Awestruck wk 2 - People are Awful

July 15, 2014

You've probably heard the line about not one snowflake being the same and how the same is true about human beings.  Well, that's kind of corny, but it's true! The next time you're sitting on a patio, or walking the Midtown Global Market, or eating cheese curds at the fair, stop and see each "neighbor" who walks by. They, like you, are amazing amalgamations of stories, experiences, gifts, and dreams. Is this diversity an opportunity for awe and possibility or fear and isolation? We get to decide. Find a filled-in version of the outline from the message here.

Mike Rusert, preaching

Awestruck wk 1 - The Beginning of Wisdom

July 11, 2014

Come on, admit it, you have stopped to stare at a flower, a baby, and your cell phone – mouth wide open – thinking, “This is freaking amazing!” We live in a universe we will never fully comprehend, which is filled with phenomena, creatures and things we will stand in awe of no matter how smart we get. This doesn’t prove God exists or anything like it, but it sure does give us some perspective from which to see ourselves and learn our place. And it is kind of fun! Join us in being jaw-dropping amazed this July. This service was held outdoors at Minnehaha Falls, Please excuse the hum in the backgound....


Mending What’s Torn - wk 4 - Living in Forgiveness

July 3, 2014

This is the message from week 4 of our focus on forgiveness, "Mending What's Torn." 

Living in Forgiveness. At the Minnehaha Falls Bandstand. Forgiveness is neither accomplished nor over when we say, "I'm sorry," and "You're forgiven." Forgiveness isn't an act, it's a way of life. Resolving hurt and healing from wounds takes time, and even then we live with the scars. Forgiveness isn't like the fancy dishes tucked away nicely for a special occasion, it's the everyday plates and cups with chips and scratches that spend most of their time out on the table or in the sink. It's time for some good honest talk about what it's like living in forgiveness.

Mending What’s Torn - wk 5 - Forgiving Yourself

July 2, 2014

Forgiving Yourself. You might think this is the easiest because you don’t have to face another person or get them to cooperate, but as you probably know, forgiving yourself may be the very hardest of all. We know too much about ourselves. We know all of the ways we have wronged others that they don't know. We realize just how guilty and undeserving we are of forgiveness. How can we be free if we won't free ourselves? Strangely enough, this personal problem is one that we can deal with better together, so let's start doing it!