Sunday, September 28, 2014: "At 27 Who Knows What Lies Ahead" - Rev. Dr. David Sammons
Our Minister Emeritus, the Rev. Dr. Dave Sammons, was just 27 when he began his journey in ministry with only a novice’s idea of what to do along the way. Now, almost fifty years later, he’s letting go of the active parish ministry, having finished a stint as a seminary prof and doing interim ministries in Colorado and San Francisco. Most of what he did along the way was fulfilling, including his twenty plus years here at Mt. Diablo. But the time came to let that ministry go, and then the others he’s done. How do we let go of something that’s satisfying, like these ministries of Dave’s, especially when we don’t know what lies ahead? Letting go may not be easy, but it’s often what we’ve got to do.
Sunday, September 7, 2014: "Daring to Grow" - Rev. Leslie Takahashi and Mr. Barb Greve
What do we need in our lives to be able to grow and more truly claim the fullness of who we are? Rev. Leslie Takahashi will explore this theme and Developmental Director of Lifespan Religious Education Mr. Barb Greve will share his thoughts on how we develop our faith throughout our lives.
Sunday, September 21, 2014: "The Fierce Urgency of Now" - Rev Leslie Takahashi
Activist Marshall Ganz says that we should be engaged in a process of public narrative which is how he says we take our values into the world and help address today's challenges in the face of uncertainty and he says we should be doing this NOW. Join Rev. Leslie Takahashi for a look through this lens as we work to create a beloved community on this earth.
August 31: "Many Drops, One Stream" - Revs. Leslie Takahashi and David Morris
As we bring our individual lives together, we form the stream of life. Come and join Revs. Leslie Takahashi and David Morris for our annual Water Communion service in which we create this metaphorical truth in real time. Bring water from your summer—which can represent a symbolic part of your journey through the summer or be a souvenir from your actual journeys. A wonderful chance to reconnect with church friends after the summer!
Sunday, September 14, 2014: “Suffer the Little Children” - Rev. David Morris
What is the state of our nation’s spirit? The two most visible American responses to tens of thousands of children in need of refuge have been a governor’s call for the National Guard and a mob of Californians shouting hatred and rejection. Other recent signs have been disturbing as well. Where is the hope for our country’s soul?
Sunday August 24: “Growing and Renewing” - Rev. Leslie Takahashi
In all of our lives, we have times when we rest and times of new growth. Join Rev. Leslie Takahashi as she reflects on the particular gifts of those times when we are welcomed into growth once again. In this service, we will welcome and introduce Mr. Barb Greve, Developmental Director of Lifespan Religious Education.