Light the Way - Hidden

This week, Pastor Cara Scriven offered some insight into two of Jesus' parables containing his teaching on the Kin(g)dom of God. She encourages us to go beyond the popular interpretation of these parables as simple growth metaphors to a more challenging understanding.

This week, Pastor Cara Scriven offered some insight into two of Jesus' parables containing his teaching on the Kin(g)dom...

Posted by Puyallup United Methodist Church on Sunday, February 17, 2019

Light the Way - Sainthood

In a homily offered from her backyard on a snowy weekend, Pastor Cara Scriven reflects on a foundational teaching of Jesus' from Matthew 7:1-14. How do we keep ourselves from judging others, particularly in ways we don't evenly apply to ourselves? How can we see those who challenge our assumptions and preferences as opportunities to grow, and resist the chance that we'll do harm along the way?

Click the button below to view a devotional that was created to accompany Pastor Cara’s message on this snowy Sunday!

In a homily offered from her backyard on a snowy weekend, Pastor Cara Scriven reflects on a foundational teaching of...

Posted by Puyallup United Methodist Church on Sunday, February 10, 2019

Light the Way - Faith

This Sunday we continued to lake a look at Jesus’ teachings during the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6:5-15) focusing especially upon his words on prayer.

Pastor Cara Scriven shares how an upcoming event in the life of The United Methodist Church is incorporating prayer, and how we can too easily fall into unhelpful patterns as we consider what prayer does.

Light the Way - Faith

This Sunday we continued to lake a look at Jesus’ teachings during the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6:5-15) focusing especially upon his words on prayer. Pastor Cara Scriven shares how an upcoming event in the life of The United Methodist Church is incorporating prayer, and how we can too easily fall into unhelpful patterns as we consider what prayer does.

Posted by Puyallup United Methodist Church on Sunday, February 3, 2019

Light the Way: Light

In worship this week, we took a look at the Eight Beatitudes in Jesus' Sermon on the Mount as found in Matthew 5:1-20.

Pastor Cara Scriven explores the Beatitudes asking what they tell us about the type of life Jesus was offering to his followers, then and today.

Light the Way: Light

In worship this week, we took a look at the Eight Beatitudes in Jesus' Sermon on the Mount as found in Matthew 5:1-20. Pastor Cara Scriven explores the Beatitudes asking what they tell us about the type of life Jesus was offering to his followers, then and today.

Posted by Puyallup United Methodist Church on Sunday, January 27, 2019

Light the Way: Resistance

This week, Pastor Cara Scriven took us into the story of Jesus' temptation after 40 days of fasting in the wilderness, as found in Matthew 4:1-10. She encourages us to consider how we can resist, as Jesus does, the tendency to elevate our preferences and desires over others.

Light the Way: Resistance

This week, Pastor Cara Scriven took us into the story of Jesus' temptation after 40 days of fasting in the wilderness, as found in Matthew 4:1-10. She encourages us to consider how we can resist, as Jesus does, the tendency to elevate our preferences and desires over others.

Posted by Puyallup United Methodist Church on Sunday, January 20, 2019

A hard truth to accept...

This week, Christians remember the story of the baptism of Jesus (Matthew 3:1-17), often taking a moment to reflect upon their own.

In her sermon, Pastor Cara Scriven draws special attention to the fact that God declared his love for Jesus before he had even accomplished much. Like Christ, we can find joy in knowing that God's love for us is not based on what we have, or haven't, done; a difficult and important spiritual truth to accept.

This week, Christians remember the story of the baptism of Jesus (Matthew 3:1-17), often taking a moment to reflect upon...

Posted by Puyallup United Methodist Church on Sunday, January 13, 2019

Epiphany and too much of a good thing...

On Epiphany Sunday we looked at the story of the Holy Family fleeing (Matthew 2:1-23) Israel to Egypt to escape Herod, a king threatened (by a baby). Pastor Cara Scriven looks at parallells between this story and that of Moses who led God's people to freedom from Egypt and its ruler.

Pastor Cara asks us how things in our lives, good when first experienced, can also trap us. Looking particularly at The United Methodist Church's upcoming General Conference, she wonders aloud if we'll choose to be a church that liberates, or one that traps people in the past.

On Epiphany Sunday we looked at the story of the Holy Family fleeing (Matthew 2:1-23) Israel to Egypt to escape Herod, a...

Posted by Puyallup United Methodist Church on Sunday, January 6, 2019

Waiting for ... our time to serve

In her sermon for the last Sunday of Advent, Pastor Cara Scriven takes a close look at the role of Joseph in the very first messy, less than perfect, Christmas (Matthew 1:18-25). When faced with the choice of what to do in a difficult situation, Joseph chose the hard path and together with Mary, soon would welcome the Christ child to the world.

How might we too invite God into our lives by our willingness to serve, even in unanticipated, messy situations?

Waiting for ... our time to serve

In her sermon for the last Sunday of Advent, Pastor Cara Scriven takes a close look at the role of Joseph in the very first messy, less than perfect, Christmas (Matthew 1:18-25). When faced with the choice of what to do in a difficult situation, Joseph chose the hard path and together with Mary, soon would welcome the Christ child to the world.

How might we too invite God into our lives by our willingness to serve, even in unanticipated, messy situations?

- To watch the SNL clip referred to in the sermon, visit: https://youtu.be/4WvwX18oMR4

Posted by Puyallup United Methodist Church on Sunday, December 23, 2018