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This is a podcast of sermons from the Progressive Christian voice in Colville, WA - Colville United Church of Christ and Pastor Jim CastroLang.

This is a podcast of sermons from the Progressive Christian voice in Colville, WA - Colville United Church of Christ and Pastor Jim CastroLang.
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This is a podcast of sermons from the Progressive Christian voice in Colville, WA - Colville United Church of Christ and Pastor Jim CastroLang.








18-1111 Honoring And Honerable

Every culture in history has developed its own honoring systems. On this Veterans Day in the U.S. we explored the idea of "Honor." We honor God but have you thought about how God honors us. We honor our Veterans but who else/what else do we honor. As we explored our scriptures for today -- it is clear that God wants to stretch the boundaries of our honoring and being a follower of Jesus makes this clear. Sacred Texts: Ruth 2:1-5, 4:13-17; Mark 12:38-44 (Audio)...


18-1104 A Bad Stench

This is why I follow Jesus. He shows me how to live into hope and life even in the face of despair and death. Pastor Jim looks beyond the miracle aspect to this story of Lazarus coming back from the dead. Instead he looks at the process steps of Jesus that can encourage us to even lean into a big stench and apparent death. He teaches us how to call out life. Sacred Text: Psalm 24 and John 11:32-44...


18-1028 Celebrating Expressions Of Identity

This year we decided to have a little church fun. With Halloween in our sights we had a dress up and costume Sunday. Since how we dress is an expression of our identity - that is what the sermon focused upon. Lots of biblical imagery using the connection of clothes to our identity. The Galatians reading encourages us to "clothe ourselves in Christ." Listen to the fun and meaningful messages. Sacred Text - Galatians 3:23-29:...


18-1021 Engagement

Being a follower of Jesus is not a spectator sport. Seems simple enough yet we often fall into the same trap that the disciples James and John do in this story in Mark. We want jesus to comfort us, take care of us, and we want a safe position of prominence so we don't have to fight in the trenches. Today, we consider what it means to follow Jesus by "drinking of the same cup" as he is willing to do. Sacred Text: Mark 10:35-45 (Audio)...


18-1014 $$, Me, and God

Often considered a dangerous topic for a Pastor - at least in my tradition -- to talk directly in a sermon about money. The Rich Young Man story in Mark was the push but also since our Church is the only progressive spiritual community in our town -- the financial thriving of our Church is not just about us. There are people in this town who support us because of our voice, because we are an inclusive ally. Jesus calls us to deal with our attitudes about money and possessions. Is our church...


18-1007 From Binary To Spectrum

On this World Communion Sunday, we looked at the problem of a divided world, divided Christianity, and divided culture. The vision of World Communion Sunday is not being realized so what do we do. How do we bridge the divide/ I suggest it requires an understanding of the difference between the old Binary thinking to the much more nuanced Spectrum approach. It is not male and female, God created them. It is male to female. Listen as I explore this and more. Sacred Text: Genesis 2:18-24, Mark...


18-0930 A Bigger Vision

The story from the book of Numbers takes a sliver of the experience of the 40 year journey out of Egypt into the Promised Land. It seems complaining to God through Moses regularly happened on this journey. How ungrateful the people were or were they? This sermon is a dialogue with the Congregation about how Complaining fits it the spiritual process and can lead us to understand the bigger vision God has. The dialogue portion of this sermon is stunning in its authenticity and insight. Sacred...


18-0923 Play Time

Do you think God is playful? Were we created to be playful? Should we take the quality of our play serious? You could argue that the book of the Bible that is most playful -- it has to be the Song of Solomon, Text of Song of Solomon 2:8-12: Audio of the Text:


18-0916 New Covenant 2018 With Pastor Steve Lucas

Two Churches - Chewelah & Colville UCC worship together in the park. Two Pastors - Steve Lucas & Jim CastroLang - talking about God's new covenant and what our two churches only 20 minutes away on the highway might do to strengthen our covenant. Today was a new beginning. May the Spirit move through us calling us together to know, to trust, to love, to worship, and to serve. Love to hear about other churches who have successfully strengthened their covenant relationship. Sacred Texts:...


18-0902 Hypocrites And Folly

Do you think there is a lot bad behavior in our culture today? Some might suggest that this is a crisis. How did we get here? In the UCC, we focus on fixing the bad behavior that leads to great injustices like separating families at the border. We are not as good at focusing on the issues of personal bad behavior in the Progressive Christian Church. Today we focus on it. Especially, we don't like lists like presented in Mark's Gospel.


18-0826 Will God Rescue Us

The rescuing aspect of God is explored in this sermon. Does God rescue? If yes, how does this work? What do you need to rescue from? What do we wish we could rescue the world from? I use a personal story to frame the question. To put my sermon in perspective, I begin by explaining my approach to preaching. Sacred Texts: Psalm 34:15-22, Ephesians 6;10-20 (audio of texts) (read the...


18-0819 Wise Ones

Where is the Wisdom in the World today? This was one of our Pairing and Sharing questions today. This was a sermon about what blocks us from having more wisdom in our world. Upset by the betrayal of trust in the Catholic Church with the massive abuse scandal in Pennsylvania caused this to take a different twist in looking at wisdom. Let me know what you think. Sacred Texts: Proverbs 9:1-6 * Ephesians 5:15:20 (audio of readings)...


18-0812 Good Behavior

This was my "un-sermon_ of the year! If followers of Jesus can work on the guidelines from Paul to the Church in Ephesus, we can be a model for the world. Usually we are as reluctant as most people to do the heard work on ourselves with support from the community. There is nothing flashy here - which makes for a better sermon -- yet maybe nothing more important that committing ourselves for this model of attitude and behavior. In this, we can transform the world. Sacred text: Ephesians...


18-0805 Do We Need The Bible Anymore?

As I looked at the sacred texts this week, all I could think about was that Franklin Graham is in the Pacific Northwest and coming to nearby Spokane in a few days. I am usually polite and in the UCC we a taught to be tolerant of difference but I am sorry -- the Franklin Graham Christianity is doing damage and in my mind is fantasy religion. In a culture that is more and more blurring the boundaries of reality and fantasy, it is time to speak out. The Bible does not support this and the...


18-0729 Rita Stoess On Organ

Rita Stoess was the long time Organist (1972-1996)among other things for the Colville UCC. Since moving away she has remained close to the Church. Visiting today, Rita shared her great musical skills on our Organ. Here are some excerpts. Prelude: This is My Father's World, M Burkhardt Offering: Allegretto, H Purcell Postlude: They'll Know We are Christians By Our Love, arr W Held


18-0729 Jesus Follower Attitude

Five Loaves and Two Fish and 5,000 people. An impossible situation it would seem. Unless you adopt and Jesus Follower Attitude. Our pairing and sharing time was conversation about which type of person you are - glass half full or half empty. This self understanding is important as we explorer our journey in having a Jesus Follower Attitude. Sacred Text: John 6:1-21 or audio


18-0722 The Days Are Surely Coming - Liz Gill

Church Leader Liz Gill led the sermon reflection time. She begins with a wonderful reflection about spiders. Yes, spiders! You have to hear it. This leads into our Church pairing and sharing time with great questions for reflection. Engage these questions as you hear them wherever you are. My favorite: What are your spiders? The sermon reflection time concludes with some words from Pastor Jim. Sacred Texts: Psalm 23 and Jeremiah 23:1-6


18-0715 Our Belonging

A great day in Church as we had one baptism and 3 new members to the Church. It got me to thinking about "Belonging>" We belong to God and God belongs to us in our Church Community. What is the purpose of the Church other than a place to belong - to celebrate our belonging. This is what I spoke to on this day Sacred Texts: Amos 7:7-15, Ephesians 1:3-14


18-0708 But I Don't Like Change

There is some basic logic in this message. Being a follower of Jesus leads to the invitation to Change. First, we must make changes. Second, we must be part of changing the world in ways of God's imagining at Creation. Yet, I don't like change and I am not alone. On this podcast, we hear from Mark 6:1-13. Then you will hear the Pairing and Sharing time. If you have someone with you - pause the audio and discuss these questions. Or write in your journal. 1) Tell a story of a big change you...


18-0701 The Truth About Healing

Today''s focus was Healing as we looked at some healing stories of Jesus. How does physical healing happen? During our paring and sharing we were invited to address two things: *Tell a healing of the body story? *What would a community health care system look like that was consistent with the ways of Jesus? Listening to this might give you some insight into the spiritual nature of physical healing. Sacred Texts: 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, Mark 5:21-43