An Update for COVID-19

March 13th, 2020 | April Karli

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27 In the midst of an unprecedented situation in our lifetimes, we as church leaders are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 crisis. We are engaging with leaders and educational … Read More

A Prayer of Confession During COVID-19

March 9th, 2020 | April Karli

In the midst of rising global and local anxiety around COVID-19, we prayed this prayer yesterday to confess our fears and xenophobia and ask for God’s comfort and courage. Written by Austin Mustard Seed’s liturgist, Mason Parva. Confession allows us a moment to honestly reveal our hopes and pains. Let us cry out to God as a community. God of … Read More

Racial Justice

March 4th, 2020 | April Karli

We recently completed a three week series exploring the theme of racial justice. Pastors Shane Blackshear and April Karli shared hopes for how Austin Mustard Seed can enter into and be challenged by this conversation. If you missed it, you can listen back to week one, week two, and week three (with guest from Be the Bridge and Resurrection Anglican … Read More

Sermon – Lent One: Into the Wilderness – April Karli

March 3rd, 2020 | Josh Williams

For the first Sunday of Lent, April Karli guided us through Jesus’s temptation in the wilderness where we considered the question: To what extent do we trust God? Scripture and quotes:Matthew 4:1-11Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was … Read More

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Sermon – Racial Justice, pt. 3 – April Karli, Tanya Rodgers, & Shane Blackshear

February 23rd, 2020 | Josh Williams

This week we conclude our series on racial justice and diversity. Special guest Tanya Rodgers joins April and Shane to talk about her experience as a person of color in church and society.

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Sermon – Racial Justice, Cont. – April Karli & Shane Blackshear

February 20th, 2020 | Josh Williams

This week Shane and April continue the conversation about racial justice.

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Sermon – Racial Justice, Intro – April Karli & Shane Blackshear

February 10th, 2020 | Josh Williams

We began a three part series about Racial Justice this Sunday. Shane and April shared hopes for how Austin Mustard Seed can enter into and be challenged by this conversation.Scripture and resources mentioned in the message: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28 “For he … Read More

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Sermon – What Does God Expect? – April Karli

February 4th, 2020 | Josh Williams

April Karli shared this morning from Micah 6:1-8 about what it is God expects of us as God’s people. Text and quotes:Hear what the Lord says:    Rise, plead your case before the mountains,    and let the hills hear your voice.Hear, you mountains, the controversy of the Lord,    and you enduring foundations of the earth;for the Lord has a controversy with his people,    and he will contend with Israel.“O my … Read More

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Loving Our Refugee Neighbors

February 4th, 2020 | April Karli

by Madelynn Marlow Earlier this month, Governor Abbott released a statement that Texas would not participate in further resettlement of refugees. Although this decision was blocked by a federal judge, it is unclear what the future of resettlement in Texas will look like. Regardless of the outcome, this decision will undoubtedly make the process of resettlement more difficult than it … Read More

Sermon – Dwelling… – C. Morton

January 28th, 2020 | Josh Williams

Chris Morton speaks on what it means to dwell in the presence of God from Psalm 27. Resources and quotes: “A banner rallies people against a group, an object, or a concept. …an enemy stokes the flames of anger and keeps the antagonism going. It’s always easier to gather a group around what we’re against, because it gets people angry. In this way, banners create enemies.” The … Read More

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