Sermons

Where Did All This Come From?

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon     Sermons
Sunday, October 19, 2014

As throughout the confirmation series, we find again that the questions we ask really do matter. And when we ask about the Source of “all this,” religion does not answer the scientific question, but it tells a deep and resonant story about the universe. And the metaphors we use for that Source (Should we name that Source with a verb like “Love” or with a noun like “Father”?) lead us deep into the complex and mysterious heart of God. And those metaphors also make a claim on who we are; they call us to be participants and not mere observers in the universe.


Listen to Sermon Audio Read Sermon PDF

Who is Jesus?

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon     Sermons
Sunday, October 12, 2014

Knowing who Jesus is helps us understand how to be stewards of our lives, how to be good caretakers of the amazing human life we have each been given. And being in relationship with Jesus, that is, knowing Jesus, not just who he is, pursuing this question fully, also empowers us to become good stewards. That's a lot. Really? Is that really possible?


Listen to Sermon Audio Read Sermon PDF

10,000 Places, and More…

Rev. Jen A. Porter

Sermon     Sermons
Sunday, October 5, 2014

10,000 places, and more..." Acts 8:26-40 The Ethiopian Eunuch asks Philip some central questions about faith: Am I included? It this word for me, today? Churches around the world proclaim on World Communion Sunday that we are all connected. We come to this table with our innumerable differences to the one- and through the one- who unites us all. To the table and out into the world, we are all part of the answer that Christ gives.


Listen to Sermon Audio

Who Are We?

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon     Sermons
Monday, September 22, 2014

The Apostle Paul says, If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it. Is that when church happens? Is that who we are--those who suffer with those who suffer and rejoice with those who rejoice? There is something about the church that makes it always engaged with the joy and suffering of the world. There is something about the church that is always "sent" or "connected" and not isolated or separate.


Listen to Sermon Audio

Why Are We Here?

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon     Sermons
Monday, September 15, 2014

When the confirmation process concludes, students are given an opportunity to join the church if they so discern. They are invited to join a particular church, one small part of the much larger Body of Christ—in our case, Westminster Presbyterian. What is the heart of this community? To what do we join ourselves in committing ourselves to this people?


Listen to Sermon Audio Read Sermon PDF

A Special Sunday in the Life of Westminster

Rev. Jen Porter

Sermon     Sermons
Sunday, September 14, 2014

This Sunday, our candidate for Associate Pastor will preach her candidating sermon. After the APNC’s twenty month’s search, we celebrate together their nominee and follow our worship service with a congregational meeting to consider formally the committee’s nomination.


Listen to Sermon Audio

Teaching the Gospel

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon     Sermons
Sunday, September 7, 2014

My colleague Leanne Pearce Reed writes: “’Teaching them to obey’ may sound coercive until we remember what he taught/commanded them: Be reconciled to one another. Love your enemies. Do not retaliate against evil. Pray, fast, and give alms but not in a way that draws attention to yourself. Above all, love God and your neighbor.” There is one of the keys to our teaching. The other comes in our remembering that education is rarely a matter of simply pouring information into the heads of students. “Education” comes from the Latin root educare: to draw out. But, especially in the church we are called to create a context for spiritual formation not merely the passing on of knowledge. So, Ellis Nelson’s point is apropos: Christian education is a matter of catching the aroma of hope in a place and among a people. Come and savor this experience of the gospel as we bless and commission our teachers for this holy work.


Read Sermon PDF

No God in There?

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon    
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.


Listen to Sermon Audio Read Sermon PDF

Trace Evidence

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon     Sermons
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.


Listen to Sermon Audio Read Sermon PDF

Rocks and Words

Rev. David Baak

Sermon     Sermons
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.


Listen to Sermon Audio Read Sermon PDF

What’s Next for the Church: Embodied Faith

Rev. Katherine Baker

Sermon     Sermons
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.


Listen to Sermon Audio Read Sermon PDF

The Dangerous Waters of Baptism

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon     Sermons
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.


Listen to Sermon Audio Read Sermon PDF

The Vector of Worship

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon     Sermons
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."


Listen to Sermon Audio Read Sermon PDF

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

Rev. Katherine Baker

Sermon     Sermons
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?


Listen to Sermon Audio Read Sermon PDF

It’s Not Over Until It’s Over

Rev. David Baak

Sermon     Sermon
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.


Listen to Sermon Audio Read Sermon PDF

Page 15 of 19 pages ‹ First  < 13 14 15 16 17 >  Last ›