Past sermons and previous worship series can be found below.
“Emerge: A Metamorphosis Moment”
April 9 - May 28, 2023
Lookin’ for Love in All the Wrong Places February 26 - April 9, 2023
S.A.D. Spiritual Affective Disorder - January 8 - February 19, 2023
reflecting the sacred - November 27, 2022 - January 1, 2023
Moving Out of Scare City - October 9 - November 13, 2022
Re-Shaped - September 11 - October 2, 2022
The Prayer of Jesus - August 7 - September 4, 2022
What is the Value of Prayer - July 24 and 31, 2022
Drawn In - June 12 - July 17, 2022
The Cup of Freedom - April 24 -
Good Enough - March 6 - April 17
Known and Called - Jan. 2 - Feb. 13
The Inn: Housing the Holy - Advent 2021
Rooted in Love - late Fall 2021
February 26 - April 9 (Easter), 2023
The Christian scriptures offer many images of where love, grace, forgiveness, righteousness, and healing can REALLY be found. And it is not in the “usual” places. Isn’t it true fo us today as it was of the spiritural authors? Don’t we often look for wholeness and happiness in places that offer only temporary “good feelings” and satisfaction?
Lent is a wonderfully reflective time to reassess where we are searching for meaning and purpose. Join us as we move through the stories of Jesus to find out who offers the “real deal.”
January 8, 2023 - February 19, 2023
Seasonal Afffective Disorder happens when a lack of sunlight affects our moods and ability to cope effectively. Spiritual Affective Disorder can also be a condition when we’ve had prolonged stress and life is disturbingly uncertain. What is our faithful resonse to our strained mental health? What if everyday life activities could become spiritual practicies - deepening our experience of a meaningful life and helping us shine a light on the “blahs”?
November 27, 2022 - January 1, 2023
The Christmas season is a time when the juxtaposition of the sacred and secular feels sometimes blatantly opposed and sometimes quite blurred. The word “sacred” points to something dedicated as “holy” and “set apart.”
This year, you are invited to a spiritual journey at RGUC of seeing ALL things pregnant with the Holy. What could our experience of the Advent and Christmas season be like if we lived it imagining that everything is reflecting the sacred?
October 9 - November 13, 2022
The sense that there is not enough drives greed, fear, and exclusionary behavior. We begin to live in “Scare City” where it seems that death, starvation, feelings of being overwhelmed and swallowed up can lurk around every corner.
The Good News is that this is an illusion. A spiritual journey into the truth of abundance of all that we need offers us an alternative vision of where to live our lives. During this series, we will be “Moving Out of Scare City” and traveling to the vast, open habitats of God’s grace.
September 11 - October 2, 2022 (10:30 a.m. worship)
You were created for a purpose, formed into something spectacular – not just created, but re-created again and again.
Ready to be stretched? It’s time to be re-shaped!
Click on the graphic to the left or the button below to watch the trailer for this series.
August 7 - September 4 (10:30 a.m. worship)
Join us as we spend 5 weeks focusing on the Lord’s Prayer. Worship each week hones in on a part of the prayer and draws us into examination and implementation of it in a relational way.
Click on the graphic to the right or the button below to watch excerpts from this series.
July 24 and 31, 2022
Have you ever asked yourself these questions?
What should I say in my prayers?
When should I pray?
Where should I pray?
What is the value of prayer?
Watch the excerpts from this series to help you find answers!
June 12 - July 17, 2022
We spend too much time being “driven” rather than “drawn in.” We focus on what we should do rather than what we feel excited and compelled to do in our lives in this world.
During this series, we will connect with our inherent creativity and nurture this foundational aspect of being human that gives us renewed energy for passionate work, delightful play, and creative problem solving to make this world a better place for all.
Watch excerpts from the series on YouTube. Just click the link!
April 24th through June 5th (Pentecost)
Throughout this season, we will claim the power to sing, follow, rise again, love, heal, and be opened. We are filled with the freedom of the Spirit of God!
Lent - Easter 2022
We live in a culture bent on definitions of a good life as continuous upward mobility. We may comb the shelves of the self-help section in search of just the right formula to gain success. But life happens, right? Most times we are not moving upward but trying to repair the rung from which we’ve just slipped. So what if we stopped climbing and started fertilizing, water, and blooming right where we find ourselves? Welcome to a Lent of affirming a faith in which we are blessed, regardless of our imperfections, and where we can lean into embracing our “good enough” lives.
Epiphany Plus (January - February 2022)
After the celebration of the birth of Jesus, we move into a season of hearing the stories of people discovering and recognizing the identity of Jesus. In the time from Epiphany to the beginning of Lent, we, too, will discover the depth of who Jesus is and, by extension, who we are called to be as his followers.
Advent and Christmas 2021
The pandemic, along with so many other disasters this year, has laid bare and widened economic disparity locally and globally. As we enter the Advent season, how can our church become a house where the Holy will be born anew–offering respite, sustenance and care, opening the doors ever wider to those seeking shelter from the onslaught of life? No one church can do it all, but each can do something. As we study the biblical prophets that call us to care for our neighbors and “make room in the inn,” the lonely and frightened spaces within us are filled with the light of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.
Late fall 2021
How can we describe a Christian life? King David, in Psalm 1, wrote: “He will be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season; . . .
This paints a picture of the Christian life as having deep roots - firmly planted and growing stronger and deeper day after day. No matter the season, the Christian life is committed to God’s work - always bearing fruit. When our lives are “planted by streams of water,” our faith is everlasting.
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