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Believing in Something BIG

Rev. Wes Mullins, Senior Pastor

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This is the interesting thing about miracles:  Those who do not believe in them do not experience them.  Those who do believe can attest to the many miracles they have witnessed and experienced in their own lives and in the lives of those around them.

Doing the work of miracles requires belief.  If we are to claim the miracles God has for us as a congregation, we must believe that we can be a part of one; we must have faith in ourselves and in our God.  When we dare to dream big—as we do today—it is not so much a test of our ability, but it is a test of our faith.  Will you dare to place your trust in God?

This is a big and serious question.  Some of us have risked putting our faith in God or in a church before, and we were hurt by it.  For those with that experience, this is your chance to have your faith renewed.  This is God’s chance to show each one of us that while a church may occasionally fail us, God never will.  Scripture says that while we may be faithless, God will remain faithful.  Even if we don’t keep up our end of the bargain, the Spirit of God will never fail or falter.

Speaking of churches that disappoint, I also want to say that we are not that kind of church.  I am so proud of how healthy we have become as a community of faith.  Health is always a journey, so it is not as if we have arrived at some sort of “perfect healthy church” status, but we are doing most things right.  I firmly believe that our Board of Directors represents the healthiest church leadership that I have ever been a part of in my entire career.  This leadership team carries power very lightly, and refuses any kind of triangulation or temptation to talk behind someone’s back.  They lead with love and wisdom, and they are all genuinely committed to doing the best for our congregation.

Given our health as a church and the quality of our leadership, this is the perfect time to dream big and dare to make a miracle happen!

In this morning’s service, I will announce the miracle—the Something BIG—that your church leadership feels God has called us to do.  More than that, God hasn’t just called the leadership but our entire church to do this.  We cannot do it without all of you.

This will forever change the life and ministry of our church.  The possibilities are big as our dreams—as big as God—as long as we do it together.

So, this leads us back to the question from above…will you join with the Board and Staff and dare to “Dream Something BIG?”  Will you dare to hope for a miracle?  Will you place your trust in God to something amazing in this place?

The church leadership has, and I fervently pray and faithfully trust that you will, too!

(To see what the something BIG was that Pastor Wes announced that Sunday, click here.)

 

Easter Resurrections!

pastor wesRev. Wes Mullins, Senior Pastor

When I was growing up, I thought of Easter purely as the time when we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection.  My family was careful to teach me about the significance of this day —especially noting that we don’t just celebrate Easter to get an Easter basket full of candy and goodies.  I am grateful for that balance that I was given and the spirit that was behind my parents’ and my childhood church’s teachings.

As I’ve aged I’ve learned that Easter is about Jesus—especially about Jesus—but not only about Jesus.  There is one big Easter resurrection, but there are many other resurrections, large and small, that we pray for, celebrate, and remember each Easter.

When you’ve lived long enough to lose some close friends, family members, or perhaps worst of all, a child, Easter resurrection is no longer just about Jesus.  It is about the eternal hope that we maintain for all those who have passed on from this world.  It is about our faith that there is more life beyond this life —even if we cannot know for sure what that life beyond really looks like.

And there are simple resurrections on Easter as well.  Times where we simply pray that some of the Good Fridays we have had in the last year will begin to fade in the Resurrection Light of Easter.  That relationship that ended painfully, or the pet that we lost, or the job that laid us off…any of these things are places where we may call on the resurrection power of Easter.

So, as we celebrate Easter this morning, as we say again, “Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ shall come again,” I encourage you to take a moment and look inward.  As you celebrate Christ, what other resurrections can you also celebrate?  As you sing Easter “Hallelujah’s,” allow yourself to also consider the Good Fridays that God has brought you through this year.  Join with Christ in celebrating your own resurrection.

Perhaps it would do you a bit of good to take a few minutes today to withdraw from Easter egg hunting or Easter dinner and just say a few simple words to yourself:

________ has died.

________ is risen.

________ will come again!

For me, two resurrections I will claim this year are:

Arbutus (my Grandmother) has died, she is risen, she will come again!

Fear of change has died, life is renewed, opportunities will abound again!

Reflections on “In Remembrance 2012”

From the Cast of In Remembrance 2012

One of the great things about American Musical Theatre is its ability to express emotion in ways nothing else can.  While I am very proud of our original concept for this show, the music, and the script, the real power comes from the people playing the characters.  Unlike any previous year, we have created new characters and allowed our cast to make them their own.  So instead of telling you why I love this show, I have asked the cast to share their insights (below).  ~Kyle Jensen, Co-Director

 

 

Kevin Sullivan (Jesus):  Jesus spends this entire show torn between his own human emotions and needs and the greater good of humanity.   Especially during the Last Supper, I am struck by the fact that this struggle is relevant to any time period and how much we still  have to learn.

 

 

Kevin Rorke (Judas):  My favorite moment in this show has to be the betrayal scene.  I love Judas’ dark side…and the character change that occurs in him by the end of the show.  I was raised Catholic.  So I grew up with the stations of the cross during lent and Holy Week.  This is way more fun!

 

 

Kerrin Mullen (Mary):  So often shows like these have such a strong message of tragedy and shame.  What I have discovered is that this show isn’t like any other!  Instead of leaving us with despair, this show has a message of hope for all people.  And we could all use a little hope.

 

 

Mathieu Burton (Peter):  Last year as Judas I was really told what my character should and should not do.  This year I’ve been able to create my own Peter.  I am so emotionally attached to this show and I know you will be as well.

 

 

Siobhan Downey (Destiny):  The end of the show has always had a reverent “make you cry buckets” mood.  This year, Beth and Kyle were brave enough to go in a completely different direction.  I’m pretty stoked about the result and I have a feeling you will be too!  The show lives up to its tag line “There’s only one love in the end.”

 

 

Melanie Mahaffey (Valarie):  So many people spend their lives trying to figure out God’s will.  Every character in the show struggles with this concept as they try to figure out who this Jesus person really is.  Peter, for instance, is ready to take up arms and run head-first into the rebellion  because he thinks that’s what Jesus has come to do.  Instead we hear Jesus teach love.  I think God’s will is pretty simple.  Love each other.

 

 

Laura Starcher (Reporter):  I have wanted to be apart of this show for the last couple of years and I am so excited to be involved!  Its been so interesting being the one that tells the story.  It has given me a much different perspective on Jesus’ life.

 

 

 

Jarrett Rivera (Pod-Caster):  I have never looked at this story from this viewpoint.   I love seeing the different sides!  This is a fantastic show with an important message.