We invite you to engage in the spiritual practice of seeking. We encourage you to stay curious, open, and nimble as we ask questions of meaning, comfort, challenge, hope, and faith.

  • Ash Wednesday Liturgy – February 22, 2023, at 7 pm. Join us as we begin our Lenten journey together with the imposition of ashes. If you are not able to join us in person but would like to receive the imposition of ashes, please contact Pastor.
  • Lenten Evening Prayer –  Join us on Thursdays at 7 pm in our sanctuary on March 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, for a time of prayer together. Join us at 6 pm for a simple meal before our time of prayer. Please consider signing up to help make these meals possible.
  • Lenten Devotional – Our devotional is a collection of daily devotions written by and for members of our community to be used as a companion for your prayer life this Lent. You may download an electronic version or contact the church office for a printed copy.
  • Sundays in Lent – Join us for worship at 10:30 a.m. as we journey together with our theme of seeking.
  • Holy Week – Lent culminates in our Holy Week and Easter liturgies, which you are invited to participate in. Please consider lending your gifts to help create these liturgies together!

Readings and Psalm for Sunday, February 19, 2023, Transfiguration of Our Lord

Sunday’s festival is a bridge between the Advent-Christmas-Epiphany cycle that comes to a close today and the Lent-Easter cycle that begins in several days. On a high mountain Jesus is revealed as God’s beloved Son, echoing the words at his baptism. This vision of glory sustains us as Jesus faces his impending death in Jerusalem. We turn this week to Ash Wednesday and our yearly baptismal journey from Lent to Easter. Some churches put aside the alleluia at the conclusion of today’s liturgy. This word of joy will be omitted during the penitential season of Lent and will be sung again at Easter.

Prayer of the Day

O God, in the transfiguration of your Son you confirmed the mysteries of the faith by the witness of Moses and Elijah, and in the voice from the bright cloud declaring Jesus your beloved Son, you foreshadowed our adoption as your children. Make us heirs with Christ of your glory, and bring us to enjoy its fullness, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Readings and Psalms

Exodus 24:12-18
Psalm 2
2 Peter 1:16-21
Matthew 17:1-9

First Reading: Exodus 24:12-18

12The Lord said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain, and wait there; and I will give you the tablets of stone, with the law and the commandment, which I have written for their instruction.” 13So Moses set out with his assistant Joshua, and Moses went up into the mountain of God. 14To the elders he had said, “Wait here for us, until we come to you again; for Aaron and Hur are with you; whoever has a dispute may go to them.”
15Then Moses went up on the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. 16The glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days; on the seventh day he called to Moses out of the cloud. 17Now the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel. 18Moses entered the cloud, and went up on the mountain. Moses was on the mountain for forty days and forty nights.

Psalm: Psalm 2

1Why are the nations in an uproar?
  Why do the peoples mutter empty threats?
2Why do the kings of the earth rise up in revolt, and the princes plot together,
  against the Lord and against the Lord’s anointed?
3“Let us break their yoke,” they say;
  “let us cast off their bonds from us.”
4God whose throne is in heaven is laughing;
  the Lord holds them in derision. 
5Then in wrath God speaks to them,
  and in rage fills them with terror.
6“As for me, I have anointed my king
  upon Zion, my holy mountain.”
7Let me announce the decree of the Lord,
  who said to me, “You are my son; this day have I begotten you.
8Ask of me, and I will give you the nations for your inheritance
  and the ends of the earth for your possession. 
9You shall crush them with an iron rod
  and shatter them like a piece of pottery.”
10And now, you kings, be wise;
  be warned, you rulers of the earth.
11Submit to the Lord with fear,
  and with trembling bow in worship;
12lest the Lord be angry, and you perish in a sudden blaze of wrath.
  Happy are all who take refuge in God! 

Second Reading: 2 Peter 1:16-21

16For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17For he received honor and glory from God the Father when that voice was conveyed to him by the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, my Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” 18We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven, while we were with him on the holy mountain.
19So we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed. You will do well to be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, 21because no prophecy ever came by human will, but men and women moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9

1Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. 2And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. 3Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. 4Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 5While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!” 6When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. 7But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.” 8And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone.
9As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, “Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

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Readings and Psalm for Sunday, January 6th, Epiphany of Our Lord [observed]

The feast of Epiphany (“manifestation”) concludes the Christmas season with a celebration of God’s glory revealed in the person of Jesus Christ. In Isaiah and Ephesians, that glory is proclaimed for all nations and people. Like the light of the star that guided the magi to Jesus, the light of Christ reveals who we are: children of God who are claimed and washed in the waters of baptism. We are sent out to be beacons of the light of Christ, sharing the good news of God’s love to all people.

Prayer of the Day

O God, on this day you revealed your Son to the nations by the leading of a star. Lead us now by faith to know your presence in our lives, and bring us at last to the full vision of your glory, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Readings and Psalm

Isaiah 60:1-6
Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14
Ephesians 3:1-12
Matthew 2:1-12

First Reading: Isaiah 60:1-6

1Arise, shine; for your light has come,
  and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
2For darkness shall cover the earth,
  and thick darkness the peoples;
 but the Lord will arise upon you,
  and his glory will appear over you.
3Nations shall come to your light,
  and kings to the brightness of your dawn.

4Lift up your eyes and look around;
  they all gather together, they come to you;
 your sons shall come from far away,
  and your daughters shall be carried on their nurses’ arms.
5Then you shall see and be radiant;
  your heart shall thrill and rejoice,
 because the abundance of the sea shall be brought to you,
  the wealth of the nations shall come to you.
6A multitude of camels shall cover you,
  the young camels of Midian and Ephah;
  all those from Sheba shall come.
 They shall bring gold and frankincense,
  and shall proclaim the praise of the Lord.

Psalm: Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14

1Give the king your justice, O God,
  and your righteousness to the king’s son;
2that he may rule your people righteously
  and the poor with justice;
3that the mountains may bring prosperity to the people,
  and the hills, in righteousness.
4Let him defend the needy among the people,
  rescue the poor, and crush the oppressor. 
5May he live as long as the sun and moon endure,
  from one generation to another.
6Let him come down like rain upon the mown field,
  like showers that water the earth.
7In his time may the righteous flourish;
  and let there be an abundance of peace till the moon shall be no more.
10May the kings of Tarshish and of the isles pay tribute,
  and the kings of Sheba and Seba offer gifts. 
11May all kings bow down before him,
  and all the nations do him service.
12For the king delivers the poor who cry out in distress,
  the oppressed, and those who have no helper.
13He has compassion on the lowly and poor,
  and preserves the lives of the needy.
14From oppression and violence he redeems their lives,
  and precious is their blood in his sight. 

Second Reading: Ephesians 3:1-12

1This is the reason that I Paul am a prisoner for Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles—2for surely you have already heard of the commission of God’s grace that was given me for you, 3and how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I wrote above in a few words, 4a reading of which will enable you to perceive my understanding of the mystery of Christ. 5In former generations this mystery was not made known to humankind, as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit: 6that is, the Gentiles have become fellow heirs, members of the same body, and sharers in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
7Of this gospel I have become a servant according to the gift of God’s grace that was given me by the working of his power. 8Although I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given to me to bring to the Gentiles the news of the boundless riches of Christ, 9and to make everyone see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things; 10so that through the church the wisdom of God in its rich variety might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. 11This was in accordance with the eternal purpose that he has carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12in whom we have access to God in boldness and confidence through faith in him.

Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12

1In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” 3When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; 4and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. 5They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:
6‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
  are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
 for from you shall come a ruler
  who is to shepherd my people Israel.’ ”
7Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. 8Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.” 9When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. 11On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.

Join us, Thursdays, December 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2022 for a Soup and Bread Supper at 6 p.m., followed by Holden Evening Prayer, 7 -7:30 p.m.

Join us for a meal at 6 p.m. and then for Holden Evening Prayer from 7:00 – 7:30 p.m.  We will sing, rest, relax, pray, breathe, and dwell in the Word. 

Please consider signing up to contribute to our shared meal of soup, bread, and salad.  You can sign up here or in the Narthex.

We hope you’ll join us!

Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner, Thursday, November 24, 2022

Once again, the invitation is heartily extended to bring a special Thanksgiving dish to share for a common meal on Thanksgiving Day, November 24th.  We gather from noon until about 4 p.m. with the meal at about 2 p.m. For the past several years, this has been a delightful time spent together with a range of individuals and families, sojourners and friends. Please sign up in the Narthex.

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Trunk or Treat, Sunday, October 30, 2022, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Join us for community trunk-or-treating! Whether you are looking for an alternative to door-to-door trick or treating or extra trick-or-treat fun, stop by between 2:00 and 4:00 on Sunday, October 30th.

Talk to Pastor Kyle if you’d like to help!

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