Message & Music

October 4, 2015 World Communion/Peacemaking Sunday Just Peace

Does Alanis Morisette’s “Peace of mind for five minutes, that’s what I crave” resonate with you?  What gets in the way of peace of mind, and how can we experience peace?  How can we bring peace to our most difficult relationships?  And how do we make a meaningful contribution to [...]

September 27, 2015 What It Means to be Christian Today Being the Church

This Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 9:30 a.m., we’re having an All Church Conversation about who God is calling us to be and where God is calling us to serve and grow.  Our scripture passage is Acts 4:32-35 and the SHPC Singers will sing for us!

September 20, 2015 What It Means to be Christian Today Where Christianity Meets Human Rights

From Syria to Lake County, California, people are losing everything through no fault of their own.  In a world where people are often valued based on their showplace homes and shiny cars, what value do we place on people who have only the clothes on their backs?  And how do [...]

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 [...]