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Christmas Eve 2019, 9pm

Years ago a reporter for a weekly newspaper in Connecticut interviewed a colleague of mine for an article he was writing about how local churches celebrate Christmas.  He asked her, “How do you make the same story new and fresh every year?”  She answered, “I don’t.  The story speaks for itself.”  At the time my […]

Courage Can’t Wait

Click here to watch the sermon. Matthew 1:18-25 Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned […]

Repentance or Peace

Click here to watch the video Isaiah 11:1-2, 5-9 A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord…. Righteousness shall […]

God’s Promised Day

Click here to watch the sermon. Isaiah 2:1-5 The word that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.  In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it.  Many peoples shall come and say, “Come, let […]

A Wonder-Full Life: Looking Out

Click here to watch the video. 1 Timothy 6:17-19 As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.  They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and […]

A Wonder-Full Life: Looking In

Click here to watch the sermon. Matthew 6:19-21, and 24  “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your […]

A Wonder-Full Life: Looking Back

Click here to watch the sermon. Matthew 22:15-22 I am kind of the queen of mixed feelings. Sure, I am opinionated and I feel adamant about important issues, like equality and justice and that there should be only one space after a period. (Yes, really. Look it up.) But often, on the more subtle issues, I can see both sides. I […]

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 […]

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