Fully Known—Wholly Beloved

Life in the Beloved Community of God

Fully Known-Wholly Beloved: Life in the Beloved Community of God

Explore the divine call of Christ to practice community as the beloved of God. Belovedness is the gift of God that lives as it is given away. It becomes central and vital to a grace-based community of hospitality. The beloved life becomes a living vibrant community of practice—porous and open to all—as we offer ourselves and are seen, known and loved as made in the image of God. The beginning and end are held together by one principle: "as Christ loves us so we love." (Ephesians 5:2)

A special note during our Interim season: One of our highest priorities is to serve our congregation with worship services that are glorifying to God—resonant, instructive and inspirational. We are currently planning the sermon series for Advent, and from January through Lent and Easter. Preaching will primarily be by First Pres pastors and staff, and will also include other servants of the Word who are members of First Pres, as well as some outside speakers. As an Interim Senior Pastor joins us, he or she will have preaching responsibilities, along with other pastors and staff. We invite you to pray for our services each week, that God's glory will be sought and the grace of Christ will be experienced. In addition, pray for our planning, preparation of messages, and for all to have ears to hear what the Spirit of God is saying to each of us personally and as a church congregation. Thank you for your encouragement and your commitment to be here on Sunday mornings.

We invite you to follow along with the current sermon series by reading the scripture texts before or after each Sunday. Sermons are archived in our Audio Library, and you can also listen to or download the podcast for each week's complete services (available through the following week). 

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Date Sermon Title/Passage
January 1
Rev. Mark Stryker
Looking Ahead: God's Beloved Community
1 Corinthians 15:50–58
January 8
Rev. Mark Stryker
Therefore Be...As Christ Loves Us
1 Corinthians 13:1–13, Ephesians 5:1–2
January 15
Calvin Sodestrom
More Than Words
1 Corinthians 13:1–2, Ephesians 5:1–2
January 22
Ryan Pemberton
(Doing) Nothing Without Love
1 Corinthians 13:3, 1 John 4:7–8
January 29
Rev. Tom Elson
Love's Action
1 Corinthians 13:4–7, 1 Thessalonians 5:13–15
February 5
Rev. Lindsey Reed
Love Never Falls
1 Corinthians 13:8–10, 2 Peter 3:8–9
February 12
Rev. Mark Stryker
Grown Up Love
1 Corinthians 13:11, Jude 19–21
February 19
Michelle Vecchio-Lyzenga
Known Fully and Greatly Beloved
1 Corinthians 12:12–13, 1 John 3:1–2
February 26
Rev. Tom Elson
God's Beloved Light
1 Corinthians 13:1–13, Matthew 17:1–7