On The Way to Victory
Preaching from II Chronicles 20:1-23 Pastor Nelson reminds us that sometimes the victory we hope for and are promised doesn't come right away. He calls us to be active participants in our own freedom along the way by resting for the journey, using ritual to fuel you and sustain you, and refusing to give up.
Catch Me I Have Fallen, and I Can Get Up
In a powerful message rebuking the overturning of Roe v. Wade, Rev. Dr. Ebony Speakes-Hall preaches from Acts 20:7-12. Rev. Ebony gives us a powerful call to action to prioritize our children in a society that so often devalues them. She reminds us that we must not get distracted and consumed in the throws of adult life that we get miss the pain of our children. She warns us that sometimes our children will break and that it is our job to hold them and catch them when they fall.
Who do you love? Are you for sure?
Preaching from Luke 4:14-21 Pastor Nelson Pierce Jr. reminds us that loving God is about more than spiritual devotion, it is about putting that love into practice by how we treat the most vulnerable in society and how we create systems that are life generative and just.
Let's Close the Gap.
Preaching from Luke 18:18-23, Pastor Nelson Pierce Jr. invites us to close the gap between our proclamation of our following of Jesus and how we actually show up in the world in ways that brings greater love justice and liberation. Pastor Pierce reminds us that as we connect more deeply to Jesus, we are better able to do that hard things required to build a Beloved Community.
Creativity in the Midst of Chaos.
Preaching from Genesis 1:1-5; 26-31, Pastor Nelson Pierce Jr. reminds us that God moves even in the chaos! Be encouraged and inspired to remember the truth of who we are and show up in the world as powerful and creative forces even amidst challenge and chaos.
It is hard to find words for the complex set of emotions that we feel when someone we love dies. For some of us, our minds try to make sense of what has happened to help us to cope with it. For others of us, our emotions burst out in fits of tears or screams wanting to reject the awful news. Some of us feel the most intense emotions right away, others of us buckle down and get to work, holding off the emotions until later. Please know that however you and your family members are experiencing this loss, you have a community of people praying with and for you.
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When Trying to do the Impossible.
Preaching from Genesis 11:1-9, Pastor Nelson Pierce Jr. encourages us not to be dissuaded by those who say that the justice we seek and the community we hope to build is impossible. He reminds us that the same God who helped our ancestors do the impossible will help us build the world anew!
What to do Between the Moments.
Pastor Nelson Pierce Jr. preaches from 1 Kings 18:1-19 to elevate the importance of the moments between the public actions and how God calls us to show up together for justice.