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Archives: September 2017

Sep 29, 2017 - Kent French

We continue our series, Elements of Worship, looking more closely at each part of our worship and what it means to us. This Sunday, we will look at the Word, our scriptures, and how they almost always form the foundation, the bedrock for our worship.

Why scripture?

I am going to start the sermon by asking you about the Wesleyan quadrilateral (you can start doing your homework now). It sounds...

Sep 21, 2017 - Amy Norton

“May the Force be with you,” the Jedi says to his companion. “And also with you,” all my Catholic friends replied. I didn’t get the joke.

Growing up a low-church Protestant in a majority-Catholic town, I didn’t know what the “Passing of the Peace” was. Eventually I went to Mass with one of my friends and learned about this element of the service, and when my own church tried it once (thanks to an interim, I believe), I thought, “huh, we’re trying a Catholic thing today, interesting...

Sep 14, 2017 - Kent French

Earlier this decade, a journalist name Kathryn Schulz wrote an intriguing and engaging book called, Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error. You can see her 18-minute TED talk here. Her main assumption is that we all mess up, we all make mistakes, we all misinterpret the signs around us. Her argument is that we like being right and that we have...

Sep 06, 2017 - Kent French

For the next several weeks, we will follow a series on the Elements of Worship, holding up and looking at each facet of our worship life and delving more deeply into what each part means. It begins with the practice of welcome.

If you've ever planned a dinner party, you know about all the thought and work that go into really good hospitality: figuring out the guest list, assessing the potential chemistry of the invitees, planning the menu, shopping for the ingredients, timing the meal...