Waiting for ... Stuff

We aren't always very good at waiting, and there can be great value lost in skipping ahead impatiently. In a humorous example, Pastor Cara Scriven shares how her younger brother learned this important lesson one Christmas morning.

As we look at today's scripture (Isaiah 42:1-9), which is often understood to be speaking prophetically of Jesus, Cara encourages us to wait with the text before jumping to that conclusion. What did it mean to those who originally heard it? What else could it mean for us today?

We aren't always very good at waiting, and there can be great value lost in skipping ahead impatiently. In a humorous...

Posted by Puyallup United Methodist Church on Monday, December 17, 2018

Waiting for ... Us

For the second message of our Advent sermon series “Waiting for...”, Pastor Cara Scriven takes us inside the story of Esther (4:1-17). Esther’s unique status as consort to the King of Persia gave her the ability to speak up on behalf of her imperiled people. But before she could speak, Esther had to decide to do so, as the risks to herself were not inconsequential. 

In her message, Pastor Cara asks us to listen this Advent for where God might be calling us to also act. How might we respond?

Waiting for ... Us

For the second message of our Advent sermon series “Waiting for...”, Pastor Cara Scriven takes us inside the story of Esther (4:1-17). Esther’s unique status as consort to the King of Persia gave her the ability to speak up on behalf of her imperiled people. But before she could speak, Esther had to decide to do so, as the risks to herself were not inconsequential. In her message, Pastor Cara asks us to listen this Advent for where God might be calling us to also act. How might we respond?

Posted by Puyallup United Methodist Church on Sunday, December 9, 2018

Waiting for ... God

As we enter into the season of Advent, we begin our new sermon series, “Waiting for...” with a message based on the expectant words of the minor prophet Habakkuk (1:1-3; 2:1-4; 3:17-19).

In response to Habakkuk’s longing for justice, Pastor Cara Scriven explores what it mean to wait for God today, in an impatient world filled with personal struggles, societal challenges, and mounting political anxiety.

As we enter into the season of Advent, we begin our new sermon series, “Waiting for...” with a message based on the...

Posted by Puyallup United Methodist Church on Sunday, December 2, 2018

Welcome the (Pyroclastic) Flow

Guest preacher Nathan Hollifield offered insights today from his work as an innovator and church planter of Create Commons in the Hilltop Neighborhood of Tacoma.

Reflecting on the story of Jeremiah (Jer. 1:4-10; 7:1-11), he shares that the work of prophecy is both creative and destructive comparing it to a pyroclastic flow, uprooting, burning, and ultimately leaving fertile soil, and new life, in its wake.

Guest preacher Nathan Hollifield offered insights today from his work as an innovator and church planter of Create...

Posted by Puyallup United Methodist Church on Sunday, November 25, 2018

Take a Step Up: Rejecting Fear, Choosing Love

“What looks like foolishness to the world is what brings blessings to our lives,” shares Pastor Cara Scriven in a sermon finding meaning in the prophet Isaiah’s response to fear-mongering from a foreign power (Isaiah 36:1-3, 13-20; 37:1-7).

According to Pastor Cara, fear continues to be the world’s favorite motivator, but as Christians we are called to trust in God’s vision of a better world and work to make it visible for the betterment of all.

“What looks like foolishness to the world is what brings blessings to our lives,” shares Pastor Cara Scriven in a sermon...

Posted by Puyallup United Methodist Church on Monday, November 19, 2018

Take a Step Up: What does the Lord require?

This week's sermon explores an alternative interpretation of the Jewish King Hezekiah's revolt against the Assyrians, provided by the Prophet Micah (Micah 5:2-5a, 6:6-8). 

Pastor Cara Scriven shares how Micah's insights, delivered from the perspective of those most beleaguered by war, can speak to us today as we consider how God would have us respond to those in need.

This week's sermon explores an alternative interpretation of the Jewish King Hezekiah's revolt against the Assyrians,...

Posted by Puyallup United Methodist Church on Monday, November 12, 2018

Take a Step Up: All the Small Things...

Continuing our current sermon series, Take a Step Up, that looks holistically at how we are called to use our gifts, we arrive at an unusual story of a warrior who is cured of the wicked disease of leprosy by the prophet Elisha (2 Kings 5:5-15a).

Pastor Cara Scriven encourages us to look past the dramatic parts of this story so that we don't miss the essential roles played by the unnamed faithful. Without their actions, and the gifts of everyday people like you and me, change rarely happens.

Take a Step Up: All the Small Things...

Continuing our current sermon series, Take a Step Up, that looks holistically at how we are called to use our gifts, we arrive at an unusual story of a warrior who is cured of the wicked disease of leprosy by the prophet Elisha (2 Kings 5:5-15a). Pastor Cara Scriven encourages us to look past the dramatic parts of this story so that we don't miss the essential roles played by the unnamed faithful. Without their actions, and the gifts of everyday people like you and me, change rarely happens.

Posted by Puyallup United Methodist Church on Sunday, November 4, 2018

Take a Step Up: Holy Wisdom

In our Scripture reading today (1 Kings 3:4-15), we find Solomon receiving a test of sorts from God as he is offered the sky, the moon and the stars, and asks instead for a "wise and discerning heart."

In her sermon, Pastor Cara Scriven considers this story, and the trevails of some lottery winners, as she challenges us to imagine how we might (and should) respond both personally, and as a church, upon receiving such an offer.

Take a Step Up: Holy Wisdom

In our Scripture reading today (1 Kings 3:4-15), we find Solomon receiving a test of sorts from God as he is offered the sky, the moon and the stars, and asks instead for a "wise and discerning heart." In her sermon, Pastor Cara Scriven considers this story, and the trevails of some lottery winners, as she challenges us to imagine how we might (and should) respond both personally, and as a church, upon receiving such an offer.

Posted by Puyallup United Methodist Church on Sunday, October 28, 2018