“God of the Refugee” Watch a message from our youth

November 27, 2016 “Yearning for Good News”

On the first Sunday in Advent, Pastor Tracy takes us back to a similar ancient period of expectation and hope when the Jews, having been driven from their homelands by Babylon, yearned for return. (Isaiah 52:7-10 & 61:1-4) She observes that at such times, the “good News” we seek often lies within us . .…

October 23, 2016 – The Voice of Youth

October 23 was “Youth Sunday” when the members of our youth group planned and delivered the entire worship service. This included a pair sermons by Reyna and Taylor exploring the meaning of The Burning Bush and The Promised Land (From Exodus 3: 1-12) in today’s world.  For more pictures from Youth Sunday, click here.

October 9, 2016 “Under God’s Wings”

This was our annual outdoor service where we bless all our pets and other animal friends. In her sermon, Pastor Tracy wove a serious message about caring for each other out of Herrod’s fear of Jesus (Luke 13:31-35), an Australian sheepdog, a mother hen, a psychic cat and Buffy the Vampire Slayer! (Don’t ask, just…

September 18, 2016 “All is NOT Lost”

Pastor Tracy examines one of the most-repeated ideas in the Gospels: the valuable thing that is lost and then found . . .  The Lost Lamb, the Lost Coin, the Prodigal Son. She notes that these are also among the most misunderstood and misquoted passages in scripture. She explains why with a true (and scary)…

August 21, 2016 “Disrupt, Heal and Rejoice”

Sonny Graves is a 2016 graduate of Pacific School of Religion. He is currently working in the office of The Northern California Nevada Conference of the UCC and is interning at First Church Berkeley while he seeks his first call. In this sermon he starts by examining the story of Jesus’ clash with the Temple…

August 14, 2016 “You Want Me to do What?”

M. Todd Whitley is a second year student at Pacific School of Religion. In this sermon he uses a story of Jesus traveling in hostile territory (Luke 9:51 – 62) to explore the idea that most opportunities to do something important start with a need to go somewhere we aren’t comfortable, and part of maturity…