By: Lance King One key undertaking of our staff this time each year is planning the ministry year ahead. This energizing task involves taking congregational feedback from the fall discernment process, turning that feedback into key congregational priorities, then strategizing specific plans and allocating resources (time and money) toward carrying out fresh new ministries. Our staff … Continue reading Canoes & Core Values
By: Landon Collins The first time I paid attention to the beginning of John’s Gospel during the season of advent was when I read it at a Christmas Eve service in 2001. It has become a familiar passage for me over the last 17 years and perhaps for you as well. It is commonly read … Continue reading Looking For Life
By: Zac Cannon Someone pithier than me came up with the phrase, “The eyes are the windows to the soul.” Well, standing with my arm holding open the door at Which WichSunday night, the cringy expressions stamped on faces of the sandwich shop’s employees told me that their souls were withering. Memories of my own … Continue reading A Kids Meal with a Side of Quantum Physics
By: Barbara Edwards Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come; The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17 This past Sunday our Sunday School lesson for children was about Jesus talking to Peter after the resurrection. The take away for the children was that Jesus believes in us. … Continue reading Believe
By: Sheri Owen Two Sundays ago, I sang a song during the offertory and the words have stuck with me since. The song “Remember Me” by Mark Schultz has a chorus that goes: And age to age And heart to heart Bound by grace and peace Child of wonder Child of God I've remembered you Remember … Continue reading What is Wonder in Worship?
By: Lance King Ever detect the significant inner difference between being aware of God’s presence and trusting God’s presence? For me, the first is natural. The second requires continual practice. I appreciated this reminder from Richard Rohr this week: The contemplative is not just awareof God’s Loving Presence, but trusts, allows, and delights in it. One way … Continue reading The “I Love You” Prayer
By: Zac Cannon “I know who the bad guys are,” my five-year old daughter says as we watch some silly kid’s cartoon. “Oh, yea? Who?” But you already know who. We all learn how to spot the “bad guys” pretty quickly in life. They’re the scowling, nefarious, black-clad types. The one’s who stick out from … Continue reading That One Time Jesus Seemed Kind of…Racist