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Homecoming Sunday

Click here to watch the service. As promised, I will try to keep this brief, and interesting for everyone… So let me set the stage… over the summer my wife and I had some renovations done that we had been planning for a very long time.  To get them done, mostly done… we moved in with my in laws.  I know […]

Living Faith

Click here to watch the service. First a little background. Our text today comes out of the book of James, or maybe more accurately the Epistle of James, as it is thought to have been written to Christians living outside of Palestine, with conservative Judaic beliefs. The author, probably not actually James, brother of the of the Lord, writes under his […]

In Grateful Chorus

Click here to watch the service. Two months ago, before you even knew I would be leaving, I came across this scripture passage in my reading.  It immediately struck me as the passage I wanted to use on this day.  I even wrote it on a scrap of yellow paper and put it in my middle desk drawer so I wouldn’t […]

What kind of armor?

Click here to watch the service. Ephesians 6:10-20 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of God’s power.  Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against […]

Fragments Made Whole

Click here to watch the service. Mark 6:34-44 [This is the last sermon in a series we’ve done this summer on seeing the story from the other side, so I’m doing something different today.  I wanted to revisit a story that we read from a different Gospel at the parking lot worship last month.  I have written a fictional story to […]

What’s that smell?

Click here to watch the service. John 11:33-44 Our story for today is very long so I’m going to summarize the first part.  The 11th chapter of John begins by saying that Lazarus of Bethany was very sick.  His sisters, Mary and Martha, sent a message to Jesus saying, “He whom you love is ill.”  But Jesus didn’t rush to the […]

Aaron and Me

Click here to watch the service. Exodus 4:10-16 This summer in worship we have been hopping around the First Testament (Hebrew Scriptures), trying to hear from the other side—from people in stories we never read in Sunday school, or from people in familiar stories whose point of view is not usually given.  Today we’re going to look at the figure of […]

July 18, 2021 Service

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Jethro’s Gods by Rev. Stephen Savage

Click here to watch the service. Soooooo, Jethro? Not the most memorable character in scripture is he? Chances are that more people know the name as the middle name of a grumpy character on NCIS, than that of a major player in the life of Moses. Now there is a name we can recognize… Moses. He did it all, spoke to […]

July 4, 2021

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Leah’s Lament

Click here to watch the service. Genesis 29:15-29 Any time someone mentions biblical family values, I laugh because the Bible contains some pretty wild family stories.  The story of Jacob and his family would make a fascinating soap opera.  Jacob and his brother Esau were twins, though as different as brothers could be.  Jacob was their mother’s favorite and Esau was […]

“From the eye of a Giant…” By Rev. Stephen Savage

Click here to watch the service. Just a quick note, the story we just heard is violent and unfortunately there isn’t really any way to pull that violence out, not completely, but the story has a lot to offer, so for those of you who find it difficult, I am sorry. What a story, what a story indeed.  The lectionary, that […]

Children & Youth Sunday

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June 6, 2021

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Fantastical Encounter with God by Rev. Stephen Savage

Click here to watch the service. Our scripture passage this morning comes from the book of Isaiah, chapter 6, verses 1-8. 6 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. 2 Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered […]

Pentecost 2021

Click here to watch the service. Wind and fire are the two symbols for Pentecost, since that’s what the scripture tells us the people experienced, or at least were metaphors for what they experienced.  There was a sound like the rush of a mighty wind, and flames, as of fire, appeared among them and rested on them.  I have seen or […]

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