Advent Two: Peace Proclaimed

Luke 3:1-6 tells us that God’s word showed up through John in a surprising place. It didn’t come through any of the government officials or rulers Luke mentions. It came to John who was located in a wilderness, far away from the powers. Where is our wilderness? Might God be showing up there? Pastor Stan asked us to be prepared …

Advent One: Hope

In our culture there is little room for darkness. But we have no need to fear or run from the darkness that can be our reality, because Jesus is our righteousness! We place our hope in Jesus who is surely coming! Sermon: “A New Reality” by Pastor Stan Jeremiah 33.14-16 and Psalm 25.1-10  

“Committing to the Journey”

Drawing from Ruth and Naomi’s examples in Ruth 3:1-6 and 4:13-17, Pastor Stan Shantz urged JSMC to commit a journey of belonging together. As part of our new (to us) way to talk about membership, everyone belongs in our church. Today we took another look at a Covenant that we’ll be encouraged to sign in the beginning of 2019. At …

Remembrance Sunday – “A Table for All”

Isaiah 25:6-10a offers a rich feast of comfort for ALL who grieve. Compassion in grief and remembrance isn’t a luxury just for the rich. The Lord Almighty offers it for every human! Furthermore, God promises that someday death will be swallowed up forever and will wipe away tears from EVERY face! During this service we remembered and named each person …