Sermons

Sunrise, the dawn of a new day.

Waiting for Morning

March 9, 2020
If we gloss over the pain and jump too quickly for the redemption, we are going to miss the point...we're going to miss God.
Desert River painting by Peter Praisey

What Is Happening?

March 5, 2020
This season in the church feels unsettled, uncertain - it is a time of reform where we are examining assumptions and thinking differently about what church really is. And that's…
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New Again: What Is Happening


In the season of Lent, we want to take a genuine, honest, prayerful look at our lives, and the life of the church. It may be uncomfortable, but that's OK;…
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Just Be

February 25, 2020
Do ever feel like there’s not enough time in your day to get everything done? Does the pace of your personal or public life leave you stressed? Discover a slower…
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Still I Rise

February 20, 2020
God gives strength to those who are weak, lifting up the oppressed, and giving victory to those who trust in God.
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What Other Gods?


What does it mean for our hearts to turn away? What does it mean to be led astray, to bow down to other gods and serve them? Bowing down to…
Children walking down a road.

A Brave and Startling Truth

February 10, 2020
Human beings are “neither devils nor divines” in the scope of God’s glorious creation; our insignificance compared to the infinite space of God’s creative power is (ironically) empowering. Please read…
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Humanity, Humility, and Hope


The Season of Lent can be a refreshing time of discovery. It's a time to step out of the fog of routine, take a deep breath, and make a change…
Byzantine mosaic of Christ.

Touched By An Angel

February 3, 2020
To discover and realize that you are loved by God is the most liberating, affirming experience one can have.
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God’s Expectations


How often do we ponder God's expectations of us? Does that feel risky? And let’s face it, you never know what God might ask of us. Maybe it’s better to…
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

January 27, 2020
Can we hear the caged bird sing? And having heard the cry, do we know why? The church of Jesus Christ must learn how to recognize the structures that are…
Kids lining up to pick teams.

Picking Teams


To be part of something that matters, to be included, to be part of a team, a family, a neighborhood, to feel cared for, loved and supported…this isn’t just kid…
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On the Pulse of the Morning

January 21, 2020
Our connectedness to God, to the earth, and to one another, is a source of hope and assurance. It's what we seek as we head toward the horizon.
Helping hand reaching down to another hand.

Out of the Mud and Mire


If our lives have gotten away from us, if we’re not living in a healthy way, body, mind and spirit, a pit might be the safest spot. But, it is…
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Reboot the System

January 15, 2020
Baptism initiates and incorporates us as the Body of Christ; when we renew our baptismal vows we are re-incorporated, the body is renewed.
Artwork of Jesus' baptism with the Holy Spirit descending as a dove.

Close Encounters of the Holy Kind


Close encounters, of the holy kind, occur regularly. Described by some as 'thin places;' sometimes we notice; more often we don’t. Life is like that, holy moments, come and gone.…
photo of a foggy morning meadow with bare tree in the foreground

The Fourth Gift

January 13, 2020
There was a fourth gift brought by the Wise Men at Jesus' birth that's even more important than the gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Artwork of the flight from Egypt.

The Rest of the Christmas Story

January 12, 2020
The Christmas story doesn't end on December 26. There's so much more to learn from what happens immediately after the birth of Christ.
Art depicting Isaiah the prophet.

And On Earth, Peace

January 3, 2020
The birth of Jesus is the inauguration of a reign of endless peace. It is not a culmination; it is a beginning, the beginning of the reign of the Prince…
The Nativity; artwork by Gari Melchens.

Emmanuel


Jesus is the embodiment of peace, “God with us.” Within the startling simplicity of a sign, the birth of a child, we get the Prince of Peace.
Art depicting a shepherd with sheep at night.

Do Not Be Afraid


God entered this world as a baby, grew up in a family, and worked as a carpenter. God knows what it is to be human. God knows what you need.…
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Weak Hands, Feeble Knees, and Fearful Hearts

December 17, 2019
God's peace is embodied, physical, and something we can feel. It's not just spiritual reality.
Child making a snow angel in the snow.

When Souls Magnify the Lord


When souls magnify the Lord, there is clarity, there is purpose, there is joy! How is it with your soul?
Peaceable Kingdom painting by Edward Hicks

Tender Wolves, Tenacious Lambs

December 10, 2019
The image of tender wolves lying down with tenacious lambs implies both have changed: the wolf has become more gentle and the lamb has become bolder.
Hand dipping fingers in a pool of water.

Remember, And Be Thankful

December 9, 2019
The Season of Advent is a powerful and sensory time, full of memories and meaning. Where is your heart and mind leading you? Take time to remember, and be thankful.
Spinning wheel with hope and fear as choices.

Swords Into Plowshares

December 5, 2019
So profound will be the peaceful reign of the coming Messiah that there will be no need for weapons or for learning about war at all.
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Again I Say, Rejoice!

November 27, 2019
To “rejoice always” is not to live with an artificial happiness or to pretend everything is okay. It is to live with faith in God’s goodness.
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Be Still, And Know That I Am God

November 25, 2019
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Always has been, always will be.
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Press On!

November 18, 2019
Earthly gains are nothing; we must press on, leave them behind, and actively purse the heavenly call of God.
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Not Me

November 17, 2019
Arrrgh! The Apostle Paul can get pretty angsty when he’s busy, busy, busy setting an example that folks aren’t following. Are you an idler? Not sure? (uh-oh).

Joy Complete

November 11, 2019
The grace of God not only allows us to see God's vision for what this world should be, it also empowers us to do it, i.e. to act upon that…
Sea gull flying into the sunset.

Children of the Resurrection

November 10, 2019
When we leave this world, we are not leaving home. We are going home. Heaven could be something of a homecoming.

Good Work

November 6, 2019
God can work through any circumstances, good, bad, or otherwise.
Stained glass depicting of all saints.

An Ordinary Saint

November 4, 2019
“All Saints” is about God still at work in the world, and in our lives. And how all people have the potential in this life to be continually transformed.
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All Music is Written in the Same Key

June 13, 2018
All music is in the key of hope. Find out all the meanings of hope in your life, and be sure to feed the right wolf.