Sermon Series: Every Moment Holy

2/20 - 3/28/2021

Noise, by definition, is unwanted sound. Can anyone deny that our lives are too noisy today? Social media, divisive opinions, television, podcasts, and other distractions have never been more prevalent in our world than in our current moment in history. In the midst of all this, are we truly hearing the clear signal of God? In the narrative of scripture God chooses to be present in every moment, both big and small. Our response is to turn down the noise and tune in to God, allowing every moment to be holy.

Messages

3/27 - 3/28/2021 (March 27/28) | Big Moments Be Holy

“If they were silent, the stones would shout.” We have spent our journey of Lent discovering that even tiny, mundane moments can become holy in the grace of God. Yet today we arrive at one of the most significant and most dramatic moments of Jesus’s life to discover that God can sanctify the big, momentous, and sometimes overwhelming events we must also experience. As the palms wave, God incarnate arrives to take his rightful place, making every moment holy.

3/20 - 3/21/2021 | Thoughts Be Holy

The worst parts of ourselves are often hidden away from anyone but us in our daily thoughts, yet the truth of an omnipresent God is that God is present in every moment of our lives, including those we don’t share with anyone else. It is tempting to turn to self-help in order to take control of our minds, yet the true transformation we seek can only come from God, the one who can make even our worst moments holy.

3/13 - 3/14/2021 (March 13/14) | Meals Be Holy

There is nothing more commonplace than a meal. Humans must eat and drink to survive, and we must do this daily. Yet an ordinary meal can become a miraculous event if the right guest is invited. It is not in the food we eat, but in who we invite to the table that makes a meal a holy encounter.

3/6 - 3/7/2021 (March 6/7) | Families Be Holy

One of the most difficult places to be holy is in the daily grind of life: the traffic, the Legos on the floor, the dirty dishes, and with the people who see you, truly as you are. We are called to be holy in the little moments with the ones who love us fully, which means they also see fully the good and the bad. We have visions of what holy moments should look like, and yet holy moments can happen in the most broken times, in our humanity, by God’s grace, and as a result we can love fully.

2/27 - 2/28/2021 (February 27/28) | Daily Routines Be Holy

One of the places we least expect to encounter God is in our daily moments of routine. We brush our teeth, drink our morning coffee, move through our day of work and play, and in the monotony we assume God is absent. Yet God is aware of our every move, choosing to offer grace even in the most mundane tasks of our lives. If we choose to open our eyes and hearts, even our routines can become meaningful encounters with the divine.

2/20 - 2/21/2021 (February 20/21) | Turn Down Noise. Turn Up Signal

It is easy to read the miraculous stories of scripture and think, “Where are my big moments of God?” Yet we read in the story of Elijah that we worship a God who breaks expectations. We expect God to be big, grand, and dramatic, but we learn that one of the greatest prophets tuned in to God’s signal by looking past the distractions and settling into the silence.

All Series

More Than Conquerors
5/14 - 6/19/2022
In the early first century, culturally speaking, everything was positioned around the idea that a nation ought to expand and conquer to accumulate power and influence. In this way, the movement that began with Jesus was positioned well to be a religion that was focused on going out in the world, spreading its message to new nations, and converting others to this system of beliefs. The world was primed for a religious movement that would respond to the great commission, and in effect, go forth and conquer. Yet, the church was not about conquering. It did not hope to extinguish and assimilate every other person and culture. Instead, the early church grew on the basis that it had the ability to universally speak to the human condition of brokenness and offer hope and promise in the wake of that very condition. The church would be more than the conquerors. Everyone was coming to believe in the promise of God. The Gospel reached into different cultures, differently idioms and languages altogether. In this message, they preached and believed that Jesus would return again, and would return again sooner rather than later. Nobody could have fathomed the idea that 2000 years into the future, we would still be waiting on this return. They were teaching each other lessons and lifting each other up in the hopes that they would be alive to see the grand return. However, those lessons taught have a practicality that transcends any time period. In growing over this time, the church moved beyond the disciples. What was once an effort of individuals and leaders who had all had direct connections to, and conversations with, the risen Lord now transitioned to a movement of different ages, nations, and races of converted believers who had simply heard the Good News of the Gospel. They would lean on their own spiritual experiences of the divine rather than tangible interactions with God Incarnate. What will leadership look like in this new Church? Who can be a part of this faith movement? What will be required to participate? Most importantly, how do those messages speak to us today?
Appeared
4/23 - 5/8/2022
Easter has come, Christ has been resurrected. We have enjoyed the big celebrations, the Easter egg hunts, and the family meals, but we forget that there was more than an empty tomb after Christ was resurrected. There were more visits than the brief encounter of the women in the garden. A fully resurrected Christ is a free Christ. Jesus could have gone anywhere and done anything after the resurrection, and yet he chose to search for the disciples. Jesus sought out the ones who abandoned and failed him more than anyone else. The ones who swore loyalty disappeared. The ones who followed in his footsteps for three years turned their backs on the suffering Savior. The ones who pledged to help transform the world abandoned the mission in fear and shame. Yet the story of the cross and resurrection is true for each of us through the power of God’s grace: we are more than our worst moments. The worst thing is never the last thing. What might those disciples have been feeling after the cross? Can you imagine the deep silence between them? The shared knowledge of their failures? The unrelenting question: “What now?” Brene Brown defines shame as “an intensely painful feeling or experience of believing that we are flawed and therefore unworthy of love, belonging, and connection.” It is not hard to imagine the deep shame of these disciples, one that each of them knew intimately and yet did not want to name. Shame assigns identity based on our worst moments. It thrives on secrecy. It is “the fear that something we’ve done or failed to do, an ideal we’ve not lived up to, or a goal we’ve not accomplished makes us unworthy of connection” (Brene Brown, Atlas of the Heart, 137). We see over and over again in the Gospels and Acts scenes of redemption and healing through God’s grace. Jesus could have chosen to abandon the ones who left him at the cross, who pretended they did not even know him, to start from scratch with better disciples. Yet in God’s infinite grace and unrelenting love, the disciples were chosen for connection, relationship, and entrusted with the mission of Christ. Jesus confronts their failures head on. This is the Christian story: our deepest shame is redeemed and we are transformed into world-changing disciples