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Or, Where You’ve Been On Life’s Journey … by Sally Hinckley

Click here to watch the sermon.   December 1944. Mama and I liked to go window shopping on Congress Street, especially at Christmas time. Window shopping was what people did when they didn’t have money to buy stuff. We stopped at the Hub Furniture Company. The original Hub, which was a department store with a jewelry section that my Uncle Ellis […]

Choosing to Adventure in Joy – Jim Kupel

Why are you in church on this lovely day? For Inspiration or Comfort or Joy? In today’s passage [2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19] David brings the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem and he and the people dance for joy before the ark. The ark had been standing in the house of Abinadab for about 70 […]

Moral Holiness by Skyler J. Keiter

Click here to watch the sermon. Leviticus 19:15-18, 33-34 1 John 4:7-8, 21 It is said that when humans try to plan in advance, God laughs. And so it was with this service. A month ago, inspiration struck on my commute home from work. Within thirty minutes of arriving home, I had today’s service half planned; I had chosen a theme, […]

Finding Home by Bryan Wiggins

Watch the sermon here. Sermon by Bryan Wiggins Message Introduction: Jesus was a storyteller. He knew that the escape stories provide into some other world can be the best way to reveal the true nature of our own. This morning I’m going to read my own short piece of fiction. It’s simply the best way I know to share […]

Mission Outreach Sunday Junby Jan Hamilton, Debra Honey and Andrea Thompson McCall

This morning three people are providing information about organizations that help our neighbors.  Our speaker are Jan Hamilton, Debra Honey and Andrea Thompson McCall   Good Morning, my name is Jan Hamilton. I am the first of three to share with you this morning.  The Mission and Outreach Team has planned the service today and […]

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 some […]

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, […]

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