Sermons from February 2021

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The Gifts of the Dark Wood: Uncertainty


Some of you may be familiar with the Irish poet David Whyte who now lives on Bainbridge Island. Angie and I had the opportunity to hear him speak and read his poetry two years ago in Tacoma. At one point in his life, David Whyte was working for a non-profit and at a cross-roads in […]

Lenten Worship series – Gifts of the Dark Woods: Temptation


During this season of Lent we will be considering the Gifts of the Dark Woods and the experiences of those times in life when God can feel far away. Times of feeling lost, uncertainty, when life drops out beneath us, and ultimately finding God in places we wouldn’t imagine. They are often places that we […]

Ash Wednesday


In the book “Gifts of the Dark Wood: Seven Blessings for Soulful Skeptics & other Wanderers” Eric Elnes writes:  You have a place in this world where awkwardness dissolves and you are most fully alive, most fully human. You know this place very well, though you may feel far from it. You may not always […]

Transfiguration: Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers (pt 3)


The past two Sundays, we have been in conversation with two contemporary authors – Anne Lamott in her book Help, Thanks, Wow: the 3 Essential Prayers and Brian McLaren’s book Naked Spirituality, A Life with God in 12 Simple Words. We have explored our relationship with God by crying out for HELP and expressing our […]

Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers (pt.2)


  We are on a 3 week-journey looking at 3 essential prayers and  spiritual practices to awaken ourselves to a meaningful life with God. Today we look at The Spiritual Practice of  Thanks: the practice of gratitude and appreciation.  The Practice of Awakening to the Goodness of God. During this last year of the pandemic, […]