This Sunday — Advent 2 (and a Special Guest)

December 3rd, 2013 | John Chandler

This Sunday, we continue into the second week of Advent. We’ll center ourselves around the word peace, a kind of peace that means the full presence of all that is true and good. The kind of peace that creates a longing for something betterthat comes only when God arrives. I’m especially excited this week to have Shane Blackshear join our … Read More


Midweek Meetup: Heading to Blackstar Co-op

December 2nd, 2013 | John Chandler

Winter has come to Austin. Although we never can tell what will entail (Freezing rain? 90° days?), it would probably be smart to bring the Midweek Meetup indoors. Black Star Co-op is the world’s first cooperatively-owned and worker self-managed brewpub….supporting Black Star Co-op means supporting livable wages, democratic workplaces, local farms, and quality products from your community brewpub! ( See … Read More


Seeking His Face: An Advent Prayerbook

December 1st, 2013 | John Chandler

There is a force in American culture that pushes us during this season. Go to parties! Buy lots of presents! Decorate everything! Feel Cheery! NOW!! In contrast, the traditional season of Advent is about waiting for Jesus to arrive. The following devotional will help you prepare for the holiday with quiet, scripture and prayer. Each day of prayer contains a … Read More


"We Thank Thee" by Ralph Waldo Emerson

November 28th, 2013 | John Chandler

For flowers that bloom about our feet, Father, we thank Thee. For tender grass so fresh, so sweet, Father, we thank Thee. For the song of bird and hum of bee, For all things fair we hear or see, Father in heaven, we thank Thee. For blue of stream and blue of sky, Father, we thank Thee. For pleasant shade … Read More

Prayers of the People

This Sunday: Advent Begins

November 26th, 2013 | John Chandler

For hundreds of years, many of Jesus’s followers have used a tool called the “Liturgical Calendar.” It divides the year up into seasons and holidays. By following the calendar together, a church can trace the story of the mission of God throughout scripture. The first season, Advent, begins this Sunday, December 1. During Advent, we remember those who anxiously awaited … Read More


No Meetup This Week

November 25th, 2013 | John Chandler

Happy Thanksgiving! There will be no midweek meetup this week. We’ll be back at it for a few weeks in December, somewhere nice and warm!


Holy Moly! What are you teaching those children?

November 21st, 2013 | John Chandler

Holy Moly is the delightful curriculum we are using to help teach our children about God’s word. The lessons are simple, fun yet thoughtful. This charming telling of David and Goliath gives you a taste of what we the kids learn every week. In a recent review by the Christian Post, they said “Sparkhouse [has] created a set of resources that … Read More


This Sunday: Stories of Thanksgiving

November 20th, 2013 | John Chandler

Thanksgiving is next week, and the Austin Mustard Seed community has many reasons to be thankful. This Sunday, November 24, our liturgy will focus on our gratitude on how we have seen God’s work in 2013. We will stories from those in our community, expressing their gratitude for how they’ve seen God at work this year. And as they do, … Read More


Midweek Meetup: Beet Fries?!

November 19th, 2013 | John Chandler

Did you know they make fries out of beets? They do at East Side King. If purple vegetables aren’t your style, maybe the 40+ beverages on tap at Draught House will be? It’s just one of the dishes you will have available at this week’s Midweek Meetup? Why is that important? You see, as much as we love Sunday church, we get even more … Read More


Liturgy Audio (11/17/2013): Markers – Presence

November 18th, 2013 | John Chandler

Sermon audio from Sunday morning, 11/17/13, liturgy as we finish a series on our Markers. The video we watched at the beginning can be found here. Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes