October 30 | Online & In-Person
“With God, Everyone Eats” | Luke 9:10-17 | Rev. Barrett Owen
The Feeding of the 5000 is the only miracle that occurs in all four gospels, which is interesting. How everyone is able to be fed and there be more food left over than what started, is a mystery we cannot explain…but this story still has something to teach us, nonetheless. It may be the most important thing we learn.
ONLINE WORSHIP (ACTIVATES 10.30)
October 23 | Online & In-Person
“Those Who Are Forgiven Little, Love Little” | Luke 7:36-50 | Rev. Barrett Owen
Jesus is at a Pharisees house. A sinful woman comes to wash his feet with her hair. Simon, the Pharisee, rebukes Jesus for letting a sinful woman touch him. Jesus tells a quick parable, challenges Simon, and surprises the room. This moment has something to teach us even today about the nature of forgiveness.
ONLINE WORSHIP (ACTIVATES 10.23)
October 16 | Online & In-Person
“Those Who Are Well Need No Physician” | Luke 5:27- 32 | Rev. Barrett Owen
Jesus calls a tax collector, Levi, to be among his disciples. To show his appreciation, Levi throws a banquet feast. The Pharisees get frustrated with Jesus’ willingness to associate with tax collectors and say as much. Jesus’ response is something the church still needs to hear today.
ONLINE WORSHIP (ACTIVATES 10.16)
October 9 | Online & In-Person
“Those Who Serve Are Greater” | Luke 22:24-30 | Rev. Barrett Owen
Immediately following communion, the disciples argue about who among them is the greatest. Jesus squashes the conversation by answering their debate matter-of-factly. The greatest among us are those who choose to serve and not who expect to be served.
ONLINE WORSHIP (ACTIVATES 10.9)
October 2 | Online & In-Person
“This is My Body Given To You” | Luke 22:14-20 | Rev. Barrett Owen
On this World Communion Day, we will focus on perhaps the most important table scene in all the Bible: Communion. Jesus, in the Upper Room, breaks bread and pours wine to demonstrate his commitment and plan for humanity.
ONLINE WORSHIP (ACTIVATES 10.2)
September 25 | Online & In-Person
“All I Have is Yours” | Luke 15:11-32 | Rev. Barrett Owen
The Parable of the Prodigal Son is one of the most important teachings in all the Bible. It has enormous implications for our lives. Together, all three characters experience something different around the table, and we need to hear about and from all three.
ONLINE WORSHIP (ACTIVATES 9.25)
September 18 | Online & In-Person
“Sin is Part of the Deal” | Luke 15:1-10 | Rev. Barrett Owen
Jesus continues teaching to the tax collectors and sinners. He tells two incredible parables of sheep and coins getting lost and being found. Together these parables help us see that no matter how hard we try to avoid it, sin is part of the deal. We will lose our way. We must learn to see when we were (or are) lost, to admit we are sinners, and to repent so we can be found.
ONLINE WORSHIP (ACTIVATES 9.18)
September 11 | Online & In-Person
“Humility is the Best Precept” | Luke 14:1, 7-11 | Rev. Barrett Owen
While Jesus was eating with Pharisees, he noticed something odd. The Pharisees immediately chose the seats of honor. Jesus takes this moment to teach them all about true humility. This lesson still applies today.
ONLINE WORSHIP (ACTIVATES 9.11)
September 4 | Online & In-Person
While eating dinner at the house of a Pharisee, Jesus noticed a man with dropsy (physical ailment). He turns to the Pharisees and says, “I can heal him, but it’s the Sabbath. Is it lawful for me to do it?” What happens next is something we all need to learn.