We continue with our Advent Series based on Brian McLaren’s book, “We Make the Road by Walking.” The title of the series is “Fully Alive.” This Sunday we examine three women, Sarah, Elizabeth, and Mary. They were told they would have a baby even when their biology told them it was impossible. Part of what it means to be fully alive is to be open to the impossibilities of life.
On this first Sunday in Advent we will light the first candle in anticipation of the celebration of the birth of Jesus. Pastor Dave will begin a new series based on the book “We Make the Road by Walking” by Brian McLaren. The tile is “Fully Alive” which recognizes that Jesus comes to us so that we may live the abundant life. The title of this first sermon is Fully Alive: Desires, Hopes, and Dreams.
Sometimes we have to draw a line in the sand...to say to ourselves, “From this point forward I am going to live differently.” What is your attitude towards climate change? How are we being good stewards of the gift from God of creation? With scripture, science, and personal experience living in Alaska, Pastor Dave will help us think and hopefully act in ways that will help us reverse the warming of our planet.
astor Dave will share this fourth and final message in the series “Finding Faith.” There are five ways we experience God. Every person has their own preferred way of experiencing God. We should not be made to feel badly because we don’t experience God the way others do. But we can also be open to ways of experiencing God that at first feel awkward. When it comes to experiencing God in community it is important that we show up for each other. In this spirit we will read the names of our saints and ring a bell as we honor their witness.
This is the third in a 4-part series on Finding Faith. This Sunday’s title is, “Is God Really an Old Man with a Beard?” Pastor Dave will address three questions. 1. Is God a personal or impersonal God? 2. If God is personal why would God be relational? 3. Why speak of God as male? All this is an attempt to try to view God as God really is.
The second in a four-part series based on scripture and Brian McLaren’s book, “Finding Faith.” How does our faith grow? There are natural stages that may seem like we are abandoning faith. But in reality they are necessary parts of our faith journey. McLaren cites four stages that will help us understand some of our feelings and questions about faith in God.
Pastor Dave will launch a new 4-part series based on scripture and Brian McLaren’s book, “Finding Faith.” Is there such a thing as good faith or bad faith? If you have ever had silent questions about God, Jesus, and religion this series is for you. It is also a great time to bring a friend who will learn that Bend Church is a safe place to ask questions.
A dynamic and energetic Christian lay leader from Maua, Kenya, will speak. Mr. Stanley Gitari is the director of community outreach at Maua Methodist Hospital. Bend Church has sent several people to Kenya to work on projects Stanley’s office has organized. On this World Communion Sunday it is most appropriate to welcome Stanley to our pulpit at 9 and 11. He will share slides in the sanctuary after 9 AM worship.