Sermons

Sermon: The Value of Your Possessions

Rev. Dr. John Buchanan

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Rev. Dr. John Buchanan served as pastor of Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago for 26 years. He has held various of leadership positions in the PC(USA) and was editor/publisher of The Christian Century magazine for 15 years. He served as moderator of the 208th General Assembly in 1996-1997 and has represented the Presbyterian Church as a member of the Governing Board of the National Council of Churches. He has received numerous doctorates and honors and has written three books. John and his wife, Sue, have five children.

Sermon: The 19th Sunday after Pentecost

Rev. Sue Rozeboom

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

This Sunday, on Rev. Sue Rozeboom's final week of this series, we commission the members of our pastor nominating committee, otherwise known as PNC. Gathering around them in prayer, we commit to continuing to hold them in prayer as they discern on our behalf. Join us as we worship the God who leads us forward. May we step together in peace and in unity and in love.

Sermon: Wise or Otherwise

Rev. Sue Rozeboom

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Rev. Dr. Sue Rozeboom will join us again this Sunday. She is an associate professor of liturgical theology at Western Theological Seminary, where she and students “together delve deeply into topics such as the Trinity and Christian Worship, the Holy Spirit and the Sacraments, historical Christian practices, and what we can learn from them for the church today.” She holds a PhD in Liturgical Studies from the University of Notre Dame. She will also be preaching at Westminster on September 30.

Sermon: Mistakes into Masterpieces

Rev. Sue Rozeboom

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

For the next three weeks, Rev. Dr. Sue Rozeboom will be preaching "The Good Life: Both Gift and Calling." She will lead us in considering God's gift in creation in Psalm 19:7-14 and our call to discipleship in James 3. Join us Sunday for this first sermon: Mistakes into Masterpieces.

Sermon: Right Here…

Rev. Jen Porter

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

We live in particular places and with particular people. Right here is the particular place and the particular people with whom we live God's love in the world. As we step into this fall readying ourselves to hear new voices speaking into our community, we examine our commitment to follow God's call and to live well in community together. Right here, we have the amazing opportunity to reflect Christ. Worship at 8:30 and 11:00 with Rev. Jen preaching.

Sermon: Religion That Is Pure

Brendan Omicioli

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Sunday, September 2, 2018

We begin the lectionary's reading of James on Sept. 2nd focusing on James 1:17-27. These verses open us up to James' imperative that faith and action cannot be separated. Together we will explore what James might imagine "pure religion" looks like in our fragmented world today.


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Sermon: Abide

Kyle Nolan

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

One of the most famous sayings of the Desert Fathers of the early church goes like this: “A certain brother went to Abba Moses in Scete, and asked him for a good word. And the elder said to him: Go, sit in your cell, and your cell will teach you everything.” As our “Responses of Faith” sermon series comes to an end, and as our “yes, no, maybe…” is rounded off by a concluding “so,” we’ll explore what Jesus’ invitation to abide — to stay still – might have to say to teach us. Scripture: John 6:56-69.

Sermon: From the Crossroads of Maybe

Rev. Jen Porter

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Sunday, August 19, 2018

As we discern the yes or the no, we find ourselves living in between seeking our faithful response and action. We seek clarity and which direction to go. A maybe dwells in the middle and we find ourselves in no way aimless. While we wait and while we discern, we are formed. We find the way. We hear the Word of the Lord.

Sermon:The Yes Behind the No

Rev. Jeremy Bork

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

We continue our Yes, No, Maybe, So series this week with saying no. The Ephesians text is quite the list of dos and don’ts, and if you’re like me it’s not always easy to engage a passage like this. Join us as we wrestle and wonder together about the connection between the things God might be inviting us to say no to and the deeper yes behind them. Scripture: Ephesians 4:25-5:2

Sermon: Saying Yes

Rev. Laurie Hartzell

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

On Sunday August 5th, we welcome back to our pulpit Rev. Laurie Hartzell from Benton Harbor First Presbyterian. As we continue to join together in ministry, Kyle Nolan will be preaching in Benton Harbor while Rev. Laurie preaches here. She is preaching on Isaiah 6:1-8 and our continued "Saying Yes" to God. All are welcome.


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Sermon: And They Asked Him…

Rev. Jen Porter

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

John 6:1-21 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) Feeding the Five Thousand 6 After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias.[a] 2 A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. 3 Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. 4 Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. 5 When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” 6 He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. 7 Philip answered him, “Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” 8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, 9 “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?” 10 Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they[c] sat down, about five thousand in all. 11 Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.” 13 So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. 14 When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.” 15 When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself. Jesus Walks on the Water 16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, 17 got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. 18 The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. 19 When they had rowed about three or four miles,[d] they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were terrified. 20 But he said to them, “It is I;[e] do not be afraid.” 21 Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land toward which they were going.

Sermon: Coming Home

Kyle Nolan

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Do all dogs go to heaven? What about dinosaurs and dragonflies? Is all life resurrection eligible? And why are we compelled to ask these sorts of questions in the first place? Jeremiah — distinguished among Israel’s prophets by his ability to see beyond the possibility of exile to its inevitability, beyond the “losability” of the land that God had promised Israel to the absolute certainty of its impending loss — casts a hope-filled vision of what human vocation can be when we join God in welcoming all creation home. Join us in worship as Kyle Nolan preaches on Jeremiah 23:1-6.


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Sermon: The Plumb Line

Rev. David Baak

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

“Has God ever been mad at anyone?” The reading from Amos 7 begins with a plumb line (a standard or expectation) and ends with a call to be a prophet — and in between God certainly seems mad at the people. We ask, "What else is there to know about this?" as we join in worship on Sunday at 10:00a. Rev. David Baak preaching; Sanctuary Choir.


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Sermon: Shake It Off

Rev Jeremy Bork

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

For the month of July, we're responding to some of the questions we didn't get to in the Q&A last month. This weeks sermon responds to the question, "Are there ideas in the original Greek New Testament that you think got lost in translation to English?" as it pertains to our lectionary text. In these verses, Jesus instructs the newly called and sent disciples with these words, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.” While it is easy to limit our understanding of this passage to these English words, let us take another step together in wondering what else Jesus might be teaching through them. Perhaps there's not only a message for those unwelcoming places but also good news for the disciples themselves. Join us in worship at 10am as we listen for how God's Spirit is speaking to us through this question and this passage.

Sermon: To Be Made Well

Rev. Jen Porter

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Sunday, July 1, 2018

In the gospels, the healing power of God is evident and real. God comes to heal and to forgive, to make hearts whole and well. Why does it seems like sometimes there is no answer? As we ask that question, we remember that Jesus often answered questions with questions. This week: "Why wouldn't God answer prayers for good things?" Perhaps the question back to us is "What are we looking for, what are we expecting?"

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