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

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