The Table of Joy

Howard Thurman writes, “I will light candles this Christmas, Candles of Joy, despite all sadness, Candles of hope where despair keeps watch. Candles of courage where fear is ever present, Candles of peace for tempest-tossed days, Candles of grace to ease heavy burdens. Candles of love to inspire all my living, Candles that will burn all the yearlong.”

We light all Christmas candles on the first Sunday after Christmas and we give God thanks for Emmanuel God with us.  And we make room for the table of joy as we give God thanks for all his good and perfect gifts throughout the year and immerse ourselves in Scripture readings, and singing all your favorite Christmas songs!  Send the end of the year photos to Pastor Sunae by this Friday, 12/29 by 6pm and we will witness our tables of community of love, peace, hope and joy as we wrap up 2023!

Remember to join us for a breakfast gathering at 9:30am in the fellowship hall before the worship service for a light breakfast together and a time of gratitude and prayers!  Come and join us.

 

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Sunday service begins at 10:15AM.

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2024 January – February Worship Series

Fierce Love

Inspired by the tenets of ubuntu—the Zulu phrase, “I am who I am because we are who we are”, that we are each impacted by the circumstances that impact those around us, and that the world won’t get better until we all get better.  In her book, Fierce Love, Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis shares her own experience, of being the first female and first Black minister in her church’s history, of being in an interracial marriage, and of making peace with childhood abuse – illustrates that our human capacity for empathy and forgiveness is the key to reverse a world divided and broken.She lays out the nine daily practices in her book for breaking through tribalism and engineering the change we seek but in our worship, we will reflect on six practices. From downsizing our emotional baggage to speaking truth to power to fueling our activism with joy, it demonstrates the power of small, morally courageous steps to heal our own lives, and our larger communities.

Sharing stories that trace her personal reckoning with racism as well as the arc of her journey to an inclusive and service-driven faith, Dr. Lewis shows that kindness, compassion, and inclusive thinking are muscles that can be exercised and strengthened.  She says, Fiercely Love!  Love! Period!

 

Jan 7, 2024  |   Epiphany

Love Yourself Unconditionally.  It All Starts Here.

Jeremiah 31:3

Mark 1:9-11 (NLT)

 

Jan 14, 2024   |   Human Relations Sunday

Travel Lightly. Downsize the Burdens You Carry

1 John 4:16 – 19

 

Jan 21, 2024   |   Christian Unity Week

Show Kindness and Affection Wildly

Luke 10:25-37

(Guest Preacher:  Ken Schoon)

 

Jan 28, 2024

Think Inclusively!  They are Your People, Too!

Luke 19:1-10

Galatians 3:28

 

Feb 4, 2024   |   Black History Month      

Find Joy Purposefully!  It is the Water of life!

Isaiah 12:1-6

John 4:14

 

Feb 11, 2024

Have Faith in Love!  Love is the way! Period!

Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Leviticus 19:18