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The Gospel According to General Synod

Click here to watch the video. Matthew 5:13-16 (from the paraphrase The Message) “Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.  “Here’s another way to put it: […]

The Gospel According to Harry Potter: The Mirror of Erised

Click here to watch the sermon. Psalm 139:1-6 & Matthew 6:19-21  I am a huge fan of the Harry Potter books. The movies are fine, and the Broadway and Fantastic Beasts spinoffs are acceptable. But the books—the seven original Harry Potter books—are special. In many ways they are about the fight of good versus evil, but they also contain so many […]

The Gospel According to Star Trek

Click here to watch the sermon. Acts 2:1-16 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.3Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4All […]

So Great A Cloud

Click here to listen to the sermon. Hebrews 11:39-12:2 The Book of Hebrews is a bit of a mystery to Bible scholars. We don’t know who wrote it, and scholars disagree about when it was written. The best guess—or at least the one that makes the most sense to me—is that it was written between 64 and 70 CE. Those who followed […]

Lydia, The Seller of Purple

Click here to watch the sermon. Acts 16:6-15 There is so much in this story that I want to know more about.  First of all, it says that Paul and Timothy were “forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia,” and “the spirit of Jesus did not allow them” to go to Bithynia.  How did that work, exactly?  […]

Building Bridges

Click her to watch the sermon. Most pastors will tell you that preaching on the big holidays is difficult.  First of all, the pressure is high.  Attendance is larger than usual with lots of visitors, so it’s important to give a good sermon . . .or at least not put anyone to sleep.  Second, preaching on big holidays is hard because […]

Reality Check by the Rev. Jill Job Saxby

Click here to watch the sermon. Scripture: Psalm 23 I want to tell you a true story. Please forgive me if you’ve heard me tell it before.  But my records show that the last time I told this story in public was more than 50 miles from here and more than 12 years ago, so I think the statute of limitations […]

Through the Roof – Community Crisis Ministries Sunday

Click here to watch the sermon. Mark 2:1-12 I invite you to imagine yourself as a member of the crowd in this story. You heard that Jesus was at his home in Capernaum, and you needed to visit him. You had heard all about his many miracles, and you need one, too, so you rushed to his home, eager to be […]

Hope with Action by Deb Sandler

Click here to watch the sermon. Please join me in the Prayer for Illumination Open our hearts and minds, O Lord, by the gift of your Holy Spirit, so that as the Word is read and proclaimed, we may hear what you have to say to us today. Amen Our scripture today is taken from the Good News Bible… Genesis 1: […]

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 […]

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