The Other Side of Advent, Part 1: The Scandal of the Incarnation // Kate Murphy

The Gospel of John 1:1-10

As the world around us goes crazy, we are slowing down, praying big, and singing joyfully as we explore the other side of Advent. We’ll turn our eyes from the human side of the story that we all know so well and, in awe and wonder, turn to the opening words of the Gospel of John and behold the divinity of Jesus. What does it mean that the God who spoke the world into being is also the one we meet in the manger? Listen in and find out.

The Life of Joseph, Part 4: Redeemer // Kate Murphy

Genesis chapters 42-45

This Sunday we reach the end of our worship series on the life of Joseph—and it’s a good ending. Joseph has the chance to retaliate against the brothers who sold him into slavery. Instead, he chooses forgiveness and reconciliation, sort of. I mean—he imprisons them, frames them, and basically tortures them psychologically…but THEN he forgives them. As we turn the corner from Thanksgiving to Advent, listen and understand why our most glorious and heroic attempts at love and mercy reveal our need for a Savior.

The Life of Joseph, Part 2: Suffering // Kate Murphy

Genesis 39
This Sunday, we look into the next section of the “Life of Joseph” and #itscomplicated. Joseph’s immature use of his spiritual gifts brought a great deal of suffering upon his parents, his brothers, and on himself.  Years of painful enslavement matures Joseph into a man of integrity, and in a moment of crisis he takes a great risk to make a principled stand for righteousness. And God rewards his maturity and righteousness with–wait for it–another long season of suffering!
A deep look at Joseph’s life yields the unwelcome revelation that suffering isn’t reserved for unrighteous people.  The truth is, sometimes we suffer even when we are brave and strong enough to do the right thing. Join us and learn how and why we are called to do good, even when it costs us, and how God’s presence with us redeems whatever kind of suffering we are in.

The Life of Joseph, Part 1: Dreamer // Kate Murphy

Genesis 37:1-11

This Sunday, we begin a new worship series called The Life of Joseph. We remember him as a prophetic dreamer and a redeemer. But, like all of us, Joseph is more than his highlight reel. Joseph’s life was anointed—but before he learned to use his divine gifting he brought great pain upon himself and his family. Joseph’s life shows us the dangerous ways we can misuse our spiritual gifts—and his story can teach us how to carry them rightly. We all have holy gifts—listen in and learn how to use yours for the glory of God!

Enough, Part 4: Love // Kate Murphy

John 11

It’s easy to find all we need in Jesus’ love when life is beautiful. But what about when it’s hard and ugly? What about those times when you trusted God’s love to provide and it . . . wasn’t enough. Mary and Martha and Lazarus knew something about these times, and their story helps us understand how God’s love is enough for us in our darkest — and holiest — hours.

Watch the whole message here at 46:46:

Posted by The Grove on Sunday, October 28, 2018

Enough, Part 3: Time // Kate Murphy

Deuteronomy 5:1-15

This week we unravel how the ancient and deceptively simple practice of keeping sabbath is a way of discovering that we actually already have all the time we need to be who God calls us to be.

Watch the whole message here at 52:00:

Posted by The Grove on Sunday, October 21, 2018

Enough, Part 1: Power // Kate Murphy

I Peter 3:13-18.  Peter knew a thing or two about suffering.  So when he writes about the fact that sometimes people suffer for doing right, we pay attention.  Peter’s letter challenges us not to deceive ourselves into believing that we we have power to control things — or that having that kind of power is even the goal.  Instead, we are challenged to think about the power that comes from surrender.

Sermon on the Mount, Part 4: A Recipe for Community // Kate Murphy

Matthew 7:1-12.  It can sometimes be hard to figure out what Jesus is trying to say when we try to digest parts of his messages by themselves.  But when we read them together, as ingredients of a larger recipe, then we can better take it in.  Here, we look at three ingredients that Jesus puts together as a recipe for building community in the kingdom.