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Sermon, 2.18.24, The Need For Change, Melody Merida
We face temptation as we discern what God really wants for us. Boot camp is all about making necessary changes through hard work. We begin this season of intentionality with a reminder of the power of temptation to lead us away from God. But we also hold fast to the promise of forgiveness.
Sermon, 1.7.24, We Trust Our Belovedness, Melody Merida
We began our series by acknowledging our weariness and we conclude with trusting our belovedness; ultimately, our joy is rooted in the fact that we belong to God. In the story of Jesus' baptism, the heavens part open and the voice of God wraps Jesus in joy and loving care. When we trust our belovedness, we have endless reasons to rejoice.
Sermon, 12.31.23, We Root Ourselves in Ritual, Melody Merida
After eight days have passed, Mary and Joseph circumcise their child and give him the name Jesus. They return to the temple in Jerusalem to enact the sacred birth rituals of their culture and tradition. Rituals mark sacred turning points in our lives. They can help us make meaning of celebrations, losses, and transitions. How do our sacred rituals root us and help us live into new chapters with courage?
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