Rev. Dr. Brian Bosworth

August 2019: Hello Church - Hi Church! Kelly and I have received such a warm welcome from each of you.  From the goodies waiting for us at the house on moving day, to the name tag effort so we can get to know your name, to the wonderful reception following our first Sunday, every detail has been attended to with such grace and care!  We are overwhelmed at the warmth of your spirit which has helped us feel right at home!  Thank you! In an effort to continue to get to know you better, the SPRC members have scheduled several small group meetings in which you can share your hopes and dreams with me.  I invite you to sign up for one of these 1.5 hour meetings.  We will provide… Read More
Rev. Ricky Harrison July 2019: Food is Sacred - There’s something intrinsically sacred about food, especially when shared with other people. After the Israelites are freed from slavery in Egypt, they complain to Moses about empty stomachs and parched throats, so God provides water, manna bread, and quail (what a feast!). Elijah, wandering through the same wilderness, meets a widow with a child literally starving to death. The widow invites Elijah into her home to share the very last bits of bread she has, and God shows up with enough bread to fill the stomach of the widow and her child for the rest of their long lives. Jesus, a wandering vagabond, always relied heavily on the radical hospitality of strangers. He would invite himself over to the homes of tax collectors like Levi… Read More
July 2019: Hello Church - Hello Church, I was excited to learn of my appointment as your Senior Pastor beginning in July 2019.  Ministry is a second career for me; one that I believe for which God has prepared me throughout my life.   Though I recognized a call to ministry at a young age, I chose to raise a family before pursuing full-time ordained ministry.   While I raised that family, I worked in the technology industry and grew in my love for God and neighbor by teaching and leading others in the local church. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Texas at Dallas and a Master of Divinity degree from Perkins School of Theology, SMU.   Besides my lay leadership in the local church, I have also… Read More
Rev. Ricky Harrison July 2019: Food is Sacred - There’s something intrinsically sacred about food, especially when shared with other people. After the Israelites are freed from slavery in Egypt, they complain to Moses about empty stomachs and parched throats, so God provides water, manna bread, and quail (what a feast!). Elijah, wandering through the same wilderness, meets a widow with a child literally starving to death. The widow invites Elijah into her home to share the very last bits of bread she has, and God shows up with enough bread to fill the stomach of the widow and her child for the rest of their long lives. Jesus, a wandering vagabond, always relied heavily on the radical hospitality of strangers. He would invite himself over to the homes of tax collectors like Levi… Read More
Rev. Dr. Brian Bosworth June 2019: Passing the Baton - As a boy growing up in a family with a career Air Force officer/parent, the cycle of moving to a new base was not only what was expected, but a regular reality for us. For me as a young person it just seemed like a normal rhythm of life. The news of a transfer meant goodbyes of course, but also the expectation of new friends, schools, and housing upon arrival at the new base. It didn’t seem to be a big deal to me as a kid, maybe because every military family was doing the same thing at some point, and so there were probably common or like-feelings and emotions for us because we all knew what it felt like to be told it was… Read More
Rev. Ricky Harrison June 2019: Summer Dinner Church - Throughout the summer, we will again be engaging in experiments with Dinner Church. One of the earliest traditions of the people who follow Jesus is to gather together around the table, sharing a meal and sharing our lives. At Dinner Church, informal worship takes place around the table with a delicious meal brought together by the entire community. Communion is made as we share food & share our lives in exploring scripture, singing, and praying together. Bring your faith. Bring your doubts. Bring your appetite for something bigger than yourself. Similar to our Maundy Thursday Dinner Church experience, this family-friendly worship environment is created to be hospitable to people of all ages and stages of life. Just like your family table at Thanksgiving, this is… Read More
Rev. Dr. Brian Bosworth May 2019: Amazing Grace - My recent surgery and subsequent absence from the church reminded me of many things, but there are two of those many things that resonate strongly with me today. One of them is the experience of being a part of a church that cares deeply for its people and expresses those concerns in wonderful ways. Melissa and I have been so blessed by your prayers, thoughts, cards, visits, meals, texts, emails, words of encouragement, offers to drive, and even notes on windshields to name but a few of your expressions of love. You are an amazing church and it’s quite apparent how God’s love courses through your veins. We are humbled and thankful, as many others are or have been, to be on the receiving end… Read More
Rev. Ricky Harrison May 2019: Simply the Beginning - Easter is so much more than a morning or a day of celebration – Easter is a season of intentionally practicing resurrection. Eastertide – or the Easter Season – lasts for 50 days from Easter morning to Pentecost. During this season we remember that the risen and living Christ spent time with his disciples after that first morning at the empty tomb, teaching them what it means to live out a faith that finds new life in places previously filled with death. The risen Christ walks along the roadside, sits to break bread, cooks breakfast on the beach, offers signs of his wounded hands, extends forgiveness, and seeks reconciliation; the risen Shepherd commands his followers to love, feed, and tend to his flock, he commissions… Read More
Rev. Dr. Brian Bosworth April 2019: New Life and New Growth - I always enjoy this time of year. So many things happen, like Easter (of course), another change of seasons, “March Madness” (college basketball tournament), longer afternoons so more time outdoors, and so much more. These are just a few of the things I have grown accustomed to each happening year at this time and actually look forward to them, especially in the more dreary days of the winter. But this time of year also offers opportunity for new things and new experiences. A few years ago (during this same time of year), I was at a meeting with several local pastors. As usual, we included in our discussions the things that were occurring in each of our churches and to my surprise, one of the… Read More
Rev. Ricky Harrison April 2019: A Moment of Celebration & Gratitude - When I was 18-years old, the summer after graduating high school, my pastor insisted on taking me to lunch before I left for college. Over hamburgers, he asked me whether I had ever considered that God might be calling me into ministry. As an 18-year old, I had some basic inkling I wanted to spend my life serving others – loving God & my neighbors with everything I have. In that moment, and in countless moments since, God has consistently spoken to me through the voice of the Church. It has been pastors, mentors, Sunday School teachers, youth pastors, campus ministers, professors, friends, colleagues, and congregation members who have seen gifts & graces in me that I was not yet able to even see in… Read More