April 30 - June 11, 2017

In a beautiful new worship unit, we’ll look at our own expectations and beliefs and assumptions and baggage about the "goodness" of God, "grace," and lots more. There are no “just” and “unjust,” only the beloved children of God. Grace means there is plenty of love for all of us. Yes, even you.

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Self-Giving God

We begin our explorations of the concept of "grace." This week is Communion Sunday, when we will taste and enjoy and feel God's presence and gifts.

In Awe

I want to recognize God's Grace when it is near, when it is at work, when it is doing all that good stuff we say grace does. But it's big. BIG. And maybe I miss it because I'm looking down? We build on God's Self-Giving (last week's theme) and sit with the bigness of the Self that is being Given — and in its bigness, its intimacy, too. 


Human beings struggle to feel worthy. We feel like, well, whatever term you prefer: ”scummy," "sinful," "fallen," "bad." God's Self-Giving is full of grace. That's good. That's what God is like. There's a belief in Western thinking that God is graceful because we are bad, but perhaps God is graceful ... just because that's what the Spirit is? And we experience that — and feel unworthy — but that's not God's doing. Let's dig in and be with that question. 


What’s it like to extend forgiveness to ourselves, and what do we learn about the nature of Spirit in the process? That's the question we explore this week.


One aspect of grace is experienced — and shared — in connection to God and to the world around us. Let's spend an hour receiving the grace of connectedness.

Self-Giving Me

Who you are radiates out. Be who you are. Allow grace to flow through who you are.  It's probably not too much more complicated than that...

Pentecost: Grace-through-Me

What do you love? What gives you energy and joy? That is power — power flowing through you — joy, spirit, God. The Jesus people experienced some of that on Pentecost. Where do you experience it? We'll hear the message this Sunday in many ways — and many languages.