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Life is a Beach 2 by Sue Stevens

Church is important to me, as anyone who knows me can guess. Seems like I am always here. Some people think that they don’t need to come to church to be close to God. They say that they feel close to God in lots of other places.  I’m not here to argue that point – […]

Rooted and Grounded in Love

Click here to watch the sermon   Ephesians 3:14-21 I want to start this morning by thanking you for my upcoming sabbatical time, which will begin on Wednesday of this week. This time next week, as you are gathering here, I will be heading to Washington DC for the Festival of Homiletics, a preaching conference, where I will get to hear […]

You’ve Got a Friend

Click here to watch the sermon.   John 15:9-17 I read a fascinating conversation on Facebook this week. It was in a closed group—mostly ministers, and predominately female. A woman went to the group to ask for advice—or possibly to complain, I’m not sure which. She said that she was a new associate pastor serving in a wealthy congregation. The members […]

Reaping What We Sow – Earth Day

Click here to watch the sermon. Galatians 6:1-10 The Message I usually read and preach from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, which is the version in your pews, and is a good, reliable, scholarly translation. But this morning I will read our scripture from The Message, which is neither scholarly nor a direct translation but rather a paraphrase.  […]

My Family – Sermon for Community Crisis Ministries Sunday

Click here to watch the video. Matthew 25:34-40 The Community Crisis Ministries Team selected our scripture for this morning.  When Kathy Sahrbeck gave it to me, she asked if it was OK, if it was appropriate for CCM Sunday, and if I thought I could preach from it.  I said, “Oh, sure, no problem!”—on the outside.  On the inside I was […]

Take Another Look: Easter Sunday

Click here to watch the sermon. John 20:1-18 There is always great controversy among biblical scholars and theologians about the Easter story. According to traditionalists, Christianity demands that we believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus. Such a belief is, they say, a core tenet of the faith. For others the only requirement is that we believe in the spiritual resurrection […]

Julian of Norwich: All Shall Be Well

Click here to watch the sermon. Mark 11:1-11 and Mark 14:1-11 Denominations and individual preachers vary on their approach to this day.  For some it has always been and will always be Palm Sunday, and that’s all.  But many others are now calling it Palm [slash] Passion Sunday.  In the “good old days” when church was the center of communal life, […]

Teresa of Avila: Witty Lover of God

Click here to watch the video. 1 John 4: She was born Teresa Ali Fatim Corella Sanchez de Capeda y Ahumada in Avila, Spain.   We know her as Teresa of Avila or Teresa of Jesus.  When she was seven years old, she convinced her older brother that they should run away and “go off to the land of the Moors […]

Marguerite d’Oingt

Click here to watch the sermon. Jeremiah 31:31-34 The reason we are able to have this Lenten study on the mystics is simple but important: they all told their stories. They felt compelled to tell others what they had seen, heard, or experienced. “There were basically two motivations for writing—to tell one’s own spiritual history and to teach others about God. […]

Gertrude the Great

Click here to watch the sermon. Romans 8:37-39 When women were first allowed to enter into a monastic life, it represented great freedom. Societal expectations on women were very clear and very limited. “A woman’s convent provided an escape from male domination. . . . It gave women personal power and prestige; offered a political role as abbess or prioress; and […]

Christina of Markyate: Visionary Truth

Click here to watch the sermon. Acts 11:1-17 The woman we call Christina of Markyate was born in 1096 into a wealthy merchant family.  She was originally named Theodora.  We know much about her because she was revered enough to have a vita written about her.  It is technically a biography rather than an autobiography, since it was written by others, […]

Hildegard of Bingen: Our Greening God

Click here to watch the sermon. Isaiah 58:8-11 Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am. […]

What About Me?

Click here to watch the sermon. Mark 9:2-9 I was one of the twelve. The twelve. Jesus’ disciples. Some days I still can’t believe I was that lucky—or blessed, I guess I should say.  Of all the people he could have chosen, he chose me!  Of course, I do have to take a little credit because at least I was smart […]

Drilling Holes for Freedom

By the Rev. Marvin M. Ellison, Ph.D. Watch the sermon here. Mark 1:14-20 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw […]

Unclean Spirits

Watch the sermon here. Mark 1:21-28 I don’t usually use long quotes of other people’s writings in my sermons.  I’m pretty picky about my sermons being original.  But this writer tells the story so effectively, with such natural comparisons to our own context, that I want to share it almost in its entirety.  The author begins: It was the […]

Let It Shine

Sermon by Skyler Keiter Click here to watch the sermon. Psalm 139:1-3, 13-18 Do you have a passage of scripture that makes you feel as if God is speaking directly to you? Or maybe it’s not scripture, but a poem, song, or place that fills you with such awe that you cannot help but gasp in wonder at the divine beauty […]

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