Message & Music

October 23, 2016 October Series – Forgiveness and Letting Go … Letting Go of “Improving” Others, Especially Family

The Lord’s Prayer makes it plain: God calls us to forgive others. We know that letting go of our grudges and resentments could set us free and soften our hearts, which is right where God wants us. And yet… This Sunday, October 23, 2016, at 9:30 a.m., we’ll conclude our [...]

October 16, 2016 October Series – Forgiveness and Letting Go … Accepting Life on Life’s Terms

Living in the real world forces us to face the reality that life is not always fair. Hardship and suffering fall upon good people, even dear small children. If God is just, loving, and powerful, why is life like this? How can we accept an imperfect world and still love [...]

October 9, 2016, October Series – Forgiveness and Letting Go … First, We Forgive Ourselves

Do you move on easily when you feel you’ve made a mistake or missed an opportunity, or do you have a hard time forgiving yourself for not being perfect?  This Sunday, October 9, 2016, at 9:30 a.m., we’ll begin our Forgiveness and Letting Go series with an exploration of how we can [...]

October 2, 2016, We Celebrate with Songs and Stories … World Communion/Peacemaking Sunday

Do you long for a peaceful spirit?  A peaceful world?  This Sunday, October 2, 2016, at 9:30 a.m., we’ll be singing peace songs, telling stories, sharing our peace practices,  celebrating the Sacrament of Holy Communion with Christians from all over the world, and praying for peace as one world family.  Wear bright [...]

September 25, 2016, September Series Concludes- Location, Location, Location Heaven and Hell in Matthew 25

Are heaven and hell locations?  In the language of Matthew 25, how do we locate ourselves in eternal life, and not in eternal punishment?  This Sunday, September 25, 2016, at 9:30 a.m., we’ll conclude our exploration of Matthew 25′s call to locate ourselves with the hungry, thirsty, naked, stranger, sick, [...]

September 18, 2016, September Series Continues- Location, Location, Location Healing and Wholeness

Have you ever been laid up with an illness or injury that kept you in bed or shut in?  Have you or has someone you love struggled with depression or substance abuse?  Is it safe to be real about such struggles? Being unwell in body-mind-spirit for more than a short [...]

September 11, 2016, Location, Location, Location 9/11 Remembrance and Our Common Calling

Where is God?  And where are we on our spiritual journey?  Are we locating our church and our spiritual practice where God wants us to be? These are deep questions, and we’ll be exploring them for the next three Sundays, with stories, song, and reflection.  We start off this Sunday, [...]

September 4, 2016, Labor Day Weekend – Vocation Sunday When Work Feeds Your Soul

What is your work in the world, and what role does work play in your life? Does your work (and here we mean more than a job or career) give you a sense of identity, pay the bills, support your family, bring out your best, put you together with people [...]

August 28, 2016, Love Sets Us Free

Are you familiar with the Apostle Paul’s Letter to Philemon?  It’s 18th of the 27 books of the New Testament, found between Titus and Hebrews, and it’s Paul’s shortest letter, a single chapter with just 25 verses.  What makes this short epistle significant enough to be included in the Bible, and [...]

August 21, 2016, Free to Be Me

The Psalmist tells us to make a joyful noise!  Sing and dance!  And this Sunday, August 21, 2016, at 9:30 a.m., we’ll do just that.  Our own Paul Lambert’s passion for musical theatre sparked this joyful and exuberant celebration of authentic, caring, creative community. We’ll hear from our SHPC Singers, [...]