The good news of the transforming power of Jesus Christ is always accompanied by a challenge. Set in the culturally diverse world of 1st century Roman rule, the followers of Jesus were watching God’s Spirit being poured out “on all flesh.” As a result, this small group of Jews had to face the challenge of watching their familiar and comfortable walls of culture, religion, and ethnicity expand to include the Gentile world. In this nine-part sermon series that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter Sunday, we will explore passages in the Gospels, the Book of Acts and some of St Paul’s letters that chronicle the way the early church grew into its new ethnicity in Christ. In these times when the stress of a shrinking world and the invitation to make room for diversity presses in upon us, it is good to know that this challenge is not a new experience for the Church of Jesus Christ.

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03/01/2017 | Invited into the Broad and Open Space (Ash Wednesday Service)

03/05/2017 | I do not think that word means what you think it does

03/12/2017 | Too Close for Comfort

03/19/2017 | Who Let the Dogs Out? (Heidi Greider, preaching)

03/26/2017 | Not From Around Here

04/02/2017 | Do the Right Thing

04/09/2017 | I Had a Dream (Palm Sunday)

04/16/2017 | What Are You Waiting For? (Easter Sunday)