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Worship Update – October 17, 2021

An update about our worship – Session has determined that we will resume worship in person, with masks and distancing as requirements for our worship together. We are shifting back to lifting our voices in song, while we stay masked and distanced. We will continue to have Zoom as an option, and encourage you to make the best decision for yourself and your family about how you will be worshiping.

The Cultivating Cares Community Garden

We got a call on March 9th to see if we would be willing to provide space for a Community Garden to provide fresh food to local food pantries. Fresh food is expensive, and often too expensive for those who are food insecure or the agencies that provide aid to the food insecure. Session was excited about the idea, and since that…

Community Lenten Services 2021

We gather again this year for Lent, and to gather as the community of God gathered in mission, service, and worship together in Marion. This year, our worship will be online, and shared with our community in a prerecorded format. Videos will be posted to premiere at 6 pm on Tuesday evenings in Lent, as woudl be our time if we were…

Worship Updates

Friends, The Session wanted to relay to you some of our discussions about worship as we head into the fall and Advent and Christmas. We have been worshiping via Zoom for 7 months now, and we have begun to have a small group of people back in the worship space.  In the short term, we will continue holding a hybrid worship service.…

Online Worship Updates

For the foreseeable future, our worship will be based online. We are using Zoom as our worship platform. You can download Zoom from https://zoom.us/download or from your mobile platform app store. For the connection information please contact the church office. If you’d like to follow along in worship later, then we have two options: You can find our online worship recordings on…

January 23, 2022 – Sneaking Out – Third Sunday after Epiphany

John 3:1-21            Our connotation of sneaking isn’t positive. That’s something dishonest people do, people who are trying to hide something, people who are ashamed of what they are doing. That’s a lot of baggage that we bring to the first part of this passage.            Nicodemus comes under cover of darkness, to check Jesus out. Perhaps it makes him more anonymous,…

January 9, 2022 – Sacred or Normal? – Baptism of Our Lord

           In John’s gospel, Jesus performs his first miracle at a wedding. We talk about Cana, we use the passage to reflect the snark of Jesus addressing his mother, the oddity of having Christians make teetotalling a doctrine of faithfulness, and the amazed wonder of the steward about the quality of the wine.            What happens in Jesus’ first miracle is the…

January 2, 2022 – Chains of Proclamation – Second Sunday of Christmas

John 1:35-51            John is gathered with his own disciples. He’s sort of successful. He’s well known, sometimes too well known, and has people who follow him. When Jesus walks by, John points him out, “Here is the Lamb of God!” which his disciples hear, and then go follow Jesus. Jesus invites them to come and see what he is all about.…

December 19, 2021 – Dwells – Third Sunday of Advent

John 1:1-18       The first three weeks of Advent had us moving from exile to the valley of dry bones, and then to Isaiah’s language of seeking God. The people are the ones moving in all these passages. God moves the people around, trying to get them to be more faithful, to be better followers, to be more closely the people of…

December 5, 2021 – Transported – Second Sunday of Advent

Ezekiel 37:1-14            Many times, we want God to bring us out of the place where we are to a better place, often a much better place. We don’t ask to be moved from the frying pan into the fire. We ask to be taken from the bad into the good. With that in mind, let’s look at this passage from Ezekiel.…

November 28, 2021 – Exiled – First Sunday of Advent

Jeremiah 29:1, 4-14            When times are good, there’s no need for change. (Who times are good for is another conversation.) However, when times aren’t so good, we often long for change. Often, things going terribly wrong are the only reason that we are willing to change.            Exile is one of those big changes. Pandemic is one of those big changes.…