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Our Sacred Togetherness - pt 3 / Committed to Connection

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As we start 2019, our summer series is asking the call to be a supernatural community. In this third and final part Dan suggests how we can achieve sacred togetherness: by committing to connection.

If a tree falls in the woods, and there is no one there to hear it - does it make a sound? What if a person falls into need of help, and there is no one connected to that person to see it - does the need get met?

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Our Sacred Togetherness - pt 1 / Death to community-as-buzzword

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As we start 2019, our summer series is asking the call to be a supernatural community. In this first part Dan introduces a new richer and deeper definition for “community”: our sacred togetherness.

Communities, in spite of the sentimental way we sometimes think of them, don’t just happen. They need nurture, they need to be woven into unity.
— Rowan Williams

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The God Interruption - pt 3 (From apprehension to peace)

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Join us for our Advent journey as we look at The God Interruption. Our waiting for Christ continues, with a Roman version of peace-as-smokescreen colliding with God’s arrival as Peace-Incarnate.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
— Isaiah 9:6

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The God Interruption - pt 1 (From absence to hope)

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Join us for our Advent journey as we look at The God Interruption. Our cultural story says that Christmas is for the good boys and girls, but that isn’t actually how the story of Christmas begins – it starts with some desperate people living in the absence of their God.

TAKE COURAGE MY HEART
STAY STEADFAST MY SOUL,
HE’S IN THE WAITING.
AND HOLD ON TO YOUR HOPE
AS YOUR TRIUMPH UNFOLDS,
HE’S NEVER FAILING.
— Kristene DiMarco

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Peripheral - pt 24 (Your heart is most important / Mark 7:14-23)

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Join us for our journey through Mark's gospel recording of Jesus. In part twenty-four, Alisha Wiseman shares on how vital it is to keep our attention on the condition of our hearts and how our hearts can change.

You can’t change merely by changing your thinking, or through great acts of will, but rather by changing what you love the most. God needs to be the object of our hearts greatest love.
— Timothy Keller

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Peripheral - pt 21 ("You feed them." / Mark 6:30-44)

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Join us for our journey through Mark's gospel recording of Jesus. In part twenty-one, Dan shares a talk on Jesus feeding the thousands and a movement from being those in the crowd to those who compassionately give.

A disciple is a transformative learner ... and this is what the disciple learns: how to be the place in the world where the act of God can come alive.
— Rowan Williams

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Peripheral - pt 20 (Guest speaker: Donald Goodhall)

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Join us for our journey through Mark's gospel recording of Jesus. In part twenty, guest speaker Donald Goodhall shares deeply on a conversation between Jesus and a Greek woman, helping us think about what to do with scriptures that we don’t like.

We must be careful to not bend the text to say what we want it to say – or what it isn’t trying to say.”

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Peripheral - pt 19 (Vulgar-violent-power / Mark 6:14-29)

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Join us for our journey through Mark's gospel recording of Jesus. In part nineteen, Dan shares a talk on a glimpse into Herod Antipas’ birthday banquet, the vulgar and violent things that happened there and a lesson on power.

Lord, make us an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
— Peace prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

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Peripheral - pt 17 (Rejected as just a carpenter / Mark 6:1-6)

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Join us for our journey through Mark's gospel recording of Jesus. In part seventeen, Dan shares a talk on the moment Jesus is rejected by his home-town, the danger of our "just" statements about God and an epic tale from church history that starts with a riot in Alexandria.

I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
— The Nicene Creed

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Peripheral - pt 15 (Signs and the Lord over Death and Darkness / Mark 5:1-20)

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Join us for our journey through Mark's gospel recording of Jesus. In part fifteen, Strahan shares on the second significant sign recorded in Mark, that Jesus is God by his confrontation of death and darkness.

The role of the church in this peripheral moment is to say ... let’s all go back to our friends and families, and reconcile and heal and share all the things God is doing with us.

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Peripheral - pt 14 (Signs and the Lord of all creation / Mark 4:35-41)

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Join us for our journey through Mark's gospel recording of Jesus. In part fourteen, Dan teaches on reading the signs in the gospel accounts and how this sign in particular shows us Jesus was the Lord of all creation.

Christianity is Christ, and that means that at its very centre it necessarily includes belief in and affirmation of Christ’s full diety. He does not merely have the value of God for us; He is God for us, as Karl Barth never tired of saying.
— Roger Olson

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