"And if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!” - 2 Corinthians 5:17
This summer, we will explore how our relationship with God continues to renew us and transform us into a new creation. The apostle Paul challenged the church in Corinth to tend and nurture this becoming new in Christ. That as they prayed, worshiped, worked, and sought to be the body of Christ together, they would more and more reflect the glory of God in the world.
May these next eight weeks help you pay attention to the ways the Holy Spirit is bringing this holy mystery to light, through you and this community we share.
Sunday, June 6, 2021 "Expanding Kinship"
2nd Sunday after Pentecost
This summer, we will explore how our life in Christ continues to renew us and transform us into a new creation. The apostle Paul challenged the church in Corinth to tend and nurture the resurrection life Jesus initiated and the relationships it creates. That as they prayed, worshiped, worked, and sought to be the body of Christ, they would more and more reflect the glory of God to the world. May these next eight weeks help you pay attention to the ways the Holy Spirit is bringing this holy mystery to light, through you and this community we share.
“Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” — Psalm 30:5b As Easter people, we are called to dance our dances of freedom for all the world to see–even and perhaps especially in times of great difficulty. Dances of hope. Dances of justice. Dances of love. During this season, post-resurrection stories point to the joy of living in the beloved community and extending that fellowship through our witness as we dare to dance again!
Pentecost Sunday - May 23, 2021 "Spirit Poured Out: Dare to Dance Again"
Pentecost and Affirmation of Baptism
Welcome! Thank you for accepting the Holy Spirit's invitation to worship God today and dare to dance to the beat of God's heart again. We are thankful for the many ways the Holy Spirit connects us together to be the body of Christ for the sake of the world. Today, we gather to celebrate with our Confirmands, who will affirm the promise God made to them through the waters of Baptism and the life the Spirit continues to call them to live as the church; Christ's hands and feet, reflecting Christ's light in the world.
Seventh Sunday of Easter - May 16, 2021 "Clap Your Hands"
Our time with the risen Christ is coming to an end. Jesus has given us the lens in which to interpret scripture and anticipate our mission as witnesses of this Good News. May you continue to be filled with God's love and grow in the wisdom and revelation of what God's power can do using our hands and feet, now the body of Christ - here on earth - reaching out with his love.
Sixth Sunday of Easter - May 9, 2021 "Break Forth"
Our Easter celebration keeps growing as the Holy Spirit adds more and more people to the dance of God's love. Today, we meet up with Peter and Cornelius - two households who would never meet on their own, but God has other plans. May this time in worship help stir Christ's joy in your life, as you abide in God's love and Word for you today.
Fifth Sunday of Easter - May 2, 2021 "Guide My Steps"
We are a resurrection people! Those who seek new life – new beginnings. And we, the church, must be a place of knowing and growing and accepting love. We hear today the question asked by the Ethiopian eunuch: “Here is water. What is to keep me from being baptized?” As we dance into diversity and acceptance, may the Spirit guide our steps for nothing is keeping us from it!
Fourth Sunday of Easter - April 25, 2021 "The Dance of Love"
The Gospel of John and 1 John, invite us to learn the way of love in our actions and our words. God gave us a patient teacher, Jesus Christ, our Good Shepherd, who calls out the steps and helps us dance with all of creation to a rhythm pulsing with abundant life. Dare to dance again!
Find information about our 2021 Lent Worship Series and recordings of the services by following the link above.
"God is Holding Your Life" Worship Series for the Season after Epiphany
Selah, is a word found throughout the Psalms. Most experts on the Bible are not sure what it means. The best theory is that selah marks a pause in the singing of the Psalms. A time, perhaps to listen for the Holy Spirit or take a breath.
This is what we will be doing in this season after Christmas, after Epiphany when the Magi finally arrive with their gifts and time of devotion. Instead, of rushing from the manger and throwing ourselves toward our hopes for a return to "normal", we will continue to live into the simplified life we witnessed on Christmas Eve. Not palaces or important people and perfectly planned events, just a baby born for us into the ordinary lives of a Palestinian family, trying to live according to customs and laws of their times. In the midst of challenges and an unclear future, they also found joy. The way we all do.
Over the centuries, ordinary people of faith expressed these experiences and how they sense God's presence in their midst, through praying and singing the Psalms. For the next 7 weeks, this is where we will go to remember all God has done for us and allow the Holy Spirit to continue to reveal the way God is holding us and guiding us through it all. A way into the new year, we can count on and sing about with those who have gone before us.
This wouldn't be a true 2020 Christmas Eve without technical difficulties. Pastor Steve and Pastor Lori hope you will hear the true meaning of Christmas as only the telling from Luke 2:1-20 can do. Thank you to all the members, who helped share this Good News and offered images to help us remember what God - Emmanuel - with us has done and will continue to do, to bring peace on earth as it is in heaven. Merry Christmas!
Advent 4 - December 20, 2020 "I Believe in the Light": Illuminating Peace"
Season after Pentecost - A Time for Contemplative Action Compassion and Justice for All God has Made
Service of Thanksgiving and Praise
Join congregations from across the Northwest Intermountain Synod of the ELCA for worship and an opportunity to give thanks for all we are and all God continues to give us yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Happy Thanksgiving!
This festival Sunday in the life of the church, remembers and gives thanks for the identity God gives us through the waters of Baptism; beloved, saints of God. Yes, we do recognize those people of faith, who have been set aside by the church as exemplars of the faith (Saints), we also embrace the teachings of Martin Luther also. That indeed we are saints and sinners, redeemed by the lamb who was slain and is seated at the center of our lives eternally. And, because of this grace given to us through Jesus the Christ, we live now by faith, trusting in this promise that whether we live or whether we die, we belong to God, saints according to his promise.
Today, we join with the larger church in seeking out the Holy Spirit and listening for how God is supporting us, re-forming us, and leading us through this wilderness time. Come and join leaders of our Northwest Intermountain Synod and Rev. Lamont Wells, program director for LuMin/Campus Ministry in the ELCA, who will offer the sermon today.
October 18, 2020 "Golden Calf or the Glory of the Cross"
Due to technical difficulties when recording, we do not have a video, but the bulletin and sermon can be found using the buttons below.
Season after Pentecost - A Time of Growth and Contemplation
July 12 - August 23, 2020
In this six-week worship series, adapted from the Worship Design Studio, we will dwell with the God of Divine Goodness, deeply in love with us, and practice ways to return that love as we fall more deeply in love with creation and with one another.
One thing I ask of you, [Divine Goodness], one thing I seek: that I may dwell in your house all the days of my life, to gaze on your beauty and to meditate in your Temple. - Psalm 27:4 (Inclusive Bible)
In preparation for this worship series, take a look at the resources below. The At Home Preparation document outlines suggestions for setting aside space for worship, creating items to support your senses, and offers weekly reflection activities for all ages to do during the week.
Follow the Nurturing Faith Resources button for additional resources to cultivate a life of contemplation and compassion for all ages. This is where you will find the links to interviews with Wendy Farley that go more deeply into the themes raised in worship. Wendy Farley is a professor of spirituality and her book (the title of this worship series) will be available this Fall.
This Sunday, we are invited to join with the larger church in worship, live. An email with the Zoom invite will arrive by August 1. If you do not receive it, contact Pastor Lori at firstname.lastname@example.org. Note the change of time. FLC fellowship will happen on Zoom at 10:00 a.m., then we will shift to join our sister synod in Tanzania for prayer and worship at 11:00 a.m. PDT. If you do not have access to Zoom, use the morning prayer service to guide your worship this morning as you lift up the ministries we share as a synod and with the UKD.
"Beauty, Contemplation, and Radical Compassion" Week 1 July 12, 2020
Holy Hilarity Sunday - July 5, 2020
Martin Luther’s thermometer for detecting the health of your faith, was by the measure of laughter. Or as he put it, “You have as much laughter as you have faith.” So, in celebration of our freedom in Christ and as a means of strengthening our faith, we join a long-held festival of the church: Holy Hilarity Sunday (usually celebrated the Sunday after Easter). “The custom was rooted in the musings of early church theologians (like Augustine) that God played a practical joke on the devil by raising Jesus from the dead.” May this service renew you, so you may continue to answer the call to meet the needs of the world with hope and compassion.