Sermons

Sermon: Believing in God's Promise

The first lesson today from Genesis tells an old story. Not quite in the beginning, but close to it. The central figure in this story is Abram. Shortly after this story his name would be changed and he would come to be known as Abraham. But at this point, he’s still Abram. Read more

Sermon: Lent

Our service today is vastly different from the one we had last week. For those who were not here last week, we broke from our traditional liturgy and had a Mardi Gras feel. Richard Berggren and some of his musical associates put together a jazz ensemble and arranged hymns, service music and anthems with toe tapping energy. Read more

Sermon: Going Deeper

Last week we read lessons of the call of Jeremiah, and the early start of Jesus’ ministry. The lessons this week continue the themes of God’s call, this time to Isaiah and Jesus’ call to Peter and Andrew. Read more

Sermon: "Before I formed you in the womb, I appointed you."

Jeremiah tried to get out of it. The word of the Lord came to him quite clearly and gave him a vision of the ministry to which he had been called. Not only called, but created for. "Before I formed you in the womb, I appointed you a prophet to the nations..." It was really a foregone conclusion, but Jeremiah did give it his best shot. Read more

Sermon: What Would Martin Say?

On my first trip abroad, I met a Hungarian woman, Marta, in Paris; she and I continued to correspond for many years, and finally I persuaded my travel buddy Michelle to take a trip with me to Budapest. Marta spoke very little English, and I spoke very little French, and no Hungarian. Read more

Sermon: God has called you by name

From the book of Isaiah we heard, "I have called you by name, you are mine." From the Gospel we heard the voice from Heaven, "You are my child, the Beloved, with you I am well pleased." Read more

Epiphany Sermon

Isaiah wrote, "Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you..." The light Isaiah is referring to is the grace of God, and an enlightening of the spirit of the people of Israel. Read more

Sermon: A Voice of Truth

John the Baptist knew how to grab his audience’s attention. "You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee the wrath to come?" This certainly isn’t the opening line of a stewardship sermon, but one has to admit that it’s an effective sound bite. It still works two thousand years later! Read more

Sermon: "Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low"

In the Gospel this morning we read that John the Baptist began his ministry of repentance in the region of Galilee. Those who heard of him recalled the writings of the Prophet Isaiah who spoke of a messenger crying in the wilderness to prepare the way of the Lord. To make the crooked ways straight and have the mountains and hills be made low. Read more

Sermon: An Advent People

The Gospel lesson presents strange and disturbing images. Jesus mentions "signs in the sun, moon and stars, distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and waves. People fainting from fear and foreboding, the powers of the heavens shaken. Read more

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