Sermons

THE DAY THE SUN EXPLODED

The first Sunday of Advent is the first Sunday of the Christian Year, which is structured around the life of Jesus. It seems natural that we would begin the Christian year with preparation for Jesus birth; but the Church has always recommended that we actually start at the end, with a discussion about the end of the world and Jesus’ return. I can be a liturgical rebel, but this week I’m going to go with the flow and start at the end. I spent a lot of time in my younger years focused there, and I learned a few things from that experience.

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Become Thanksgiving

Become Thanksgiving

It is easy to assume that being thankful is a feeling that propels us to express our gratitude by giving back in some way, or at the very least, saying “thank you.” We count our blessings, which often are made manifest by comparing our situation to...

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Are You Satisfied?

Are You Satisfied?

Do you feel satisfied with your life? Are you content? Do you find yourself thinking “I would be satisfied if only I had X?” Has the goalpost of X ever moved for you? What does being satisfied even mean? The Bible has things to say about all of...

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Born In Fire

Born In Fire

This week's message invites us to think about an ancient legend in which Christians have often seen a reflection of our own faith: The Phoenix that is consumed in flame in order to be born anew from the ashes. Jesus talks about being baptized by...

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The Owl

The Owl

On Thursday night I heard the hooo-hooo of an owl outside the window at the parsonage. I don’t remember hearing an owl here before, and it got me to thinking about them. Since owls are nocturnal, some see the owl’s yellow eyes as a sign that the...

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From the Past Will Come the Future

From the Past Will Come the Future

Back when I thought we would be in the building by now, I had a bunch of different plans for this week. God laughed at my plans, and so now our anniversary is being spread out across a number of Sundays and in a variety of forms, from retired...

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Equipped for the Job

Equipped for the Job

Those of us in religious professions are always asked about our “sense of call.” How did we come to know and experience God calling us into our various forms of ministry? But the focus on religious vocations has often led people to assume that God...

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Archive of Past Sermons

November 28, 2021 The Day the Sun Exploded  Watch or Read

November 21, 2021 Become Thanksgiving  Watch or Read

November 14, 2021 Are You Satisfied?  Watch or Read

November 7, 2021 Born In Fire Watch or Read

October 31, 2021 The Owl  Watch or Read

October 17, 2021 Stewards of the Bones Text: Exodus 13:17-22 — Watch or Read

October 10, 2021 Equipped for the Job Text: Ephesians 4:11-16 — Watch or Read

September 19, 2021 God Calling Text: I Samuel 3:1-10 — Watch or Read

September 12, 2021 Remembering Text: Deuteronomy 6:1-12 — Watch or Read

August 29, 2021 Sheep or Goat? Text: Matthew 25:31-46 — Watch or Read

August 22, 2021 The Covenant of Baptism Text: Genesis 9: 8-17; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 — Watch or Read

August 15, 2021 Images of God Text: John 4:1-42 — Watch or Read

​August 8, 2021 Sabbath Text: Exodus 20:8-11; Deuteronomy 5:12-15– Watch or Read

August 1, 2021 Communion, Truth and Justice Text: 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 — Watch or Read

June 27, 2021 The Offering Text: John 4:7-12; Numbers 18:21-29 — Watch or Read

June 20, 2021 What Can I Say? Text: Romans 12:15, John 11:35 — Watch or Read

June 13, 2021 The Real Question of Job Text: Job 1:1; 2:1-10 — Watch or Read

June 6, 2021 Where Are the Prophets Text: 1 Corinthians 14:1-5 — Watch or Read

May 30, 2021 How to Understand the Trinity Text: John 1:1-5, 10-18 — Watch or Read

May 23, 2021 Can These Bones Live? Text: Ezekiel 37: 1-14 — Watch or Read

May 16, 2021 Finding Hope Text: Lamentations 3:1-3, 19-24– Watch or Read

May 9, 2021 Honoring Parents Who Don’t Deserve It Text: Exodus 20:12, Mark 7:1-12 — Watch or Read

May 2, 2021 What Are We Doing in Communion? Text: Luke 24:13-35 — Watch or Read

April 18, 2021 Why Did God Allow the Pandemic? Text: Luke 13:1-9 — Watch or Read

April 11, 2021 Skeptical Text: 1 Corinthians 13:8-12 — Watch or Read

April 4, 2021 While It Was Still Dark Text: John 20:1-18 — Watch or Read

March 28, 2021 Rock Concert Text: Luke 19:29-40 — Watch or Read

March 21, 2021 What’s It All About? Text: 1 Corinthians 13; Luke 10:25-37 – Watch or Read

March 14, 2021 Joy or Happiness Text: Philippians 4:4-7– Watch or Read

March 7, 2021 There’s a Rabbit in My Engine Text: Hebrews 11:8-16– Watch or Read

February 28, 2021 Forgive Us Our Debts Text: Matthew 6:9-15– Watch or Read

February 21, 2021 Swearing to Be Faithful Text: Matthew 5:33-37– Watch or Read

February14, 2021 A Generous Helping of Fruit Text: Matthew 5:38-42 — Watch or Read

February 7, 2021 Out of the Mouth Text: Proverbs 10:17-21; Matthew 15:10-20– Watch or Read

January 24, 2021 The Long Week Text: Galatians 5:22-23 — Watch or Read

December 27, 2020 By Another Road Text: Matthew 2:1-12 — Watch or Read

December 20, 2020  Transformation in Whoville 2020 Text: Luke 2:1-20 — Watch or Read

December 13, 2020  The Shepherd Channel Text: Luke 2:8-16 — Watch or Read

November 29, 2020  Bending Low Text: Luke 13:10 -17; Isaiah 40:1-5– Watch or Read

November 22, 2020  Street Clothes and a Hat Text: Philippians 2:5-11– Watch or Read

November 15, 2020  Love the Spider Text: 1 John 4:18– Watch or Read

November 8, 2020  What She Did for Love Ruth 1:11-19a; John 15:9-17– Watch or Read

October 25, 2020  New Skins for New Wine Text: Mathew. 9:14-17; John 3:1-10 — Watch or Read

October 11, 2020  Knocked off Our High Horse Text: Acts 1-19– Watch or Read

September 27, 2020  Grow Text: Psalm 1– Watch or Read

September 20, 2020  Water into Wine Text: John 2:1-11– Watch or Read

September 13, 2020  The Greatest of These Text: Luke 10:25-37, 1 Corinthians 13– Watch or Read

August 30, 2020  Why Are We Here Text: Genesis 2:1-9, 15-23; Exodus 20:8-11 — Watch or Read

August 23, 2020  Dominion Text: Genesis 1:28Watch or Read

August 16, 2020  Genesis Text: Genesis 1:1 — Watch or Read

August 9, 2020   The Gift Text: Genesis 33:1-17 and Luke 15:11-32 — Watch or Read

August 2, 2020   The Emptying River Text: Genesis 32:22-31– Watch or Read