Message & Music

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 [...]

May 31, 2015 For God So Loved the World… Trinity Sunday

Have you ever sat in a football stadium and seen someone waving aJohn 3:16 poster?  Or seen a Jesus Saves – John 3:16 bumper sticker? This well-known Bible passage proclaims that out of God’s love for the whole world, God gave the world Jesus, the radically inclusive one. But sadly, this declaration of [...]

May 24, 2015 Pentecost!

They thought that Jesus had left them.  They had no life energy.  And then the Day of Pentecost arrived, with wind and fire, and the disciples were transformed!  They could speak in many languages and share the good news with people from all over their world!

May 17, 2015 After the Resurrection – Where is Jesus?

The Bible tells us that for 40 days following Easter, Jesus appeared to his disciples in various places.  Jesus breathed the Holy Spirit onto his disciples, quieted the doubts of Thomas, and then ascended into heaven. But isn’t he still with us?  How are we to understand what the breath [...]

April 12, 2015 HOLY HUMOR SUNDAY SHPC Laugh-a-Lot

Tradition has it that the Greeks celebrated the Sunday after Easter with laughter and joy, and here at SHPC, we will rejoice!  This Sunday, April 12, 2015, at 9:30 a.m., we’ll celebrate Holy Humor Sunday with lots of special music, our own Pastor as Late Night TV host, and celebrity [...]

April 5, 2015 Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Celebration of Easter!

Today is Holy Thursday, when we remember Jesus surrounded by his disciples at their Last Supper.  He asked those who loved him to remember him in the breaking of the bread and drinking of the cup, and 2,000 years later, we faithfully do that each month.  At Supper and many [...]