Death is Served

“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” (Heb. 2:9) This meal is a feast, a joyful celebration of victory, but we should not forget what it…

A Sign & Wonder of Grace

“Behold I and the children which God hath given me.” (Heb. 2:13) The writer of Hebrews is quoting Isaiah 8 as a proof text to show that God always planned to become one of us. Isaiah 7-8 are all about Immanuel which means God-with-us, but wound through the prophecies of coming Immanuel, are the enacted…

The Summer is Not Yours

Summertime can be many things for many people. It may be a time for vacations, a time for more reading, a time for weddings and moves and transitions. It can be busy, eventful, stressful, less organized, less routine, for some even lonely. But remember that summer, like every season, is a gift from God. Warmer…

Glory Has Feet: Psalm 8

Fifth Sunday in Trinity Season: Ps. 8, Heb. 1:1-4, 2:1-10, Mt. 21:1-16 Introduction This summer we will be looking at eight Psalms together, asking God to shape us more into a community of people prepared for every good work. We begin with Psalm 8, a song of praise by David that reminds us what God’s…

Learning from our Father

Every Sunday, the deacons bring our tithes and offerings forward and set them here on this table. It’s worth pointing this out because it’s not just a nice thing we do. When we bring your tithes and offerings forward, we are doing it as an act of worship, an act of allegiance, an act of…

Jesus the Great Adventurer

The Heidelberg Catechism famously begins: What is your only comfort in life and in death? That I am not my own but belong body and soul, in life and in death, to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ… Joseph and Sarah, I know that this question and answer are dear to you. And I know that…

Called to Discipleship

At the beginning of worship every week, you are called to worship. The Call to Worship is labeled Entrance in your bulletin and includes our processional hymn, the Greeting, and our opening Prayer, the Collect for Purity. At the beginning of the worship service, you are summonsed by the God of the whole universe to…