Gavel Grapevine ~ March 2017

A big THANK YOU to everyone who attended the Annual Congregational Meeting last week.  Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive regarding the road ahead, and the Board is thrilled that everyone has become so energized.  If it seemed like we’d be able to sit back and focus on Lent during March, that hasn’t been... Read More

Garden of eden

Genesis 2: 15-17; 3: 1-7 and Matthew 4: 1-11

Introduction to the readings for Lent 1, Sunday, March 5, 2017 The season of Lent begins with stories about testing and trusting.  In our first reading, we are plunged into the story of the garden of Eden where Adam and Eve are given clear instructions about what is needed for them to be safe.  Listen with care to... Read More

Aha moment

Message ~ ACM & Transfiguration Sunday

Sermon for Annual Congregational Meeting and Transfiguration Sunday, February 26, 2017  Based on:  Matthew 17: 1-9 ‘Jesus is transfigured on the mountain’ I want to begin by sharing with you this morning that I am continuing to ponder the meaning of these stories from scripture in light of a recent experience I... Read More

Transfiguration 22

Exodus 24: 12-18 and Matthew 17: 1-9

Our reading from the Hebrew text takes us to the mountain with Moses and Joshua, and the leaders of that community who have been on the exodus from Egypt, in an in-between time, expecting to arrive in the promised land. They’ve been learning about the law, what it means to live in God’s way, and now God calls to... Read More

Do good

Reflection ~ February 19, 2017

Based on:  Leviticus 19: 1-2; 9-18 and Matthew 5: 38-48 Opening Prayer:  God of love, light, and laughter; God of sadness and joy; God of glory, mystery, and hope, be with us in our listening and in our wondering as we reflect on your Holy Word from Scripture for us this day.  Amen. This morning we come to the end... Read More

Love your enemies

Leviticus 19: 1-2 , 9-18 and Matthew 5: 38-48

Introduction to the readings for the seventh Sunday in the season of Epiphany, February 19, 2017. Our first reading this morning comes to us from the book of Leviticus originally composed for the community’s religious leaders.  We could think of it as kind of ‘how to' manual for living out God’s law in corporate... Read More


Gavel Grapevine ~ February 12, 2017

Have you picked up a copy of the 2016 Annual Report?  Download your copy here: 2016 ANNUAL REPORT A whole lot has crossed the Boardroom table since the last Gavel Grapevine update!  Here are some highlights: Two exciting technology projects are well underway.  The first is a ‘Donate Now’ button, which is going... Read More

Angry birds

February 12, 2017

Prayers and Message for the sixth Sunday in Epiphany February 12, 2017   Based on:  Deuteronomy 30: 15-20 and Matthew 5: 21-26 Opening Prayer:  God, who invites us into ministries of teaching, healing, and leading together, give us devoted hearts that we might seek to listen more deeply, to think more fully, and... Read More

Heart of the law

Deuteronomy 13: 15-20 and Matthew 5: 21-26

Introduction to the Readings for February 12, 2017 For the sixth Sunday after the Epiphany Listen to these clear instructions about faithful living Moses offers his wandering people now perched on the edge of the Promised Land.  How might his instructions for faithful living hold value for us gathered here this... Read More

Salt and light cross

Reflection ~ February 5, 2017

Reflection for the fifth Sunday in the season of Epiphany, Feb. 5, 2017 Based on Isaiah 58: 1-12 The fast God chooses And Matthew 5: 13-20 You are salt, you are light. Opening Prayer:  May the words on my lips and the thoughts and feelings we experience as we reflect together on God’s word for us this day, be... Read More