Current Theme: On Being People Who Trust


September 30: The Power of Being a Minister in a Wounded Culture
James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a

"Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom." - James 3:13

This Month

Current Theme:
          On Being People Who Trust

September 23: The Promise of Being a Worshipper in a Secular Culture
James 3:1-12

"From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this ought not to be so." - James 3:10

September 16: The Responsibility of Being a Steward in an Individualistic Culture
James 2:1-17

So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty." - James 2:12

September 9: The Challenge of Being a Learner in a Fact-Obsessed Culture
James 1:17-27

"But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act—they will be blessed in their doing." - James 1:25

September 2: Teleportation, and Other Assumptions About the Gospel
Acts 8:26-40

"As they were going along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?”" - Acts 8:36

During September, Admiral Church will be reflecting on what it means to be a member of Jesus' church. In the bylaws of Admiral UCC, there are four main responsibilities of a member: to be a learner, a steward, a regular worship participant, and a minister. We will be exploring together what those things mean for the church universal, and how they ask much more of us than to meet the needs of the local church.


Previous Theme:
          Grave Talk

Facing The End of Life As People of Faith

July 29: Committed to Re-Member
Joshua 22:21-28

No, we built the altar to remind us, and you, and the generations to come, that we will worship the Lord." - Joshua 22:27

July 22: There Is No Going Alone
2 Kings 2:1-12

The company of prophets who were at Jericho drew near to Elisha, and said to him, "Do you know that today the Lord will take your master away from you?" And he answered, "Yes, I know; be silent." - 2 Kings 2:5

July 15: Taking Time to Grieve
Ruth 1: 1-13

But Ruth said, “Do not press me to leave youor to turn back from following you! Where you go, I will go; where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God." - Ruth 1:16

During July, Admiral has spent time during and after worship discussing another of the most taboo topics in our culture: death. Pastor Andrew's sermons will serve as a jumping off point for our Grave Talk café discussions after worship, and congregants are invited to begin their end-of-life planning, if they haven't already.



Do you struggle with the notion of being "good" or at least "good enough"? What could "enough" even mean? And by who's standard? This question might be operative in your friendships, your intimate relationships, your family or employment, but ultimately it is a core theological question. Where does our "enough" come from? In October, we will be considering some of the parables of Jesus from Mark, and thinking about Jesus' rebuke of the rich young man who referred to Jesus as "good Teacher". Mark 10:18- "Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but God alone."" If Jesus Himself is not "good", how could we ever be? And maybe we don't need to be...

LENT 2018

Practical Resources for Real Freedom

"The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous is America's most significant and authentic contribution to the history of spirituality, says Richard Rohr. To survive the tidal wave of compulsive behavior and addiction, Christians must learn to breathe under water and discover God's love and compassion. In this exploration of Twelve Step spirituality, Rohr identifies the Christian principles in the Twelve Steps, connecting The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous with the gospel. Rohr offers encouragement for becoming interiorly alive and inspiration for making one's life manageable for dealing with the codependence and dysfunction (sin) rampant in our society."
                                                                               -from Google Books

Click Here to Read Excerpts from Breathing Underwater Used in Worship