And In Our Songs We Will Praise You

This extravagant, beautiful love, this is our strength and our shield as we take this journey through living… it is this wild, extravagant, grace that we put our trust in, that gives us courage… that invites us to the dance floor to discover a joy beyond understanding. It is this extravagantly boundless love that invites us to become wild hearts ourselves, it is this vision of God’s wild heart that we, as a community, will strive to live into.

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Wild Hearts

I grew to expect those wild hearts. I could feel them coming close. I could feel them gather by my side. I could feel their fear and their courage. I could feel their freedom and their commitment. I could feel their depth and their lighthearted joy. I could feel their scars and I could feel their light.

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Our Hearts Trust in You

Join us for week two of our series on Pslam 28:7 - "Our Hearts Trust in You." After the invitation to worship… before the commitment to courageous discipleship… from the first note of the offertory where we take a moment to open our hands so we can see all that we have is God’s, and give back in gratitude, through prayer and song and scripture and sermon… to that moment when we are all one in the eating of bread and drinking of juice… that is the heart of worship. The liminal space when set aside life that we might be present here… The center. The core. The heart of worship…. “our hearts trust in you”

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God, you are our strength and our shield

Whether we know it or not, whether we see it or not… when it is so hard to remember… God, is our strength and our shield. When the world feels like it is crushing in around us… God is our strength and our shield. When it feels like pandemic, and division, and hate, and anger will never end… God is our strength and our shield. No matter how dark life becomes… God is our strength and our shield. In the times of life when we forget about God, and look to ourselves, or any idol to be our strength and shield… it is the simple words that we’ve repeated together, time and time again that we turn to for the reminder, that God is our strength and our shield. Liturgy is a reminder of the belief that God is our strength and our shield. Because we need that reminder. We need it this week, we will need it next week, and the week after: God is our strength and our shield.

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Matthew 2:1-12

I wonder if the child’s face was glowing when they found him? If his halo rested over his head, even then? I wonder if that is why they were so overwhelmed with joy when they finally found him. When the star finally led him right to the child’s home, to Bethlehem...

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Luke 2:25-40

God’s salvation. The Kingdom of Heaven… Christmas… Light breaking through the dark… Not a promise of perfection, or power, or that we will never feel the pain of life. This year, this of all years… let’s look for Christmas, not in all the purest, happiest, all is well moments… but in the messy, hard moments that the we… and the world… need it most.

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