Images of Church

When Church is Like a Family (Reunion)

A collection of scripture (English Standard Version) referring to Christ followers as family.These words are all used in scripture, with approximately the same meanings.Hebrew: bayithGreek: oikia/oikosEnglish: family/household JOHN 1:12-13But to all who did receive [Jesus], who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood…

When the Church is a Cloud

SCRIPTURE: A collection of scripture passage speaking of clouds, including resources for further reading! All readings from the Complete Jewish Bible. Genesis 9:13I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. Exodus 13:21-2221 Adonai went ahead of them in a column…

When the Church is a Boat

SCRIPTURE: A collection of scripture passage speaking of boats, including resources for further reading! Genesis 5:11- 6:2911 Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence….13 So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them….14…

When the Church is a Body

A scripture passage speaking of the “body” of Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:1, 4-27 The Message and the New International Version (v 27) 1 What I (Paul) want to talk about now is the various ways God’s Spirit gets worked into our lives. 4-11 God’s various gifts are handed out everywhere; but they all originate in…

When the Church is a Tree

A set of scripture passages speaking of trees. Ezekial 47:12 NIV12 Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food…

Images of the Sanctuary

This final Sunday of Epiphany we attend to the wisdom contained in our own shared sanctuary. It holds symbol and sign; sacrament and spiritual history. We wonder, too, at how the sacred space expands to hold us – even as we cross distances and each inhabit our own, smaller, sanctuaries. Cassie Davies-Juhnke will deliver a sermon written by Elton Brown, long-time pastor of PPUMC, in 1986, while he was appointed here.