A collection of media, reflections, and resources from our weekend gatherings. For additional information on Ecclesia Houston visit us online at http://ecclesiahouston.org
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In this second week of the Advent season, Pastor Chris Seay invites us to consider the story of a particularly extravagant gift extended to Jesus, and our call to generosity as springs from hearts of genuine worship. Our hope is that the whole Ecclesia family would join together in offering our very best gifts to Jesus in these weeks; partnering with efforts to bring clean water to vulnerable communities around the world. Continue to take part as we seek to Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More, and Love All. Visit ecclesiahouston.org/advent to learn more, and to give toward that community offering.
Pastor Sean Palmer ushers us into the Advent season with a rich call to generosity and justice. Join us throughout these sacred weeks; as we look to Christmas as a time that we as a family would worship fully, spend less , give more, and love all. Visit ecclesiahouston.org/advent for ways that you can take part as we await and celebrate Jesus' coming.
Episode 5: GratefulThe final episode in this contemplative series; Wander is an invitation to take a walk, whether in your neighborhood or in nature, and cultivate attentiveness to God's presence. All you need is a pair of headphones and comfortable footwear. Voices will guide you through scripture, music, and reflection as you take part in this spiritual practice. We thank you for taking part, and hope you will continue using this resource (and sharing it with others!) in future seasons.
Pastor Sean Palmer offers an important word as our fall Enchantment series draws to a close. Engaging once again with the story of Moses, we are reminded that enchanted encounters with God, at their essence, are invitations which point us toward sacrificial love. Our sincere hope is that this series has been impactful, challenging, and has led you into a deeper attentiveness to the presence of God all around you.
Pastor Sean Palmer continues our Fall series on rediscovering an enchanted faith; offering a vital reminder from the life and ministry of Jesus on living in the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit. May the truth reverberate as you receive this message, that the Spirit continues to move in the world, and in you.
Episode 4: Letting GoAs the fall weather comes (at last!) to greet us, we invite you to take a walk, whether in your neighborhood or in nature, and cultivate attentiveness to God's presence. All you need is a pair of headphones and comfortable footwear. Voices will guide you through scripture, music, and reflection as you take part in this spiritual practice. New episodes will be released every other week throughout our Lost Enchantment teaching series.Written and Produced by: Mike YagerNarration by: Mitzi MakMike YagerEditing and Sound Mixing by:Wes Cortiaus “Can't Help Myself (Empty Hands)”Music and lyrics: Sandra McCrackenPerformed by: Matt Broaddus“Let Go”Music and lyrics: Frou FrouPerformed by: Paul PelcAdditional Music: “From Here We Move Forward” by Carolino“Endings” by Wil Pearce“The Context Fades” by Async RossGraphic Design: Dani Hooper
Pastor Chris Seay continues our Fall series on rediscovering an enchanted faith, considering the ways that the Book of James, the life of St. Patrick, and Celtic spirituality guide us into lives of service. Chris also offers an important update on our newly opened campus in Lindale Park; operating as a community center that will meet significant needs for our neighbors and leading us into beautiful new relationships as we follow Jesus together.
Continuing our fall series on rediscovering an enchanted faith, Ericka Graham taught during our online liturgy at The Worship Table, while Pastor Chris Seay led at the downtown campus. We consider the rhythms of contemplation, curiosity, and attentiveness which help us to not miss the burning bushes all around us.
Produced by: Mike YagerWritten and Narrated by: Alexandra RiekeMike YagerEditing and Sound Mixing by:Wes Cortiaus “Gravity of Love”Music and lyrics: The BrilliancePerformed by: Paul Pelc“Heaven Is Here”Written and Performed by: Dani HooperAdditional Music: “Tranquility” by Lincoln Davis“Under The Stars” by Analog Heart“In Time” by Steven GutheinzGraphic Design: Dani Hooper
Community Pastor Mike Yager contributes to our fall series on rediscovering an enchanted faith. Mike invites us to consider the liturgical rhythms which have guided Christ followers for centuries, and how ritual and sacrament might help us to develop an embodied faith.
Our dear friend Gideon Tsang returns to contribute to our fall series on rediscovering an enchanted faith. Gideon invites us to contemplate our spiritual practices, and how they can help to guide us from anxiety and the internal voice of critique toward gentleness and peace. The Worship Table: Online LiturgyLive Teaching Podcast Scripture & LiturgyPhilippians 4: 4-6“Welcome” PrayerWelcome, welcome, welcome.I welcome everything that comes to me today, because I know it's for my healing.I welcome all thoughts, feelings, emotions, persons, situations, and conditions.I let go of my desirefor power and control.I let go of my desire for affection, esteem, approval, and pleasure.I let go of my desire for survival and security.I let go of my desire to change any situation, condition, person or myself.I open myself to the love andhealing of the Divine Mysteryand to God's peace within.Amen.
Written and produced by: Mike Yager Readings by: Mike YagerHannah Rodriguez Editing and Sound Mixing by:Wes Cortiaus “From The Rising Of The Sun (Psalm 113)”Music and lyrics: Sandra McCrackenPerformed by: Matt Broaddus “I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For”Music and lyrics: U2Performed by: Paul Pelc Additional Music: “The Myth of Balance” by Kurtis Parks“Waiting” by Acreage“The Part Where Things Start To Change” by Stephen Keech Graphic Design: Dani Hooper
Pastor Chris Seay follows up on the beginning of the sermon series which will guide us through the fall; helping us to rediscover an enchanted faith within an increasingly disenchanted age. Chris suggests a few possible remedies to the lies that attempt to put boundaries around God's presence — practices of imagination and meaning-making that could profoundly change the way we see the world and our place in it as followers of Jesus.
Written and produced by: Mike YagerReadings by: Mike YagerAlexandra RiekeEdited by:Wes Cortiaus “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”Music and lyrics: Anthony J. Showalter and Elisha HoffmanArrangement, guitar, and vocals: Paul PelcPiano and vocals: Matt Broaddus“Near”Music and lyrics: Paul PelcAdditional Music: “Aura” by Kollen“Before Dawn” by On Earth“Motionless” by Steven GutheinzGraphic Design: Dani Hooper
It was a joy to welcome back Dr. Richard Beck as we begin a new series which will unfold over the coming weeks through the fall. In an age of dis-enchantment and skepticism, we invite you to join us on this journey to reawaken a sense of wonder and grow in attentiveness to the presence of God that we may often miss, even when it's right in front of us.
During these times of such distress, Pastor Chris Seay urges us to hear anew, and truly heed Jesus' words that we come to him with the faith of children. Rather than dogma, curiosity. Rather than skepticism, trust. Rather than despair, hope. What invitation will you take with you today?
Pastor Mike Yager invites us into the curious story of Moses, Eldad, and Medad in Numbers 11. The flourishing of a community means that everyone is taking part. Today, we ask if we are engaged in the kind of spiritual disciplines that help us to go deeper in our own relationship with God so that we would grow in our capacity to contribute toward the flourishing of others.
Pastor Chris Seay guides us in revisiting the formation of the church in Acts 2. In a time of continued challenge and disruption, often gathering in new ways, it is all the more important that we are faithful in listening for ways to care for one another and to root ourselves in a environment where we can flourish. Church is not a place we go, but a people we are.
Concluding our summer sermon series in collaboration with our friends at Good Shepherd NYC, Pastor Drew Jackson offers a powerful word from the Prophet Joel on the vitality of repentance — a changing of our minds — to imagine a world beyond injustice, and how we might “wake up” to our part in God's movement of restoration for all people. Drew serves as Lead Pastor of Hope East Village in New York City.
Ericka Graham concludes our summer sermon series with friends at Good Shepherd New York, in which we have been reimagining various dimensions of faith and community in light of the lessons learned from Covid and the opportunities and challenges of returning back to rhythms of physical gathering. We pray that these weeks have been a formative blessing. Ericka invites us to shift our assumptions of power over the other to the kind of power modeled by Jesus: a power that is with and for others, lain down in humble love, that others may be lifted up.
Pastor Sean Palmer continues our summer teaching series in collaboration with friends at Good Shepherd New York. Sean teaches from the “Christ Hymn” in Paul's letter to the church in Philippi; inviting us to consider sung worship as just one example of the spiritual practices which are amplified as we participate in them communally. Following a year of such isolation, how will we recommit to the richness of the kinds of practices that are best engaged together?
Continuing a summer series in collaboration with our friends at Good Shepherd New York, dear brother and guest preacher Pastor Michael Rudzena invites us to consider how the challenges of the past year have altered our relationship to togetherness and isolation. Jesus is forever our model for a rhythm of life shaped by solitude and prayer, genuine community, and love taking action. Join us as the series concludes over the next few weeks.
Our series in collaboration with Good Shepherd New York continues to explore important dimensions of our lives and communities as followers of Jesus in this season of re-establishing rhythms. Our dear brother Gideon Tsang invites us to consider how our experience of time has been changed by the pandemic, and how Jesus calls us to the kind of mindfulness which will help us be more fully alive in the passing moments.
Pastor Chris continues the sermon series that began last week with our friends at Good Shepherd NY. We are joining together to reimagine critical elements of the Christian life as we navigate the losses and the possibilities brought on by the disruption of the pandemic. Chris guides us to consider the places we need reconciliation; within our own hearts, with God, and with the world.
Beginning a summer teaching series in collaboration with our friends at Good Shepherd in New York, our dear sister Shauna Niequist offers a beautiful vision of hospitality as soul nourishing; drawing from scripture and the important lessons we have learned over the trials of the past year. Continue to join us as the Reimagining series continues over the coming weeks.
Drawing from the Book of Hebrews, Pastor Chris asks us each to seriously and faithfully consider how God is calling us to live into the fullness of who God has made us to be. No one has your unique combination of story and circumstance, talents, passions, and resources. How is God urging you to trust him in the next step; inviting you to move from belief to action?
Pastor Sean Palmer offers an important reminder as we enter into this Summer season; that rest is not a luxury, but a vital rhythm that grows our awareness for how much God cares for us. Whatever the coming weeks may hold for you, how will you commit to receiving this gift which is woven into the very fabric of creation?
Pastor Sean Palmer offered an important word on the key difference between greater and lesser goods. The “lesser” good of material blessings is fleeting; but the “greater” goods of virtue and selflessness actually increase as they are given away. May Sean's teaching lead you into meaningful contemplation in the days ahead.
Pastor Chris Seay continues a series of teachings around crucial dimensions of faith and our call as followers of Jesus as we have returned to regular rhythms of gathering in person. Today, we look to the teaching of the Prophet Micah to help us reconnect with God’s call that we a people with hearts inclined toward justice; which begins with humbly opening our ears to hear the cries of the oppressed.
On this Pentecost Sunday, Pastor Sean continued our conversation about the dynamics of re-connection during a season in which we have returned to regularly gathering in-person. The gift of the Holy Spirit confirms our adoption into the embrace of one covenant family; an echo of God’s declaration in Genesis that we are not made to be alone.
It was a great joy to officially gather back indoors for worship at both campuses this weekend, and we continue to be thankful for each small milestone on the path of renewal. Pastor Chris urges us to consider how the lessons of these difficult many months might lead us into deeper connection with God, and perhaps reestablishing connection with the kind of community in which we are seen, known, and valued.
Pastor Sean Palmer extends loving rebuke toward our culture of such anger and obsession with power. Unraveling gentleness from assumptions of weakness, he calls upon the church to reclaim and choose gentleness in order to truly live into our witness of the good news.
As the Easter season unfolds, Pastor Chris continues an ongoing conversation about the things in our lives which we long to see transformed in the Resurrection life. He urges us to confront and examine the cancer of comparison as it manifests within us, and how Jesus guides our hearts from envy into contentment.
Pastor Chris Seay guides us in hope as we continue observing the season of Eastertide; inviting us to reflect upon the practical ways that repentance and confession lead us toward a new way of thinking and being in the light of the Resurrection. Drawing from God’s revelations to the Prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel, Chris asks us to look to our own valleys, where “dry bones” await the breath of new life.
Pastor Sean Palmer teaches as we continue in this season of Eastertide. Astonished as Jesus calms a stormy sea, the disciples ask the vital question which continues to mystify us: “who is this?” If we profess that the risen Christ is the true and living God, how will that meaningfully change our minds and our lives, that this would indeed be a season of resurrection?
Ericka Graham preaches on this Second Sunday of Easter, inviting us into the familiar story of “doubting” Thomas. She calls us to imagine how the hope of resurrection might continue to reshape the heartache and grief we have experienced over the past year, and how we can trust God with the sifting of our lives, that the risen Christ would lead us into renewed purpose and passion.
Ecclesia, he is risen! As we we celebrate the Resurrection, Pastor Chris Seay invites us into the Easter story once again. We reflect upon the immense grief our world has experienced over the past year; looking forward as hope seems to be breaking over the horizon. How will the risen Christ guide us as faithful servants toward cultivating meaningful connection and community in this new world?
On Palm Sunday, Pastor Chris Seay concluded the brief series which has led us toward Easter; considering the practices observed by Jesus on the night he was betrayed. We are reminded once again, through the inauguration of a new kind of Passover feast, the importance of table fellowship as we live out faithfulness in community.
Pastor Sean Palmer continues our brief series directing us into the practices engaged by Jesus on the evening he was betrayed. Knowing that he was about to depart, Jesus prays a prayer calling those remaining in world to be formed into a people of presence, unity, and sacrificial love; the people the church is meant to be.
Pastor Chris Seay continues a brief series guiding us toward Resurrection Sunday; exploring the things that Jesus did during the night he was betrayed. A curious detail tells us that Jesus sang a hymn with the disciples before departing to the Garden. Chris invites us to consider the ways that music connects us with God, with memory and story, our own bodies, each other, and with hope.
Welcome to the first installment of “Hold Fast,” our Lenten podcast. In this segment, Pastor Sean reminds us of the deep, unending love of God as we look back on the difficulties of the past year. We invite you into a season of hope as we look forward with expectation to what God has in store for us in this season.
Pastor Sean Palmer begins a new series that will guide us toward Resurrection Sunday as the journey of Lent continues. Engaging with the practices undertaken by Jesus during the night he was betrayed, Sean leads us to consider first the vitality of serving others; following in the example of our Savior.
Pastor Chris Seay concludes our series in Ecclesiastes, as Solomon honestly reflects upon his failures and calls us to learn from the wisdom of his experience. When we commit to being real with God, with ourselves, and with others, we help to cultivate space for others to do the same, and to create communities of truth and trust.
In the wake of the widespread impact felt by Winter Storm Uri, Pastor Sean Palmer continues our time together in the wisdom and mystery of the Book of Ecclesiastes with a timely reminder that none of us are immune to disaster and suffering. We are called to be a people with instinctual empathy and solidarity in these inevitable times of trial, while also living fully and joyfully in these fleeting days under the sun.
Pastor Chris continues our time engaging with the wisdom found in the Book of Ecclesiastes. As we look ahead to the season of Lent, traditionally a time of abstaining, you might be keenly aware of the things which have already been given up over the course of a challenging year. Chris urges us to shift our perspective about this invitation into fasting, and enter into these “solemn” weeks with surprising joy and gratitude.
Pastor Chris continues to walk us through key lessons from the Book of Ecclesiastes. As many of us seek to establish and practice new rhythms, the wisdom of Solomon reminds us that satisfaction will not be found in what we can accumulate or achieve, but primarily in the relationships that we have the opportunity to nurture.