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Warmth

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

The poet Goethe’s dying words were: “Light, light! Let there be more light!” Another poet in response said, “Why more light? We do not die of the darkness so much as the cold.” Our focus on Christmas Eve will be on the “warmth” of the gospel. In the Incarnation, our God did not become an idea but flesh and blood, a warm-blooded human being: there is the Good News.


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A Word From Beyond

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

This Sunday we hear Jesus’ mother Mary offer her famous prayer: the Magnificat. Mary’s word is one of those that “is uttered and you know it is true, and it has always been true.” So how is that? How does Mary move from “How can this be?” to “My soul magnifies?” That’s a question for us too.


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A New Tomorrow

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

When the darkness seems to close in around us and life lies in pieces, sometimes it is very difficult to maintain hope. Last week we spoke about the infinite disproportion between us and the mystery with which we have become entwined. This week, the gospel is not about an infinite disproportion (which still holds) but about finite things that can be done. Finite things that can be done, even when the past cannot be fixed.


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Before the Mourners’ Bench

Kyle Kooyers

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The Second Wednesday of Advent.

All They Could Do

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

The lectionary (the traditional set of readings for Sunday mornings) dedicates two Sundays to John the Baptist. Next to Jesus, Paul, and Peter, John the Baptist is mentioned more frequently than any other figure in the New Testament. His message maintained its importance, even after the “One Greater” came after him. His message stayed critical, because it is one for us to uphold: to prepare the Way of the Lord.


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Seeds of Hope

Kyle Kooyers

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Kyle Kooyers, Seminary Intern, delivers the first sermon in the 'In Wondering and Waiting' series.


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Grander Than We Have Imagined

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

The story we hear this week is of Jesus’ telling his disciples of the days to come. These kinds of pronouncements are often twisted, or they are shrunk down to manageable size. Fred Craddock said, The human heart is too small a screen on which to cast this grand scene. Indeed, the hope in Luke’s story here is grander than we have imagined. Join us.


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What is Truth?

Rev. Jen Porter

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

As we hear Pilate and Jesus' dialogue, traditionally heard on Good Friday, Jesus declares that he has come to "witness to the truth." The closing question from Pilate that lingers unanswered is "What is truth?". We seek that same answer. What is truth? And what does it mean in our lives?

Scripture and Sermon

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Our confirmation series comes to a conclusion with a reflection on the center of Reformed worship: the Scripture and its exposition. Both are essential, though not enough. Both call upon the Spirit’s presence. Both are fraught with challenges. From words to Word—that’s the great hope of our worship!


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The Law

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, November 8, 2015

My colleague at San Francisco Theological Seminary, Prof. Greg Love, once wrote: Christ and the Spirit always engage us in a way that leaves our freedom intact. The Law, rather than a burden, is God’s map of the freedom we have in Christ and the Spirit. The law describes the shape of our freedom.


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Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Martin Luther said: “The devil flees before the sound of music almost as much as before the Word of God.... Music is a gift and grace of God, not an invention of humankind. Thus it drives out the devil and makes people cheerful.” We are participants in music—singing, playing, listening, and yet it seems to be bigger than us, much bigger, more mysterious, less controllable. We speak of being “moved”—there’s a lot going on here…


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Go Into the World in Peace, For I Am With You

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

The Charge at the end of our services is the final reminder of how our worship of God is intended to form us as we re-enter the world. We “go in peace” and we are to “have courage”—and we are to remember that when we re-enter the world, we are accompanied by God. God is with us. That is how we are even able to re-enter the world, let alone re-enter it with courage, trusting in love as the only power we have.


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Further Than We Can Walk

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

On Sunday afternoon, October 18, Christopher Mergener was ordained as a Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). His ordination was historic in our Presbytery. It was a joyful, blessed occasion. Here is a link to the sermon Further Than We Can Walk preached on that day.


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Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

This is what the old hymn says: We give Thee but Thine own Whate’er the gift may be All that we have is Thine alone A trust, O Lord, from Thee. How shall we live, if we recognize that we own nothing, that everything we have is a gift? That’s worth spending some time, giving some time, to understand. Join us.


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What Does it All Mean?

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Since grace is so huge, it is no wonder that each week, in describing our Prayer of Confession, the bulletin says: Trusting that God is love, we express our lament, our brokenness, and our failings to God. There is room for all of that in the heart of God: sorrow, hurt, pain, guilt. We needn’t shy away from any of our alienation or brokenness—that’s how deep, how broad and how high is the grace of God.


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