Freeing Jesus from our preconceived notions of who he is. Many cling to a particular image of Christ, this series is pushing us to see more facets of who he is. Each week we will look at Jesus as friend, teacher, savior, Lord, way, and presence.
Some people are uncomfortable calling Jesus “teacher.” It feels to colloquial, too informal, and not reverent enough. Some cling to Jesus as friend without allowing the friend to push us out of their comfort zone. Some bristle at calling Jesus “Lord,” because that term is cloaked in hierarchy and colonialism. Some say that they follow Jesus as the “Way,” but others feel that referring to Jesus as “presence,” is too mystical to be helpful.
Whatever term you cling to, Pastor Robb may challenge you to open up your understanding of what that means. Whatever term makes you uncomfortable, he may help you unpack and see in a new light. Guided by the great work by Diana Butler Bass and her book “Freeing Jesus,” this series will take six weeks to take a closer look at Jesus and see the brilliance and beauty of holding all six facets (and many more we won’t mention) together.
This series will last from July 18 through August 22.
The next sermon series will examine different stories in the Bible about transformation. The very first story of the Bible is one of God transforming chaos into order. The rest of the Bible is full of stories of God doing work in people, transforming them for God’s purposes. All are called to be transformed by the Spirit of love and grace.
June 18 – From Isolation to Community — Romans 12:1-18
June 25 – From Separation to Reconciliation—2 Corinthians 5:13-20
July 2 – From Hidden to Leader – Esther 4
July 9 – From Persecutor to Champion—Acts 9:1-19
The Easter season is a seven-week celebration of the Risen Christ. For this season, Two Rivers UMC will celebrate a new series called, “Risen.” Providing a strike contrast from the seven weeks of Lent called “Forsaken,” this new series will take a closer look at the stories of Jesus after the Resurrection.
April 23 – Sending – Matthew 28:16-20
April 30 – Empowering – John 20:19-31
May 7 – Fishing – John 21:1-14
May 14 – Forgiving (and Restoring) – John 21:15-19
May 21 – Teaching (and Revealing) – Luke 24:13-35
May 28 – Promising – Luke 24:44-53
They are simple phrases. They sound Christian – like something you might find in the Bible. They capture some element of truth, yet they miss the point in important ways. Join Pastor Robb at Two Rivers Church to explore these half truths. This four-part series will start on Sunday, September 25.
In addition to the four-week worship series, there will be two small group studies during the week. On Mondays at noon and Thursdays at 6:00, during the week, the groups will discuss the upcoming Biblical texts and chapter in Adam Hamilton’s book Half Truths: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves and Other Things the Bible Doesn’t Say.
In April, Pastor Robb was able to chat with Rev. Adam Hamilton for an episode of the Pulpit Fiction Podcast. In this episode, co-hosts Robb and Eric talk with Pastor Adam about many issues, including his book.
As the summer gives way to autumn, Two Rivers Church will host several special guest musicians as a part of a new worship series called “Roots: The Good News of celebration, struggle, truth-telling, and American roots music.”
Local Blues legend Ellis Kell will join us in worship on August 21. The blues are widely considered to be the root of most American music. With origins in the call and response songs of slave fields, the blues have been a source of expression and hope for generations.
On August 28, members of the Quartermoon Tin Snips will share their bluegrass style with a mix of classic gospel bluegrass tunes.
On September 4, Edgar Crocket will be a part of Jazz Sunday, which has become a Two Rivers tradition over the past few years.
September 11 will feature the return of the Sanctuary Choir and the beginning of a new season of Sunday school.
On September 18, we will go back to the deepest roots of our music and faith with Richard Bruxvoort Colligan, who marries the Psalms with modern folk melodies.
What’s love got to do with the gospel of Jesus Christ? Everything. Follow along as Jesus heads toward Jerusalem and confronts from tough questions and rising controversies. What is his reaction to the conflict? Over and over, it is about love over apathy, relationships over laws, and staying true to love even in the face of adversity. Every Sunday at 9:30 through August 14.