God Wants Us Back
10 Images of Hope from the Book of Jeremiah
Pentecost | Summer 2020
The events of 2020 have brought us to our knees. COVID-19 has taken the lives of over 100,000 Americans and put many more out of work. Under quarantine, many of us – even Christians – have grown lonely and spiritually numb. The murder of George Floyd has prompted our nation to reckon with our legacy of systemic racism, sparking protests and demands for justice. In the midst of these competing crises, it seems like both our society and our personal lives are spiraling out of control.
Despite this personal and cultural exile, the Lord is not silent. What is God’s invitation to us in this upheaval? To answer that question, we will turn to the prophet Jeremiah, whose messages from God to His people contain vibrant and startling images that both expose our spiritual condition and magnify God’s merciful heart toward us.
Over the next 10 weeks, we will see that God wants us back, and is offering us a fresh hope, a clarified purpose, and a promised season of renewal.
Overview of Jeremiah
Pentecost & Trinity Sunday
The Stuff We’re All Looking Forward To:
Life with Jesus in the New World
Eastertide | Spring 2020
This spring, with the losses and changes of the quarantine reality, we found ourselves in a state of longing – to leave our homes, to reunite with loved ones and to enjoy the simple, good things we once took for granted.
In John 20-21, we see the Risen Jesus invite his grieving followers out of their fear and isolation into a vivid new world he was creating. In beaches and gardens, over breakfast and reunions, Jesus restored their hope and calling; and he offers us the same hope today.
This Eastertide series explores the new world of Jesus by highlighting “The Stuff We’re All Looking Forward To.”
Losses come in all forms: health challenges, conflicts, financial difficulties, the death of loved ones, and more. When these losses disrupt our life as we know it, we need guidance and comfort from someone who has gone before us in loss and grief.
This Lent we are unpacking the last words of Christ from the Cross. These final words reflect the heart of Christ as he suffered the most profound loss imaginable.
As we listen to the words, we pray the Holy Spirit will give us the hope and the language we need to grieve our own losses, neither denying our pain nor drowning in it. And as we learn to grieve with Jesus, we expect that God will enlarge our souls and prepare us for the resurrection he has in store for us.
Our Epiphany series, “Revealing the Light of Christ,” set the spotlight on key moments from the Gospels that revealed Christ’s glory, grace and kingdom: a wedding, an all-night healing service, the transfiguration and others.
The secular age has left us with growing boredom, loneliness and chaos. But as we recover our life in God, and shift from the secular to the sacramental life, we will find boredom give way to meaning, loneliness give way to family and chaos give way to peace.
“Rooted in God: the Fruitfulness of the Sacramental Life” is a sermon series from the Gospel of John that teaches us how to participate in the life of Christ together. Along the way, this series explores the historic Christian practices – weekly communion, baptism, liturgical prayer, and the rhythms of the church calendar and daily office – as well as the church’s historic mission of healing and evangelism.
This Eastertide we are studying the power of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. The apostle Paul writes about this power in his letter to the Roman church. In these six weeks after Easter we will be studying Paul’s teaching and seeking to understand the new reality of Life in the Spirit that is promised to all who trust in Jesus for salvation.