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We hope you enjoy these sermon videos from recent worship services and are encouraged by the message from God’s Word. Visit our YouTube channel to see additional videos.

"Addressing Mental Health: Burnout"
Rev. Jonathan Heifner | February 4, 2024

When we experience burnout and compassion fatigue, it can feel like our efforts are wasted and we are on the verge of sinking. Our situation feels frightening, and we wonder how we will survive. Given how Jesus seems to respond in the stories we will explore, sleeping during the storm and looking like he's going to walk on by, we see that Jesus actually remains with us during the storms, and with a word, restores peace.  Sermon based on Mark 4:35-41 and Mark 6:45-52.

"Addressing Mental Health: Being a Companion
Alongside Someone's Mental Health Journey" 
Rev. Jonathan Heifner and Heidi DeJong | January 28, 2024

Being a companion alongside someone's mental health journey. A meanigful life is one with deep relationships. People will suffer, and we will have the reaponsibilityto help carry their burden. That is a holy and high calling, and yet, it can bring up for us any number of things. Sometimes, we say things like, "this will pas" or "Just cheer up, it's get better soon" because it is hard to carry another's grief. We will look at Job's friends and a Proverb to encourage us to be honest about all this and to be present for others in the hard times of life. We will hear Heidi DeJong's story too. Sermon based on Proverbs 25:20 and Job 2:11-13, 8.4-7.

"Addressing Mental Health: FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)" 
Rev. Ryan Roth-Klinck | January 21, 2024

There is a fear of missing out (FOMO) or a need to "keep up with the Joneses". We're discussing how people feel obligated to conform to social expectations. Our inner life is often profoundly affected by the pressure to look, act, and behave a certain way, fit into a specific mold, and follow a particular path. The Pharisee does a performative prayer in front of everyone, but it is evident that it is not authentic or genuine. In contrast, the tax collector is clear on who he is, while the Pharisee's inner life needs care and attention. As Christians, we are called to take our prayer life earnestly, as doing the inner work helps us achieve health. Sermon based on Luke 18:9-14.

"Addressing Mental Health: Mental Health and the Demonic"
Rev. Ryan Roth-Klinck | January 14, 2024

Often, mental illness and possession have been associated because of their similar attributes and behaviors. Both of these experiences are characterized by howling, multiple personalities, unsettling speech, self-harm, and illogical thought patterns. But are they the same thing? This Sunday we will look at the Gerasene Demoniac and how his story can help us better understand the ancient world's understanding of possession. We will also look at how that compares to our understandings of mental illness and disability today. Scriptures about demons may be some of the most difficult and troubling for modern ears. What should we do with these stories? How do they relate to contemporary mental health conversations? I hope you'll join us in-person or online Sunday as we consider these questions. Sermon based on Mark 5:1-15.

"Addressing Mental Health: You Are Loved"
Rev. Ryan Roth-Klinck | January 7, 2024

People encountering mental health challenges often don't feel loved or understood about their mental health. We feel as a starting point for this series it is essential for us to name that people are beloved by God. This Sunday is also known as Baptism of the Lord Sunday and conveniently has some profound language about Jesus' belovedness. When God looks at us, no matter our mental health situation or circumstances, God says, "I am well pleased with you." Sermon based on Mark 1:4-11.

Christmas Carols & Lessons
Rev. Jonathan Heifner | December 31, 2023

This morning's service is based on an order of worship developed in Truro, England. The nine lessons and carols were ordered in 1880 by Bishop Edward White Benson of Truro to promote sober celebrations around the holidays. As a result, the service became a worldwide success. Readings and carols begin with creation's need for a redeemer, the promise of a coming Messiah, and the importance of Christ's birth for our connection to God. Worship based on I John 5:1-5.

Home: Returning Home
Rev. Jonathan Heifner | December 24, 2023 - 8:00 pm

We hear this central narrative every year about people who are far from home: a couple on the move with no place to rest, shepherds sleeping under the stars, all of them living among a people without the freedom and peace of home. All of this can heighten our senses to the significance of restlessness, a theme we began with in Advent. With an eye to the good news of God who draws near to make a home among us, we will listen to our own sense of being far from home this year. Sermon based on Luke 2:1-20.

Advent Carols & Lessons
Rev. Jonathan Heifner | December 24, 2023 - 10:00 am

Enjoy a worship with Advent Carols and Lessons. Sermon based on Luke 1:26-35, 38.

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