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Spring 2022

GRAD SUNDAY ~ 5.8.22

“Finding Myself Among Friends”
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Steven Chapman

“Lessons From the Journey”
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Shaniya Auxier

“Letting Go, Finding Freedom”
Matthew 6:25-34 (Macayla Church)


“Atomic Grace” ~ 5.1.22
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John 21:1-19 (Erica Liu)

“Resurrection Imagination” ~ 4.24.22
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Revelation 6:12-17 (Nii Addo Abrahams)


LENT
A SEASON FOR EVERYTHING


Each Sunday during Lent, we reflect on a verse from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, a passage of Scripture that reminds us of this important truth: “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”

“A Season of Hope” ~ 4.17.22
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Ecclesiastes 3:1-8; Mark 16:1-8 (Erica Liu)

“To Speak or Not to Speak” ~ 4.10.22
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Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (Nii Addo Abrahams)

“Spiritual Housekeeping” ~ 4.3.22
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Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (Erica Liu)

“Throwing and Gathering” ~ 3.27.22
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Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (Nii Addo Abrahams)

“Weeping and Dancing” ~ 3.20.22
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Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (Erica Liu)

“Breaking and Building” ~ 3.13.22
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Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (Nii Addo Abrahams)

“Life and Death” ~ 3.6.22
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Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (Rev. Erica Liu)


HEARING GOD’S CALL


College is a time for asking big questions, and one of the biggest is also one of the hardest to answer: How do we know what God wants for our lives?
“Hearing God’s Call” is a four-week series about … well, hearing God’s call. We talk about what calling is, why it matters, and how we can become better at hearing and responding to God.

“What Are You Looking For?” ~ 2.27.22
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John 1:35-43 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)

“Reversals” ~ 2.20.22
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Acts 9:1-19 (Nii Addo Abrahams)

“Take the Next Step” ~ 2.13.22
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Acts 8:26-40 (Rev. Erica Liu)

“The Call Is Coming From Inside Your Life” ~ 2.6.22
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Exodus 3:1-12 (Nii Addo Abrahams)


“Stories from BWAP 2022” ~ 1.30.22 (Full video)
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Click on individual links for written reflections
Nii Addo Abrahams ~ Afghanistan to Ft. McCoy
Emma Elsdon ~ The Setting
Olivia Avery ~ The Mess
Andrea Wegrzynowicz ~ Come, Lord Jesus (Scriptural Collage)
Lauren Pettis ~ Presence
Madelyn Peppard ~ Untitled Poem
Evan Digman ~ Moments of Grace
Erica Liu ~ Communion: Hope at the Table

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“We Are All Saints” ~ 1.23.22
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1 Corinthians 1:1-9 (Rev. Mark Elsdon)

Fall 2021

ADVENT: ROAD TO BETHLEHEM


During Advent, we make our way toward Bethlehem through the stories of four characters: Joseph, Elizabeth, the wise men, and the shepherds.

“An Announcement to Remember” ~ 12.19.21
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Luke 2:1-20 (Nii Addo Abrahams)

“Signs of Christmas” ~ 12.12.21
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Matthew 2:1-23 (Rev. Erica Liu)

“Blessed” ~ 12.5.21
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Luke 1:39-45 (Nii Addo Abrahams)

“Messy Family Trees” ~ 11.28.21
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Matthew 1:1-25 (Rev. Erica Liu)


LIFE TOGETHER

What does a flourishing Christian community look like? We turn to Paul’s letters as conversation partners for three weeks of discernment about our life together.

“Can We All Be One?” ~ 11.21.21
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Galatians 3:23-29 (Nii Addo Abrahams)

“Ecosystem of God’s Kingdom” ~ 11.14.21
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1 Corinthians 12:12-21, 27-31 (Andrea Killian Wegrzynowicz)

“Life Together” ~ 11.7.21
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Philippians 2:1-11 (Nii Addo Abrahams)


THEY WILL KNOW WE ARE CHRISTIANS BY …


Christians are known for a lot of things. Not all of them are good. So what *should* we be known for? In this series, we explore some of the marks of the Christian life.

“Our Hope” ~ 10.31.21
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Romans 8:22-27, 38-39 (Rev. Erica Liu)

“Our Testimony” ~ 10.24.21
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John 8:12-14, 17-18 (Nii Addo Abrahams)

“Our Wine and Cheese (Or, Our Love for Our Enemies)” ~ 10.17.21
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Matthew 5:38-48 (Rev. Erica Liu)

“Our Rest” ~ 10.10.21
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Exodus 20:8-11; Luke 13:10-17 (Nii Addo Abrahams)

“Our Community” ~ 10.3.21
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Acts 10:9-24, 34-36, 44-48 (Rev. Erica Liu)


RIDDLES FROM JESUS


“What is the kingdom of God like? And to what should I compare it?”
In “Riddles from Jesus,” we dive into some of Jesus’ most well-known and enigmatic parables, searching for wisdom and leaving space for uncertainty and questions.

“There Is No Secret” ~ 9.26.21
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The Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard ~ Matthew 20:1-16 (Nii Addo Abrahams)

“Unexpected Seeds” ~ 9.19.21
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The Parable of the Mustard Seed ~ Matthew 13:31-32 (Rev. Erica Liu)

“Who Is My Neighbor?” ~ 9.12.21
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The Parable of the Good Samaritan ~ Luke 10:25-37 (Nii Addo Abrahams)

“Reckless Farming” ~ 9.5.21
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The Parable of the Sower ~ Luke 8:4-15 (Rev. Erica Liu)


“Choose Life” ~ 8.29.2021
Deuteronomy 30:15-20 & Matthew 5:21-37 (Nii Addo Abrahams)

Sermons from Past Years

Highlight: Decolonizing Christianity, Encountering Jesus (Spring 2021)

Christianity is more than just a tool of white supremacy. In this series, we explore what it means to decolonize our faith and encounter Jesus in a new, liberating way. Each sermon will also come with a recommendation for deeper learning.

“Decolonizing Christianity, Encountering Jesus” ~ 2.21.2021
Luke 4:16-21 (Rev. Erica Liu)
Audio Version
Book Recommendation ~ Native: Identity, Belonging, and Rediscovering God by Kaitlin Curtice

“The ‘Infallible’ Word of God” ~ 2.28.2021
John 1:1, 14 (Nii Addo Abrahams)
Audio Version
Book Recommendation ~ The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It by Pete Enns

“Damn Me to Hell” ~ 3.7.2021
John 7:53 – 8:11 (Rev. Erica Liu)
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Podcast Recommendation ~ The Confessional Podcast with Nadia Bolz-Weber
* “Did Gandhi Go to Hell?” (Landfill Harmonic video) ~ Fall 2019

“I’d Be a Christian … If It Weren’t For the Christians” ~ 3.14.2021
Mark 10:17-27 (Nii Addo Abrahams)
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Book Recommendation ~ Healing Spiritual Wounds: Reconnecting with a Loving God After Experiencing a Hurtful Church by Carol Howard Merritt

“What About Buddha, Gandhi, and that Wiccan Priest?” ~ 3.21.2021
Luke 10:25-37 (Rev. Erica Liu)
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Book Recommendation ~ Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others by Barbara Brown Taylor

“Whitewashing Jesus” ~ 3.28.2021
Matthew 21:1-11 (Nii Addo Abrahams)
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Reading Recommendations ~ “Letter from Birmingham Jail” by Martin Luther King Jr.; The Prophetic Imagination by Walter Brueggemann

“Saved” ~ 4.4.2021
Matthew 28:1-10 (Rev. Erica Liu)
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Book Recommendation ~ Freeing Jesus: Rediscovering Jesus as Friend, Teacher, Savior, Lord, Way, and Presence by Diana Butler Bass

Spring 2021

“Reflections from Graduates” ~ 5.2.2021
Spencer Johnson (Audio Version)
Emily Johnson (Audio Version)
Silas Setterstrom (Audio Version)

“Faith in the Face of Death” ~ 4.25.2021
John 11:1-44 (Nii Addo Abrahams)
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“Wholly, Holy Presence” ~ 4.18.2021
Luke 24:13-48 (Rev. Erica Liu)
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“Remember Hagar” ~ 4.11.2021
Genesis 16:1-16 (Nii Addo Abrahams)
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LENT: DECOLONIZING CHRISTIANITY, ENCOUNTERING JESUS
Christianity is more than just a tool of white supremacy. In this series, we explore what it means to decolonize our faith and encounter Jesus in a new, liberating way. Each sermon will also come with a recommendation for deeper learning.

“Decolonizing Christianity, Encountering Jesus” ~ 2.21.2021
Luke 4:16-21 (Rev. Erica Liu)
Audio Version
Book Recommendation ~ Native: Identity, Belonging, and Rediscovering God by Kaitlin Curtice

“The ‘Infallible’ Word of God” ~ 2.28.2021
John 1:1, 14 (Nii Addo Abrahams)
Audio Version
Book Recommendation ~ The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It by Pete Enns

“Damn Me to Hell” ~ 3.7.2021
John 7:53 – 8:11 (Rev. Erica Liu)
Audio Version
Podcast Recommendation ~ The Confessional Podcast with Nadia Bolz-Weber
* “Did Gandhi Go to Hell?” (Landfill Harmonic video) ~ Fall 2019

“I’d Be a Christian … If It Weren’t For the Christians” ~ 3.14.2021
Mark 10:17-27 (Nii Addo Abrahams)
Audio Version
Book Recommendation ~ Healing Spiritual Wounds: Reconnecting with a Loving God After Experiencing a Hurtful Church by Carol Howard Merritt

“What About Buddha, Gandhi, and that Wiccan Priest?” ~ 3.21.2021
Luke 10:25-37 (Rev. Erica Liu)
Audio Version
Book Recommendation ~ Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others by Barbara Brown Taylor

“Whitewashing Jesus” ~ 3.28.2021
Matthew 21:1-11 (Nii Addo Abrahams)
Audio Version
Reading Recommendations ~ “Letter from Birmingham Jail” by Martin Luther King Jr.; The Prophetic Imagination by Walter Brueggemann

“Saved” ~ 4.4.2021
Matthew 28:1-10 (Rev. Erica Liu)
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Book Recommendation ~ Freeing Jesus: Rediscovering Jesus as Friend, Teacher, Savior, Lord, Way, and Presence by Diana Butler Bass


ACTS: CALLED TO BUILD
This four-week series in Acts is focused on different characters from the early church. These reflections are an invitation to consider the roles we might play today in building God’s kingdom. 

“Called to Build” ~ 1.24.2021
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Acts 1:1-11 (Rev. Erica Liu)

“Stephen: Disruptor & Storyteller” ~ 1.31.2021
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Acts 6:8-7:2a, 7:51-60 (Nii Addo Abrahams)

“Lydia: Experimenter & Caregiver” ~ 2.7.2021
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Acts 16:11-15, 40 (Rev. Erica Liu)

“Priscilla & Aquila: Guides” ~ 2.14.2021
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Acts 18:24-28 (Nii Addo Abrahams)


“Repentance and Lavish Love” ~ Baptism of the Lord (1.10.2021)
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Mark 1:4-11 (Rev. Erica Liu)
A response to the Capitol riot

“If We Are the Body” ~ 1.17.2021
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1 Corinthians 6:12-20 (Nii Addo Abrahams)

Fall 2020

ADVENT: WAIT FOR IT
Advent is about waiting, and 2020 has certainly been a year about waiting (and not waiting). In this series, we explore some of the stories surrounding the birth of Jesus and how those times of waiting might shed light on our own.

“Zechariah: Tired of Waiting” ~ 11.29.2020
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Luke 1:5-25, 57-66 (Rev. Erica Liu)

“Mary: Waiting in Tension” ~ 12.06.2020
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Luke 1:39-56 (Nii Addo Abrahams)

“Joy in the Waiting” ~ 12.13.2020
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Luke 2:22-40 (Rev. Erica Liu)

“The Wait is Over” ~ 12.20.2020
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John 1:1-14 (Nii Addo Abrahams)


“Get Up and Eat” ~ 11.22.2020
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1 Kings 19:1-9 (Nii Addo Abrahams)

“Holy Friction” ~ 11.15.2020
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Ephesians 2:11-22 (Rev. Erica Liu)

“Genuine Love” ~ 11.08.2020
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Romans 12:9-21 (Nii Addo Abrahams)

“Blessed Are You” ~ All Saints’ Day (11.01.2020)
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Matthew 5:1-12 (Rev. Erica Liu)


LIFE IN THE WILDERNESS
In this series, we explore stories from the book of Exodus to better understand how to navigate our current “wilderness.

“The Moment” ~ 09.27.2020
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Exodus 2:23-25 (Nii Addo Abrahams)

“Send Someone Else” ~ 10.04.2020
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Exodus 4:10-17 (Rev. Erica Liu)

“Resisting With Persistence” ~ 10.11.2020
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Exodus 14:21-31 (Nii Addo Abrahams)

“Together in the Wild” ~ 10.18.2020
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Exodus 18:13-27 (Rev. Erica Liu)

“Law and Story” ~ 10.25.2020
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Exodus 23:1-9 (Nii Addo Abrahams)


PRAYERS TO GROUND US
In this series, we reflect upon prayers from the Bible to help us in these times.

“I believe, help my unbelief!” ~ 08.23.2020
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Mark 9:14-29 (Rev. Erica Liu)

“Praying in Green Pastures & Dark Valleys” ~ 08.30.2020
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Psalm 23 (Nii Addo Abrahams)

“The Lord’s Prayer: Five Movements” ~ 09.06.2020
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Matthew 6:7-15 (Rev. Erica Liu)

“Rooted and Grounded in Love” ~ 09.13.2020
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Ephesians 3:14-21 (Nii Addo Abrahams)

“When There Are No Words” ~ 09.20.2020
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Romans 8:26-27, 38-39 (Rev. Erica Liu)

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