Message & Music

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, [...]

August 14, 2016, Our Summer Storytelling Series Concludes with… The Prophet Micah The Bible in One Sentence

This Sunday, August 14, 2016, at 9:30 a.m., we’ll time travel back 2,800 years to Jerusalem when the prophet Micah lived nearby. Micah was called by God to tell devout worshippers that their best efforts to please God were not pleasing God AT ALL.  In one of the most well [...]

August 7, 2016, Our Summer Storytelling Series Continues with… Ezekiel and the Valley of Dry Bones God Breathes Life into Dry, Dead Places

This Sunday, August 7, 2016, at 9:30 a.m., we’ll get to know the prophet Ezekiel, a priest called to be God’s spokesperson during hard times.  Ezekiel may be most remembered for literally eating sad words (a scroll of lamentation) and for his astonishing conversation with God in the valley of [...]

July 31, 2016, Our Summer Storytelling Series Continues with… The Feminine Face of God in the Old Testament

Last week we enjoyed stories about Moses and Abraham, and we explored whether the God of the Old Testament is as wrathful as Hisreputation. But we can’t limit our exploration to a few stories which show us the angry face of a male God. This Sunday, July 31, 2016, at 9:30 [...]

July 24, 2016, Our Summer Storytelling Series Continues with… Portrait of God from the Hebrew Scriptures Wrathful? Just? Tender?

Whatever our experience with the Bible, the old, old stories of the Hebrew Testament play a significant role in shaping our ideas about God. Is the God of the Old Testament as wrathful as His reputation?  How does this match up with the God of Love revealed by Jesus, and [...]

July 17, 2016, Our Summer Storytelling Series Begins with… Heroes and Sheroes of the Old Testament

What have the familiar stories from the Hebrew Bible taught us about what it takes to be a hero or sheroe?  Moses parts the Red Sea, Esther is beautiful and outsmarts the enemy of her people, Daniel survives the Lion’s Den – How do these stories shape our ideas about [...]