The Way of the Cross

Rev. Dr. David D. M. King The Second Sunday in LentMark 8:31-38 Last week we heard a story from the Gospel of Mark about Jesus and his identity. The gospel lesson this morning comes right after that key scene. Jesus asks his disciples who people say that he is. And the disciples report to him … [Read more…]

Palm Sunday Walk and Coloring

We are one of the stops on the Forest Grove Community Palm Sunday Self-Guided Walk. Christians from around the area will be making the 3.5-mile throughout the day on March 28th. Val Hawkins and Cricket O’Neil are working on a display to welcome folks as they walk by. You can help by coloring some Palm … [Read more…]

Forty Days

Rev. Dr. David D. M. King The First Sunday in LentGenesis 9:8-17; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15 Forty days. It comes up over and over again in the Bible. Noah and his family endured forty days and forty nights of rain in the ark. Moses spent forty days on the mountain with God. Goliath challenged … [Read more…]

Elijah and Moses Appeared

Rev. Dr. David D. M. King Transfiguration Sunday2 Kings 2:1-12; Mark 9:2-9 Today is a very special day. I’m sure you know that already. I’m sure you all have it marked on your calendar. Today is the last Sunday before the Season of Lent, a season of fasting and reflection as we contemplate Jesus’s road … [Read more…]

Updated COVID Plan

Forest Grove UMC instituted a slightly revised COVID plan on February 5th, 2021. While we remain in “Phase 2” of Bishop Stanovsky’s reopening plan, this revised plan allows for Bell Choir and for occasional outdoor worship services. Find the new plan here.

All Things to All People

by Rev. Dr. David D. M. King The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany1 Corinthians 9:16-23 The apostle Paul is a master of the humble-brag. He seems to be constantly promoting himself while simultaneously insisting that he is doing nothing of the kind. He’s doing it here in the beginning of our passage from First Corinthians. … [Read more…]

February Messenger

February begins with a continuation of a season of Ordinary Time. We will consider how the apostle Paul sublimates his own desires and preferences and opens himself up to the preferences and cultures of others for the sake of Christ. Then we see Jesus on the mountaintop with Moses and Elijah, his appearance changed before … [Read more…]