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You Again

Click here to watch the sermon. Psalm 139:1-18 O Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away.  You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.  Even before a word is on my tongue, O Lord, […]

A Common Purpose

Click here to watch the sermon. Matthew 28:16-20 How many of you have been to an escape room? How many of you know what an escape room is? For those who don’t, escape rooms are a popular form of entertainment. You pay $20-$30 per person, and you and friends and sometimes strangers are all put in a room together to solve […]

World Communion Sunday—10/5/19

Click here to watch the sermon. Mark 14:22-26 “While they were eating, he took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to them, and said, ‘Take; this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, and all of them drank from it. He said to them, […]

Hearing the Cries for Sanctuary

Click here to watch the sermon. Luke 10:25-37 Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, […]

Will You Be My Shelter?

Click here to watch the video. Mark 14:32-42 Our scripture passage for today is Mark 14:32-42, on p 52 of the New Testament in the pew Bibles for those who want to follow along.  This passage is one we don’t hear often outside of Holy Week, but it has lessons for us year-round. They went to a place called Gethsemane; and […]

God’s Portable Sanctuary

Click here to watch the sermon. Exodus 25:1-9     Revelation 21:1-5 Our first scripture reading is from the book of Exodus. It takes place after the people have been set free from Egypt and after God’s provision of manna in the wilderness. They are camped around Mount Sinai, and God is beginning to give them instructions on how they are to live […]

Praise God in the Sanctuary

Click here to watch the video. Psalm 150 Our prayer response song this week was probably familiar to some of you and new to many of you. It says, “Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary.” For the next few weeks I will be preaching on the concept of sanctuary: where we find it, how we become God’s sanctuary, and how […]

Sermon by Raymond Clothier

Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 & Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 I am grateful to be with you this morning. At times when the news of the world is overwhelming, it is good to gather together as a community of faith. In the past week, our lives have been filled with talk about unspeakable acts of violence in San […]

The Gospel According to Disney

Click here to watch the sermon. When I was deciding what to preach on this week, someone in my house said, “Ooh, do the Gospel According to Disney Princesses!” (Someone in my house has always been a fan of Disney princesses; she is alone in that fascination.) I thought, “Hmmm, should I preach on Sleeping Beauty, who falls in love in […]

The Gospel According to Children

Click here to watch the video. Mark 10:13-16 When I first decided to do this summer sermon series on “The Gospel According to…” I thought it sounded like a fun, light thing to do in the summer months. But I had two other reasons. We know we see God in the beauty of the world around us—we feel close to God […]

The Gospel According to Winnie the Pooh

Click here to watch the sermon. Rev. Dr. Bruce Epperly is the senior minister at the South Congregational Church in Centerville, Massachusetts. He also has worked as a seminary professor and a university chaplain, ultimately serving four or five different seminaries and universities. He also has written more than 50 books, including the award-winning book Tending to the Holy: The Practice […]

The Gospel According to the Beatles

Click here to watch the sermon. Matthew 6:25-34 (The Message) If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your […]

The Gospel According to General Synod

Click here to watch the video. Matthew 5:13-16 (from the paraphrase The Message) “Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.  “Here’s another way to put it: […]

The Gospel According to Harry Potter: The Mirror of Erised

Click here to watch the sermon. Psalm 139:1-6 & Matthew 6:19-21  I am a huge fan of the Harry Potter books. The movies are fine, and the Broadway and Fantastic Beasts spinoffs are acceptable. But the books—the seven original Harry Potter books—are special. In many ways they are about the fight of good versus evil, but they also contain so many […]

The Gospel According to Star Trek

Click here to watch the sermon. Acts 2:1-16 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.3Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4All […]

So Great A Cloud

Click here to listen to the sermon. Hebrews 11:39-12:2 The Book of Hebrews is a bit of a mystery to Bible scholars. We don’t know who wrote it, and scholars disagree about when it was written. The best guess—or at least the one that makes the most sense to me—is that it was written between 64 and 70 CE. Those who followed […]

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