Posts Tagged With 'Sermons'

Who Are We?

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Monday, September 22, 2014

The Apostle Paul says, If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it. Is that when church happens? Is that who we are--those who suffer with those who suffer and rejoice with those who rejoice? There is something about the church that makes it always engaged with the joy and suffering of the world. There is something about the church that is always "sent" or "connected" and not isolated or separate.


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Why Are We Here?

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Monday, September 15, 2014

When the confirmation process concludes, students are given an opportunity to join the church if they so discern. They are invited to join a particular church, one small part of the much larger Body of Christ—in our case, Westminster Presbyterian. What is the heart of this community? To what do we join ourselves in committing ourselves to this people?


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A Special Sunday in the Life of Westminster

Rev. Jen Porter

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

This Sunday, our candidate for Associate Pastor will preach her candidating sermon. After the APNC’s twenty month’s search, we celebrate together their nominee and follow our worship service with a congregational meeting to consider formally the committee’s nomination.


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Teaching the Gospel

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

My colleague Leanne Pearce Reed writes: “’Teaching them to obey’ may sound coercive until we remember what he taught/commanded them: Be reconciled to one another. Love your enemies. Do not retaliate against evil. Pray, fast, and give alms but not in a way that draws attention to yourself. Above all, love God and your neighbor.” There is one of the keys to our teaching. The other comes in our remembering that education is rarely a matter of simply pouring information into the heads of students. “Education” comes from the Latin root educare: to draw out. But, especially in the church we are called to create a context for spiritual formation not merely the passing on of knowledge. So, Ellis Nelson’s point is apropos: Christian education is a matter of catching the aroma of hope in a place and among a people. Come and savor this experience of the gospel as we bless and commission our teachers for this holy work.


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Trace Evidence

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

“Trace Evidence” Rev. Chandler Stokes will be preaching on Matthew 11:2-6. This is one of those sermons back by request for this summer. It is easy in this harsh world to wonder where truly is there evidence of a loving and gracious God. By reflecting on a story by Jorge Luis Borges and the work of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, we will look for the trace evidence of the world changed by Christ’s presence: “…not through proofs or arguments, not by ceasing to question or doubt,” but by listening for and following that voice that seems out of place in this world, listening for and heeding that discrepant note: the tenderness and exaltation, the silence and the mitigation of this often harsh world. Please join us.


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Rocks and Words

Rev. David Baak

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Rev. David Baak: Two conversations that we overhear; words about important events, but also stories that are critical points in our faith history: Moses is rescued by his sister’s quick words for the Princess who takes him from the river and it is he who later delivers his people; Peter the disciple says out loud who he believes Jesus to be—the one who will deliver his people. These are stories that help us “check our words” and help us explore the will of God, challenging each other to understand what following Christ means.


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What’s Next for the Church: Embodied Faith

Rev. Katherine Baker

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Reverend Katherine Baker will deliver this week’s sermon and will be exploring our call to embodied faith--What does it mean? How is it demonstrated? Why does it matter? At the forefront of our congregation, what's next for the church? We’ll look to the greatest commandment to aid us in answering these questions.


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The Dangerous Waters of Baptism

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

This Sunday we celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism as well as Communion. When we baptize an infant in worship, we are very careful: careful not to traumatize the child, careful not to make it painful or frightening. And that is as it should be. And yet there are dangers in baptism, no matter how careful we are with the child and with the water. And we will explore some of those dangers this Sunday.


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The Vector of Worship

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Rev. Stokes: "I was asked to revisit some earlier sermons, and this is the first that I'll be exploring this summer. It is about worship--what exactly is it to worship God? The text is Job--and so the nature of God comes into view as well: who is this God Whom we worship? How do we keep God God and not just a human projection? It's not a simple topic; I'm glad someone asked us to go here again."


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I Am Who I Am: The Kingdom of God Wrestles with Identity

Rev. Katherine Baker

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Rev Katie Baker will be exploring the theme of adoption, identity and the nature of our reformed faith. When we say "reformed and ever reforming" and might that be a nod to the paradox and mystery of God's name: Yahweh: I AM WHO I AM?


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Recognizing Truth

Rev. David Baak

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Hannaniah and Jeremiah square off in Jeremiah chapters 27 and 28 over whose prophecy is true. Jeremiah claims that we’ll know the real word of the Lord when it comes to pass. Is that the only way we know truth?…after the fact? “Recognizing Truth” this Sunday, we explore one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit in this season after Pentecost as we think about the Spirit’s work in our liv


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Hard Choices

Rev. David Baak

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

The passage is an interesting one—“Hard Choices” — including the costly discipleship involved in following a Jesus who brings a sword, not peace(?) and sets parents against children, etc. within the overriding asssurance of “Do Not Fear” — losing your life for my sake… really? In a culture of fear and scarcity, God’s abundance is more than enough to give us the courage to work through the consequences of discipleship.


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Montreat Comes Home

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Rev. Stokes returns from the Montreat Youth conference this Sunday, where he has been preaching all week. He'll be preaching about that experience.


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Trying to Keep the Prophets Quiet

Rev. David Baak

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

"Trying to Keep the Prophets Quiet" — a sermon on Numbers 11.24-30: It is Pentecost...the "birth of the Church" when the Holy Spirit "falls on the disciples in wind and like tongues of fire." Except the Holy Spirit was active long before, even in the ancient stories of God's people—at the Tabernacle, in the wilderness, in pillars of fire and cloud, and by inspiring prophets. From the God at the tabernacle being "out of the camp" to becoming "living in us." Today, we believe that the Holy Spirit lives in each of us, together, as Church—how does our "prophecy" take shape in our lives, in this culture of ours?


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