Discipleship Archive

This Side of Easter: Unity — April 8, 2018

April 13, 2018 @ 10:12 am

 

Scripture is Acts 4: 23-33 and the focus is on how the early church was in unity.  I proffer that they were in unity in terms of mission, vision, and values.  The Resurrection is the engine that drove the growth in of the early Church.  

The focus here is on people, not buildings, or denominations.  This is an initial exploration of changing our belong, believe, become to something new and different.  Hospitality, helping, hope and healing.  There is a both an inward and outward focus simultaneously:  Caring for their people and carrying the story into the world.  

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Christmas Eve, 2017

December 26, 2017 @ 4:42 pm

 

This is my Christmas Eve reflection.  Bonhoeffer meets Ebenezer Scrooge with a little help from other sources.  

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Bishop Karen — To Love Like Jesus

October 23, 2017 @ 9:26 am

 

Bishop Karen Oliveto was at Hilltop for the Rocky Mountain Conference United Methodist Women, and we ask her to stay over an extra day, and she graciously consented.  This sermon is drawn from John 15 and the command to love each other.  Let me know if you have trouble with hearing  Bishop Karen uses a wide range of vocal dynamics, and parts may need a little bit of an electronic boost in Garage Band, which is what I use to create this.  

We also sang after the Sermon -- "Draw the Circle Wide" -- which is what Bishop Karen is addressing in her benediction.  

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Narrative Lectionary — Called with Blessing in Mind!

September 18, 2017 @ 9:15 am

 

Two readings, 1 Kings 19 where Elijah is given a demonstration of God, and Genesis 11/12 with the Call of Abraham.  

Abraham is called to be a blessing.  Important.  Elijah has the advantage of history and knowledge of what God has done, but Abraham is starting out cold.  

We are like Abraham, called to be a blessing.  Often however we are like Elijah, the testimony of the "small, still voice" or "the sound of silence" is insufficent to move us from our own self-focus.  We need to keep remembering, God will Provide!  

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Narrative Lectionary — In Remembering, We Make a Faith Statement …

September 18, 2017 @ 9:07 am

This a mix of Genesis 1 and Psalm 8.  Both the choir and the praise band focused on the themes of creation and who are we?  My idea was to focus on the idea of through remembering, we are saying we believe.  I then moved to several "Continuity of God" ideas that connected our remembrance with anticipation ... 

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Practice Makes Perfect

August 28, 2017 @ 7:36 pm

Our Scritpure reading this morning came from the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 7:24-29). Jesus finishes this great sermon with a parable concerning two builders: One wise and the other foolish. Pastor Mario encoruaged us that it is possible to live like Jesus. Admittedly, putting Jesus words into action takes practice. We were challenged to consider what foundation we are currenlty building our lives on, to take heed to Jesus' teaches again in order to build our lives on a foundation that is sure to last. 

 

 

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May 21st — Bell Sunday

May 30, 2017 @ 6:17 pm

 

Joyful Ringers, Hallelujah Bells, Carillon Belles, and The Bells of Joyful Sound (special guests).  

This is a mixture of both the 9 and 10:30 services.  

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John 20: 24-29 — Doubting Thomas

May 2, 2017 @ 4:15 pm

 

Rev. Emily Fleming on John 20: 24-29 and her reflection on Doubting Thomas.  I also included a little of our music after the sermon and before the benediction.  

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In Praise of the Village with Hilltop Children’s Choir from 9:00 Service

April 24, 2017 @ 7:35 am

 

This is the 9:00 version with the Sanctuary Singers, and I think based on microphone positioning, and smaller adult ensemble, the children are more obviously part of this.  Goose bump to me, I know how long this dream has been nurtured at Hilltop and what kind of potential fruitfulness exists with this ministry.  

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April 23, 2017 — Youth Choir

April 23, 2017 @ 5:55 pm

 

Five young ladies -- our Youth Choir ... plus friends with our Youth Bells.  Three of them.  

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