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No God in There?

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

“No God in There?” Rev. Chandler Stokes will be preaching on John 1:1-14. This is the last of the sermons back by request. In the midst of tragedy and suffering, we often struggle to find where God is. We will explore the hopeful meaning of the Incarnation in the midst of a world of hurt.


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Trace Evidence

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

“Trace Evidence” Rev. Chandler Stokes will be preaching on Matthew 11:2-6. This is one of those sermons back by request for this summer. It is easy in this harsh world to wonder where truly is there evidence of a loving and gracious God. By reflecting on a story by Jorge Luis Borges and the work of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, we will look for the trace evidence of the world changed by Christ’s presence: “…not through proofs or arguments, not by ceasing to question or doubt,” but by listening for and following that voice that seems out of place in this world, listening for and heeding that discrepant note: the tenderness and exaltation, the silence and the mitigation of this often harsh world. Please join us.


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Rocks and Words

Rev. David Baak

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Rev. David Baak: Two conversations that we overhear; words about important events, but also stories that are critical points in our faith history: Moses is rescued by his sister’s quick words for the Princess who takes him from the river and it is he who later delivers his people; Peter the disciple says out loud who he believes Jesus to be—the one who will deliver his people. These are stories that help us “check our words” and help us explore the will of God, challenging each other to understand what following Christ means.


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What’s Next for the Church: Embodied Faith

Rev. Katherine Baker

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Reverend Katherine Baker will deliver this week’s sermon and will be exploring our call to embodied faith--What does it mean? How is it demonstrated? Why does it matter? At the forefront of our congregation, what's next for the church? We’ll look to the greatest commandment to aid us in answering these questions.


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The Dangerous Waters of Baptism

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

This Sunday we celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism as well as Communion. When we baptize an infant in worship, we are very careful: careful not to traumatize the child, careful not to make it painful or frightening. And that is as it should be. And yet there are dangers in baptism, no matter how careful we are with the child and with the water. And we will explore some of those dangers this Sunday.


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The Vector of Worship

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Rev. Stokes: "I was asked to revisit some earlier sermons, and this is the first that I'll be exploring this summer. It is about worship--what exactly is it to worship God? The text is Job--and so the nature of God comes into view as well: who is this God Whom we worship? How do we keep God God and not just a human projection? It's not a simple topic; I'm glad someone asked us to go here again."


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I Am Who I Am: The Kingdom of God Wrestles with Identity

Rev. Katherine Baker

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Rev Katie Baker will be exploring the theme of adoption, identity and the nature of our reformed faith. When we say "reformed and ever reforming" and might that be a nod to the paradox and mystery of God's name: Yahweh: I AM WHO I AM?


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It’s Not Over Until It’s Over

Rev. David Baak

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Genesis story of Jacob tricking his twin brother Esau out of the birthright is a classic ancient Hebrew story. The question for us, as always, is what is the teaching here for us, for today? It probably says something about immediate gratification and certainly it teaches us about God’s providence—though we never really know quite what that is until after it’s over. So, surely, that should remind us that for us, and certainly for God, It’s Not Over Until It’s Over.


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Wise Infants

Rev. David Baak

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Questions for this Sunday's meditation, as we celebrate the sacrament of the Lord's Supper, include: Is Jesus' statement about children playing in Matthew 11, ("We played for you and you did not dance; we wailed and you did not mourn") a metaphor for 21st century American society? And, how does the invitation of Jesus to "Come to me all that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest" help us respond? And, how are "wise infants" the key to understanding this mystery?


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Recognizing Truth

Rev. David Baak

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Hannaniah and Jeremiah square off in Jeremiah chapters 27 and 28 over whose prophecy is true. Jeremiah claims that we’ll know the real word of the Lord when it comes to pass. Is that the only way we know truth?…after the fact? “Recognizing Truth” this Sunday, we explore one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit in this season after Pentecost as we think about the Spirit’s work in our liv


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Hard Choices

Rev. David Baak

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

The passage is an interesting one—“Hard Choices” — including the costly discipleship involved in following a Jesus who brings a sword, not peace(?) and sets parents against children, etc. within the overriding asssurance of “Do Not Fear” — losing your life for my sake… really? In a culture of fear and scarcity, God’s abundance is more than enough to give us the courage to work through the consequences of discipleship.


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Montreat Comes Home

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Rev. Stokes returns from the Montreat Youth conference this Sunday, where he has been preaching all week. He'll be preaching about that experience.


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Trying to Keep the Prophets Quiet

Rev. David Baak

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

"Trying to Keep the Prophets Quiet" — a sermon on Numbers 11.24-30: It is Pentecost...the "birth of the Church" when the Holy Spirit "falls on the disciples in wind and like tongues of fire." Except the Holy Spirit was active long before, even in the ancient stories of God's people—at the Tabernacle, in the wilderness, in pillars of fire and cloud, and by inspiring prophets. From the God at the tabernacle being "out of the camp" to becoming "living in us." Today, we believe that the Holy Spirit lives in each of us, together, as Church—how does our "prophecy" take shape in our lives, in this culture of ours?


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Closing the Distance

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Peter is the exemplar of "I believe. Help my unbelief." When he watches Jesus' trial "from a distance," Jesus looks at him in compassion. Jesus crosses the distance to him.


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Finding the Unknown God

Rev. David Baak

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

The question is how do we live as a holy people in a broken world? From the Greek poet, Paul affirms for us today: “In God we live and move and have our being.” When we hear our own faith voice in that of another, we reach toward understanding and acceptance and peace. And, when we live that way, we experience God’s grace with and through each other…which in a profound sense is an experience of holiness.


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