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Following Vernon Jantzi's introduction to the Memorial Day service, Shirley Yoder Brubaker reads "The Seagoing Cowboy" to the children and then interviews four of the cowboys, Herb Weaver, Kenton Brubaker, Earl Rosenberger, and John Martin. Finally, Barbara Moyer Lehman leads a panel discussion with Vi Dutcher, Harley Showalter, Joe Longacher, and Harold Lehman.

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Easter 6: Pastor Moriah Hurst preaches from Acts 17:22-31 and 1 Peter 3:13-22. 

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Pastor Phil Kniss preaches on the theme of "creation care," drawing first from the words of Jesus in John 3:16, and then more fully from the creation narrative in Genesis, emphasizing how much God's loves all of creation.

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On Easter morning, Pastor Phil reflects on Matthew’s version of the resurrection narrative, which emphasizes the cataclysmic and fear-inducing intervention of God in Jesus’ resurrection, that conquered the powers of death and instituted new creation. He encourages us to embrace both the hope and the fear inherent in God’s resurrection shakeup of life as we knew it.

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On Palm Sunday Pastor Phil encourages us to take another look at the “Triumphal Entry” and see it not as a repudiation of a political kingdom of God, per se, but as a repudiation of the power politics of the Empire, and as a confrontation of his own people, who were buying into those same power politics and letting it corrupt their identity and practices as a people of God.

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On the 5th Sunday in Lent, Pastor Phil preaches from the Gospel story of the raising of Lazarus (John 11), and encourages us to be challenged and inspired by the willingness and determination of Jesus and his disciples to “walk toward death” because of their trust in the Spirit of Life that walked with them, and invite us to do the same in our own walk as disciples of Jesus today, in a world where death is prevalent.

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Pastor Phil Kniss preaches from the lengthy healing story in John 9, in which, on a Sabbath Day, Jesus heals a man born blind, disturbing the religious leaders and setting off a sequence of reactions and heated debates. Like Jesus, we are called to a wholistic healing ministry that reaches out in compassion to the suffering individuals and persons, but also invites God’s “trouble-making healing” into the deeper brokenness in our systems and society.

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On the third Sunday in Lent, Pastor Phil preaches from the Gospel story in John 4 telling of Jesus’ encounter with a Samaritan woman at the town well. In this encounter, Jesus made himself shockingly vulnerable, in reaching out to a despised Samaritan woman to meet his needs in his moment of physical exhaustion and overpowering thirst.

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Pastor Moriah preaches on the second Sunday of Lent, from the Gospel story of Nicodemus' inquiry of Jesus, in which he wondered, "How can these things be?" Moriah encourages us all to embrace wonder as a spiritual posture during the season of Lent, and beyond.

 

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On the first Sunday of Lent, Pastor Barbara reminds us to use Lent as a time to step back, and create space for reflection, repentance, recommitment, renewal, and restoration. She encourages us to ask, "What has been our wilderness experience? what are we 'hungering' for? and what are the distractions that pull us away from God?"

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