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During the second week of Lent, we continue to dig into the story of Simon Peter, a character that is both flawed and faithful (just like us). Simon Peter is probably most famous for the time he tried to join Jesus for a stroll across the Sea of Galilee. Oftentimes, the failure of taking his eyes off of Jesus and starting to sink is preached as ...…
 
The season of Lent has begun - 40 days centering on self-reflection leading up to the celebration of the resurrection. As we prepare our hearts for Easter, we're going to journey through the life of Simon Peter, one of Jesus' closest companions. Out of all the disciples, he is mentioned the most, even more than the one often referred to as the ...…
 
As we wrap up our series on the practices that draw us closer to Christ, we're going to focus on serving our neighbors. James reminds us, "What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith, but do not have works?" There is something sacred in the act of using our bodies and lives to serve the other. In this message, Pastor Sar ...…
 
Last Sunday, Kyle Richardson challenged us to take time for a sabbath. This week during the service, we hear from some of us who shared what that experience was like. If you were to poll people about spiritual practices, fasting probably wouldn't be the first thing they would list. Ironically, the Bible talks a great deal about fasting, and Jes ...…
 
Last Sunday, Pastor Sarah challenged us to take time to meditate and pray. This week during the service, we hear from some of us who shared what that experience was like. In the midst of a culture that often values busyness and productivity, this week Kyle Richardson talks about the practice of rest. When the world yells at us to go faster and ...…
 
Last Sunday, we intentionally re-oriented the pews to focus our attention on the altar in the center of the sanctuary as we learned about Communion. What a powerful experience it was to see one another's faces as we worshipped and prayed together! Pastor Sarah challenged us to take time to have an intentional meal (or coffee) with someone by se ...…
 
Practice makes perfect. Whether you played sports, an instrument, or you were trying to learn how to write in cursive, you probably heard that to improve at anything...you have to practice. Living a life of faith is no different. We have to engage our faith continually to continue growing. Our goal may not be perfection, but as with any relatio ...…
 
When it comes time to move to a new home, how comfortable are you asking friends or family for help? What about a ride to the airport? How about assistance during a financial crisis, with a childcare need, or when you're in need of a listening ear? Isn't it interesting how often our culture sends us the message that needing other people is weak ...…
 
Over the past few weeks, we've been talking about the post-holiday letdown and how many of us are left wondering, "What now? What comes after a big event? How do we respond to the disruptions in our life - whether good or bad?" This week, we'll look at how the disciples were left with the same questions after their encounter with Jesus. Encount ...…
 
We often talk about “mountain top” experiences as we refer to times when we've had a deep sense of faith and are overcome with emotion. In these moments, we're overcome with a sense of peace, comfort, certainty, or even love. For some of us, these moments happened at a summer camp, during a particularly moving worship service, or an epic sunset ...…
 
For many folks, the couple of days (and even weeks) after Christmas can feel like a let down. After all the busyness and chaos that the holiday season can bring, the sudden return to “normal” schedules can feel disorienting. You may be asking, "Now what?" Advent had us waiting and anticipating, but what happens when the wait is over? For those ...…
 
This Sunday, Kyle Richardson takes a look at Mary’s life after Jesus was born, and how it may not have turned out the way she expected. As we reflect on the past year, did you have expectations that weren’t met? As we look forward to next year, may we find comfort in Mary’s story, and remember that Jesus isn’t always who we expect…
 
On Christmas Eve, we will celebrate the final gift of an advent-urous life - one that gives us a vision of a Kingdom that looks radically different as we celebrate the birth of Christ. This is going to be an incredible couple of days! In the midst of what can be chaos and stress, we can hear the voice of God offering peace and presence - truly ...…
 
What an incredible week as we conclude Advent and look forward to the celebration of Christmas! This Sunday, we'll learn how an advent-urous life leads to peace. Mahatma Gandhi is often credited as saying, “Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it." This quote can't be linked to him directly, but different versions ...…
 
Advent-urous living requires us to look at the world with a different view. It requires us to be open to how God is working even when things don’t look as we had hoped...and even when it's sometimes difficult to see how God is working at all. On the first Sunday of Advent, we talked about how advent-urous living requires us to have hope even wh ...…
 
This week, we're honored to have artist Scott Erickson at First United to talk about the Advent-urous life of Love. In a time when everything is available at our fingertips, it can seem that if things take time to flourish and grow...maybe it’s not true at all. This season of anticipating Love can teach us that Love is always at work, never wit ...…
 
In this message, we begin the Advent season and a new series called The Advent-urous Life. If you're new to this whole “liturgical year” concept, the church calendar was developed to help us set a new rhythm of life. No matter what stage of life we are in, the liturgical calendar can help us get out of our ruts and set a new rhythm. Advent is t ...…
 
What does Jesus' ancestry tell us about how the early Christians understood his identity? If Jesus is God in human flesh, then what can we learn about how God comes to us from Jesus' genealogy in the Gospel of Matthew? Rahab, one of the most unlikely members of Jesus' genealogy, helps us get a long way in answering these questions and more. Mes ...…
 
Have you ever come across a long list of names in the Bible and you just stop reading? All those hard-to-pronounce names can be overwhelming, right? We may be tempted to skip over the genealogies, but they're in there for a reason. If we dig a little deeper, we notice certain names are included while others seem to be left out. Oftentimes, the ...…
 
Jesus began his public ministry by reciting these words from Isaiah, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor." Each time we take comm ...…
 
As we've been engaging the First United vision over the past few weeks, we've been asking questions... What is most true about God? God is love. What is most true about me? I am loved. What do we all need? Genuine relationships. In this message, David Trotter helps us ask…what are we all afraid of? You may be surprised by the answer!…
 
As a community, we are diving into why we exist and where we think God is taking us. We are taking time to catch the same vision of what our community is about and asking, “Do you see what I see?" If you missed last week, I invite you to listen to the podcast and catch up. Last week, we looked at what is most true about God...that God is love. ...…
 
Over the past two years, First United has gone through a renovation in many ways. Through emerging leadership, countless volunteer hours, and generous financial supporters, we've literally paved the way for newcomers to join this unique community where "no one belongs here more than you." This Sunday is an important day in the life of our churc ...…
 
If you grew up in the church you probably knew the story of Zacchaeus and the catchy song... “Zacchaeus was a wee little man.” His story can be so familiar that we miss out on its scandalous nature. A tax collector encounters Jesus and finds that there's room for him in the Kingdom of God. This is a powerful story about stepping away from comfo ...…
 
This week, we continue our series on leadership as modeled by Jesus. As a reminder, Jesus shows us that good leadership is about seeing people based on their potential, not by the names they have given themselves or been given by others. Good leadership takes pain and transforms it into possibility. This week, Pastor Sarah Heath looks at the co ...…
 
Leadership development seems to be a buzz phrase lately. No matter your stage of life or type of work, you're probably being offered leadership development to help you become a better leader. From mentorship to apprenticeship, it seems like we're all looking to follow a good leader and become someone worth following ourselves. But, what is heal ...…
 
Listen in on this hopeful conversation on addiction as Chris Logan shares his story of recovery and how people are finding life-changing freedom. With 12 years of sobriety, Chris Logan, CADC-II, ICADC, is the Program Supervisor at Simple Recovery, an intimate, client-centered licensed addiction treatment center that distinctively treats addicti ...…
 
You've heard about human trafficking and sex trafficking in the news, but do you really understand what it is and how it happens? Hear directly from an expert on the front lines who is working to prevent this heinous crime and helping restore victims to become true survivors. Amber Davies, MSW, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has ...…
 
Justin Massey is a program associate for Equality California responsible for organizing Southern California Pride events and supporting the organization's healthcare, immigration and safe schools initiatives. Prior to joining Equality California, Justin worked as an independent political campaign consultant for local progressive candidates in O ...…
 
For years, we've been hearing about all the challenges with immigration in the United States. Most of us have little first-hand experience with what's happening at our borders, and that's why we are excited to hear from Rev. Dr. Bill Jenkins, founder of Christ Ministry Center, which has provided a "safe harbor" for over 6,000 refugees, immigran ...…
 
Last Sunday, we learned that everyone has a story when it comes to the challenging topics of our day. Rather than metaphorically standing across the room and assuming what people think, our desire is to walk across the room to seek to understand the experiences of others. This Sunday, we have the opportunity to hear about the experiences of Pas ...…
 
Whether you're scrolling through social media or watching the evening news, it's easy to see that our nation is facing quite a few challenging issues such as race, immigration, LGBTQIA, human trafficking, and addiction. Unfortunately, many interactions with friends, family, and co-workers can be polarizing when these issues arise and ultimately ...…
 
This Sunday, we end our summer series on the life of David - someone described in the Bible as being a man after God's own heart. After last week’s message on David’s actions toward Bathsheba, it's hard to see him in a positive or faithful light - much less someone running after God’s heart. This week, we see how God uses the prophet Nathan to ...…
 
In this message, Tim Storey takes a look at a dark episode in the life of one of the Bible's most recognizable heroes. He talks about this story's place in scripture and what we can learn about a God who works in and through fallible people.
 
People are designed to be in relationship with other people, and we need each other to help us navigate this sometimes difficult life. As we continue our summer series, Pastor Sarah shares on David's friendship with Jonathan. Scripture tells us that their souls were bound to each other. As we think about our own relationships, are there any we ...…
 
The story of David facing the mighty Goliath is known throughout our culture by those who grew up in the church and even by those who didn't. While we tend to think of it as an unlikely hero overcoming a large foe, we can also learn a great deal from David’s stance toward his own identity, not just the battle itself. In this message, Pastor Sar ...…
 
Awake, awake, Church, and clothe yourself with strength! God is calling each of us to rise up in courage while keeping the word ever before us, and remembering that our calling is to GO and DO GOOD. May we learn from David, a man after God's own heart, how to find strength in the wilderness and contentment in the waiting. May we rise and go kno ...…
 
In this message, we end our series on the fears that can overwhelm us and cause us to feel a sense of anxiety. Many of our fears, if we boil them down to their essence, are wrapped up in our fear of being alone or excluded. Scripture reminds us again and again that there is nowhere we can go from the presence of God. Pastor Sarah talks about ho ...…
 
Last week, we began a series on the fears that can control our lives and lead to panic and anxiety. Fear is a good instinct when it keeps us safe, but when we live in constant fear, our mind exists in "fight or flight" mode making us incapable of living in the present. If unaddressed and unchecked, fear can become a general, unnamed, always-pre ...…
 
We all have things that cause us concern and rob us of the ability to be present to what's in front of us. Throughout scripture, we are reminded we can find peace and comfort in our faith even during times of great stress, but that isn't always easy to focus on in the midst of the storm. For this series, we aren’t talking about the medical real ...…
 
In this message, Pastor Sarah wraps up our series on finances and generosity with a look at John Wesley’s third challenge to "give all you can." As we've discussed, none of John Wesley’s challenges can be separated from the other: - Gain all you can. - Save all you can. - Give all you can. The third challenge to give all we can is the "why" beh ...…
 
We live in a time of economic transition, and for many, a time of economic anxiety. At First United, we are in the midst of a series on how our hearts and minds are affected by the way we feel about and deal with money. One of the church fathers, John Wesley, made a statement that helps sum up what a faithful treatment of money could look like, ...…
 
When it comes to money, it seems like there are strong voices in our culture that are telling us to do one of three things… Make as much as possible in order to acquire more and better things (greed). Save as much as possible so that you won’t ever be without (fear). Give away as much as possible, because the accumulation of money is bad or evi ...…
 
There are many experiences and practices of prayer within the church, and we all come to prayer in different ways. In this message, Jenna Tourje talks about prayer as a way in which people can come together, to experience communion, to experience community, and to embody “with-ness”. We end the service practicing centering prayer together.…
 
Throughout our lives, we share meals with many people, and a shared meal is often the place we really get to know people. Think about all the holidays we celebrate where we share a meal around a table. As we read the Bible, we discover that Jesus commanded that a shared meal (Communion) be a regular part of our faith, but oftentimes this sacred ...…
 
In Acts 2:42, the early church is described in this way. "They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers." In recent years, there's been a tremendous amount of research around the best ways that we learn as human beings. It turns out most people learn best when they participate with a ...…
 
Our Lenten series culminates in our Easter theme of "arriving." Most of us can relate to having a desire to feel like we've "arrived." Often, when someone does well for themselves, we declare "they have arrived." What does it mean to arrive? Do we ever arrive in our faith?
 
On Palm Sunday, we celebrate Jesus' entry into Jerusalem. If you grew up going to church, you may remember that the cheers of the crowd soon turn to yelling for his crucifixion. We see how easy it is for "group think" to change direction and how quickly cheering can turn to criticism. As we enter Holy Week, Pastor Sarah Heath talks about how ou ...…
 
Sometimes, life in the midst of a pilgrimage or journey doesn’t make sense. We encounter paradoxes and contradictory pieces of information. What does it mean for the last to be first or for the person who loves their life to lose it? Listen in as we search for answers to hard questions and continue in our journey together through Lent. (Message ...…
 
There is a company that sells shirts, stickers, and other items that say “not of this world.” The suggestion is that as Christians we don’t belong to this world, but to heaven. What can be implied is that there is something wrong with this world. In this message, Pastor Sarah Heath will be asking whether we are meant to think of this world as ' ...…
 
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