Sermons

Holding Our Swords out of the Water

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Holding our Swords out of the Water. The sermon title this week is a reference to this: When the “Frankish warriors came to be baptized in the water of the Rhine or the Rhone, they were always careful to hold their swords above their heads, out of the waters of baptism, not to save them from rust, but to keep them from Jesus.” They still wanted to be able to kill at will—and maintain their integrity. In a book study once, after reading this line, my friend, Judy, said, “…and I know what swords I hold out of the water.” And to the degree that we hold parts of ourselves out of the waters of baptism, we resist our truest identity as human beings.

Lifted Up in the New Year

Rev. David Baak

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

The First Sunday after Christmas Day is not simply the “new year” — we have already begun this new year with the anticipation of Advent several weeks ago— and Christmas has now come! So, we can have the courage and the strength for us to live into the difficulties of our lives. We are given the faith to bring the Light of God’s love into the lives of children and families who suffer all over the world. We can bring the message of peace and God’s presence into the days and weeks of the calendar before us. God has, as Isaiah said, “lifted us up and carried us [all of our days]” We have been here before so we know we can have hope for the future.


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A New Name

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christ was born in Bethlehem. That’s what we celebrate on Christmas Day. And, although no one knows exactly where that manger was, it was somewhere. Jesus was born somewhere in this world—this world that we live in too, not some other make believe place. This world. And that makes all the difference.


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