Mindset Series… January 17th to Feb 7th 2021 (Rev. Shalini Sankarlal)
We know that 2020 had been difficult and we that 2021 started of in a bleak way, combine that with post-holiday blues and it is easy to feel stressed out, angry, depressed and even grief. In these next 4 weeks, we are looking at what scripture says about these things
January 17th, 2021
MINDSET: Stressed Out!
We live in a world where stress is a constant thing. But what do we do when stress, anxiousness, and worry become more than we can handle on our own?
January 24th, 2021
MINDSET: Moving with, not passed grief and mourning
1 Samuel 1:1-20
Grief and mourning are two things no one wants to go through, but both can be used by God to bring healing, and equip us with compassion for those around us.
January 31st, 2021
MINDSET: Anger, is it all the rage?
Ephesians 4:22- 32
It is very easy to feel anger especially with social media giving us the invisibility to say things more freely, How do we control those emotions and reactions and replace with them righteous indignation toward injustice?
February 7th, 2021
MINDSET: Emotional discernment
Matthew 15: 1-12, Philippians 1:24-30
Our emotions are a gift and a reflection of our creator. Just as our mind was given to us as a tool to reason, our emotions are meant to be tools of discernment that empower us to be ambassadors of God’s kingdom.
Advent 2020 Series…
The opening lines from Psalm 126 jumped off the page: “When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.” What does it look like to live as those who dream? The prophets, the psalmists, John the Baptist, Mary, Elizabeth, Joseph, Simeon, Anna, the shepherds and the Magi—they were all dreamers. They received, discovered, and responded to God’s dreams for the world.
In Advent, we step into the mystery and awe of God’s dreams and pray they shape our reality. This theme is for the dreamers in all of us—those who dream of a deeper connection with God and those who dream of a better world. It’s for those who dream of comfort and for those who have given up on their dreams. It’s for those whose dreams have been crushed and for those who show us that dreams take time. Join us this Advent as we dream alongside prophets and angels, Mary and the Magi. Join us as we seek and sow God’s dreams for our world.
November 29th, 2020 – The First Sunday in Advent
THOSE WHO DREAM…KEEP AWAKE! (Hope)
Mark 13:24-37 | Isaiah 64:1-9 | Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19
Those who dream do not fall asleep to the realities of the world. God prompts us to pay attention to where God’s dreams for change and new life are emerging. In Advent, we remember that God’s ultimate dream is to be intimately connected to us—to come down and dwell among us. As we keep awake, we join Isaiah and the psalmist in pleading for restoration and for God to draw near.
December 6th, 2020 – The Second Sunday in Advent
THOSE WHO DREAM…PREPARE THE WAY (Peace)
Mark 1:1-8 | Isaiah 40:1-11 | Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 John the Baptist calls the crowds into the journey of repentance and transformation. Similarly, we are called to prepare the way for God’s message of love and liberation to be shouted, heard, and received. Those who dream make way for righteousness and peace to kiss, for faithfulness to spring up from the ground (Ps. 85:10-11).
December 13th, 2020 – The Third Sunday in Advent
THOSE WHO DREAM…SOW JOY (Joy)
Luke 1:46-55 | Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 | Psalm 126 Ultimately, dreams sow joy, even if that joy doesn’t immediately spring forth. Sowing seeds into the soil always feels risky and feeble—how can something so small become something so beautiful, so big, and so nourishing? Like Mary, we are called to tend and nurture the dreams God has woven into us.
The Fourth Sunday in Advent
THOSE WHO DREAM…ARE NOT ALONE (Love)
Luke 1:26-45 | 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 | Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26
This week, we recognize what preceded Mary’s song of praise: news that was disorienting and bewildering, possibly threatening her life. Together, Mary and Elizabeth find courage and comfort in spite of their unusual circumstances. We, too, are called to carry, support, and encourage one another’s dreams.