Baptized into Christ Jesus

In today’s message, Pastor Cara Scriven draws a connection between our Scripture text (Romans 6:1-14) and the mystic Saint Teresa of Avila and her intimate understanding of our union with Christ and all of creation. Pastor Cara remarks that Christians in the West often have difficulty understanding the the oneness with Christ that the Apostle Paul intended when he said we were “baptized into Christ Jesus.”

In today’s message, Pastor @Cara Scriven draws a connection between our Scripture text (Romans 6:1-14) and the mystic...

Posted by Puyallup United Methodist Church on Sunday, June 2, 2019

Are you ashamed?

In this week's sermon, Pastor Cara Scriven digs into a key part of Paul's understanding of his ministry, as found in our scripture today (Romans 1:1-17). Where the Apostle declares that he is not ashamed of the Gospel, Cara explains how that would have been understood in his time while exploring the negative impact that shame can have upon our lives today.

In this week's sermon, Pastor Cara Scriven digs into a key part of Paul's understanding of his ministry, as found in our...

Posted by Puyallup United Methodist Church on Sunday, May 19, 2019

A Case of Mistaken Identity

This week's scripture (Acts 13:13, 14:8-18) depicts a case of mistaken identity where the Apostle Paul and companion Barnabas are mistaken for Roman Gods as they healed a man in Lystra.

In her sermon, Pastor Cara Scriven shares how we too allow what we think we know, and the things we have experienced, to limit the beauty we can encounter in the world, and where we might find God as well.

This week's scripture (Acts 13:13, 14:8-18) depicts a case of mistaken identity where the Apostle Paul and companion...

Posted by Puyallup United Methodist Church on Sunday, May 12, 2019

Draw the Circle Wider

"When we believe we need to defend God, we can do some serious harm," preaches Pastor Cara Scriven in a sermon on Acts 10:1-17, 34-48 where the Apostle Peter struggles to accept a vision from God in conflict with his understanding of the 'rules.'

Reflecting on several examples, including the harmful position of The United Methodist Church on LGBTQI+ inclusion, she asserts that "what we believe, and the lengths we go to defend them, have real consequences."

Draw the Circle Wider

"When we believe we need to defend God, we can do some serious harm," preaches Pastor Cara Scriven in a sermon on Acts 10:1-17, 34-48 where the Apostle Peter struggles to accept a vision from God in conflict with his understanding of the 'rules.' Reflecting on several examples, including the harmful position of The United Methodist Church on LGBTQI+ inclusion, she asserts that "what we believe, and the lengths we go to defend them, have real consequences."

Posted by Puyallup United Methodist Church on Sunday, May 5, 2019

Easter Sunday

"No matter how bad things get—no matter how hard or how difficult, or how problematic, no matter how many times we hit rock bottom—the resurrection still happens," shares Pastor Cara Scriven in her Easter sermon on Matthew 28:1-10.

"Hope breaks out in a place we don't think is possible."

"No matter how bad things get—no matter how hard or how difficult, or how problematic, no matter how many times we hit...

Posted by Puyallup United Methodist Church on Sunday, April 21, 2019

Palm Sunday

In her message for Palm Sunday, Pastor Cara Scriven takes us deep into the Gospel of Matthew’s depiction of Jesus as he enters into Jerusalem on what Christians would come to call Palm Sunday (Matt. 21:1-17). 

Grounding Matthew’s narrative in the story of the Passover and other prophetic expectations of Jesus, she challenges us to consider who Jesus truly is to us?

In her message, Pastor Cara Scriven takes us deep into the Gospel of Matthew’s depiction of Jesus as he enters into...

Posted by Puyallup United Methodist Church on Sunday, April 14, 2019

Stones Along the Way: Hospitality

In this week's message, Pastor Cara Scriven helps us to understand Jesus' Parable of the Wedding Feast, as found in Matthew 22:1-14. After we get past the hyperbole of the story, we can start to discern some of its meaning for us today as people seeking to offer, shape, and sustain authentically Christian community.

In this week's message, Pastor Cara Scriven helps us to understand Jesus' Parable of the Wedding Feast, as found in...

Posted by Puyallup United Methodist Church on Sunday, March 31, 2019

Stones Along the Way: Responsibility

For this week's sermon, Pastor Cara Scriven explored Jesus' Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard as found in the Gospel of Matthew 20:1-16. In particular, she asked us to consider what a living wage might be today, and what responsibility we might have toward ensuring it for all.

Stones Along the Way: Responsibility

For this week's sermon, Pastor Cara Scriven explored Jesus' Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard as found in the Gospel of Matthew 20:1-16. In particular, she asked us to consider what a living wage might be today, and what responsibility we might have toward ensuring it for all.

Posted by Puyallup United Methodist Church on Sunday, March 24, 2019