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You Are the Body

We need to work together in unity, using our various gifts in synergy with one another, if we are to be a healthy and whole organism.

You’ve Got a Gift

Questions naturally arise when we talk about spiritual gifts. What’s my gift? Do I already have one? If so, how do I know what it is? And if I don’t have one, how do I get one?

Well Pleased

From a young age, we pick up on when our parents or guardians are pleased with us. For example, my mother was more pleased with me when I did the dishes or took out the trash, and less pleased with me when she would find me staying up late playing Gameboy under my covers!

Carry the Light

As children of God we are called to carry Christ’s light wherever we go, and in whatever we do. That means that even our seeming ordinary, everyday activities are infused with meaning and purpose as we participate in God’s work in the world.

Unto Us A Child Is Born

Many of us who didn’t grow up around sheep probably tend to think of sheep as these warm, cuddly, soft animals that are always clean and smell great. If we could, we’d just to just hold a nice cuddly little lamb in our arms…

Revolution of Love

Mary’s song in Luke 1 shows us that Mary was not content with the status quo. And she must have passed that along to her son, who did indeed start a revolution – although it was a revolution of love, not of hate. A revolution of compassion, rather than vengeance.

The Joy of Coming Home

Coming home is a joyous occasion when we know we’ll be loved and accepted. But what do we do if and when we’ve wronged the people who love us?

People of Peace

December 5th 2021 homily on Luke 3:1-6 by Rachel Snack I cannot believe how quickly December got here and how…

Time to Go Home

Christmas is not just about remembering an event that took place 2,000 years ago – it provides a picture of what is to come. Recounting the story of Christ’s birth fills us with hope and expectation for Christ’s return, when God’s kingdom will come in all its fullness.

Everyone Who Belongs

Christ’s rule and reign produces change and transformation, not with violence and force in the way that the nations of this world exert their authority, but rather through the transformative power of love.

Not One Stone

November 14th, 2021 homily on Mark 13:1-8 by Pastor Galen The Greatest Party that Never Happened This past week I…

Everything She Had

Although her gift was miniscule in comparison to the donations by the much wealthier people who made a big show of putting large sums of money into the offering plates, Jesus said that a poor widow “has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury.” (Mark 12:43).

Every Tear

The visions in Isaiah and Revelation of God wiping away every tear from our eyes look forward to that future day when Christ will return and we will be gathered together with our friends and loved ones and those who have gone on before us.

My Eyes See You

The book of Job ends with a picture perfect fairytale ending. And yet Job’s experience of tragedy and loss had a transformative impact on his understanding of God and the world.

Out of the Whirlwind

October 17th 2021 homily on Job 38 by Pastor Galen Bruce Almighty The 2003 comedy film Bruce Almighty featured Jim…

Bitter Complaints

Ten years after Mother Teresa passed away, the world was shocked to discover that for the last 50 years of her life, Mother Teresa had struggled with doubts, and feeling as though God were distant from her.

Through It All

In the 1972 classic children’s book, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Alexander knew from the moment he woke up that it was going to be a bad day…

The Power of Prayer

September 26, 2021 homily on James 5:13-20 by Pastor Galen More than a Pat Answer Christians are often known, for…

Taming the Tongue

9.12.21 homily on James 3:1-12 by Pastor Galen When I was learning how to drive a car, I remember thinking…

A Good Name

Pastor Galen talks about the significant of names, how donuts helped salvage his reputation, and how Jesus can give all of us a new reputation/identity.

Every Good Gift

August 29th 2021 homily on James 1:17-27 by Pastor Galen Zook Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming…

Armored

August 22nd 2021 homily on Ephesians 6:10-20 by Pastor Galen Zook This past week I was up in the Pocono…

Getting in Sync

August 1st 2021 homily on Ephesians 4:1-16 by Pastor Galen Synchronized Diving Like many of you, our family has been…

Abundant Love

For the Christians living in Ephesus who had been deprived of the knowledge of God’s love for so long, Paul’s greatest desire was that they would be filled to overflowing with the knowledge of God’s abundant love.

He Is Our Peace

Through Christ, God has come near to us. Christ broke through the wall that separated us from God, and in doing so, he broke down the walls that separate us from one another as well. That doesn’t mean that our physical differences disappear, but it does mean that our differences do not exclude us from God’s love, and should not divide us from one another.

Setting Our Hope

One of my favorite things in school was to be chosen by the teacher to run a special errand or to be given a special responsibility, like taking a note to the principal’s office, or showing a new student around the school…

We Are Family

The nation of Israel was in disarray after the death of King Saul, with half of the nation being ruled by King David, and the other half ruled by Saul’s son. For years they fought against each another….

Giving What You Have

Every year, for at least the first few weeks of the school year, the school secretary of the local elementary school would routinely collect the lunch money from the new kindergartens at the start of each school day, just to make sure the money didn’t get lost during the course of their busy morning activities….

Asleep in the Boat

In Mark 4:35-41 The disciples found Jesus asleep in the back of the boat in the midst of a storm at sea, causing them to ask, Jesus, don’t you care what we’re going through?

A New Creation

For the past few weeks we’ve had sort of a vivid illustration all around us of new creation – of the old passing away, and everything becoming new –  as the 17-year cicadas have been emerging from the ground, and leaving behind their shells, emerging as these sort of new creatures. 

Renewed by the Spirit

Mark Twain once said, “Why is it that we rejoice at a birth and grieve at a funeral? It is because we are not the person involved.”

Born of the Spirit

The 2006 film Amazing Grace tells the story of the 18th century British politician William Wilberforce…

Center Stage

One of my favorite actors is Hugh Grant, the British movie actor who has appeared in such films as Four Weddings and a Funeral…

On Mission

Recently space travel has been making headlines — specifically space travel to Mars…

Abide in Me

May 02, 2021 homily on Psalm 22:25-31 John 15:1-8 by Pastor Galen Zook

Unless I See

April 11th 2021 homily on John 20:19-31 by pastor Galen A Raging Pandemic The year was 165 A.D., and a devastating…

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