Can You Hear Me Now?

I’ve heard people say, “this isn’t what our country is about.”  Finally, the image of a Nazi flag in Charlottesville was enough to bring us out of our stupor, or our denial.  Of course, my friends who are people of color are quick to point out that this is EXACTLY what our country was founded on. Our country was founded on genocide and supported by slavery -- and the bible was used to justify every step.

This is the sin of white supremacy.

This is the sin of racism.

And our country must repent.

Not of This World

What is this truth that Jesus says he is testifying to?
The truth that God is love.
The truth is God is nonviolent
The truth is that God's idea of power and Empire's idea of power are probably two different things.

Temptations

We have encountered God in the wilderness and we have been transformed. We find ourselves in the desert, confronted with questions, challenges too big for us to bear, but we are not alone. Let’s remember that in the desert of our lives, that it is God that bears us up…

Patience - Fruit of the Spirit

Patience – Fruit of the Spirit

This is Rita Marquez’ sermon from Sunday, March 4, 2017.

The scripture is Galatians 5:22-26. In our service we read from the New Revised Standard Version and from The Message, a modern interpretation by Eugene Peterson. We read both with the hope that our understanding will be enriched.

You can find both The New Revised Standard Version and The Message  here.

Drop the Rock

“Out there” is unpredictable. “Out there” has sadness, and wars, and sickness, grief, loss, injustice.  There is likely some danger involved. But we follow a dangerous God, a God who calls us to radical love and radical hospitality. And that can be dangerous.