Sermons

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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Faith

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon     Sermon Faith Genesis
Sunday, September 15, 2013

Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on Genesis 12:1–4, part of the series ‘Faith Practices for Our Time,’ in which we explore the essential practice of faith.


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Worship and Education

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Why do we have children in worship and in education? The answer is simple, but goes to the very heart of the nature of faith: We are called to be disciples—which is not quite the same thing as being a student.


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Reconciliation is the Goal: Labor Day Letter

Rev. David Baak

Sermon     Worship
Sunday, September 1, 2013

How often have you thought of or read Philemon—one of the shortest New Testament books? Labor Day gives us an occasion. Jesus’ teaching gives us a principle of reconciliation, and Philemon offers a case study.


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Paying it Forward: What is Your Motive?

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon     Worship
Sunday, August 25, 2013

The instruction to “pay it forward” is about motives—about why we do what we do. This is kingdom language that teaches us not so much about the words we use, but about how we go about living the Kingdom.


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Hearing Voices

Rev. Katherine Baker

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

The faith community, in which we find our being, holds in tension a collection of voices — young and old, simple and complex, mystical and prophetic, popular and controversial — all needing to be heard. As we listen for all these voices, how are we made better as colleagues, students and teachers in Language School?


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Do You Have to Make Jesus God?

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

You may have heard people say, “Jesus was a great teacher, and really special, but can’t he just be human? Why does it have to be more complicated than that?” The church has long affirmed the paradoxical identity of Jesus: Jesus is both fully human and fully God. That says a lot about the God we believe in — especially in how He understands our suffering. Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on Philippians 2:1-8.


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A Safe Place

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon     Sexuality
Sunday, August 4, 2013

A subject like sexuality can be fraught with vulnerability, tenderness, and apprehension. When we engage sexuality, it’s appropriate to focus on creating a safe place for it — which is right where the Bible puts its emphasis too. Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on 1 Thessalonians 2:5–8.


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Do You Want To Be Healed?

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon     Healed
Sunday, July 28, 2013

Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on John 5:1-15.


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The Other Magnificat: Why Don’t Christians Believe and Do the Same Things?

Rev. Katherine Baker

Sermon     Magnificat
Sunday, July 21, 2013

We each have a different response to faith that glorifies God; it's our task to remain authentic and viable to the faith journey which God has called us. Our Magnificat, then, is our response to Christ’s incarnation in our lives and our hope for daily living. Rev. Katie Baker preaching on Luke 10:38–42.


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Who is My Neighbor? And Why the Answer Matters

Rev. David Baak

Sermon     Neighbor
Sunday, July 14, 2013

“The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.” —G. K. Chesterton The challenge of loving our neighbor is no less real today than it was for Chesterton, or in fact, for the original audience who heard Jesus’ parables. “Who is my neighbor?” — a question that especially matters when we look at the parable from the “victim’s” eyes and think about from whom we might and might not be willing to accept neighborliness. Rev. David Baak preaching on Luke 10:25–37.


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