Preacher: Rev. Andy Bryan

Black and white photo of caged bird.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Can we hear the caged bird sing? And having heard the cry, do we know why? The church of Jesus Christ must learn how to recognize the structures that are…
Photo of river flowing past a rock and a tree.

On the Pulse of the Morning

Our connectedness to God, to the earth, and to one another, is a source of hope and assurance. It's what we seek as we head toward the horizon.
Image of water splashing, representing baptism.

Reboot the System

Baptism initiates and incorporates us as the Body of Christ; when we renew our baptismal vows we are re-incorporated, the body is renewed.
Art depicting Isaiah the prophet.

And On Earth, Peace

The birth of Jesus is the inauguration of a reign of endless peace. It is not a culmination; it is a beginning, the beginning of the reign of the Prince…
The Nativity; artwork by Gari Melchens.

Emmanuel

Jesus is the embodiment of peace, “God with us.” Within the startling simplicity of a sign, the birth of a child, we get the Prince of Peace.
Photo of Santa with head in his hands, clearly stressed.

Weak Hands, Feeble Knees, and Fearful Hearts

God's peace is embodied, physical, and something we can feel. It's not just spiritual reality.
Peaceable Kingdom painting by Edward Hicks

Tender Wolves, Tenacious Lambs

The image of tender wolves lying down with tenacious lambs implies both have changed: the wolf has become more gentle and the lamb has become bolder.
Image of a man with a fake smile pinned on with clothes pins at each side of his mouth.

Again I Say, Rejoice!

To “rejoice always” is not to live with an artificial happiness or to pretend everything is okay. It is to live with faith in God’s goodness.
Roman statue with laurels around the head.

Press On!

Earthly gains are nothing; we must press on, leave them behind, and actively purse the heavenly call of God.

Joy Complete

The grace of God not only allows us to see God's vision for what this world should be, it also empowers us to do it, i.e. to act upon that…

Good Work

God can work through any circumstances, good, bad, or otherwise.

When We Get It Right

When we get it right, generosity is both a response to God’s good gifts and a way we participate in God’s work in the world. We discover the joy in…
Photo of chalkboard with 'Priorities' written on it with lines from 1-5.

Tethered to God

Giving generously aligns your life more closely with God. But, it takes planning for generosity and intentionality of giving to break free from the cycle of consumerism.
Painting of Prodigal Son by Jorge Cocco

Breaking Free

Breaking free and aligning your life with Jesus is the most gravity-defying thing you can do. To break free is to allow God’s priorities to shape ours.
woman happily holding $100 dollar bills

Discovering Gravity

There are forces in the world that pull us in many different directions, and not all of them are in the direction of God. Often, there’s a gap between the…
Painting by Sara Beth Baca depicting Lydia of Thyatira.

Live Like Lydia

Lydia welcomed Paul, Silas, and Timothy into her home, an example of extending hospitality beyond the superficial into relationship. We are all called to hospitality.

Who Are You Callin’ “Wee?”

The story of Zacchaeus shows how hospitality can change the host. As Zacchaeus welcomed Jesus into his home, he himself was transformed.
Circle of people with hands joined.

There Is Still Room

Invitation and hospitality are ongoing practices of discipleship; the church is never “full” – there is still room at the table.
Painting of a jazz ensemble 'in the grove.'

Give

Followers of Jesus give with extravagant generosity in order to express gratitude and joy for all God has given to them.
light bulb with planet earth inside

Grow

One generation may not share Christ like the previous one did, and sometimes older generations have to get out of the way in order to allow the church to grow.
Colorful hues

Worship

The core practice of Christian discipleship is worship, centering everything else that we do on God. Worship is the heartbeat of the church.
Road leading into the horizon to illustrate we are free to do any way we like, God is not compelling us.

Where To?

Christ has made us free, but he doesn't insist that we follow him, he invites us to. We are free to go where God is calling us … or not.
Image of blue shy with 'change' written in the clouds.

Living a New Life

"There is a new life available to us, a better life, our true life, a resurrection life that we were created to live in the first place. In order to…
Pedestrians at rush hour; all in motion except one.

Eyes on the Prize

A compelling vision for the future motivates us to action as the church moves, changes, and grows together toward God's vision for the world.
Photo of dirt road going off into infinity in the early morning mist.

Get Up and Go

Living faithfully requires motion, growth, change. The Bible is full of stories of change and new beginnings. What is their relevance and can we learn from them today?