Sermons

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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MissionMatters

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

The story in Mark 12:38-44 is about the widow who puts her whole life in the temple treasury. Hers is an act of sacrifice to an institution that has failed her. And yet she is noticed and blessed by Jesus for her sacrifice. What can that mean for us who seek to serve Christ through the life of an institution.


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Praxis Makes Perfect

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Someone once said that it’s not about being smart; it’s about being good, that it’s not about being successful; it’s about being faithful. I’m not sure that faith and goodness are easier than being smart or successful, but they are definitely different.


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Say What?

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

In this passage from Mark’s gospel, he talks about the resurrection. What do we understand about religious language, religious thought and reason from our interaction with this text? There is a certain humility to the religious life, and Jesus certainly invites us to that humility.


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In Whose Image?

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

During this post-Easter season, we are thinking about seeing with Easter Eyes. What might that suggest about how a human being valued. My colleague Rick Spalding once wrote: Caesar can stamp his picture and pedigree far and wide, but he cannot come near the true commerce that animates us. So Caesar will get many or most of the coins – and be flattered by how well his likeness is rendered in the medium of cold, hard cash; but the coin of the realm of our flesh and blood is the image of God. What is rendered to God is whatever bears the divine image. Every life is marked with that inscription, an icon of the One who is its source and destination.


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Seeing

Rev. Jen Porter

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Through what lens do we interpret the world that we see? We can walk back to Galilee, to Emmaus, to our lives, Christ risen but untransformed and full of grief. The world has been changed, God’s living word is here, God is present breaking bread in our midst. “Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him and he vanished from their sight.”


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He Goes Before You…

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

This Sunday is Easter Sunday, when we celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord. Rev. Stokes will be preaching on Mark 16:1-8: "He goes before you..." The resurrection is not only behind us but before us. Love has transformed the world. The choir will offer "Let the People Praise Thee, O God" by William Mathias and two pieces from Handel's Messiah, including the Hallelujah Chorus.


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Surely, not I?

Rev. Jen Porter

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Rev. Jen Porter preaches on Maundy Thursday.


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Words of Life

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

The 8.30 service Sunday will be a call to our faithfulness to the Word: to be a place where the Word takes root, where what God needs spoken, what God needs done, has a will to bring it into reality. The 11.00 service will be a beautiful expression of the church’s faith and confidence in the grace of God. We invite you to bring your memories of loved and cherished ones, to commune with them while the music gives voice to our prayer and our praise. Please join us.


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Known

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

“Knowing" is part of the language of covenant in Scripture; “knowing” communicates an intimate sense of God’s love. And to be known is an extraordinary thing, especially when it comes to God’s knowledge of us—because that knowing is always accompanied by love.


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Life of the Party

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Our young people (grades 3 through 8) have been working on the musical, "Life of the Party," which they will present at both services this Sunday, March 15. This musical is based on the stories of Mary & Martha and deals with family conflict, making time for Jesus in the midst of hectic lives, and trusting God when things get tough. The musical is both lighthearted and dramatic!


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The Shape of Freedom

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, March 8, 2015

This Sunday, March 8, 2015 in worship: The commandments are so often thought of as a burden. They were not so intended—not at all. Read in their context, they tell us quite clearly that God establishes a relationship with Israel and only then offers the law. “Obedience to law is thus not a response to the law, but a response to God and to all that God has done.” (Leanne Reed) The law is an amazing gift.


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Dying in Christ

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Last week we looked at the first covenant—the divine heartbreak that binds God to us. This week the heartbreak is not all that different, but it is a much later covenant; we will explore the new covenant “in Christ’s blood.” It is not a simple concept and yet so much of our tradition alludes to this covenant. Come and join us as we celebrate communion together and enter the mystery that is Christ’s saving love.


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Divine Heartbreak

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

"Divine Heartbreak" This Sunday, February 22 is the First Sunday in Lent. We will have two services--one at 8.30 am and one at 11.00 am. Rev. Stokes will be preaching on the "Heartbreak of God." The focus will be on the story of the flood, which raises serious questions about God and destructive power. How can this be a story of the God we know in Jesus Christ? What is God's intent? Join us.


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