Tamar and Amnon

In this Sunday’s service we remembered and lamented Tamar, daughter of David, whose story is found in 2 Samuel 13. Through her, we remembered and lamented our own stories and connections to sexualized violence. After a healing ritual of lament songs and candle-lighting, we looked toward hope. We at JSMC are a community that ends the silence surrounding sexual abuse …

Where Mercy Never Ends

Matthew 18:21-35 The Forgiving Community makes Jesus’ acts of forgiveness real in our lives. Some ways to do that are: Exercise 1: Ask for help to forgive someone who is difficult to forgive • Name (to yourself) the person who has harmed you so much, that it is difficult, if not impossible to forgive • Ask a close friend who …

Sparking Love and Good Deeds

A church that is an Encouraging Community is not afraid of high expectation, or holding each other accountable for “love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:19-25) For those of us accepting the challenge to find an accountability friend, here are the 3 questions for your friend to ask you: 1. How is it with your soul (today, this week, this month)? …

Serving the 1%

The disciples argued about greatness. Jesus said that the greatest was among them like a servant. How do we become a people who serve? Look to the Shepherd who searches for the 1 sheep. Every person – you, me, the person on the street – is the 1 out of 100 sheep that Jesus treasures. Treasure each other in such …

People of the Resurrection

Today begins a new Easter season series called, “The Good and Beautiful Community.” Drawn from a James Bryan Smith book of the same title, this series continues our congregational work of formation. We are becoming People of the Resurrection! Luke 10:38-42, Romans 12:1-2