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Dear Church family & friends, 

If we were artists, with what colors would we use, or ask others to use, to color our world? The yellow of sunshine, clear blue skies, pure white snow, vibrant colors or spring or fall? 

We are hopefully aware of the tragedies in our land and others, from natural disasters to acts of human violence and injustice. These may also be seen as opportunities for growth as children of God and communities of faith. Our lives, too, may present challenges and opportunities to grow in Christ’s love and grace. How do we relate to God and others in good and bad times alike? 

Gertrude B. McClain shares the poem below, as a prayer to the Master Artist and “Captain of life”. 

“Colored With Love”

 Just color my life with sunshine;

 This is the prayer I will say –

 But it’s when the storms are raging 

That we gain new courage each day. 

And color my life with a rainbow 

To cover life’s battles and strife –

 But peace can be found in the conflict  

When we trust the Captain of life.

 Just send me a song of great beauty; 

On wings of a song let me soar – 

But sometimes our song is of sorrow 

Yet He is beside us once more.

 I’ll trust Him when sunshine surrounds me; 

And yet when the storm clouds appear 

My trust and faith will be stronger

 For I know His rainbow is near.

 I’ll trust Him when my heart is singing,

 When nothing on earth can go wrong – 

And yet when my heart knows no music 

Then I will still praise Him in song. 

So color my life with the sunshine 

Or color my life with the rain, 

For when life is colored by His love 

Then nothing is ever in vain. 


With the love of One, in Christ, Pastor Neil

02/16/2020
Sermon:  “Stay in Love with God"

Sermon Series:  Three Simple Rules
Scripture:   Deuteronomy 6:4-9; 30:15-20; Psalm 18:1-3a; John 21:15-17, Colossians 2:6-7
Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany

02/09/2020
Sermon:  “Do Good"

Sermon Series:  Three Simple Rules
Scripture:  Micah 6:1-8; Luke 6:27-36; Acts 10:34-38; 3 John 11b
Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

01/19/2020
Sermon:  “Called and Equipped in Christ’s Fellowship"
Scripture:  1 Corinthians 1:1-9; John 1:29-42
Second Sunday after the Epiphany

01/12/2020
Sermon:  “Well Pleased"
Scripture:  Isaiah 42:1-9; Matthew 3:11-17
Baptism of the Lord

12/22/2019
Sermon:  “Love . . . Gotta Have It
Scripture:  Matthew 1:18-25; 1 Corinthians 13:1-3; (1 Thessalonians. 3:12-13)
Series:  Sharing in a Life-Giving Christmas
Fourth Sunday of Advent

12/08/2019
Sermon:  “Peace . . . from Above and Within
Scripture:  Isaiah 11:1-10; Luke 1:57-60, 67-79
Series:  Sharing in a Life-Giving Christmas
First Sunday of Advent

11/17/2019                         

Sermon:  “Shaped by the Reign” 

Scripture: Isaiah 12; 64:8; 65:17-25; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13

Series: Abiding in the Reign

Consecration Sunday

Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost

11/10/2019                         

Sermon:  “The Spirit Abides” 

Scripture: Scripture: 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17; Haggai 2:4c-5; Psalm 145:1-5, 10-13

Series: Abiding in the Reign

Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost

11/03/2019                         

Sermon:  “Choosing to Abide” 

Scripture: Ephesians 1:22-23; 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12; Luke 19:1-10

Series: Abiding in the Reign

All Saints Sunday

Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

10/27/2019                         

Sermon:  “Reformation” 

Scripture: Joel 2:23-32; 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18; Luke 18:9-14

Series: Living Faith in the Everyday

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost 

10/06/2019                         

Sermon:  “World Communion” 

Scripture: Luke 17:5-6 (7-10); 2 Timothy 1:1-9(10-14)

Series: Living Faith in the Everyday

World Communion Sunday

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost 

09/29/2019                         

Sermon:  “Receiving and Caring for Creation” 

Scripture: Genesis 2:4-9; 1 Timothy 4:1-5

Native American Ministries Sunday

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost 

09/22/2019                         

Sermon:  “Open Doors” 

Scripture: Luke 15:2; Acts 14:21-28

Series: Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors 

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost 

09/15/2019                         

Sermon:  “Open Minds” 

Scripture: Luke 24:45-47; Romans 14:1-12; Romans 8:6; 12:2r

Series: Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors 

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost 

09/08/2019                         

Sermon:  “Open Hearts” 

Scripture: Matthew 22.34-40, Romans 13.8-14

Series: Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost 

08/25/2019                         

Sermon:  “Affirmation of Baptism” 

Scripture: Ephesians 1:3-14; 4:1-6; 1 Peter 3:21-22

Series: Moving with the Holy Spirit

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost 

08/18/2019                         

Sermon:  “Anointing With Oil” 

Scripture: Exodus 30:23-25; James 5:14-15

Series: Moving with the Holy Spirit

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost 

08/04/2019                         

Sermon:  “God Is Good” 

Scripture: Psalm 100; Mark 10:17-27; 2 Peter 1:3

Series: Moving with the Holy Spirit

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost