May 14, 2017
Emerge: Let Go – Leaving Behind What We Don’t Need
Series: Emerge
"Emerge: Let Go - Leaving Behind What We Don't Need" from 10:30am Sunday Service Sermons by Rev. Jessica B. Naulty. Released: 2017. Last Sunday, we took a week off our worship series to celebrate with our youth groups the amazing community they have developed and to hear from our high school seniors – but this week we return to the metaphor of the butterfly and its emergence from the cocoon and transition into flight. Since Easter Sunday, we’ve looked at how a butterfly, which started out as a creepy, crawly caterpillar, transforms in the dark enclosure of the cocoon, to emerge as a beautiful winged creature. We learned about the strength and persistence it takes to break out of the cocoon and the patience needed to rest during the in-between stages of life, those liminal spaces where, like the butterfly, our wings need to dry and become flight ready.
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  • May 14, 2017Emerge: Let Go – Leaving Behind What We Don’t Need
    May 14, 2017
    Emerge: Let Go – Leaving Behind What We Don’t Need
    Series: Emerge
    "Emerge: Let Go - Leaving Behind What We Don't Need" from 10:30am Sunday Service Sermons by Rev. Jessica B. Naulty. Released: 2017. Last Sunday, we took a week off our worship series to celebrate with our youth groups the amazing community they have developed and to hear from our high school seniors – but this week we return to the metaphor of the butterfly and its emergence from the cocoon and transition into flight. Since Easter Sunday, we’ve looked at how a butterfly, which started out as a creepy, crawly caterpillar, transforms in the dark enclosure of the cocoon, to emerge as a beautiful winged creature. We learned about the strength and persistence it takes to break out of the cocoon and the patience needed to rest during the in-between stages of life, those liminal spaces where, like the butterfly, our wings need to dry and become flight ready.
  • Apr 30, 2017Unfold: Claiming New Possibilities
    Apr 30, 2017
    Unfold: Claiming New Possibilities
    Series: Emerge
    "Unfold: Claiming New Possibilities" from 10:30am Sunday Service Sermons by Rev. Jessica B. Naulty. Released: 2017. This morning we pick up in our worship series utilizing the metaphor of the butterfly emerging from a cocoon, looking for connections with our own life journeys and faith development. Last week, we focused on the moment when the butterfly breaks out of the chrysalis and comes into the light. We talked about those things that hold us captive, bound within a cocoon of our own, afraid to break out and live freely into the people God made us to be...
  • Apr 23, 2017Emerge: Coming Out Into the Light
    Apr 23, 2017
    Emerge: Coming Out Into the Light
    Series: Emerge
    "Emerge: Coming Out Into the Light" from 10:30am Sunday Service Sermons by Rev. Jessica B. Naulty. Released: 2017. Last week, we introduced a new series, called “Emerge” and how the metaphor of the Butterfly emerging from a cocoon has been connected with Christ’s resurrection for years. We looked at how that cocoon time, the time in the protective darkness, while sometimes painful and uncomfortable in the moment, can bring forth growth and transformation within us – just as it does for a caterpillar transitioning into a butterfly… and just as it did for Jesus after his crucifixion – death giving way to the resurrected Lord who emerged from the tomb...
  • Apr 16, 2017Emerge: Easter
    Apr 16, 2017
    Emerge: Easter
    Series: Emerge
    "Emerge: Easter" from 10:30am Sunday Service Sermons by Rev. Jessica B. Naulty. Released: 2017. So here we are… Easter Sunday… surrounded by such beauty! Beautiful flowers, beautiful music, beautiful people dressed up in our Easter best! We’ve come to celebrate together this great day of love conquering hate – of hope and new life and resurrection having the last word! It is certainly a day of celebration when we can shout, Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen Indeed!
  • Apr 9, 2017The Landscape of Lent: Palms
    Apr 9, 2017
    The Landscape of Lent: Palms
    "The Landscape of Lent: Palms" from 10:30am Sunday Service Sermons by Rev. Jessica B. Naulty. Released: 2017. Today I want us to think about palms; but not the ones we received this morning and waved as we cried “Hosanna!” And not the palms that make us think of a tropical island, but the ones that are part of our hands! Our hands, palms and fingers are amazing things. Anatomy tells us that each hand is comprised of 29 bones, 123 ligaments, 34 muscles, 48 nerves, 30 arteries. Hands can hold. Hands can bless. Hands can make a fist to fight or to clench in restraint. Hands can comfort. Hands can heal. Hands can shake to close a deal. We depend on hands for so many things we do, from brushing our teeth and combing our hair, to eating, drinking and texting, to tucking kids into bed and wielding the remote...
  • Apr 2, 2017The Landscape of Lent: Cave
    Apr 2, 2017
    The Landscape of Lent: Cave
    "The Landscape of Lent: Cave" from 10:30am Sunday Service Sermons by Rev. Jessica B. Naulty. Released: 2017.This morning’s gospel is an emotional one, full of anxiousness and desperation, and then despair and mourning. We see Mary and Martha crying out for help in the face of illness and grief at the death of their beloved brother, we see the crowds gathered around weeping and mourning the loss of a friend, and we see Jesus, caring so deeply about Lazarus that he weeps at his death, yet still delaying his visit when his healing touch could have prevented it in the first place...