Current Theme: Called to Transformation


February 17: Catching People by Getting Caught
Luke 5:1-11

But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!”... Then Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.” -Luke 5:8, 10b

This Month

February 24: Becoming Agents of Transformation
Luke 6:27-38

"But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for God is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” –Luke 6:35-36

February 10: Worship Cancelled Due to Snow

February 3: Pushing Jesus Off A Cliff
Luke 4:21-30

"There were also many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.”  When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage. –Luke 4:27-28

In February, we will be looking at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry in Luke as a series of transformational moments that led His followers to radically re-interpret who they are, how God works, and their place in the coming Kingdom. As Jesus’ disciples here in Seattle, we are called to move through transformation too. Sometimes we are going to feel freed by the renewal of our minds, and sometimes we’d rather push Jesus off a cliff. Sometimes we want to cling to our old ways of seeing God and ourselves, those simpler understandings where we knew what was right and how to “be good” and “be enough”. We are called, however, to trust that God is revealing more of God’s self to us so that we might better understand how to love like God loves. 


Last Month

January 27: We Allow Ourselves to Make Big Claims
Luke 4:14-21

""God 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."" Luke 4:18b-19

January 20: We Resist the Desire to Be In Control
Luke 4:1-13

"the devil said to [Jesus], “To You I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please. If You, then, will worship me, it will all be Yours.”" Luke 4:6-7

January 13: We Start With Our Belovedness
Luke 3:15-17,21-22

"And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased." Luke 3:22

January 6: Spiritual Travelers Open Up Epiphany
Matthew 2:1-12

"“Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.”" Matthew 2:2

This is Jesus’ vision for His ministry, and ours: that we tether ourselves to God’s vision for Earth. Throughout Advent, John has been keeping us focused on God’s Kingdom coming, preparing the way and getting the people ready for the One who is to come. During January, we will be considering how Jesus steps up and steps into His role as “Proclaimer in Chief” of the Good News of God’s liberation from idolatry. We will stay in Luke’s Gospel, considering what Jesus’ baptism, temptation by the devil, and proclamation of the Year of the Lord’s Favor teach us about how we might step up and step into our role in tikkun olam



Sermon on the Mount Mash-up

This Lent, we will be examining the Sermon on the Mount, the great and diverse collection of teachings found in Matthew 5-7. In an experimental process, the congregation will vote each week on the Scripture passages to be examined for the following week, grouped loosely into the nine "fruits of the Spirit" delineated by Paul in Galatians 5. This will allow us to spend time on the selections from Jesus' sermon that most engage (or confound) our congregation. Join us to share your thoughts and add to the conversation. 

LENT 2018

Practical Resources for Real Freedom

"The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous is America's most significant and authentic contribution to the history of spirituality, says Richard Rohr. To survive the tidal wave of compulsive behavior and addiction, Christians must learn to breathe under water and discover God's love and compassion. In this exploration of Twelve Step spirituality, Rohr identifies the Christian principles in the Twelve Steps, connecting The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous with the gospel. Rohr offers encouragement for becoming interiorly alive and inspiration for making one's life manageable for dealing with the codependence and dysfunction (sin) rampant in our society."
                                                                               -from Google Books

Click Here to Read Excerpts from Breathing Underwater Used in Worship