. Leaving
  2. Leaving Again
  3. Leaving Peace

Here is the entirety of the Liturgy of Leaving for the morning:

  • Song of Gathering - "Come Ye Sinners"
  • Welcome & Explanation
  • Song of Invitation - "The Fire and the Flood"
  • Movement I: Leaving
    • Scripture: Genesis 12:1-9
    • Story: The Relatives Came pt. 1
    • Song: "Oceans"
    • Prayer: "A hard, deep call to obedience" by Walter Brueggemann
  • Movement II: Leaving Again
    • Scripture: Genesis 13:5-11
    • Story: Excerpt from Listening To Your Life by Parker Palmer
    • Song: "Jesus, We Love You"
    • Prayer: A poem by Wendell Berry
  • Movement III: Leaving Peace
    • Scripture: John 14:25-31
    • Story: The Relatives Came pt. 2
    • Song: "Oh God"
    • Prayer: The Prayer Of St. Francis
    • Communion

Because part of our recording was corrupted, we have included the original studio recordings of the songs on the podcast instead of our live recordings. Text for the prayers are below.

 

A Hard, Deep Call To Obedience
You are the God who makes extravagant promises.
We relish your great promises
of fidelity
and presence
and solidarity
and we exude in them.
Only to find out, always way too late,
that your promise always comes
in the midst of a hard, deep call to obedience.

You are the God who calls people like us,
and the long list of mothers and fathers
before us,
who trusted the promise enough to
keep the call.
So we give you thanks that you are a calling God,
who calls always to dangerous new
places.
We pray enough of your grace and mercy among us
that we may be among those
who believe your promises enough
to respond to your call.
We pray in the one who embodied your promise
and enacted your call, even Jesus.
Amen.

 

From A Wendell Berry Poem

As soon as the generals and the politicos can predict the motion of your mind,
lose it.
Leave it as a sign to mark the false trail, the way you didn’t go.
Be like the fox
who makes more tracks than necessary, some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection. 

 

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 doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
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.

Jan 22, 2017

TEXT

Romans 15:1-13 MSG

TAKEAWAYS

  • Let's tell someone congratulations this week, even if they got what we wanted.
  • Let's reach out to someone this week that is hurting and maybe we've been distancing ourselves from them.
  • Let's find someone new at work or church or in the neighborhood and give them a treat and tell them we're glad they are here. 
  • Let's circle back around with someone with whom we didn't do goodbye very well and try again.
Jan 1, 2017

TEXT

Psalm 8

 

TAKEAWAYS

Give people a chance.

 

BENEDICTION

Occupy Our Calendars by Walter Brueggemann

Our times are in your hands:

But we count our times for us;

we count our days and fill them with us;

we count our weeks and fill them with our busyness;

we count our years and fill them with our fears.

And then caught up short with your claim,

Our times are in your hands!

Take our times, times of love and times of weariness,

Take them all, bless them and break them,

give them to us again,

slow paced and eager,

fixed in your readiness for neighbor.

Occupy our calendars,

Flood us with itsy-bitsy, daily kairoi,

in the name of your fleshed kairos.  

 

Amen

 

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.

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