Sermons

The Land of Beginning Again

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

A sermon by Rev. Chandler Stokes on 2 Corinthians 5:16–21 to start the year: “If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!” The title for this week’s sermon, ‘The Land of Beginning Again,’ comes from a poem of the same name by Louisa Fletcher, which begins this way: “I wish that there were some wonderful place In the Land of Beginning Again. Where all our mistakes and all our heartaches And all of our poor selfish grief Could be dropped like a shabby old coat at the door and never put on again.”


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Hide and Seek

Rev. Katherine Baker

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

A sermon by Rev. Katherine Baker on Matthew 2:13–23. The hidden years of Jesus Christ seem like a missed opportunity to address the journey from adolescence to adulthood. Why is it that these years go missing in the gospels? What can we learn from the hidden years? And what will we find when seeking Jesus Christ where he may be found? Join us as we explore these mysteries alongside beautiful music and liturgy as we continue our worship of our Lord.


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What About Joseph?

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

A sermon by Rev. Chandler Stokes on Matthew 1:18-25. A student once asked theologian Will Willimon if she had to believe in the Virgin Birth to be a Christian. “No you don’t,” he said, “But if we can get you to swallow that without choking, there’s no telling what we can get you to believe. Come back next week, and we’ll try to persuade you that the meek will inherit the earth, that it is better to give than to receive, that your life does not consist in the abundance of your possessions, and that it’s not nations, empires, or the United States, but God who rules the world. We start you out with something fairly small, like the virgin birth, then work you up to even more outrageous assertions.”


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Has Nothing Changed?

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

A sermon by Rev. Chandler Stokes on Matthew 11:2–6. John hears what’s going on with Jesus; he looks around and says, “Has nothing changed?” So, John asks Jesus if he’s the one. But John already said earlier that Jesus is the one—he’s made his confession of faith, and now he’s wavering. He’s saying, “I thought you’d be liberating us; I’m still in prison.” Jesus says, “This is what’s going on: Mercy, healing, and hope.” Maybe John was hoping for something more …and aren’t we, too?


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Nothing to Fear?

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

A sermon by Rev. Chandler Stokes on Luke 2:8–14. The angels in the Christmas story say to the shepherds, “Don’t be afraid.” One of our responses to fear is ritual and its formative, creative, life-giving role in our lives. We’re called to fashion a meaningful response to God, and in doing so we become a part of the story of God. We’re not here simply to watch or be the audience; instead, we’re making this happen—together.


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What Love Requires

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

A sermon by Rev. Chandler Stokes on Isaiah 2:2–4 as we begin Advent. We sometimes have a hint or an echo of something profoundly beautiful—something of God in this life—and it’s important to seek it out. But, by and large, the world is not the way it’s supposed to be. To this situation, Isaiah offers God’s promise of love, and God also brings us love in Jesus Christ. Love: That’s it. That’s what we're to be looking for, seeking out, witnessing and witnessing to: Love.


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Thanksgiving

Rev. David Baak

Sermon     Thanksgiving Reign of Christ
Sunday, November 24, 2013

The annual, national Thanksgiving Day is a metaphor for thanksgiving as a daily practice of our faith for our time. Both can be responses to the message of this, the last Sunday of the liturgical year—the Reign of Christ Sunday. A sermon by Rev. David Baak on Colossians 1:9–23.


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Praise

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon     Praise suicide
Sunday, November 17, 2013

A sermon by Rev. Chandler Stokes on Psalm 8. The psalmist declares, “You have set your glory above the heavens.” Praise, praise, praise—that our lives may be an expression of praise. Yet praise does not deny the pain or other realities of the world—including suicide, as our congregation recently experienced. Rather, worship names that which is worthy, and so we praise even in the midst of pain.


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Repentance

Repentance can be a difficult subject. There’s a Shaker song, ‘Simple Gifts,’ whose lyrics say, “To turn, turn will be our delight ‘Til by turning, turning we come ‘round right.” What does it mean to “come ‘round right”? We look to Luke as we consider these questions. The American preacher Fred Craddock says of the text, “In fact, for Luke the gospel is the offer of repentance and forgiveness of sins…” A sermon by Rev. Chandler Stokes on Luke 13:6–9.


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Remembrance

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon     remembrance hebrews all saints day
Sunday, November 3, 2013

A sermon with selections from Hebrews 11 in celebration of All Saints Day. Our faith is a song—we learn it from others, add our own voices to it for a time, and teach it to others so they can sing it after us. The basis of that song of faith is a call to remember not only the saints themselves, but the basis of the faith that empowered them: Christ has defeated death.


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Thanksgiving

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Pledging is a practice of thanksgiving, and so we explore thanksgiving as a practice. Karl Barth, the great 20th century theologian, once said, “To believe in Jesus Christ means to become thankful.” This is not to say we’re always in touch with gratitude, as the parable of the laborers in the vineyard from Matthew 20 indicates—in fact, we find it very easy to be ungrateful! A sermon by Rev. Chandler Stokes on Matthew 20:1–16.


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Preserving Our Inheritance

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon     stewardship
Sunday, October 13, 2013

What IS our inheritance? The church. What preserves Westminster through 152 years? We do. We preserve it. The church isn’t something you can put in a jar; the only way it’s preserved is though us—just as it was with the early church. A sermon by Rev. Chandler Stokes on I Thessalonians 1:1–10, part of our ‘Stewardship Practices for Our Time’ series.


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Peace—At All Times in All Ways

Rev. David Baak

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

On World Communion Sunday, we join other churches around the world in celebrating the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. A sermon by Rev. David Baak on Luke 7:36–39,48–50; Acts 16:35–36; and 2 Thessalonians 3:16–17, joined by Rev. Abel Mirabal Padilla from Güines, Cuba.


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Blessing

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Each Sunday we exchange blessings with the children in the congregation. It is not a trivial gesture: Blessing someone carries with it the potential to change the world in a very real way. That is the intent behind the passage in Genesis 12, when God says, “I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.” A sermon by Rev. Chandler Stokes on Genesis 12:1–4.


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Humility

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon     Genesis Humility
Sunday, September 22, 2013

Humility is a practice: humility in all things—but especially before our understanding of God. This is an exploration of a very, very difficult text. By grace, it will at least humble us before the God who transcends us all and forms us in humility. A sermon by Rev. Chandler Stokes on Genesis 22:1–14.


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