This Coming Sunday

A Tempo
  : in time – a phrase used in music to indicate a return to the original tempo, or pace, or a composition

The tempo of life often feels frenetic. We find ourselves swinging from the rapid beat of righteous anger to the slow thump of hopelessness, between periods in which we look for a fight, and times when there’s no fight left in us.

In these moments, whether times of frenzy or frazzle, God invites us to return to God’s pace, finding our own original rhythm in sacred spiritual disciplines, intentional Christian community, rest, reflection, and renewal. Once again, living within this cadence, we’re empowered not only to endure days of difficulty, but also to thrive as we work toward justice, righteousness, and beloved community.

June 24, 2018

Sermon: When You're Not Feelin' It

Preacher: Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli

Texts: Isaiah 55:8-13; James 5:7-8

Isaiah 55:8-13
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it. For you shall go out in joy, and be led back in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress; instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle; and it shall be to the Lord for a memorial, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off. 

James 5:7-8
Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.


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