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“What if we lived life truly connected to the origins of Creation and the Creator? In the beginning God created all things and called them originally ‘good.’ In this series we will explore six essential ideas found in Creation Spirituality–a way of living within the community of earth that deepens our reverence for life, participates in the creativity of the cosmos, and develops our passion for justice and human transformation. It compels us to lead lives of spiritual inquiry, creativity, and prophetic action as our sacred work in the world.” Series design and original music © Worship Design Studio, used with permission
“It is through the work of spiritual practice that we move beyond fear into compassion and discover our deep and true selves. Engaging in spiritual practices– whether that looks typically religious (like praying) or not (like walking) have intentionality in common. They draw us closer to the Creator and who we were created to be–free and compassionate beings. What practices in your life draw you closer to your true essence and closer to compassion for others?” Series design/original music © Worship Design Studio, used with permission.
“The spiritual journey can be understood as a dance moving in and out of four mystical paths, each with their own gifts: awe and wonder; letting go; creativity; compassion and justice. These 'cycles of life' are born out of the seasons of the planet and remind us that there is a time for everything and that fluctuations of the spirit are part of being human. Can we accept the Holy invitation to move fully into all the rhythms of life?” Series design and original music © Worship Design Studio, used with permission.
"Made in the image of the Creator, every one of us carries within us the capacity to be a mystic, to be creative, to be visionary, and to be an agent for positive change. It is our responsibility to say 'here I am, send me' and to cultivate our capacity to benefit earth and all it’s creatures. What are we creating in this world that will cause positive ripples into the future?" © Worship Design Studio, used with permission.
“Creation Spirituality rejoices in and courageously honors the rich diversity within the Cosmos which is expressed in every individual and embodies multiple cultures, religions, and ancestral traditions. Creation is rife with theme and variation and yet fear has driven us to try to tame, label and homogenize it. What do we lose when we privilege dominant voices and limit perspectives? Diversity is another name for God and should be celebrated!” © Worship Design Studio, used with permission.
“We live in sacred relationship with every other living thing. Our food, our health, our homes, our vocations are all part of an interconnected community. Creation hangs in the balance when we forget this connection. We acknowledge that our species and the entire earth community depends upon the healing of harm already done, moving toward sustainability for the future, and harmony that offers live-giving coexistence for all. Can we embrace our responsibility to care? Now is the time, if we want a future.” © www.worshipdesignstudio.com
“Friends, we are about to embark on a journey in the next four weeks. It is a journey about journeying, about traveling as a spiritual act. Whether you travel far away or simply begin to see our local surroundings as if for the first time, 'pilgrimage' has long been a spiritual practice, and 'journey' a deeply-felt metaphor for our spiritual lives. 'Quest' comes from the Latin root meaning 'ask' and 'seek.' This four week worship series will encourage us to open ourselves more fully to the curiosity and wonder, reflection and transformation that travelers–not merely tourists–experience when we choose to immerse ourselves in soul-widening adventures.” © www.worshipdesignstudio.com
“We began a journey last week. For these four weeks we will be training our 'traveler’s mindset' and heart and soul, expanding our horizons, our understanding, and our love for the world and its people. We focused last week on leaving home. This week we find ourselves in 'The Encounter' with things that feel 'far from home.'" © www.worshipdesignstudio.com
“When we begin to broaden our experience of lands and peoples in our travel, or in our own towns and cities, we may move through a personal crisis if the plurality of religious thought and practice has not come into close view in our lives before. And yet, if we continue to reflect and open, what feels so different may not be as far from us as we first imagined. The light we seek and life-sustaining river that runs through the 'Kin-dom' of God is full of common themes across religions: peaceful coexistence, food and shelter, love and compassion for those suffering and oppressed. How can deeper reflection about our own hesitation to connect to the wider human family free us to explore more possibilities for a better world?" © www.worshipdesignstudio.com
This multicultural service features songs and prayers in Anishinaabemowin and English, music by Pastor Sharon Osterhouse and others, "Children's Time of Unpacking" with Pastor Sarah Sheaffer and kids, and a message from Psalm 36:5-9 and John 15:9-12 by the Rev. Jonathan Mays. Series designer, Worship Design Studios, notes, “As we bring our series on travel to a close, we contemplate what it means to return home. After stretching our spirits and our love to include more of the glorious creation and its peoples, we return to a home that will never be the same to us. We have returned with 'guests'–memories of new friends and new perspectives. Perhaps we also return with new convictions to be more active and loving citizens of humanity right where we reside." © www.worshipdesignstudio.co
"'The sun’s in my heart…' sang Gene Kelly as he danced in the rain. Our colorful umbrellas today and for the rest of the Easter season over the next 8 weeks will remind us that we are called to dance our dances of freedom for all the world to see–even and perhaps especially in times of great difficulty. During this season, we will dare to dance again! Dances of hope. Dances of justice. Dances of love." Worship series design and original music © Worship Design Studio, used with permission.
"This is the Easter Season! Easter is not just one day of proclaiming that life and love are more powerful than death and hatred, but a whole “week of weeks,” as we call it–seven more weeks of daring to dance our dances with hope and passion. So let us continue our praise!" Series design/original music © Worship Design Studio, used with permission. Songs and prayers in Anishinaabemowin and English, Sarah Sheaffer’s, "A Story for All Ages," and music by Sharon Osterhouse and Jessica Dominic.
"This Sunday acknowledges that sometimes we are unsure about our steps in this world. For the disciples, even 'while in their joy' at seeing Jesus after the resurrection, they were still 'disbelieving and wondering.' We are reminded that even though we may not know our next steps, we can be sure they will come because we are God’s beloved children, and so we have steps to follow – those of the resurrected Jesus." - Series design and original music © Worship Design Studio, used with permission.
Multicultural worship about love in action. "Easter is the unstoppable, unpredictable expression of God’s love for humankind! The call of Jesus is to live fully in the power of that love – alive in each of us. We learn about that divine love as it is embodied in the person and ministry of Jesus, the one who is compared to a good shepherd. As we look to him to learn how to love, may our hearts praise the One who raised Jesus and raises us to abundant life and love!" - www.worshipdesignstudio.com
Join us for a mostly outdoor service featuring music by Sharon Osterhouse, a duet by Jessica Dominic & Sarah Sheaffer, Pastor Sarah's featured dreamer, Marian Anderson, creative video, a Love Feast, and time to contemplate Psalm 22, Acts 8, 1 John 4, & John 15. As www.worshipdesignstudio.com puts it, "...we, the church, must be a place of knowing and growing and accepting love...As we dance into diversity and acceptance, may the Spirit guide our steps for nothing is keeping us from it!"
Pastor Jonathan continues the "Dare to Dance Again" series with an online worship service featuring songs and prayers in Anishinaabemowin and English, music by Sharon Osterhouse, and Pastor Sarah’s time with children, "A Story for All Ages." This week, Sarah's featured dreamer is the poet, Amanda Gorman. The service also includes beautiful video and time to contemplate Psalm 98, John 15, & Acts 10. - Series design and original music © Worship Design Studio, used with permission.
This morning, Sarah Sheaffer's dreamer this week is Jesus. Rev. Jonathan Mays shares a message entitled, “Gone Up With a Shout: Clap Your Hands" from Psalm 47 and Luke 24. "Dancing changes us: it transforms us and brings us to life, awakens our senses. Imagine the dreams and the heartbeat and the life stirring in Jesus and his disciples as he readied them for this next chapter of ministry." - Series design and original music © Worship Design Studio, used with permission.
To celebrate Pentecost and Trinity Sundays, Greensky Hill concludes the "Dare to Dance Again" series with an online worship service featuring songs and prayers in Anishinaabemowin and English, music by Sharon Osterhouse and others, and creative videos. Sarah Sheaffer's dreamer this week is God. The Rev. Jonathan Mays shares a message from Ezekiel 37 and Acts 2.
In collaboration with the Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church, Greensky Hill presents a musical service with a powerful message by the Rev. Dr. Cynthia Wilson, created for Annual Conference 2021.
Recorded for Annual Conference 2021. Songs and prayers in Anishinaabemowin and English, music by the Drum Voices of Greensky Hill, Rev. Jonathan Mays, Sharon Osterhouse, Sarah Sheaffer, Jessica Dominic, and Matt Koontz, an anti-racism prayer led by Laurie Wilson-Moore, narration by Kathy Mays, and a message based on Psalm 137, referencing music by Supamann, John Legend and Common, and a viral video by Kimberly Latrice Jones. We have to listen to others’ songs before we can sing the Lord’s song.
This morning, as we continue to prepare for our "First Sunday Back" outdoor worship service at Greensky Hill, next Sunday, 6/27/21, we celebrate Juneteenth and Father's Day with worship led by Rev. Paul Perez and young adult clergy during Annual Conference 2021. The service begins with a welcome from Rev. Jonathan Mays, a children's message from Pastor Sarah Sheaffer, and a hymn video by Pastor Sharon Osterhouse, Kyria Joy Smith, and Nigel Smith.
"As we head into Holy Week, we integrate our beliefs and actions for the health of the whole. We know there will still be pain, but we also know love will win.” Worship includes a greeting from Bishop Bard, songs & prayers in Anishinaabemowin & English, Pastor Sarah’s time for children, Pastor Sharon's music, a message about healing from toxic power, and young Wren & Roen's version of Amazing Grace in Anishinaabemowin. Series design/original music © Worship Design Studio, used with permission.
Remembering Christ's final evening in the Upper Room, Bishop Bard calls upon us to open ourselves to God, acknowledging where we have fallen short, and trusting that God loves us – wholly and completely. © 2021 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. MICHIGAN AREA OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH.
This meditative service faces the crucifixion through art from around the world, accompanied only by piano and scripture texts from Isaiah and John. May this worship bring the forgiveness and freedom God shares with us, so that we may share it in solidarity with the world Christ came to disturb and save. © 2021 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. MICHIGAN AREA OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH.
You are invited to have olive oil and a towel nearby, dim the lights, light a candle, and experience this service on the largest screen you have. You may also want to pause the video in between movements, if you want to take more time. Holy Week Meditation and Rituals of Anointing © www.worshipdesignstudio.com. Used with permission.
This morning’s gathering focuses on two sources of life: light and water, remembering the Epiphany of the Lord (when wise humans from a faraway place and tradition brought gifts to The Promised One) and the Baptism of the Lord (when Jesus humbled himself to be baptized in the wilderness). Enjoy an Epiphany carol, songs/prayers in Anishinaabemowin and English, Pastor Sarah's children's message, a message from Mk 1 and Mt 2, and a Prayer Walk with a song from the Drum Voices of Greensky Hill.
How do we love people who do terrible things? What if those people are our neighbors and family members? Let's think about that together this Sunday, 1/17, in the light of Epiphany. Rev. Jonathan Mays leads our online worship service, including songs and prayers in Anishinaabemowin and English, Pastor Sarah's children's message, ideas and actions from John 1:43-51, and prayers for healing, peace, and comfort and for anti-racism.
So, how does Jesus fish? The Anishinaabemowin word, “gnaadamaadimi” and Robin Wall Kimmerer’s essay about the Serviceberry helps us think about that together in the light of Epiphany. Rev. Jonathan Mays leads worship, including songs and prayers in Anishinaabemowin and English, Pastor Sarah's children's message, ideas and actions from Mark 1:14-20, an anti-racism prayer, and prayers for healing, peace, and comfort.
For victims of colonialism, these are questions of survival: "What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us?" At Greensky Hill, we not only welcome the hard questions. We embrace them (and, more important, the people who ask them)! Rev. Jonathan Mays leads worship, including songs and prayers in Anishinaabemowin and English, ideas and actions from Mark 1:21-28, Pastor Sarah's children's message, an anti-racism prayer, and prayers for healing, peace, and comfort.
I wonder if Mister Rogers was thinking about the unnamed woman who got a second chance at life and immediately nourished others, when he said, "What changes the world? The only thing that ever really changes the world is when somebody gets the idea that love can abound and can be shared." Rev. Jonathan Mays leads our online worship service, including songs and prayers in Anishinaabemowin and English, Pastor Sarah's children's message, a Love Feast, and ideas and actions from Mark 1:29-39.
Let's walk together to a high mountain apart, by ourselves, and contemplate an experience that is at once terrifying and so overwhelmingly beautiful that you don't want it to end. Rev. Jonathan Mays leads our online service, including songs and prayers in Anishinaabemowin and English, Pastor Sarah's children's message, reflection on the mystery of the Transfiguration in Mark 9:2-9, an anti-racism prayer, and prayers for healing, peace, and comfort.
"Ash Wednesday is a time of naming brokenness. As we enter Lent, we enter into a season of healing and recovery that - as a first step - requires the naming of what has been shattered. We accept responsibility as disciples of Jesus to be the Body of Christ – a body of those who need healing and offer healing in the world. The promise of Jesus is that he is with us in our weariness and burdens." Worship series design and original music © Worship Design Studio, www.worshipdesignstudio.com/vessels
"Beach glass begins as something whole, yet discarded. As it's tumbled by the sea, it's broken and polished until it becomes a treasure. When brokenness enters our lives, Jesus reaches out to remind us that we are worthy of new life in the midst of hopelessness. In a year when pandemic has wreaked havoc on our world, we begin by affirming our journey to physical health." Worship series design and original music © Worship Design Studio, used with permission. www.worshipdesignstudio.com/vessels
“God gathers us as a beachcomber gathers and marvels at every precious surviving piece of beach glass she finds. We are never alone, we are never lost to the one who seeks humanity’s wholeness. We [are] the Body of Christ that knows we cannot be personally healed until we see the interconnected community as part of the process of healing...In a year of devastating loss of livelihood, we consider the economic health that reimagines status quo.” www.worshipdesignstudio.com/vessels
“This week we acknowledge the power of truth-telling.... There are stories that have shaped our lives, leaving us without the ability to see who we truly are in the eyes of God and leaving us without the ability to speak the depth of our stories of struggle. We focus on the importance of recovery of mental health, reclaiming our sense of who we are and being able to proclaim new redemptive stories of divine worth.” Worship series design/original music © Worship Design Studio, used w/ permission.
"We need a touch of inspiration to awaken us from our sleep, as we hear in one of this week’s healing stories. We also awaken to our agency to seek out the Divine Healer, reaching out to touch the power we know can restore our intellect and imagination. We emerge ready to re-engage with the world, seeking and seeing solutions, creating different pictures of life renewed just as a mosaic artist creates beauty from broken pieces of glass." Series/Music © Worship Design Studio, used w/ permission.
“As we consider the health of humanity, we cannot ignore the need to heal the very planet that sustains us.... We want to be 'saved' by something or someone else, but we discover this week that we are in the boat with the One who shows us our power to turn it around, to calm the storm. We protect the jewel that is our home, restoring something beautiful from scars of the past.” Worship series design/original music © Worship Design Studio, used w/ permission.
Imagine a world where justice for all is the norm, a world where everyone does these two things. "'You shall love the Lord your God* with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'" (Matthew 22:37) *Feel free to use 12-Step language, God as you understand God. "We came to be aware that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity."
For All Saints Day, we are remembering those who Derek Weber describes as “the ones who cared for you, the ones who loved you…those who loved and cared and now are no longer there to do so.” With Revelation 7:9-17 & Matthew 5:1-12, we'll reflect on both personal (including pandemic) and political grief and we'll look to the example of "they who have come out of the great ordeal" for ways that we can participate with God in bringing comfort to those who grieve.
Some of us went to bed rejoicing, some of us went to bed weeping. Today, we remember that we have more in common than not. We walk this sacred way together: “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are... If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” The Shout at Midnight in Matt. 25:6 reminds us to stay awake to opportunities to love.
What will you do with the talents you have been given? Follow us as we journey through the parable of the talents, Matthew 25:14-30. In every gospel message, there is a call. But let it be a call to joy, not to shame or to heaviness. Let it be a call to the possibilities of transformation and growth. Help us navigate through social and racial injustice from a child's perspective. Invite the community to more— more love, more joy, more fellowship, and connection.
Celebrate Thanks"living" with us as we continue Matthew 25 on this "Reign of Christ" Sunday. Let us take the opportunity to give thanks to Creator, as well as carry out Christ's reign where the "least of these" experience the abundance of God.
Join us in looking back over the past year, looking forward at what is to come, and savoring the moment of the present. Let us prepare for the coming of our Creator, as we enter into this Advent season.
Join us in seeking spiritual cleansing as we prepare for the coming of our savior this advent season. Recognize the messes we make, and how we can clean up in preparation of hosting our most important guest.
Advent Candle Lighting, a children's message from Pastor Sarah, songs and prayers in Anishinaabemowin and English, and a message from Pastor Jonathan, “Deck the Halls” from John 1. Discipleship Ministries asks, "After finding the mess and cleaning it up, what now? Decorations! We’ve got to make the place look great for those who are coming. We want our welcome to be beautiful and our hospitality to be breathtaking. So where do we start? What do we include? What does it matter?" It matters.
Join us for Advent Candle Lighting, Pastor Sarah's children's message, songs and prayers in Anishinaabemowin and English, Pastor Jonathan's message, “Waiting on the Threshold,” from 2 Samuel 7 & Luke 1, and the Doug Howell song, "According to Your Word."
Merry Christmas from Pastor Sarah and the Greensky Hill Indian United Methodist Church's Children's Ministry and from Bishop David Alan Bard, Rev. Kathy Pittenger, and the Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church's Children's Ministry.
Join us for special music by Maggie Sheaffer, songs and prayers in Anishinaabemowin and English, a musical children's message, Pastor Jonathan's message, “Enjoying the Company,” from Luke 2, a 2020 version of the Amy Grant song, "I Need a Silent Night," and a drum song by Raymond Shenoskey.
Join us for songs and prayers in Anishinaabemowin and English, Pastor Sarah's children's message, Pastor Jonathan's message, “Living the Celebration,” from Ephesians 1, a Christmas Carol, and a prayer walk to the Circle of Trees with the music of Jean Watson.
We are not powerless in the face of "the spiritual forces of racism, sexism, violence, and Plantation Capitalism" that James Lawson spoke about at John Lewis' funeral. We can do something. And when asked, "Why?", we can simply answer, "Because God." We'll share a Love Feast, pray together (including a Prayer for Anti-Racism), sing together, listen to a story from Matthew 14:13-21, and feel compassion in the 1969 Elvis Presley song, "In the Ghetto."
At first glance, a phrase like, "The word is near you," could seem like some churchy, religious, phrase disconnected from our everyday experience. It's not. It's true that it's a quote from the Bible, but listen to how connected it is to our everyday reality - especially our weird pandemic reality. In the New Testament book of Romans, "The word is near you," is a quote from the book of Deuteronomy. We know how to walk the good road. It's not too hard. It's not too far away. Let that sink in.
We want Greensky Hill to be a safe place for all of us - ALL - to take “the greatest risk we’ll ever take.” That’s why we ask the hard questions and embrace the Mystery when we don’t have good answers. A 2016 Jordan Smith song will help get us there. In these days when political opponents call each other "sheeple" and BIPOC are disproportionately harmed by the pandemic and by institutional racism, it's more important than ever that we see each other as fully human.
What do rocks have to do with being truly, fully, human? The same metaphor - rock - can be a life giving foundation upon which to build or an impenetrable fortress that keeps us from risking being seen as we are. Foundation or fortress? Has COVID-19 intensified self-protective feelings in you (like a 1966 Simon and Garfunkel song)? Everyday, we can deconstruct the colonized version of who Jesus is, look to the rock from which we were hewn, and answer with our lives, "Who do you say that I am?"
Let's talk about genuine love and what it means to "hold fast to what is good." And we'll ponder this riddle, "For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it." A Mister Rogers song will help us hold fast and know, "Then Your Heart is Full of Love," as we listen to another story from Matthew 16 and a letter to a community trying to resist a false empire in order to live in God's kindom instead.
"Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law." - Romans 13:10Sunday, Sep. 6, at 10 AM, we're starting our September online worship series, "Through the Wilderness," with, "Praises & Swords," a message about real love in a really violent world.Let's walk together apart "Through the Wilderness." Together apart means loving our neighbors as ourselves by practicing physical distancing for now and social connecting always.
Our sacred text for this Sunday is a real stretch. Literally. "Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea..." (Exodus 14:21 & 27). As we wrestle with violence in the Bible and all around us, we're thinking especially about those who cry out to their mothers in their moments of crisis. Those who needed to be set free were not Pharaoh's only victims.
Let's face feelings of hopelessness and confusion with a story of hope and provision from Exodus 16. Sometimes, life is right in front of us, but we don’t recognize it. Sometimes, everything we long for, everything we need is right there, but... “Better the enslavement that I know, than the freedom that I don’t know.” - Rolf Jacobson, Fleshpots of Egypt
We're continuing our September online worship series, "Through the Wilderness," with, "Strike the Rock." This service is all about nibi (water) and the gut-honest question, "Is the Creator among us or not?" And we'll borrow a bit of hope from the David Wilcox song, "Show the Way," when we sing, "In this darkness, love will show the way."
Pastor Jonathan and team serving drive-in Communion in the parking lot (with free food boxes, free cloth masks, and home worship packets), followed by Pastor Sarah sharing a message from the sanctuary on Parking Lot 106.9 FM (30:00 on the video), “Through the Wilderness: That I May Gain Christ.” As we long to gather in our historic log sanctuary in the woods near Susan Lake, let’s imagine this space as our sacred circle of trees.
Catch your breath. Take a Sabbath break from pandemics and politics and set your mind and heart on something beautiful. Rest with songs and prayers in Anishinaabemowin and English, a Children's Message from Pastor Sarah, Lectio Divina in Philippians 4:1-9, and thoughts and song from Rev. Jonathan Mays.
May I call you Moses? Essential workers, homeschooling parents, struggling small business owners, everyone who wishes the nightmare would end, you are Moses today. "The Lord said to Moses, 'I will do exactly what you have asked. I am pleased with you. And I know your name. I know all about you.'" Join us for songs and prayers in Anishinaabemowin and English, a Children's Message from Pastor Sarah, and thoughts and song by Rev. Jonathan Mays from Exodus 33:12-23.
This week's video includes Pastor Sarah's Children's Message live! The service is all about what to do with the anxiety we feel, especially in the midst of a global pandemic. We can let it go.
Pentecost Sunday Live includes Pastor's Sarah's Children's Message! We'll re-center, focus on love, and continue working together to create a new normal. We will lament the murder of George Floyd; Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirit; and the loss of 100,000 neighbors to COVID-19. And we will find hope in the power of the Holy Spirit to transcend difference and heal creation.
In 1870, William Swan was murdered for being black. None of the local white churches would bury a black man. At the end of the worship service, we walk from our hewn-log sanctuary to William Swan’s grave, so the world can see one more reminder that the particularly bad human behavior that the world has been reacting to since May 25, 2020 has been happening for a long, long time. And. There is still good in the world. And. If we love our neighbors as ourselves, love will win. Say his name.
This Second Sunday after Pentecost, we'll open our eyes to see all the people, especially those who often feel like they don't count - perhaps because of powerful people who literally don't want to count everyone, in the census, at the ballot box, or at the table - the very "harassed and helpless" people on whom Jesus had compassion. With Matthew 9:35-10:23 and Buffalo Springfield, we'll look at how the world in Jesus' time, in the 60's, and now, needs compassion.
Last week, Buffalo Springfield helped us look at these times we’re in. This morning, live from Greensky Hill, music from The Youngbloods will help us do something with Jesus’ teaching, “A disciple is not above the teacher…” Our Take Away: “Somebody’s hurting our people. It’s gone on far too long, and we won’t be silent anymore.” I encourage you to join me in accepting the invitation from www.june2020.org to join The Poor People’s Campaign.
This morning, live from Greensky Hill, our Anishinaabemowin prayers and songs and music from The Beatles will help us do something with Jesus’ teaching, "...whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones...truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward."
So far this Summer, songs from 1967 have helped us see the difference between the kingdoms of this world based on power and wealth and the kin-dom of God based on love. This morning, it’s a 1969 Tim Hardin hit (written by Bobby Darin), words from a guy who was blinded by the light, and Jesus telling us what we can do with toxic anxiety, that beg the questions, “Have we learned anything? Do we really understand what it means to live for freedom?” Do you remember, “A Simple Song of Freedom?”
As we continue creating a new neighborly normal together, we'll pray together, sing together, and this week a Dylan song from 1962 will help us think about Romans 8:1-11 and how where you "Set Your Mind" is the difference between death and life. I know I set it down somewhere. And peace. Oh, peace. Doesn't that sound amazing? Sarah's children's message follows.
Sarah shares soil management advice to help us set our minds on the Spirit. Plus, donut seeds! Yup, donut seeds.
What is creation waiting for? What are we waiting for? We’ve been using songs from the 60s, during our 10 AM online worship gathering, to think about questions like these. This morning, it’s a Pete Seeger song from 1955 with another important question: When will we ever learn?
As we continue creating a new neighborly normal together, we'll pray together, sing together, and contemplate Romans 8:26-39 and what it means to be "More Than Conquerors." We'll sit with Paul's questions (our questions?): “Who will rescue me from this body of death?" and "Who will separate us from the love of Christ?" And when we fear that the Creator and Lover of All might change their mind and leave us unloved, we'll trust the promise of the 1967 song by The Association, "Never My Love."
Experience Greensky Hill's live Easter Sunday worship service, followed by Bishop David Bard's Easter service and Pastor Sarah's Easter Garden Project in the videos that follow.
Watch the video of our live service from Pastor Jonathan & Kathy's dining room. Then, watch this video as we finish our Easter 2020 celebration together.
Rev. Kathy Pittenger shared a Children's Time during the Bishop's Easter Service.
In this video, Pastor Sarah shows us how to make an Easter garden project.
Watch Bishop David Bard's video about Body Prayer, then experience our live worship service with this video. Watch Pastor Sarah's Children's Message video to conclude our worship experience for the Second Sunday of Easter.
Sarah talks about finding joy even when there's doubt and sings "Waymaker."
Watch Bishop David Bard's video about Body Prayer, then experience our live worship service with this video. Watch Pastor Sarah's Children's Message in the next video to conclude our worship experience for the Third Sunday of Easter
Climb into the fort with Pastor Sarah and Maggie for a story about The Road to Emmaus.
Pastor Jonathan shares an Agape Feast with Greensky Hill's extended family and friends and talks about walking the Sacred Way in Jesus' steps.
Sarah and Maggie meet the sheep at the Matchett Farm.
Pastor Jonathan leads worship, remembering Ahmaud Arberry, and singing "Mothering God, You Gave Me Birth," as we work together for a "new neighborly normal."
Jesus answers Thomas' question about knowing the way, opens the Shepherd's gate to all, and assures us that nothing - not even death - can separate us from the love of God.
Pastor Jonathan ponders the poets' words in Acts 17:22-31, "In him we live and move and have our being." And talks about how, "The God who made the world and everything in it, the one who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands..."
Watch this brief video of our live Maundy Thursday Service, then join the Batten family around the table in the video below to conclude our worship experience for Maundy Thursday 2020.
Watch the video of our live service from Pastor Jonathan & Kathy's dining room. Then, watch this video as we finish our Maundy Thursday service around the table with the Batten family.
Check out this great video as you reflect on the Christ Candle, listen to the story "Ragman" read by the author, Walter Wangerin, Jr., with an original song by Ken Medema.
Watch this brief video of our live Good Friday Service, then join Rev. Jeremy Peters in the next video to conclude our worship experience for Good Friday 2020.
Watch the video of our live service from Pastor Jonathan & Kathy's dining room. Then, watch this video as we finish our Good Friday service with the members of Court Street UMC in Flint MI and their pastor, Rev. Jeremy Peters.
We will get through this together.
We are not alone.
On Maundy Thursday, we shared a powerful interactive devotional written by our 2019 Camp Meeting speaker, Rev. Paul Perez. On Good Friday, we walked the streets of Flint and prayed with Rev. Jeremy Peters. Tomorrow, Easter Sunday, following our own brief live service at 10 AM, we'll join UMC siblings and others in worship together with Bishop David Alan Bard's Easter Service.
Today, this Holy Saturday, our 2017 Camp Meeting speaker, Rev. Dr. Glenn Wagner helps us wait.
We will get through this together.
As we experienced the art of our Christ Candle bearing the wounds and fears of our many prayer candles each time we gathered online during Holy Week, we meditate on the self-giving love of God, entering into our experience, our suffering, our injustice, and taking it to the grave. And we wait. We wait. We wait for new life.
Our first ever worship broadcast: Daniel Magee, a lay speaker at Greensky Hill, prepared a sermon for the third week in our Lenten series, "Selah – Life in a Minor Key." Each week in the series focuses on a Psalm and features an African American Spiritual. Along with Dan's message, "Worship and Bow Down," from Psalm 95.
This Sunday and next, we'll finish our Lenten series. We’ll rest - practice the Selah of Sabbath together - by listening, singing, praying, and meditating on a Psalm, an African American Spiritual, and hymns/prayers in Anishinaabemowin.
This Sunday, we'll finish our Lenten series. We’ll rest - practice the Selah of Sabbath together - by listening, singing, praying, and meditating on a Psalm, an African American Spiritual, and hymns/prayers in Anishinaabemowin.
Children’s Message for Psalm 130. Don’t be afraid to pray to God from a deep place.
As we long to gather in our historic log sanctuary in the woods near Susan Lake, let’s imagine this space as our sacred circle of trees.
Pastor Sarah shows us how to wave palm branches while we practice physical distancing.
Praying without Words
As of August 29, the Overall Covid Risk in Charlevoix County is High. Our 10 AM, Sunday, worship services will be outdoors at Greensky Hill (on the porch, if raining) and online. Except for bathroom use by household, our buildings are closed until further notice. Following each live broadcast, the service will be available on our Home page. Earlier services are available on our Archive page.