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How silently, how silently

Click here to watch the sermon. Luke 1:21-25 O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by. Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting Light; The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight. For Christ is born of Mary and gathered all […]

Disperse the Gloomy Clouds of Night

Click here to watch the sermon. Isaiah 9:2-7 2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness—on them light has shined. 3 You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder. 4 […]

Keeping Holy by Rev. Marvin M. Ellison

Click here to watch the video. Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18 The other day on National Public Radio, I heard the last few minutes of an interview with Francesca Gino, a Harvard Business School professor whose new book is entitled Rebel Talent: Why It Pays to Break the Rules at Work and in Life.  Professor Gino describes how her four-and-a-half year old son […]

Making Change, Bringing All

Click here to watch the video. Psalm 126 Psalm 126 is one of my favorites.  It is eloquent and bursting with imagery, rich in metaphor and meaning.  It also speaks to me when life is good and life is not so good. The psalm divides very neatly into two sections, each three verses long.  In the first section the psalmist is […]

Making Change: Sing to the Lord an Old Song

Click here to watch the sermon. Psalm 96:1-9 When I started here as your senior pastor five years ago, I did my best not to change things, particularly in worship. Since you’d had one pastor for nearly 24 years, I figured that me just being me was quite enough of a change! So my theory was “Add, not change,” and I […]

Making Change: Changing Our Perspective

Click here to watch the video. Ezekiel 37:1-14 The hand of the Lord came upon me, and brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. The Lord led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. The Lord said to me, “Mortal, […]

Making Change: Changing Clothes

Click here to watch the video Galatians 3:25-29 Some days I feel like I can’t keep doing this.  I can’t keep seeing news of children in danger and still believe this country values children.  I can’t keep seeing news of families incarcerated or abandoned and still believe we are a Christian nation.  I can’t keep seeing news of innocent blood being […]

Making Change: Erase Hate

Click here to watch the video. The Book of Jonah The Book of Jonah is an odd little book. It starts how most books that feature prophets start: with notice that God has spoken to the prophet. The formula for prophetic books is clear and predictable. Isaiah begins: The vision of Isaiah son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and […]

Coming Home to Me

Click here to watch the sermon. Luke 15:11-32 I spend a fair amount of time planning worship. I want the liturgy and the hymns to all work together to support the theme, while also trying to make sure I have a mix of traditional hymns and newer music. So I spent considerable time this week trying to find a good hymn […]

World Communion Sunday

Click here to watch the video. Mark 14:22-25 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, […]

Coming Home to Community Sermon by Jackie McNeil

Click here to watch the sermon. 1 Corinthians 12:12-26 Some of you may remember this story. We’d been here about a year and a half and Cindy was off on her second mission trip to Cherryfield, and with her were some of the church folks that I’d become closest to here. Joshua had come to live with us, and he and […]

Coming Home to Healing

Click here to watch the sermon. This has been one of those weeks where I had to throw out my worship plan and sermon because too much has happened in the world around us. I had planned to preach on forgiveness, but after all the news about sexual assault this week, the topic did not feel appropriate. The implications were too […]

Coming Home to the Word

Click here to watch the sermon. James 1:21-25 Your bulletin doesn’t have a scripture reference because it took me a while to choose one.  You see, when I started planning this sermon series on Coming Home, one of the first ideas that came to me was coming home to the Bible, or coming home to God’s Word. Maybe it’s just me. […]

Sabbath Lessons

Click here to watch the sermon. Preaching experts will tell you that sermons should have one main point, and preachers should be wary of “stringing pearls,” which means stringing together a bunch of random thoughts and calling it a sermon. But I freely admit this is a pearl-stringing sermon because I want to share with you some experiences and stories from […]

Loving Your Limp – Sermon by Tamara Torres McGovern

Clich here to watch the video of the sermon. Genesis 32:22-31 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) 22 The same night he got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23 He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had. 24 Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled […]

Peacemaker by David Moyer

Click here to watch the video. Good Morning, my name is David Moyer. Some of you may know me as Dr. Moyer, the oral surgeon. As some of you also know, I have recently retired from my clinical practice of 29 years. My wife has told me I should “inject” a little humor into my sermon, because I tend to be […]

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