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November 29, 2021 29
Nov 2021

“When a prophet gets it wrong””

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

By the rivers of Babylon—
there we sat down and there we wept
when we remembered Zion.
On the willows there
we hung up our harps.
For there our captors
asked us for songs,
and our tormentors asked for mirth, saying,
“Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”
How could we sing the LORD’s song in a foreign land?

November 22, 2021 22
Nov 2021

“Unto us…”

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

Did you ever notice that if you’re someplace really dark, particularly someplace that’s also unfamiliar, every sound you hear seems to be magnified?  Or even worse, every creak of the stairs, every snap of a twig, every banging shutter becomes a signal that something (or someone) sinister lurks in the darkness, waiting to hurt you?

November 16, 2021 16
Nov 2021

“Streams in the Desert”

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

Occasionally we preachers get requests from church members for a specific kind of preaching.  (We do get other requests, but this style and topic crop up more than others, for some of us, at least.)  “We want to hear more hellfire and brimstone from the pulpit.”

November 8, 2021 08
Nov 2021

“Burnout”

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

A few years back, I signed on to be part of the launch team for a new book by Canadian church leader Carey Nieuwhof.  It wasn’t really a difficult job:  I was to read a proof copy of the book, write a review of it and post it where people interested in the book might see it, and promote it on my social media accounts.  The book was called Didn’t See It Coming, and it was about seven major pitfalls that can crop up suddenly and cause trouble for people in leadership.

November 1, 2021 01
Nov 2021

“Housewarming”

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

Chapters 5—8 of 1 Kings tell the story, in great and exacting detail, of the building of the Temple in Jerusalem.  Our reading for today comes from the last episode of the chapter, the dedication of the completed Temple.  But if we read that, with all its pomp and celebration, without knowing about how we got here, we have missed a great deal, sort of like when we go straight from Palm Sunday to Easter without stopping to take a look around Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.

October 25, 2021 25
Oct 2021

“Eight is Enough”

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

I warned them, but they wouldn’t listen, Samuel must have thought to himself as he watched Saul’s reign as king crash and burn. But they just had to be like everyone else and have a king.
It broke the Lord’s heart. After he had brought them out of Egypt, cared for them all those years in the desert, helped them take the Promised Land and settle in it, they still didn’t understand that with the Lord on their side, they didn’t need some guy in a crown, just like they hadn’t needed a god made of gold at Sinai.

October 18, 2021 18
Oct 2021

“Wake up!”

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

I read an article recently that said many couples find sleeping in separate bedrooms to be good for their personal health and the health of their marriages.  We don’t always see it that way; oftentimes we catch ourselves assuming that a couple who sleep apart must be a troubled couple.  But if you’ve got very different sleeping styles or schedules, having separate rooms can be beneficial to the relationship.

October 11, 2021 11
Oct 2021

“Our Daily Bread”

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

The story of the exodus from Egypt is the formative story of the Jewish people…and, we could argue, the basis for our own formative story (in other words, the story we tell about why we are who we are as a people of faith).  The grandest and most joyous of Jewish holidays is Passover, which remembers and even, in a way, re-enacts the moment when God freed their ancestors from slavery. 

October 4, 2021 04
Oct 2021

“So(w) What?”

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

Luke 8:1-21 Sunday morning worship, October 3, 2021. CCLI streaming license#20546947.

September 28, 2021 28
Sep 2021

“Time to Recover”

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

1 Samuel 30:8 Sunday morning worship, September 26, 2021. CCLI streaming license#20546947.

September 20, 2021 20
Sep 2021

“The Binding of Isaac”

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

Genesis 22:1-14 Sunday morning worship, September 19, 2021. CCLI streaming license#20546947.

September 13, 2021 13
Sep 2021

“Order”

Speaker: Sharla Hulsey

This summer, starting the first Sunday in June, we have been examining the question “What is Church?” from a variety of angles.  We’ve seen that we are a community called by Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit, and that our thoughts and actions are meant to be rooted in Scripture.  We’ve heard Christ’s call to be witnesses to his resurrection.  We have noticed the relationship our particular Church tradition has with the Table, with Communion being central in our worship and our life together, and that our history as Disciples has included gradually expanding the welcome to that Table.  We have considered the place of prayer, faith, hope, love, and grace in Church life, and we have been encouraged to be people and a church characterized by compassion, kindness, and generosity.

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