New space for Roots Church!

After a couple months’ process, we are excited to announce that we have signed a 3-year lease on 5,800 sq. ft. for our church in Stanwood: the old pawn shop across from SC News. The membership voted on April 28 to move on this space, as well as to move to Sunday...

Prayer for mothers

Dear Lord Jesus, Thank you for the example all moms give us, however imperfectly, of sacrificial, selfless, other-centered love. Thank you for their example of endurance and faithfulness through the challenges of being a mom. In all of this, we get a glimpse of your...

Behold “hymn”

We sing a lot of hymns at Roots. Old hymns. New hymns. Old hymns put to new music. Joyful hymns. Lament hymns. (We also sing many songs that are not in the typical hymn form.) And we do this for a reason. Matt Redman wrote a (non-hymn) worship song titled...

Sing songs of suffering

Dear refuge of my weary soul, on Thee, when sorrows rise,          On Thee, when waves of trouble roll, my fainting hope relies. (Lyrics by Anne Steele) Sometimes we have the impression that life as a Christian ought to be full of joy, peace, and contentment, and that...

Visibly distinct

You’ve likely heard Jesus’ statements known as The Beatitudes: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth…. Blessed are those...