We Make the Road by Walking:

Our Year-Long Quest for Spiritual Formation, Reorientation and Activation

Adapted from the book by Brian McLaren

“What we all want is pretty simple, really. We want to be alive. To feel alive. Not just to exist but to thrive, to live out loud, walk tall, breathe free. We want to be less lonely, less exhausted, less conflicted or afraid…more awake, more grateful, more energized and purposeful…the quest for aliveness is the best thing about religion, I think. It’s what we’re hoping for when we pray. It’s why we gather, celebrate, eat, abstain, attend, practice, sing and contemplate…I believe that the Spirit of God works everywhere to bring and restore aliveness.”

— from the introduction to “We Make the Road by Walking” by Brian McLaren

Each Sunday during worship and then throughout the week we’ll journey through the Bible for study, interactive learning and personal growth. We’ll explore what a difference an honest, living, growing faith can make in our lives and our world today.


Part 1: Alive in the Story of Creation

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September 1

Sermon: Awe and Wonder

Bible Reading: Genesis 1:1-2:3 and Matthew 6:25-34

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September 8

Sermon: Being Human

Bible Reading: Genesis 2:4-25 and Mark 3:1-6

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September 15

Sermon: A World of Meaning

Bible Reading: Psalm 145:1-16 and John 1:1-17

September 22

Sermon: The Drama of Desire

Bible Reading: Genesis 3:1-13 and Philippians 2:3-11

September 29

Sermon: In Over Our Heads

Bible Reading: Genesis 4:1-17, 6:5-8, 7:1-5, 8:1, 9:7-17 and James 4:1-8

October 6

Sermon: Plotting Goodness

Bible Reading: Genesis 12:1-9 and Galatians 3:6-9

October 13

Sermon: It’s Not Too Late

Bible Reading: Genesis 18:9-15, 22:1-14 and Acts 18:19-34

October 20

Sermon: Rivalry or Reconciliation?

Bible Reading: Genesis 32:22-33:11, 50:15-21 and Luke 11:15-32

October 27

Sermon: Freedom!

Bible Reading: Exodus 1:1-14, 3:1-15, and Galatians 5:1, 13-15

November 3

Sermon: Getting Slavery Out of the People

Bible Reading: Exodus 20:1-21, and Hebrews 10:1-10

November 10

Sermon: From Ugliness, a Beauty Emerges

Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 7:1-11 and Matthew 15:21-38

November 17

Sermon: Stories That Shape Us

Bible Reading: 2 Kings 2:1-15 and Acts 1:1-11

November 24

Sermon: The Great Conversation

Bible Reading: Isaiah 1:1-2:5 and Matthew 9:10-17