Sermons

Marriage

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon     Marriage LGBTQ
Sunday, August 23, 2015

Matthew includes Ruth in the genealogy of Jesus. One of the reasons is that she represents an outsider to the family line, which anticipates some of the outlandish things that Jesus does. Another reason for her inclusion in the genealogy is the profound covenantal expression of love that she makes to her mother-in-law Naomi. It is a picture of God’s fidelity in human form.


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Wisdom

Kyle Nolan

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

At our 10am service this Sunday, Kyle Nolan will continue our Vocabulary of Faith series, considering the elusive meaning of wisdom within and beyond the tradition.


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Hope

Rev. Sarah Juist

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Sunday, August 9, 2015

For all of its talk about light, hope thrives in the darkness. It bears bittersweet fruit there: patience, endurance, compassion, and joy. This hope--the good news that God is making all things new--nourishes us on the way and binds us together as God's people, even in the worst of our seasons. It's the sort of gift that turns strangers into family, anger to lament, and excitement to joy.


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Priest

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Priest—the word conjures up an image of robes and confessionals, maybe even of Latin and elaborate wardrobes. The odd thing is that our tradition emphasizes the priesthood of all believers. All believers—there’s a concept. How exactly does that play out for us? This Sunday in our series on The Vocabulary of Faith, we explore the word, “priest.”


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The Word

Rev. Jen Porter

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Hebrew word for blessed in the beatitudes is 'ashar:' to find the right road, to find our way. Jesus' sermon on the mount begins with the Beatitudes. The way to God's Kingdom looks a lot like these. Jesus word is not easy and we don't explain them away. Jesus' sermon on the mount ends asking if our house will be able to withstand the storm. On this Word we rise and fall.


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Reconciliation

Rev. David Baak

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Theologian and teacher Marcus Borg says the Christian Life is "about loving God and loving what God loves. It’s about becoming passionate about God and participating in God’s passion for a different kind of world, here and now.” The author of the letter to the Ephesians says that Christ “is our peace…”; creating “one new humanity…”; reconciling us to God so we are no longer strangers and “together…a dwelling place for God.” Reconciliation isn’t just about fixing; reconciliation is about a whole new way of living…today, and every day.


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Grace

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound. The country just heard a very fine sermon on grace, delivered by President Barak Obama. What was implicit in his sermon was this idea of the transformative power of grace—that’s what we’ll explore this Sunday: the grace that meets us when we are blind…, and then we see.


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Love

Rev. Jen Porter

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Living perfectly, loving perfectly, Jesus is calling us disciples to quite a lot. But not alone, these words that seem to raise the stakes on just how serious we really are about following him, do not doom us to failure. Jason Byassee says instead they are “a word of judgment meant to drive us into the arms of grace.”

Education

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

The simplest difference between what we often think of as education and what Jesus intended in his teaching is simply this. Jesus did not call us merely to be students, but to be disciples. And that is a different thing; it requires something more of us.


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Gospel

Rev. Jen Porter

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

There is deep spiritual hunger in the world. How do we share our rich faith in Christ which orients all lives to life. In the words of Randle Mixon, how do "we find the imagery and language that allow us to enter another's world in order to speak our truth honestly, respectfully, and effectively"?


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Humanity

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

We commission our youth for their trips this summer and we commission the staff at Camp Henry. Rev. Stokes will be preaching on The Vocabulary of Faith and the way that the word "human" is used both inside and outside the tradition. If God became human, what does it mean that we too have been created human?


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Freedom

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon     Worship
Sunday, June 7, 2015

“For freedom Christ has set you free,” says Paul. And at the very same time, we understand ourselves to be slaves to Christ, those who are bound in obedience to Christ. The paradox is that we find in our service to Christ, perfect freedom. Join us in celebrating Sherrill Vore’s ministry and in re-discovering the freedom promised in our servitude to Christ.


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What the Spirit is Saying

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon     Worship
Sunday, May 31, 2015

This Sunday, May 31, is Trinity Sunday, when we celebrate (of all things!) a theological concept. In keeping with the season of Pentecost, we will be focusing in particular on one aspect of the Trinity: The Holy Spirit. Called Comforter, Advocate, Spirit, Wind, and many other things - the Spirit is also the glue that binds us as a community.


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The Vulnerable Spirit

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Please note, everyone, that we move to one worship service at 10AM this Sunday! It is Pentecost and we will explore one of the essential gifts of the Holy Spirit—hope. My colleague Tom Are writes: “We hope for a life that we have never seen in ourselves, but we have seen in Christ.” It is a profound hope, rooted in our trust and confidence in God’s promise. Join us at … 10AM! on Sunday, May 24.


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When in our Music God is Glorified

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Ms. Herz-Sommer had a lot to teach us: “Beethoven was the most unhappy person,” she wrote to her son, Ariel, when he was away at school, “but gives to us in his music, hope, strength, faith, he wants to say: Life is worthwhile, even when it is very, very difficult.” Her letters convey a sense of urgency, almost an anxiety: not that he would suffer or fall ill, the lingering terrors of many survivors, but that he would fail to appreciate fully the art that gave her own life meaning. (from NYTimes.com)


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