Collective Podcast Sermons for threshold faith communities.

Join Collective for Christmas Eve. This service will provide a Collective Kids Table organized by our Teaching Assistants. There will be coloring sheets for all ages, Christmas carols and Candlelight. All are welcome.

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This week we will be on our third week of our Advent season! Come as you are. All are welcome.

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This week we will be on our second week of our Advent season with a sermon by our Pastoral Resident Kathy Beasley! Come as you are. All are welcome.

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This week we will be starting our Advent series! All are welcome. Come as you are.

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This week we pick up where we left off, God is love. But what does this mean as it names God, pushes past the names of God to the essence? This passage also raises the idea that love banishes fear; which sounds great in theory, but how does it work, and how do we practice this?

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This week, we finally come to the passage that drew us to this letter in the first place, the often quoted phrase, "God Is Love". As we enter the Advent Season, we begin our preparation for, and anticipation of, the promise of God born in the world, in our lives. This passage is full of tension, hope, questions and inspiration for our journey.

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This week we'll explore sloth on the continuum of work and rest, both of which can be overdone and underdone; both of which, when engaged in healthy rhythms, can be virtuous; and both of which, when taken to extremes, can be vices. At some point saying "Just work harder", fails to address the desires and hangups that lie behind our expressions of sloth. It's whats going on behind it that we're interested in.

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This week we complete our journey in exploring hospitality and the unconditional, ending with among the most difficult forms of welcome, the welcome of self. More than merely the way we think of ourselves, we'll ask questions about the way we live in response t our own value, the conditions we place on our own acceptance, and the ways we project our limited welcome onto the divine. From how to love ourselves, to the ways the church heals or hurts us, we'll need your voice to round out a robust conversation.

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On the heels of the Paris Climate Summit, our final Advent reflection will be one that draws connections between the traditional Christmas stories, and the narratives we tell ourselves about the possibility of unlimited consumption, often believing the lie that there is some magical source of all the things we give and get. Christmas can perpetuate this lie, or it can bathe it in the warm light of truth, and ask us to reconsider unconditional gift-giving, the precious value of limited things, and the way this shapes our life in this world.

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With our Advent focus on the pure gift, and unconditional acts of mercy, we'll move this week into the tension of Mary and Martha, of being and doing. We'll explore this story which poses a question about the better way, turn the standard reading in on itself, and refuse to choose one or the other, instead, embracing the unresolved third way.

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