Sermon Speaker

Rev. Colleen Swingle-Titus

November 13 God Is Here

God Is Here click below to hear recorded sermon Isaiah 12:2-6        New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) 2 Surely God is my salvation;     I will trust, and will not be afraid, for the Lord God[a] is my strength and my might;     he has become my salvation. 3 With joy you will draw water from the […]

October 16 Rooted in Faith: Surely, Shirley

Rooted in Faith: Surely, Shirley Click link below for audio recording 2 Timothy 1:3-14 The Message (MSG) To Be Bold with God’s Gifts 3-4 Every time I say your name in prayer—which is practically all the time—I thank God for you, the God I worship with my whole life in the tradition of my ancestors. I miss […]

October 9 The Sojourner

Sermon Topic:  Welcoming the Sojourner CLICK LINK BELOW TO LISTEN TO RECORDING 3 John 1:4-8 We’re the best of friends, and I pray for good fortune in everything you do, and for your good health—that your everyday affairs prosper, as well as your soul! I was most happy when some friends arrived and brought the […]

September 4 Church, Why Bother: Part 2: Looking Up.

So what is WORSHIP? Is it an hour on Sunday? It CAN be, and it can be you standing on the mountaintops singing like Maria van Trapp…if you are sincere. So why this gathering – why bother?
Let’s turn to our buddy, Philip Yancey and his book, Church Why Bother, for some direction. Last week reviewed the stats of the NONEs on the rise – and learned that Yancey himself walked away from ecclesiastic gatherings for some time. But he started noticing a loss in his spirit and life, as he described it, “{His} faith faded, a commitment to other slipped away and, ‘the crusty shell of lovelessness (grew) over (him).’” Something needed to change to get him back the the heart of worship …and that SOMETHING was his attitude, the lenses he popped in his spectacles.

August 21 Life Coach

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that we need to remember that Sabbath is a gift, not a test. But, oh, how some of us receive this gift with such resistance. Like our inner child telling God, our Holy parent, “You’re NOT the boss of me!!” or “you don’t KNOW me…” Oh golly, we miss so much while tantruming while our inner terrible two seems to rage. It’s funny to know that often behind that ugly pout are scared eyes. Fear of the unknown, the discomfort of not being in control of the space and view we know…sometimes, even the misery we know. But if we would or could TRUST other as a guide for a moment, we’d be surprised that we just might learn something new – OR should I say – get NOT what we think we want but what we actually need.