Our summer series FORM!ING QUE?TIONS kicks off with our series trailers, some orienting information, a bit of Pastor Sara's story, and an eye-opening perspective on the Moses + Burning Bush text found in Exodus 3.
Every Pentecost Sunday, which falls 50 days after Easter, churches around the world read this weird text from Acts 2. It is such a beautiful opportunity for us in this modern moment to reflect on what the heck the Holy Spirit is and what it is about and why this matters for us, today.
Pastor Sara takes some time to set us up for our annual meeting. And while this particular sermon is about how we can engage in our meeting, it's also the posture we take for the vitality and community life at Salt House!
Pastor Sara invites us to consider the importance of servant leadership as we hear from two new council nominees, Macy and Linnea. Also, as we approach Memorial Day Weekend, we look toward the practice of sabbath as there will be no gathering at Salt House that Sunday.
The Jesus-story teaches us about our universal rhythm of Deaths & Resurrections: that we, as God's Beloveds, must always move toward those who are suffering.
Amanda Phillips, our Meals Team Leader invites us into how we understand hospitality, eating together, and the presence of God - especially with the stranger.
Guess what? Easter isn’t over. In fact: death and resurrection is the way of things, so we’re spending the next few weeks experiencing this on Sunday mornings. Today, we engage with the story of "Doubting Thomas."
What's up with Easter? Why is it such a big deal? Is Jesus' resurrection miracle, myth, or both? Or maybe the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus points us to a deeper truth about our shared humanity and the goodness of God.
STORIES MATTER! That is one of our core practices at Salt House: hearing and sharing our stories together. Today we engage in our final prayer practice (intercession) through Sarah Urie's Salt House Story.
Our culture doesn’t know what to do with tears and the complexity of emotions that fuel them: most often anger, sadness, and disappointment. This Sunday we explore what we can do through the prayer practice of lament. Lament is an often neglected vocabulary in our lives that uniquely accesses and expresses the deep sighs and griefs of our lives and world. Join the experience Sunday, on our journey through Lent, together.
The thing about meditation is: You become more and more you. -David Lynch.
This Sunday’s Lenten prayer practice is meditation. Do you know the well-documented and widespread benefits of meditation? Whether meditation is new to you or a regular practice, join us Sunday as we make space to grow in awareness – and become more and more ourselves – through three forms of meditation.
When it comes to prayer, practicing prayer doesn’t make perfect but it does have the powerful potential to change the way we think, live, and love. We take time to explore and pray together by engaging with the practice of fasting. Fasting uniquely equips us and grows us through the process of emptying and ceasing.
How do we connect with God through the physicality of our bodies? Sunday, we explore this with special guest Karen Ullery, who will lead us into simple, grounding practices of prayer that involve our hands, our feet, our breath – practices we can do throughout our week to release stress and connect with our God who is with us, always.
Lent begins with a question - WHO AM I? Pastor Sara invites us into the Lenten journey of self discovery and goodness of God's blessing in our lives this season.
What do you know of Islamic prayer? This Sunday, we welcome Omer Iqbal from M.A.P.S. (Muslim Association of Puget Sound) to deepen our understanding and experience of Islamic prayer. In our conversation on PRAYER, we welcome this chance to hear the voice of our Muslim neighbors.
Omer works for Microsoft, is a husband and dad, and chairs the Interfaith and Outreach Committee for M.A.P.S, a team focused on fostering conversation and relationship outside the Muslim community.
What does it look like to pray for healing in a progressive community? Pastor Sara explores this question with the Salt House community and invites us to engage in a guided practice of healing prayer.
Our PRAYER series continues as we welcome Pastor Chris Ode to Salt House. Chris currently serves as the pastor at Living Stones Prison Congregation in Shelton, WA and is preaching on what it looks like to pray as someone and as a community that is incarcerated.
Into our conversation on prayer, this Sunday we turn our attention to one of the great poets and prophets of our time, Mary Oliver, who died this past week. In her work, she wove together nature, beauty and Spirit - poetry as prayer.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
"When Jews Pray" is an introduction to the evolving world of Jewish prayer. Beginning with the call to Blessing, an affirmation of Oneness, and an opening to Love, and flowing into prayers of Praise, Petition, and Thanksgiving. Rabbi Ted shares the spiritual dimensions of ancient words.
As we contemplate the story of the Magi who visited Jesus after his birth, we begin to see that our experience of Christmas extends far beyond a one-night celebration with candles. Epiphany is a season of light, and as the light continues to grow with the changing of the seasons, we turn our hearts and minds to the practice of prayer - our series focus for this winter season.
Pastor Sara preaches a Christmas Eve sermon about the hope in the darkness: God with us - even here.
Our Advent series, DETOUR: When Life Gets in the Way, leads us into the detours both Elizabeth and Mary faced in the months leading up to Jesus' birth (Luke 1). Like these two women, what can we hope for and anticipate in our own detour times?
Today, the 2nd Sunday of Advent, we hear from Annemarie Russell as she shares her and her family's story -- their detour -- of becoming Matthew's adoptive family. Just as Joseph and Mary had to recognize the alternate route their lives would take with the birth of Jesus, we are invited to consider how our families reshape our paths, and even our very concept of family.
Our Advent theme this year is DETOUR: When Life Gets in The Way. The story of Jesus’ birth, God’s love coming to us in the flesh, is not a story with a simple interpretation. In fact, the entire story is divergent from what was expected, not only at that time in history, but also today. What does it mean for us to embrace the alternate routes on which we’re lead, especially when our personal, cultural, and religious expectations are telling us another thing? This season, join the journey of Advent and embrace the detour.
Amber North from the New Bethlehem Day Center shares with us about her own journey with learning to let go and trust in God's leading.
Pastor Terry Kyllo preaches on the parable of the Widow's mite. It's a surprising story that challenges us to examine our own points of privilege and power, especially when we are unaware of how unjust systems benefit those in power, and push down those who are in the minority. Where does Jesus stand?
The parable of the great banquet ends in a strange and violent way. It causes us to raise our eyebrows and wonder how this is Good News? Guest preacher Katy McCallum Sachse invites us to recognize the character of God in this parable as something that is truly surprising.
Reformation Sunday was this past Sunday and we spent the day watching football and praying for one another. We're sharing a sermon from last year that was originally preached on Oct. 29, 2017 by Sara Wolbrecht during our Chunk of Change fall series.
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.