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June 2017
June 2017

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Our summer book discussion will be on Monk Habits for Everyday People: Benedictine Spirituality for Protestants by Dennis Okholm. While on retreat in a Benedictine abbey, the author observed how the meditative and ordered life of a monk lifted ...



May 2017
May 2017

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We were built to be in relationships—with God, with our family, and with our neighbors. No one is alone in this world. Our loving Father created us to be this way, inextricably woven together with His other creatures, so that we can reflect His ...



March 2017
March 2017

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One way we can make Lent simple for our kids is to focus on two things about forgiveness: God forgiving me and me forgiving others. Neither are simple but they are critical and the first enables the other.

1. God’s gift of forgiving me. God didn’t ...



January 2017
January 2017

Our Winter Parish Small Groups are just starting!

Our parish small groups are starting up January 29. If you would like to participate, please learn more and contact the facilitator of the group that you would like to ...



January 2017
January 2017

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Sunday January 15th the sermon entitled Good News for the Downtrodden was on Luke 4:14-30. Here is a reflection on how we might apply that message to our lives with some resources below. Grace and peace, Patrick.

Luke 4:16-30 is Jesus’s ...


September 2016
September 2016

Have you joined one of our Parish Small Groups? They're just starting!

Our Parish Small Groups have started up for the fall. It's not too late to join one! Below you'll see all of our parish small group options that started up last week. If you're ...



August 2016
August 2016

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I’ve asked around and discovered everyone is struggling with this.

One kid, minutes before company was arriving, said ‘I hate (a candidate)!’ The parents, mortified and acutely aware that their guests supported that very candidate, gave a hurried ...


June 2016
June 2016

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The past couple of weeks have been rough in Oakland.  The OPD has been exposed for rampant abuse, the mayor’s office is opening an investigation into who is leaking information, a teenager was killed at a memorial service, a recycling center (which ...


June 2016
June 2016
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Friends,

This post is primarily aimed towards those of you who live in Oakland, however, I think it is a useful reminder for all of us to consider how we can follow Christ in a way that seeks God's shalom (wholeness and peace) for the cities in ...


June 2016
June 2016
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Date: 6/12/2016

Series: Love One Another

Title: Welcome One Another

Speaker: Patrick Vaughn

Text: Romans 15:5-9 and Matthew 9:9-13

Reflection Quotes:

“Jesus’ concern is the liberation of human beings from people despising prejudices.” - ...


June 2016
June 2016

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Do you feel this way? I get it. I imagine a lot of folks who call Christ Church home might struggle over the worship.

If you don't mind doing a little bit of work, I'm convinced that these sources will help you understand why we worship the way ...


May 2016
May 2016

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We hope that you will prayerfully consider entering into a "Love One Another" Learning Community this summer. We are hoping that several of our parishes will host such communities, albeit as microgroups, community groups, or ad hoc groups that get ...


May 2016
May 2016

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I was listening to KQED-NPR this morning. As you would know, public radio is right in the middle of this year’s pledge campaign.

Izzy, a Senior in high school, called in to say that she was giving to the Pledge Campaign because she and her brother ...


April 2016
April 2016
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Christ Church lost Greg Murai, our Worship Arts Associate, to a heart attack late Tuesday night.

Our staff has been rocked by two sudden deaths only seven months apart. Our church has known the depths of deep grief.

Christians, all of us, live in ...


April 2016
April 2016

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Date: 4/10/2016

Series: Resurrection Revolution

Title: Revolution against Popular Gods

Speaker: Jonathan St. Clair

Text: Acts 14:8-23

Reflection Quotes:

When human beings give their heartfelt allegiance to and worship that which is not God, ...