Sermons

Sermon: Maundy Thursday

I have to chuckle to myself, stepping into this pulpit tonight. The irony here is almost laughable, and I have to tell you why. Maundy Thursday is my favorite liturgy of the entire church year. The intimacy of our movements during this service touch every one of our senses – we hear the scripture readings which compel and command us to love one another, we smell and taste together the Eucharist or Last Supper, we hear the sacred silence and see the darkness and desperate stillness which follow the stripping of the altar – all of it, for me, is a present and lived expression of our life with Jesus. It is very real, tangible and experiential. Maundy Thursday wraps us and encircles us, as 21st century Christians, and mysteriously links us to the 1st century disciples, and to Jesus in their midst. I long for this experience every year; even though I know that it comes with a heavy and painful price; and, that price, I know, is paid tomorrow on Good Friday. Read more

Palm Sunday Sermon: Reckless Love (with video)

“Truly I tell you, wherever the good news is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in remembrance of her. May I speak in the name of the Living God.” Amen. Read more

Sermon: Now Now Now

“The hour has come.” May I speak in the name of the Living God who holds all our times in Her hand. Amen. Read more

Sermon: Healing

This morning we’re doing something a little bit out of the ordinary. We’re directly tying the topic of the sermon to the theme of the adult forum following the 10:30 service. The topic is “healing”. Read more

Sermon: In God We Trust

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O God our strength and our redeemer. May I speak in the Name of the Living God. Amen.” Read more

Sermon: Nobody Special

Take my lips and speak through them. Take our ears and hear through them. Take our hearts and set them on fire with love for Thee. May I speak in the name of the Living God. Amen. Read more

Sermon: God's Beloved

O God you call us on journeys whose ending we cannot see, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Read more

Sermon: Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones

We began our service singing “Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones”. It’s one of the great hymns of the church singing in glad alleluias of the Joy shouted in heaven in praise of God’s goodness and grace. Let all that have voice shout alleluia, let those whose hearts are full live alleluia. Read more

Sermon: "Every Day"

In the psalm we heard, "Hallelujah! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, in the congregation." What a fitting verse to use on the occasion of our annual meeting - to give thanks to God in this assembly. The best of what we do here is in relationship to God. Read more

Sermon: Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday: Yes We Can

In the Gospel lesson this morning Jesus saw Philip and extended to him the invitation that he had already made to others, “Follow me.” Philip not only followed him, but encouraged Nathaniel to follow also. When something makes sense, we want others to share in it. Read more

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