Matthew 17:1-9 When I began my time with you eighteen months ago, I preached about trusting that the Spirit would surely be our holy GPS along this transitional journey. The first Sunday after John McCall retired, I reminded us, using a midrash story about God, the angels and creation, that even in the time between [...]
Isaiah 58:1-12 Matthew 5:13-16 One of the first questions I was asked in seminary, umpteen years ago, was “What is your canon within the canon?” This is, of course, “canon” with one “n” in the middle, not two, and refers to our sacred text. Another way of asking the question is “What is your Bible [...]
Sermon by Rev. Cindy Maddox on January 26, 2014 John 1:35-46 Years ago I was leaving a store in the mall when I noticed a young boy speaking adamantly to his parents and older siblings. “I’m the leader!” he announced. “OK, everybody? I’m the leader!” He turned on his heel, marched out the door, then [...]
January 5, 2014 Matthew 2:1-12 The Christmas presents have been opened, exchanged, returned, or packed away for next year’s “regifting.” The tree has either been dragged to the curb or is so dry you’re afraid to turn the lights on for fear of spontaneous combustion. Christmas decorations have disappeared from store shelves, already replaced by [...]
December 8, 2013 Isaiah 11:1-10 Most of you have probably heard of The Hunger Games. The Hunger Games Trilogy is a series of young adult books, now movies, set in the future in what is left of the United States after a series of wars and uprisings. The country now goes by the name of [...]
Sermon from 12/01/2013 given by Rev. Diane Harvey. Text to come.
“This Day” November 24, 2013 John 6:25-35 Philippians 4:4-9 We live in an entertainment culture. And apparently we like our entertainment with some judging involved. Just about every night of the week, it seems, you can watch American Idol, The Voice, the X Factor, America’s Got Talent, Dancing with the Stars, or So You Think [...]
Matthew 4:18-25 One of the things you will learn about me is that, when it comes to scripture, I usually want to know more. I want the back story. I want the internal dialogue, the thought processes. I want to know the character’s motivation. I want to know exactly what caused Peter and Andrew to [...]
Luke 19:1-10 A colleague of mine once told his congregation that each of us is like a house, with a living room where we entertain our thoughts, ideas and goals, and a dark basement where we store the trash like all our regrets and ‘what ifs’. And each house has a balcony with all the [...]
Sermon from 10/27/2013 given by Rev. Diane Harvey. Text to come.
Rev. Marvin M. Ellison Matthew 6:1-18 This morning I invite us to think about the difference between authentic and bogus spirituality. What are the signs of “true piety”? If you’d like an early clue, I’d suggest pondering our calling to be a loving, welcoming, and serving community of faith. On my study wall I have [...]
Sermon from 10/13/2013 given by Rev. Diane Harvey. Text to come.
Sermon from 10/06/2013 given by Rev. Diane Harvey. Text to come.
Luke 16:19-31 Perhaps you have heard the story of the three women, who at the same moment arrive at the pearly gates. St. Peter greets them and says: “Now, you know there are qualifications to get in. Each of you must tell me what you have done with your life.” The first woman is Roman [...]
Audio from sermon given on 9/22/2013 by the Rev. Dr. Judith Blanchard.
Luke 15:1-10 Four decades ago, I worked as a shepherd. Actually I worked as a shepherd and a cattle wrangler on a large sheep and cattle property in Australia. I was an exchange student in Molong, New South Wales, about a 2 hour drive northwest of Sydney; and between that property and two others my [...]