Why is joy so fleeting? Why do our minds get stuck replaying the same mistakes and disappointments over and over again? As we light the third Advent candle of JOY, we'll explore why joy can be so elusive, and discover tools to become more present to it this Christmas.
How often do we get stuck doing things we don't want (or need) to do simply because someone expects it of us? In this season packed with familial and cultural expectations, this Sunday we explore how to become more present (to ourselves, to the moment and to the voice of God) in the midst of these spoken and unspoken expectations.
The days leading up to Christmas are the season of Advent. It's a season of waiting and preparation. We are intentionally making space to practice being more present within the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season. We aim to do Christmas, present.
If becoming a generous person is really the answer to so much of our worry, what practical plan will get us there? It will take a little thinking (head) and a lot of passion (heart). And so, we dive into this work as we conclude our fall Chunk of Change series, and our November journey through Generosity and hear about our current financial picture at Salt House, together.
Everybody worries about money. Rich, poor, somewhere in-between. Everyone has held their breath when they look at an unknown future and wondered: "What could I lose? Will I have enough?" The Jesus-story offers an antidote to this - and it isn't what you might think. Join us Sunday in our month on GENEROSITY as we explore a shift in mindset - that just might completely free us from our financial worry.
Thanksgiving is two-and-a-half weeks away! And Christmas? Only seven weeks away, people! As we continue our Chunk of Change series, while perched on the verge of the holiday season, it is timely for us to kick into a month on GENEROSITY. To live into the kind of change God hopes for us as Jesus followers, we are called to be liberated into living out lives of incredible generosity - let's grow there, together.
At Salt House we believe in radical inclusivity - any and all people are welcome, especially because of the diversity they bring to our community. We believe this stance to be congruent with the revolutionary love of Jesus, as well as the reforming work of Martin Luther - a Roman Catholic friar who, 500 years ago next week, on October 31, 1517, began a revolution that forever changed the trajectory of the western church. This Sunday, we'll acknowledge this historical moment and explore what it means that Salt House is in fact a Lutheran (Evangelical Luthern Church in America) church - and why that matters for us as people who are changed to bring change in our world today, together.
Our October journey through COMPASSION has led us through the courage to see, the courage to feel - and now this Sunday we explore the hang-ups, complexities, and surprising gifts of choosing the courage to act with compassion. Let's walk the path, together.
Given the suffering we’ve seen this week, we’re grateful to be on a journey of COMPASSION for the month of October. Compassion means “being with suffering” – this Sunday we move from how to see with compassion, to feel with compassion. We’re grateful that, given the suffering we see around us, the Jesus-story invites us into a life of change – including deepening our capacity for compassion. Vital, vulnerable work that we need for the sake of ourselves, and the sake of our hurting world. Thankfully we do it, together.
Jesus invites us into change. And perhaps no change is more connected to the life of Jesus than deepening our capacity for compassion. This Sunday we kick off a three-week journey exploring how we grow and deepen in COMPASSION. Through racial injustice, aftermath of natural disasters, rising rates of homelessness on the Eastside - how do we see, feel and act with compassion?
In our new fall series "Chunk of Change" we hear Jesus' invitation to see change not only as something that happens externally around us - like changes in our jobs, relationships, health, country, home - but to see part of the point of it all as the constant change in us. Mind, heart, soul change, at that. This Sunday, we explore how we are changed in how we hear God in reading Scripture; we'll engage the ancient practice of Lectio Divina, together.
We kick off our fall season and fall sermon series, "Chunk of Change." This weeks message is a foundational conversation setting us up for the weeks ahead with tools to intentionally enter into seasons of change (and the process of being changed).
Summer and our series on "Love Story" draw to a close with an exclamation point as we discover together why Jesus used stories (parables), how he used them, and why they matter now.
Our Love Story summer series culminates with our people at Salt House sharing a portion of their stories. We've got an open mic style sermon this week where folks from Salt House shared about the people who have had impact on their own stories. Good stuff.
Sean and Jenny Boyer share their story of fostering and adopting two of their sons.
Pastor Sara is back this Sunday to continue our conversation on Love Story - a theme woven throughout her three-month sabbatical. Be there: to hear a fresh invitation to own your story within the larger story of God.
We welcome Pastor Terry Kyllo to Salt House! Who has recently started a non-profit called Neighbors in Faith. He and others are working to build relationships between Christians and Muslims, both individuals and communities. We'll get to hear a bit of his story of feeling called into this work, and an invitation to build diverse relationships in our own lives.
Dani Dodge is an artist. That's just the short story. As we all face many transitions throughout our life, transitions seem to be the one constant. Dani shares her story and describes some of the transitions in her life that led her to where she is right now, working as a full time artist. Join us for a story and stay for the art.
Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice - and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.
Psalm 136 tells the story of creation and the story of Israel by repeating a refrain after every single event: "for God's steadfast love endures forever." Catch that? After ever. Single. Event. What does it look like for us to view our lives and world through the lens of God's steadfast love? How do we see that love in us, for us, and through us in hard times? In confusing times? In joyful times? In in-between times? Join us this week as we ask those questions together.
What's the story of your family? Chances are, 'story' isn't quite the right word - there are probably many, many stories that express who your family is and how you got there. This week, we'll finish reading the story of Ruth as she, Naomi, and Boaz become an unusual and yet beautiful story of how surprising family can be, and how much bigger the meaning of 'family' is than we often think.
What difference does one life, one family, one story make? When the world is arguing about immigration, exclusion, empire, and power, how do we live? This week we'll start looking at the story of Ruth: the story of one small family who choose each other, over and over again, and in doing so, transform the world.
Hearing another person's story can open us up to a deeper, truer reality. And in many ways, hearing someone's story sparks in us the faith to trust in God's enduring presence. So, this Sunday, we will hear a story from someone in the Salt House community. Ryan Phillips and his family lived in India for over ten years and he will share with us a part of his journey while living there.
The bible tells us two completely different stories about how things came to be. In one, God creates by word; in another, God creates by fashioning beings out of mud, dust, and breath. Why two stories? How are they different? This week we'll use the practice of Lectio Divina, 'holy reading,' to listen carefully to the second creation story.
The stories we tell about how things begin, where things come from, are stories that matter. They shape and reflect how we treat one another and the world. So how does the Ike tell that story? Why does an ancient story of beginnings still matter now?
The Jesus story in Acts gets bigger, and bigger, and bigger every week - from a small group of disciples to 'the ends of the earth.' This Sundaywe revel in the joy of diverse voices, nations, and languages all speaking and listening to each other as we celebrate Pentecost! When the Holy Spirit arrives, things happen: fires are lit, voices are heard, stories are shared, walls are broken down.
The beginning of the book of Acts is actually the end of the story for Jesus' ministry on earth. It's a grand shift from the story of Jesus to the story of the Church and the promise of the Holy Spirit. This Sunday, we contemplate and respond to this movement and it's implications for our lives through worship, our shared life together, and the ancient practice of Lectio Divina.
When Jesus wants to tell us about God, he tells a story. Every time. This summer, we’ll enter into our new sermon series: Love Story. Where is God in our stories – and how do we learn to listen to those surprising stories around us?
our series "At the Table" culminates with a look at how the Feeding of the 5000 informs our identity, like the bread, as not only as Chosen, Blessed, and Broken - but also Given to the world.