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Pastor’s Bible Study

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If ever you have wanted to learn more about the Bible—not just as a document used to excuse bad behavior, but as an ancient, many-layered, sometimes beautiful, sometimes awful text made holy by centuries of the faithful who have found comfort, hope and inspiration in its pages, then the Pastor’s Bible Study is for you.

Setting Aside Animosity

Rev. Ben discusses Luke 7:1 (the healing of the centurion’s slave), focusing on its call for us to set aside our differences, recognize our shared humanity, and pursue the greater good.

The Trinity’s Table

On Trinity Sunday, Rev. Talitha challenges us to think of the Trinity in new ways, and shows us how the concept of the Trinity as community instead of hierarchy has the power to reshape our lives.

This Sunday: Brahms’ Schicksalslied

shicksalsleid-graphic-for-homepageThis Sunday (June 5th) at 10:00 am, the MPC Choir will present their spring major choral work: a performance of Schicksalslied by Johannes Brahms. Also known as The Song of Destiny, it is considered by many to be his finest choral work. The choir will be joined by members of the Exeter String Quartet, including MPC’s own Rich Larsen. We hope you can join us for what is sure to be a beautiful and stirring musical performance.

Called Beyond Comfort

Rev. Ben preaches on the comfort of routine, and how the story of Pentecost challenges us to move outside of our comfort zones, into a kinder, more open-hearted relationship with those around us.

What Kind of Unity

Rev. Ben discusses Jesus’ call for unity in the context of today’s politically divided climate, focusing on the ways in which we can stand for justice and tolerance while still striving for spiritual unity.

Peggy Orenstein “Girls & Sex” Author Talk

Girls and Sex coverOn Thursday, May 12th at 7pm, author Peggy Orenstein will be at MPC discussing her latest book Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape. This book, based on interviews with a wide range of girls and young women, is a challenging and honest examination of the sexual landscape faced by these girls in their teen and college years. We hope you can join us for what is sure to be a thought-provoking and fascinating talk.

Nathaniel Philbrick Author Talk

valiant-ambition-coverOn Wednesday, May 25th at 7pm, bestselling author Nathaniel Philbrick will be at MPC to discuss his new book Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution. Philbrick is the author of several groundbreaking histories, including The Heart of the Sea (which was recently made into a movie by Ron Howard). We hope you can join us for what is sure to be a thought-provoking and fascinating talk.

Surprise Spirituality

Rev. Ben discusses Acts 16 — the story of Lydia, the first Christian in Europe — and with the help of John Calvin, brings out the lessons it teaches about inclusivity and surprise.