Sunday Sermon – Blessings

Bible Text: John 13:34-35; Ephesians 3:12-4:1 | Minister: Susan Reisinger | Series: Behold! I Make All Things New Affirmation of Faith We are not alone, we live in God’s world. We believe in God: who has created and is creating, who has come in Jesus, the Word made flesh, to reconcile and make new, who works in us and others by the Spirit. We trust in God. We are called to be the Church: to celebrate God’s presence, to live with respect in Creation, to love and serve others, to seek justice and resist evil, to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen, our judge and our hope. In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us. We are not alone. Thanks be to God. ~ the United Church of Canada Litany of Departure I carry this church in my heart. We receive your thankfulness, and we offer you our forgiveness. We express our gratitude for your time among us. Forgive us for our shortcomings – for ways we have sinned against you. Your influence in our lives will not leave us, even though you depart from us as our interim pastor. … Let us pray. All: God, whose everlasting love for us all is trustworthy, help each of us to trust the future which rests in your care. The time we were together here in your name saw our laughter and tears, our hopes and disappointments. Guide us as we hold close these cherished memories, but now move in new directions, until that time to come when we are completely one with you and with each other. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Sunday Sermon – Push and Pull

Bible Text: Genesis 2:1-4; Matthew 14:13-23 | Minister: Susan Reisinger | Series: Behold! I Make All Things New Affirmation of Faith We believe that God has entrusted the church with the message of reconciliation in and through Jesus Christ; that the church is called to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world, that the church is called blessed because it is a peacemaker, that the church is witness both by word and by deed to the new heaven and the new earth in which righteousness dwells. that God’s lifegiving Word and Spirit has conquered the powers of sin and death, and therefore also of irreconciliation and hatred, bitterness and enmity, that God’s lifegiving Word and Spirit will enable the church to live in a new obedience which can open new possibilities of life for society and the world. ~ excerpted from the Belhar Confession

Sunday Sermon

Bible Text: Acts 2:1-8, 12-21; Psalm 104:24-34; Romans 8:22-28; | Minister: Susan Reisinger Affirmation of Faith We sing of God the Spirit, who from the beginning has swept over the face of creation, animating all energy and matter and moving in the human heart. We sing of God the Spirit, faithful and untamable, who is creatively and redemptively active in the world. The Spirit challenges us to celebrate the holy not only in what is familiar, but also in that which seems foreign. We sing of the Spirit, who speaks our prayers of deepest longing and enfolds our concerns and confessions, transforming us and the world. We offer worship as an outpouring of gratitude and awe and a practice of opening ourselves to God’s still, small voice of comfort, to God’s rushing whirlwind of challenge. Through word, music, art, and sacrament, in community and in solitude, God changes our lives, our relationships, and our world. ~excerpted from Song of Faith of the United Church of Canada (2006).

Sunday Sermon – A Homeland

Bible Text: Hebrews 11:1-7; Psalm 57:1-6; Hebrews 11:8-16; | Minister: Susan Reisinger Affirmation of Faith We are not alone, we live in God’s world. We believe in God: who has created and is creating, who has come in Jesus, the Word made flesh, to reconcile and make new, who works in us and others by the Spirit. We trust in God. We are called to be the Church: to celebrate God’s presence, to live with respect in Creation, to love and serve others, to seek justice and resist evil, to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen, our judge and our hope. In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us. We are not alone. Thanks be to God. ~ from the United Church of Canada