Cloud of Witnessess

The faith we admire in others is not beyond us, but includes us as well. With the "great cloud of witnesses" around us, we can "run with perseverance the race that is set before us."

All Messages

Blessing and Hanging onto Hope

Date: November 5, 2023

Speaker(s): Naomi Yoder

Series: Remembrance Sunday

Passage(s): Matthew 5:1-12, Revelation 7:9-17

In worshiping God, we are gathered with a great multitude past, present, and future. As we remember the losses in our lives, we are held by God's blessings and promises.

God’s Will: Questions From Our Core

Date: October 29, 2023

Speaker(s): Merle Hostetler

Series: Bring Your Baggage

Passage(s): Psalm 23, Romans 8:31-39

God's Will/God's Plan/Why me?: Suffering, unanswered prayer, and the unfairness of life can easily lead us to question God’s goodness, and maybe even God’s existence. What makes this questioning one of baggage rather than normal faith journeying? What gives us hope and comfort in this questioning? Who is God as we inevitably walk these difficult paths?

Are We E/evangelical?

Date: October 22, 2023

Speaker(s): Naomi Yoder

Series: Bring Your Baggage

Passage(s): Mark 1:14-17, Matthew 28:18-20

: Evangelical - The word "Evangelical" in the USA has become associated with a certain brand of politicized American Christianity. How do we who seek to respond to the "Good News" of Jesus deal with that "baggage?" What can we (re)claim about the importance of receiving and sharing the "glad tidings" of the way of Christ when "evangelical" seems to be such a weighty word?

Why We Can’t Talk about Jesus without Talking about Salvation

Date: October 15, 2023

Speaker(s): Naomi Yoder

Series: Bring Your Baggage

Passage(s): Luke 19:1-10

Salvation/Saved - While in popular Christian language “being saved” has often referred to “accepting Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior,” Biblical language of “salvation” and “saving” also refers to being kept safe, rescue, healing, restoration, deliverance, being set free, and more. It is both personal and communal. Spiritual salvation, rooted in the generous grace of God, contains paradox and partnership. It is a present reality and a future promise.