Our New Practice

For the past several years, we have been reciting an “Affirmation of Faith,” usually the Apostle’s Creed, every Sunday in The Bridge. The Apostle’s Creed is an ancient list of many of the beliefs of our religion, and it’s a concise way to memorize the “Christian basics.” I have so enjoyed hearing you all read Read More …

Living Generously

This past Sunday in our series, “The Church Is…” we learned that the Church is generous! We strive to live lives of generosity because: 1) to live generously is to be obedient to Jesus, who taught that we are to give to anyone in need and who preached good news to the poor 2) to Read More …

Pure Hearts

“I need your undivided attention!” Did you ever have a teacher who said that? “Undivided” is the meaning of “pure” in this week’s scripture: Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. God wants us to have hearts that are undivided, focused and devoted to God. This is the only way that we Read More …

Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness

This week we talked about Jesus’s pronouncement that those who hunger and thirst for righteousness will be blessed, because they will be satisfied. We thought about what it means to “hunger and thirst” for anything- to have a passion for something that means it is the highest priority in our lives, what all our energy Read More …

Those Who Mourn

Yesterday we talked about Jesus’s statement that “blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” We discussed the fact that we often mourn loved ones who have died, but also mourn more abstract things like dreams that did not come to fruition, an “ideal” family life, the career we wanted, etc. Perhaps more Read More …

Happiness

On Sunday we began a new sermon series about happiness. What is it? How do we get it? What does God have to do with happiness? Many of you were able to recite by heart along with me when I read the preamble to the Constitution: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Read More …