Hello, Believers! Next Sermon Series

Click the image above to hear Rev. Ian describe our final sermon series of the church year: Hello, Believers.

For our final sermon series, we’re returning to some of the major themes of the year. I’ve highlighted ideas from a handful of sermons as a way to reflect on the journey we’ve shared together. It may not have been overtly obvious, but the entire year was built as a sermon arc guiding us from embracing our identity as believers to navigating the challenges that have shaped us. Each message was designed as a stepping stone moving toward personal and collective growth.

This final series is an invitation to pause and ask ourselves: What have we metabolized from the year we shared together? Are we ready to take action and become the change our world needs? How have these ideas taken root in our lives and community? Join us for the final series which I am calling, Hello, Believers, as we continue to believe, belong, and become the light that shines brightly in a world longing for hope.

May 5 — Hello, Believers

We began the year with a sermon called “Hello, Nonbelievers,” challenging us to move from being defined by what we don’t believe to proudly owning our faith. In the months since, we have been on a transformative spiritual journey, wrestling with our calling and purpose as a congregation. The year may be winding down, but I’m hoping, as a congregation, we are winding up. If we continue focusing on the convictions that unite us and acting boldly on them, we will change the world with our message of inclusive love, justice and hope. The choice is before us – do we shrink back to comfortable irrelevance, or do we embrace our identity as believers and let our light shine? Hello, believers – it’s time to believe, to belong, and to become the change our world desperately needs.

May 19 — Eyes on the Fries

Just as potatoes bumping in a pot knock the dirt off each other, the challenges and conflicts we’ve faced as a congregation over the past year have invited us to examine parts of ourselves and our community that need transformation. While this bumping has been painful at times, it is a necessary part of our growth. We are now at a turning point where we must decide – will we commit to the hard work of peeling back our defensive layers, seasoning our interactions with grace, and appreciating the unique gifts each member brings? Or will we remain stuck in old patterns that limit our potential as a faith community? Our covenant with one another gives us roots to weather storms of change. If we stay focused on living into our highest values together, new life will emerge. With courage and compassion, we can pledge ourselves to co-creating a healthier congregation.

June 2 — Love is the Teaching

The beauty of the begging bowl is in recognizing that we both need to be generous and create opportunities that allow others to be generous. When open-handed giving is woven into congregational life, we leave behind ideas of scarcity and distrust and open ourselves to the values of mutual care, trust, and spiritual vitality. Distrust and “gatekeeping” hinder inclusivity and keep congregations from becoming the welcoming communities they envision. By exploring how the practice of seeking and filling “begging bowls” without the expectation of return or recognition liberates us, transforming our mindset from scarcity to abundance. 

June 9 — Letting Our Light Shine

What would it mean to fall in love with the world as a spiritual practice? How can we let go of the intellectual barriers and past wounds that prevent them from fully embracing an embodied experience of love, vulnerability and sacred risk? We are marching in the Pride Parade this weekend (we hope you will join us!) and for Music Sunday we are singing into the power of heartbreak, longing, deep connection, and the transformation we all long for. We are called by our hearts to transform into prophetic agents of intimate, world-embracing love.

June 16 — Whee the People

Becoming a community of Whee! understands that the path of awakening is not just about personal enlightenment, but a collective journey of becoming part of the unfolding awakened consciousness. We are call to embrace the joy and exhilaration of spiritual transformation, proclaiming “Whee!” as we die to old attachments and are reborn in Spirit. Awakening is meant to be fun – by approaching it with a sense of play and adventure, we open ourselves more fully to the liberating power of Sacred Love.