Message & Music

September 13, 2015 What It Means to be Christian Today Christian Solidarity

This week the news brings us many poignant images of thousands of refugees who have left their homes with nothing more than a small pack, and often with small children, to try to find a safe home and a chance for a better life.  Here in Marin we have people [...]

August 30, 2015 Report from the Holy Land

Pastor Bev is back from a fascinating and jam-packed week in the Holy Land with a PCUSA study team tasked with reviewing our national church’s endorsement of the “two state solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The team met with Christian, Jewish, and Muslim religious leaders, government and military representatives, Israeli [...]

August 23, 2015 Eating Questions

When we pray the Lord’s Prayer, we ask God to give us this day our daily bread.  Jesus taught his disciples this prayer, which evokes the experience of the people Israel in the wilderness.  They were hungry and complaining to Moses that their old life in slavery provided steadier food! [...]

August 9, 2015 Fractured Families – Jacob and Esau, Fighting Twins

Family can be a source of purpose, strength, and joy, and families also have a lot of conflict, some of which seems so unnecessary.  Of all the Bible stories about family conflict, the story of Jacob and Esau, the Bible’s first twins, might bring up the most feelings for us [...]

August 2, 2015 Sarah and Hagar- Another Look

The book of Genesis tells us that Abraham’s wife Sarah, barren and desperate, provided her slave Hagar to Abraham to start a family.  Once Hagar became pregnant with Ishmael, the female rivalry started; Hagar and her son Ishmael were cast out and left in the wilderness without water.  Last week [...]

July 12, 2015 Summer Storytelling Series Begins Hard Choices and Seriously Bad Ideas Serpent + Apple = Fall of Humanity?

This Sunday, July 12, 2015, at 9:30 a.m., we begin our Summer Storytelling Series, Hard Choices and Seriously Bad Ideas, with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.  What happened back there, and how did it lead to the idea of Original Sin and the subordination of women in church [...]

July 5, 2015 No Reruns – Every Moment is Genuinely New with Rev. Dr. Curran Reichert of CCC-Tiburon

This Sunday, July 5, 2015, at 9:30 a.m., please welcome the Rev. Dr. Curran Reichert to our pulpit (but don’t expect her to stay there!)  She is the lively Pastor of the Community Congregational Church, a United Church of Christ in Tiburon, and a performing artist who engages audiences coast [...]

June 28, 2015 Where Judaism and Christianity Meet Religious Scholar and Author Howard Schwartz and Pastor Bev in Conversation

 We all know that Jesus was Jewish and was called Rabbi by his followers.  We know that Jesus taught in synagogues; according to Luke, Jesus began his ministry in the synagogue in Nazareth by reading from the Hebrew scriptures and adopting Isaiah 61 as his “mission statement.” But do we [...]

June 14, 2015 Connecting Across the Generations Creating a Life and Legacy of Love

King David is one of the great heroes of the Bible, lauded for his good looks, his remorse over missteps, and his noble leadership, surpassing all others.  But at the end of his life, everything falls apart.  The King is old and weak and the power struggle to determine his [...]

June 7, 2015 God Calls Us to Build the World! Mexico Mission Commissioning Sunday

Who’s seen The Book of Mormon?  There, two young men who have come of age in Salt Lake City are sent out on their Mission to (spoiler alert) a place as different from Salt Lake City as any place could be: Uganda.  When we send our Mexico Mission team from Marin [...]