“Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.”– Psalm 30:5b
As Easter people, we are called to dance our dances of freedom for all the
world to see–even and perhaps especially in times of great difficulty.
Dances of hope. Dances of justice. Dances of love. During this season,
post-resurrection stories point to the joy of living in the beloved community
and extending that fellowship through our witness as we dare to dance
Sunday 5/16/2021 “Dare to Dance: When Dancing is Difficult”
This Sunday we will observe Mental Health Awareness Sunday by making space for mental health issues and how we might support those dealing with them. Following Jesus, we welcome all.
Order of service here.
Sunday 5/9/2021 “Who Can Withhold: Break Forth”
The Psalm for this Sunday describes everything in creation offering joyful noises to God. Our joy is complete because the joy of Christ resides within us. We cannot help but break forth. This joy is available to all, realizes the community in the Acts scripture. The Holy Spirit finds its way even and especially in what feels like unlikely people and places. Where do we see the Spirit at work? And who can withhold the living water and our living praise? No one!
Sunday 5/2/2021 “From You Comes My Praise: Guide My Steps”
The Ethiopian says, “How can I understand, unless someone guides me?” So Philip begins to proclaim the good news of Jesus and the eunuch commands his chariot to stop so that he can go down to the water and be baptized. How has the testimony of the people in our lives and through the generations guided our steps into dances of
praise at the good news that we are loved and blessed? What transformation is possible as we abide with God, the vine from which we find our sustenance?
Order of Service for 5/2/21 here.
How do we know the rhythm and dance of our lives is faithful? Drummer of the Grateful Dead, Mickey Hart, wrote: “To fall in love is to fall in rhythm.” It is love for each other by which we know we are followers of Jesus, the ever-attentive shepherd. In the face of societal rules and attitudes that strive to foster “everyone for themselves,” they will know we are Christians by our love. How can we listen to the music that draws us together, “falling in rhythm” with neighbor in order to build up the whole?
Order of service for 4/25/21 here.
Sunday 4/18/2021 “While in Their Joy: Dancing Sure”
Sometimes we are unsure about our steps in this world. For the disciples,
even “while in their joy” at seeing Jesus post-resurrection, they were still “disbelieving
and wondering.” But 1 John reminds us that even though we may not know our next
steps, we can be sure in them because we are “beloved” children of God and we will be
like the one in whose steps we can surely follow — the resurrected Jesus.
Order of Service 4/18/21 here.
Dancing requires that we pay attention to our dance partners. It requires
finding a rhythm together. The Sunday after Easter brings the story of Jesus appearing
to the disciples and breathing the Holy Spirit on them. Other scriptures this week point
to the power of being together, of finding fellowship in the presence of Jesus and the
presence of the community. What does it take to dance together?
Order of Service 4/11/2021 Here
Easter Sunday 4/4/2021
Order of Service 4/4/21 Here