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A Different Light: Bible Stories (2 Timothy 3:16)

Sometimes we’ve been taught to think of the Bible as one bright light that makes clear light and shadow in our world. But the Bible is something so much more brilliant and magical — it is the library of a community, the witness of thousands of lights and conversations among God and humanity since the beginning. And the most magic thing of all: we are invited into the conversation.

The God Who Sees (Genesis 16:7-11)

In Jonathan's powerful, healing sermon, we are reminded that God has always listened to, seen, known, believed, and cared about women. Women like Hagar teach us that even when life hurts, when the brokenness of the world breaks us down, God is the God who sees you, knows you, loves you, and believes you—even if others don't. For us to be children of God, we need to start seeing the way God sees. Then we just might be able to see the message of hope being lived out by brave women.

All Are Welcome Here (Acts 15:1-19)

If you've ever been to Open Worship, you know that the phrase "All Are Welcome Here" is very important to this community. In fact, we say those words together 4 times as we start the service every week! In this series, we explore what that phrase means for us and why we believe that God is (and has always been!) open to all.

Vine: Women Are Created in God's Image (Mothers' Day) – Genesis 1:26-27

Despite what we may have heard, the story told in scripture is clear: all people are equally created in the image of God; the masculine and feminine together reflect the divine. We need all of us to know God all the more. On Mothers' Day, we honor the many women in our lives who have helped us glimpse the heart and character of God, and we renew our commitment to proclaim, empower, and cultivate the image of God in the women and girls in our community and world.

Vine: Justice – Mark 11:15-17

In our world and communities, there are places where the interwoven fabric of humanity is weak or torn. God invites us to be people of justice, who strengthen the world around us and repair the breaches. Learn how to be at work for justice and hear the story of someone from Denton's history who helped reweave our common fabric.

Easter: Breakfast with Jesus

We don’t always know how to respond to the story of Easter, this amazing story about how nothing can stop God’s love. But when we find ourselves feeling far away, God responds to us with an unending, unstoppable love that invites us to simply come as we are and...have breakfast! (it will make sense once you’ve heard the message :)

Palette: Prayer — Matthew 6:5-8

We apologize for the audio trouble this week, but we wanted to share this helpful message on prayer anyway! Jesus’ disciples asked, “Teach us to pray.” Even though they had seen lots of prayer in their lives, Jesus prayed with an authenticity and deep connection that was like no other. In this sermon, learn from what Jesus taught, and add a practice to your palette to help you connect with the God who loves you.

Palette: Discipline & Meditation — Psalm 42

In a black and white world, we were built to live in abundant color. Learn about some of the ancient spiritual practices like meditation and contemplation that Jesus followers have used to remix their creative palette and be part of making a more loving, colorful world. This video includes a special guided meditation and song by the Open band.

All Things New: New Clothes (Col. 3:12-14)

We’re invited to have a style that is new, even when all around is old. There are a lot of old things we can wear around — selfishness, close mindedness, resentment — but Jesus invites us into a whole new way of being and living and clothing ourselves. This new way has love at its center and compassion as its outer layer. Find out how this new style can help you be new when all around is old.

All Things New: Wallbreakers & Bridgebuilders (Reflections on MLK & Jesus, Eph 2:13-17)

This Sunday, we reflected on the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his wall-breaking, bridge-building work that challenges us to answer the call in our time. Like Jesus, MLK worked to make the world new even when the world around him was trapped in the old patterns and prejudices. Learn how Jesus’ wall-breaking work overcame the old walls of separation, and calls us to continue breaking walls and building bridges in our lives. 

Wisdom from Above: James 3:14-18

We all want to live the good & beautiful life—and God wants that for us as well. The skills to get there are called wisdom, and the book of James is full of wise thought and direction. But, the wisdom from above comes when we use our skills and our self for the good of others. Find out how in this final installment in our summer James series.