At the recommendation of our congregational elected leaders, in person worship has resumed. Sheridan will continue to offer our Livestream worship opportunities at 9:45am on Sundays and 6pm on Wednesdays.
Saturday at 5:30pm-currently suspended
Take some time to center on God’s promises after your day of Saturday activities at this contemporary style worship service. Worshipers are led by piano and song leaders using a contemporary music style. This relaxed and intimate setting of worship offers relevant preaching that addresses the question of what it means to live a life as a Christian today. Each week, this service offers the Lord’s Supper, time for quiet prayer and the opportunity to be the community of God’s people. This service is a great alternative to Sunday morning worship. All people of all ages and all faith traditions are welcome!
Sunday at 8:30, 9:45 and 11am
The pinnacle of Sheridan’s ministry is worshiping our loving God on Sunday morning. We invite you to join in and experience the love of Jesus in a very real and authentic way at Sheridan. People often comment on Sheridan’s warm and inviting atmosphere, beautiful music, meaningful dramas and sermons that connect with everyday lives. These worship services are contemporary in music style and are led by excellent singers, piano, guitar players and drums. The Lord’s Supper is served each week at the 8:30am worship and twice a month at the 9:45 & 11am worship. All people of all ages and all faith traditions are welcome!
Want to join us online instead? Join us for worship online live: Sundays at 9:45am.
Lent Worship Series:
Denial of Death
Lent is hard. It forces us to confront all kinds of things we would rather not believe exist, like violence, brutality and betrayal. Mostly, it requires us to confront our own mortality and death. We don’t like to think about our death. We generally choose to avoid thought of it at all costs.
The pandemic which has ravaged our world is hard. It has forced us to consider our own mortality and even our death. Even more, it has slowed down our activity, so we have not been able to busy ourselves and avoid such reflection.
Ernest Becker, in his 1973 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Denial of Death, raised up, for the first time, that the fear of death is humankind’s primary motivator. A classic psychologist, Becker clearly argues against most of those who preceded him. Also, and unlike his peers, Becker was deeply committed to his faith.
The beauty of Becker’s work is it helps us to see the root of our fears and the extraordinary work we do to deny the reality of our mortality and death. In fact, Becker argues, we spend most of our time creating narratives that help us to do just that.
The irony of our Christian faith is that we have a savior, in Jesus, who did not deny his death. We clearly see that Jesus embraced his death, while also connecting to our humanity in fearing it. Looking at the Passion narrative, we see how all the main players in the story were about the work of trying to deny their death and save themselves – especially in the face of Jesus’ willingness to die for us.
Jesus teaches us the same thing that Becker does. Ultimately, when we learn to embrace our death is when we truly find life. Jesus proves, by his dying and rising, that our death does not have the final word.
In the midst of all that is hard, we have hope.
Series Scripture Readings for Weekly Worship & Sermon Topics
February 21: Judas – Matthew 26:14-16, 20-25, 36, 47-50
Whether it was greed or a need to rebuke Jesus for what he believed to be Jesus’ failure to lead, Judas aligned himself with those who would keep him safe. He knew from the earliest moments of his failure, which cost him his own life.
February 28: Caiaphas – Matthew 26:1-5, 57-67
Power corrupts by causing a leader to cling to it, sacrificing everything else to hold on to it. Caiaphas was willing to kill for power, putting to death another to stave off his own.
March 7: Peter – Matthew 26:31-35, 69-75
Peter loved Jesus like no other. Their bond was true. But so it is with the fear of death. It has the power to shatter even the strongest bond.
March 14: Pilate – Matthew 27:11-26
Whether Pilate cared or not about justice, he still chose that which would serve him. Fearful of his own demise at the hands of Caesar, the fear of his own death led Pilate to wash his hands, thus ensuring the death of our Lord.
March 21: Robbers – Luke 23:32-43
The criminals who were crucified with Jesus show us the dual reality in which we live. We both fear our death, doing and saying anything we can to deny and reverse it, while also understanding it and seeking to accept it with faith. Jesus’ response to the faithful robber is his word of hope to us all.
March 28: Palm Sunday – Matthew 21:1-11
We all seek the euphoria which is evident in Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem. And yet just as quickly as things changed for Jesus, we know they also can change in our lives.