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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 […]

The Unbroken Song

Click here to watch the video Luke 1:39-56 In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, […]

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 […]

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