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Lift Up Your Voice

Click here to watch the sermon. Luke 24:1-12 I am part of a circle of women—Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others. I am one of the others.  I am not wealthy, like Joanna, who has supported Jesus’ ministry financially. I am not bold like Mary Magdalene, do not have a son in Jesus’ inner circle.  I […]

The Robe

Click here to watch the sermon. Luke 19:28-40 My father was a wealthy merchant. Of course, the Roman government took a large portion of his profits in taxes, not to mention the extra in bribes, but still we had plenty.  My father was always bringing home wonderful gifts for my mother from his travels.  And this particular day, when I was […]

The Burdens of Excuses & Expectations

Click here to watch the sermon. John 5:1-13 I invite you to follow along with me as I read this scripture. It is found on page 96 in the New Testament, which means near the end of the pew Bible.  I will read John 5:1-13.  After this there was a festival of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now […]

Laying Down the Burden of Might

Click here to watch the video. Micah 4:1-5 The passage of scripture I’m about to read exists almost word-for-word in two different places: in Micah 4 and in Isaiah 2.  “Micah and Isaiah are contemporaries, both prophets of the 8th century BCE, and both concerned primarily with issues of justice and integrity before God in a time of social inequality and […]

The Burden of Greatness

Click here to watch the sermon. Mark 9:33-41 Mark 9 does not show us the disciples’ most shining moment.  At the beginning of the chapter, Jesus takes 3 of his disciples up a high mountain.  The disciples suddenly see Jesus become bright white, bright light, and Moses and Elijah appear and speak with Jesus.  The disciples hear the voice of God […]

The Burden of Too Much

Click here to watch the video. Exodus 16:9-21 Our story for today is from the 16th chapter of Exodus.  In chapter 13, after the plagues, the pharaoh finally lets the Hebrew people leave Egypt.  In chapter 14, the pharaoh changes his mind and sends his army after them,   but God parts the Red Sea and the Israelites escape.  In chapter […]

The Burden of Unforgiveness

Click here to watch the sermon. Genesis 45:1-15 Before I read our scripture for today, let me tell you the story leading up to it. Jacob, the favorite son of Isaac, also had a favorite son.  This son’s name was Joseph.  Jacob made no secret of his favoritism, giving his youngest son special presents like the coat of many colors, which […]

Beyond the Holy Checklist sermon by Skyler Keiter

Click here to watch the sermon. Psalm 19:1-4b; Luke 4:14-21 I have a confession to make. Sometimes, even preachers occasionally find the Bible to be – dare I say – a little boring? And such it was with today’s passage from Luke; in all honestly this text really isn’t particularly exciting or interesting! Given an initial glance, this reading appears to […]

On Fridays I Write Sermons

Click here to listen to the sermon. Ephesians 4:1-7 (My sermon this morning is different. It is more poem than sermon because sometimes the world feels too hard to prose. Sometimes my heart just needs poetry.) I have a plan, a schedule, a method to the madness of preaching. On Tuesdays I read the scripture. I open myself to the story. I […]

Wowed by God

Click here to watch the sermon. Isaiah 6:1-8; Luke 5:1-11 I am not a particularly observant person. I am not likely to notice a new haircut or hair color.  I won’t notice if you start to work out.  You’d probably have to lose 20% of your body weight before I would notice.  The good news is, I won’t notice if you […]

Love That Lasts

Click here to watch the video. 1 Corinthians 13 Billy Collins, a professor and a nationally-recognized poet, wrote a poem called “Introduction to Poetry” about teaching poetry. He wrote that he wanted students to enter the poem, immerse themselves into it, but instead “All they want to do is tie the poem to a chair with rope and torture a confession […]

The Spirit of the Lord Is Upon Me

Click here to watch the video. Luke 4:14-21 I did some reading this week about an artist of some renown. This artist “attributed much about his life and his work to his underwhelming physique. As a child he felt overshadowed by his older brother, Jarvis, a first-rate student and athlete.  [The artist], by contrast, was slight and pigeon-toed…. His grades were […]

An online worship experience for the snowbound

Hi, friends. Thank you for joining me for a little online worship this snowy morning. Since it’s Martin Luther King, Jr, weekend, I want us to start by listening to some of his most famous words. You know the speech—maybe even know it so well that it almost feels like scripture to you. But when […]

Ever New and Ever Old

Click here to watch the sermon. Luke 3:15-16, 21-22 (CEB) The people were filled with expectation, and everyone wondered whether John might be the Christ. John replied to them all, “I baptize you with water, but the one who is more powerful than me is coming. I’m not worthy to loosen the strap of his sandals. He will baptize you with […]

With Willing Feet

Click here to watch the sermon. Matthew 2:1-12 John Ross Dix was a British writer and poet in the 1800s. He led a difficult life. He wrote poetry, but poetry doesn’t pay the bills. His first business failed within a year. He studied medicine (his education paid for by his friends) but his alcoholism ended his medical career. He tried several […]

Silent Night, Noisy Night

In 1818, a young assistant priest named Joseph Mohr in Oberndorf, Austria, asked a schoolmaster and organist in a nearby village to write a melody for some song lyrics he had written two years before. Franz Xaver Gruber complied, and the result was our beloved carol Silent Night, which was sung for the first time […]

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