Guest preacher Lupita Muñiz, is executive director of the Casa San José in Colima, Mexico, an independently operated NGO that houses, educates, and cares for children who have been abandoned, abused, or orphaned. She shares stories of how her faith developed and strengthened as she at first reluctantly took on the work that she has been doing now for 40 years.
Both of the writers of the morning scriptures were writing near the end of the first century, a time of war, fear and grief.
In the story of Jesus healing the blind beggar Bartamaeus (Mark 10:46-52) Young Adult Minister Kit Novotny notices that it isn’t completely clear whether Bartamaeus was healed because he had faith or that his faith was the result of being healed. Is faith the chicken or the egg?
Minister of Community Life Rachel Bauman explores the story of Job, a righteous man who is tested as his blessings are stripped away from him by God. He ponders and laments his own state and is challenged by his friends. But Job speaks honestly of his suffering to God.
Reflecting on the themes of sleep, faith and safety in Psalm 4, Emerging Leader Kim Druziako shares her own stories of survival as she first moved to the Bay Area. With little resources, she finds herself in a warehouse community of other poor queer folks who help each other make ends meet.
Thomas, the twin, missed out when Jesus appeared to the disciples in the upper room. Young Adult Minister Kit Novotny notes that we don’t know exactly why he wasn’t there—was he depressed and holed up at home, out roaming the streets looking for Jesus, or did he get locked out?
Senior Minister Molly Baskette recounts some of the challenges that she has faced in the last few weeks, including the death of her brother Jesse in the Philippines and her children getting whooping cough.
Emerging Leader Loi Almeron explores questions of doubt and faith. How can we approach our trials with joy as the scripture invites us to (James 2:1_8)?
“God’s love endures forever.” That is the repeated refrain in Psalm 136 and as part of the sermon series “Summer of Love” Minister of Art & Communication Phil Porter explores the benefits and challenges of long-term relationships.
In the Gospel story, Jesus waits a few days upon hearing that his beloved friend Lazarus was sick before eventually going to where his body has been buried and calling him out of the tomb. Young Adult Minister Kit Novotny suggests that Jesus’ initial resistance may have been due to his very human grief.