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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…

June 13, 2021 – Ho Hum, Nahum – The 3rd Sunday After Pentecost

Nahum 2:1-13 Nahum is a prophet who only appears in his own book. He prophecies destruction against Nineveh and Assyria, in a marked contrast to the book of Jonah. We certainly hear the tone of Jonah the prophet in the words of Nahum. This book fits the context of Jonah, and Habakkuk. Here Nahum describes an attack on Nineveh, or perhaps how…

Worship Update – June 9, 2021

Friends,  In our meeting last night, the Session reinforced our commitment to following the advice of science and medical advisors as we continue to deal with the realities of COVID-19 and the pandemic.      At this time, the CDC’s guidance is that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks, and that those who are not vaccinated do need to…

June 6, 2021 – If, Then – The 2nd Sunday After Pentecost

I Kings 9:1-9 Covenant is a key part of the story of God and humanity. There are times when the covenant is unconditional – God will do this thing regardless of what we do; and times when the covenant is conditional – if the people are faithful then God will do this thing. This passage focuses on a conversation between God and…

May 30, 2021 – Ranting, Raving, Filled with Fury -Trinity Sunday

Psalm 2 The challenging verses at the end of the Psalm can only be read in context of the whole Psalm. The Psalm is a contrast between the rule of God and God’s chosen ruler, and the earthly rulers.  God’s anger and mockery are explicitly named here, in a way that perhaps we don’t think of as normal. God demands a deference…

May 23, 2021 – Obvious – Pentecost Sunday

Acts 2:1-4;  Galatians 4:1-7 [5:16-26]                                                                               Paul writes that the works of the flesh are obvious. And while the duality of flesh versus spirit is a problem, let’s go explore the obviousness. For Paul doesn’t call the works of the Spirit obvious.  Our behavior illustrates that it isn’t obvious, or that we don’t care. There is a strong contrast with the fruits…

May 16, 2021 – Law and Faith – The Seventh Sunday of Easter

Galatians 3:1-9, 23-29            The end of this passage is the familiar part. The start is a bit more aggressive, a bit more John the Baptist, a bit louder than the tone we normally read the familiar part in. Paul does a bit of work here, addressing the people of faith in Galatia and in Marion.            This duality between faith and…

May 9, 2021 – Integrity in Identity – The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Galatians 1:13-17; 2:11-21                          Paul is here calling the other disciples on the carpet. It’s an odd passage to read a week after the Jerusalem conference, when we just heard about the church opening to Gentiles. It is important that we read the letter carefully, and in the context, remembering the conversation from Acts 15 last week.            What Paul actually seems…

May 2, 2021 – Closed or Open? – The Fifth Sunday of Easter

Acts 15:1-18                                           The Jerusalem conference is an important moment in the life of the Church. It is a defining moment. Do people have to join the church through Judaism, or is there another way? Is salvation through the circumcision of Moses alone or is there another way?            Fundamentally, the church and its leaders have to make a decision here.…