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April 19, 2020: “You show me the path of life”

Welcome! Ideally, we would gather together in worship, catching up on each other’s lives, being encouraged by each other’s smiles, weeping with each other in our tears, joining our voices in songs of faith and lament and hope and praise, … Continue reading

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Tabitha, Disciple of our Lord

A sermon by Michael Pahl on May 12, 2019, called “Tabitha, Disciple of Our Lord.” It is a reflection on the story of Tabitha, also called Dorcas, in Acts 9:36-42. Here is a written excerpt: We read the Bible to … Continue reading

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On Being—and Doing—Church

Cross-posted from Pastor Michael’s blog. There are many good New Testament passages one can explore to envision what the church should be and do: Romans 12-15, 1 Corinthians 12-14, and Ephesians 4-5 are all good options, among others. Still, when … Continue reading

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A Nurturing Community

A sermon by Pastor Michael Pahl on October 28, 2018, called “A Nurturing Community.” The sermon is the seventh in a series exploring our church vision and mission statements. Here is a written excerpt from the introduction: We have a … Continue reading

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We are Called to Expansive Vision

“God is not far from each one of us. For ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we too are his offspring.’” (Acts 17:27-28). Pastor’s Notes: In … Continue reading

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We are Called to Adaptability

“We should not trouble those Gentiles who are turning to God…[this] has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us” (15:19, 28). Pastor’s Notes: In the book of Acts the first followers of Jesus called themselves “the Way”: people … Continue reading

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We are Called to Risk-Taking

“The Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them…’ Barnabas and Paul have risked their lives for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ” (13:2; 15:26). Pastor’s Notes: In … Continue reading

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We are Called to Inclusiveness

“Peter began to speak to them: ‘I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him’” (Acts 10:34-35). Pastor’s Notes: In the book of Acts … Continue reading

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We are Called to Allegiance

“But Peter and the apostles answered, ‘We must obey God rather than any human authority’” (Acts 5:29). Pastor’s Notes: In the book of Acts the first followers of Jesus called themselves “the Way”: people of the way of Jesus, the … Continue reading

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We are Called to Boldness

“They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness” (Acts 4:31). Pastor’s Notes: In the book of Acts the first followers of Jesus called themselves “the Way”: people of the way of Jesus, … Continue reading

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