“The Banquet Is Ready”

“The table has been set. The banquet is ready! God prepared a feast for us, a feast of abundant love. Our cups overflow with bountiful grace. This celebration with God will restore our souls and comfort us. Today, let us feast upon the words of Christ; for they will guide and direct our way.” —Psalm 23, 2 Nephi 14:4, adapted Today’s Message: Jami Smith Jami Smith shared a beautiful message today by drawing us into the parable of the wedding banquet found in Matthew 22:1-14.  She reflected on the perspective of each character in the parable, asking the congregation which one/s they related to. She reminded us that we have all been… Read More

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“Be Receptive to God’s Will”

Val Brennan brought the morning message focusing on the theme “Be Receptive to God’s Will”.  Val broke down the theme into two parts – “be receptive” and “to God’s will”.  Val shared concepts from President Veazey’s message “Ways of Discovering God’s Will” from January 2011. These concepts included using six different lenses to discern God’s will.  The lenses include scripture, continuing revelation, tradition, knowledge and reason, personal and community experience, and common consent.  Val walked the congregation through the first three and challenged the congregation to watch President Veazey’s message for details on the remaining lenses. Val shared how “spiritual attention” and “spiritual disciples” can open us to God’s will. … Read More

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“God’s Generosity”

God’s Generosity of Grace and Justice is abundant! We began by guessing the price of a ‘pumpkin-spice latté’ and how that compares to the cost of store bought coffee. The pumpkin spice latté costs about $5.45 for 12oz; store bought coffee in comparison is $5.90 for 210 6oz servings / 105 12oz servings… which is $0.56 per 12oz. The demonstration behind this is linked to stewardship (in this case our finances); but also to demonstrate God’s Generosity is not a commodity, luxury item, or something for only a select few. There is plenty to go around, it comes down to how we share. Next, we imagined that 1/3 of the… Read More

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“Where Two or Three Are Gathered…”

James Stytle shared a beautiful message of reconciliation.  Beginning with words from Doctrine & Covenants 161:3c, c. Be patient with one another, for creating sacred community is arduous and even painful. But it is to loving community such as this that each is called. Be courageous and visionary, believing in the power of just a few vibrant witnesses to transform the world. Be assured that love will overcome the voices of fear, division, and deceit. James reminded us that living in community is not easy and requires patience.  God’s goal for creation, including His children is shalom.  James shared methods in dispute resolution from his experience as an attorney.  He… Read More

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Come to the Table

As we gathered today in community and worship, we thought we might be a small group due to the holiday weekend.  We were pleasantly surprised to have a wonderful gathering of folks to share in the Lord’s Supper.   Our theme today was “Come to the Table”.  The communion message was brought by Bob Rugg, who asked the question ‘What is the value of communion?”  Bob explained that communion is personal and special to each one of us and it helps to build our faith. Another special part of the worship service was confirming a new member, Tracy H., to Community of Christ.  Welcome to the family, Tracy! About 16… Read More

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“Who Do You Say He Is?”

Cindy Rugg brought the message today and shared the 7 “I Ams” from the book of John. For those keeping score at home, they are: » Bread of Life (John 6:35) John 6:35 New International Version (NIV) 35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. » Light of the World (John 8:12) John 8:12 New International Version (NIV) Dispute Over Jesus’ Testimony 12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world.Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” » Gate… Read More

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Lord, Help Me

The congregation gathered in worship today examining the theme “Lord, Help Me”.  In lieu of a speaker, Jami Smith shared an object lesson utilizing a mirror and dry erase markers.  The children took turns looking in the mirror at their reflections and what they see.  Then, Jami asked them to share examples of hurtful things that someone has said to them on the past and those things were written on the mirror.  After the mirror was full of negative words, the children looked at their reflection again.  They talked about how those words distracted from seeing the beauty of their reflection.  Jami shared how words are powerful and can be… Read More

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Take Jesus’ Hand

by Mike Daugherty Mike Daugherty was our guest minister today. He shared a beautiful message based upon Matthew 14:22-33. Matthew 14:22-33 New International Version (NIV) Jesus Walks on the Water 22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. 25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples… Read More

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“Come and Be Filled”

Matthew 14:13-21 New International Version (NIV) Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand 13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns.14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick. 15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.” 16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” 17 “We have here only five… Read More

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Become Children of the Kingdom

by Mikal Farley, Indianapolis, Indiana Becoming a Child in the Kingdom… through a self-descriptive parable; but, who is Jesus to me? Matthew 13:24-30 New International Version (NIV) The Parable of the Weeds 24 Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. 27 “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’ 28 “‘An enemy did this,’ he… Read More

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