One of our core practices at Salt House is that STORIES MATTER. God's story, our collective story, and our personal stories. Today, we spend time by reflecting on our own stories through the process of writing about how and when we've said YES! Grab a pen and paper!
We welcome Pastor Shelly Bryan Wee to Salt House! Pastor Shelly currently serves as Assistant to the Bishop of the Northwest Washington Synod (ELCA). She has been intimately involved in our process of becoming an independent congregation (you may recognize her from our April 29th meeting where we voted on all the things). Shelly will be sharing a word on VOCATION while Pastor Sara is on VACATION : )
Salt House is BRAND NEW...well, sort of. Today, we celebrate our first Sunday as an independent, recognized congregation of the ELCA. And it's an important day as we say THANK YOU to all the folks from Trinity Lutheran Church who graciously said the costly "yes" which allowed the space for Salt House to be born.
Today, against the backdrop of PRIDE Weekend and through the ancient practice of Lectio Divina, we explore what it means to say YES, AND to LOVE.
At Jesus' resurrection, his most transcendent moment, the moment that set him apart from the rest of humankind, he remained recognizably one of us. He came back wearing skin. He did not leave his body behind. You see, the Jesus story is one that includes our bodies as deeply spiritual - yet this is contrary to what we often hear from Christian pulpits. How can we reclaim the sacred ordinariness of the skin we live in?
When we collaborate with all we have, including our money, we're invited into a posture of open-handedness that affirms the desire to say YES to what God has in store for us.
The mystery and gift of Holy Communion. Pastor Sara shares how we collaborate with God, opening our hands and hearts to receive grace, even and especially when we want to keep our hands closed.
When we talk about living in the Spirit, we learn to recognize the animating force that moves through all things.
Today we kick off our COLLABORATE series. And the process of saying "yes, and..." together starts with a very specific and unusual act: saying "no." Pastor Sara orients us in how following Jesus in the "yes" begins with know what to say "no" to.
Star Wars Sunday with Tim Clemensen
Today we are saying a big YES as a congregation to become an independent church in the ELCA! In her sermon, Pastor Sara invites us to consider the next steps in this grand adventure.
This section of our #Adulting series (round 2) wraps up as we hear from our soon-to-be elected leadership team. We are so grateful for these servant leaders who are stepping to usher Salt House into the next step of our journey!
In round 2 of our #Adulting series, Pastor Sara leads us through a conversation about baptism and belonging. Salt House has been wrestling with the concept of membership and this week's sermon is a peek under the hood.
The next three weeks are ROUND 2 of our #Adulting series. Pastor Sara takes us in by doing a deep dive into what it means that Salt House is an ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) congregation. She also shares a bit of her story and how she's been formed by her Lutheran background and other faith traditions.
So, how does the 2000-year-old Easter story of Jesus’ death and resurrection get told and understood today? Check out Pastor Sara's Easter sermon: You Will Be Found.
Palm Sunday kicks off Holy Week with Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, surrounded by shouts of "Hosanna!" (which means "save us"). These words echo into our lives today, especially in light our current political climate. Come and engage in the story of Jesus' last days of earthly life.
One of the core practices at Salt House is both hearing and telling our stories - that stories matter. When we engage in story, we hear the echoes of God's movement and are challenged to live more fully into our own story. Listen as Kim Saunders shares her personal and compelling story of Falling Upward.
Today we listen to a passage of scripture through the ancient practice of Lecito Divina. We'll turn to familiar words - Jesus' instructions for the Lord's Prayer - but also the provocative words traditionally read on Ash Wednesday, framing the journey of Lent as one of 'taking off our masks.' Join the conversation as we continue our challenging, transforming work of "Falling Upward," together.
Have you ever noticed this? How long have you been connected to Salt House? In your time here (or connecting virtually) have you ever noticed how Pastor Sara pretty much never uses the word "sin?" Well, this Sunday, she will. Why does she avoid it? Why will we go there this Sunday? Don't miss this key piece of our Lenten journey of Falling Upward, together.
Does everything happen for a reason? This second Sunday of Lent we explore this common question - and how we might be (re)oriented for a way of seeing God and our very lives in light of Jesus' invitation into the journey of Falling Upward, together.
For Lent, the forty days spanning Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday, our #adulting journey gets personal and powerful, beginning this Sunday as we kick-off our Lenten series at Salt House. Don't miss the beginning of our six weeks of growth, challenge and surprises, as we explore together what it means that we're 'Falling Upward,' together.
Ash Wednesday kicks off the season of Lent, the 40 days (not including Sundays) leading up to Easter. We observe Lent as a kind of spiritual "spring cleaning." We come to terms with our mortality and lean into the depth of God's love - in embracing death, we embrace life.
We all long to belong...and yet hold the tension of not wanting to dis-belong from one group when joining a new one. Gila Fein's life has embodied this, as her wrestling with God and faith have pulled her through Methodism, Mormonism, Judaism - and now finding a home at Salt House. This Sunday she shares her story with us, embodying two of our core practices: that of sharing our stories, as well as our practice of radical inclusivity.
Is God still speaking? Oh, yes. A core practice at Salt House is listening. To each other. To the words we're reading and hearing. To music and poetry. To the movement of our culture and creation and world. And in all of it: listening for God.
The Feeding of the 5000 is the one miracle that is named in all four of the gospels. Why is that? Why this miracle? We'll dive into this provocative text to see how two pieces of Salt House's 'inner blueprint' and core values are forged in this text - with invitations for all of us to take the next step in #adulting, together.
Who are the people that help you awaken to the 'inner blueprint' of the image of God within? This Sunday we'll unpack this question for ourselves and see how this parallels our community's #adulting journey.And we'll do a deep-dive into the #adulting milestones we have ahead of us in the coming months - including revealing the date of our community-wide vote and party to become a recognized church!
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Get ready, friends. This Sunday: some BIG NEWS for u s at Salt House that will shape our journey as a community for 2018. And as we gather for worship and a community meal, we'll transition from last year into this year! We have so much to be grateful for, and so much to look forward to! Let's reflect on that and gear up for what God has in store for us, together.
Christmas is a celebration of Jesus' brith; God's light in the deepest dark.
As we light the final Advent candle, the candle of LOVE, we continue our practice of presence in this busy, holy season through the communal practice of Lectio Divina. Come and be reoriented and refueled for all the festivities that are to come!
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.