20th Sunday after Pentecost - Year C
October 02, 2016
The Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli
Wars and rumors of wars proliferate around the world. Nations, tribes, gangs, ideologues kill each other for the love of money, for the love of power, for the love of revenge, for the love of violence, for the love of God (God help us). The way to make any drop of difference at all seems not only unclear but impossible. But our God says to us, "blessed are the peacemakers." (Mt 5:9) "Lord, increase our faith!"
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September 11, 2016
The Rev. Dr. Charles Reeb
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. John 3:16
Martin Luther called this verse, "The gospel in miniature." In just 27 words it sums up the gospel. It has become the "mantra" of our faith.
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April 24, 2016
The Rev. Susan Sparks
One of the weapons we tend to use often is our tongue, our words, says Susan Sparks. We can't live in the love for others that Jesus commanded if we can't control our tongue--and here are three ways to do that.
April 10, 2016
The Rev. Peter Marty
The most fundamental claim of our faith, says Peter Marty, is that God always makes the first move in seeking us out, as God did Saul. And in Ananias' visit at God's commend to see this murderer of early Christians, we see God's grace at work.
March 06, 2016
The Rev. Dr. Dock Hollingsworth
In his sermon for the 4th Sunday in Lent, Dock Hollingsworth guides us through the four acts in Jesus' parable of the Good Samaritan, and encourages us all to come home and join the party.
January 17, 2016
The Rev. Dr. Becca Stevens
Signs remind us that God has not abandoned us, that God is dwelling with us. Epiphany is the season we celebrate signs, says the Rev. Becca Stevens, and the story in John 2 celebrates the wonder of Jesus' first sign, changing water into wine.
August 30, 2015
The Rev. Richard Goeres
In his sermon this week, Pastor Richard Goeres says that while the fact that we are all sinners is not the good news, it is the truth, and the thing about the gospel is that it always meets us in our truth. It is us, as we actually are and not who we pretend or present ourselves to be, that Jesus comes to save. And Jesus is insistent that we know that.
June 07, 2015
The Rev. Andrew Taylor-Troutman
In his sermon, Andrew Taylor-Troutman says we are terrified our churches will fail. And you know what? Perhaps the church will never be the same again. How much more important, then, to remember that resurrection comes only after death. And that the life-giving Spirit of God cannot be restrained. With such faith, we might discover that—in the word, go—there’s not only fear, but also freedom.
May 17, 2015
The Rev. Nancy Christensen
In her sermon, Pastor Nancy Christensen says, "By allowing ourselves to communicate freely as Jesus does, we find that the depth of relationship--so evident between Father and Son--is not beyond our grasp. It is a relationship that only our own boundaries and our own barriers can ever prevent."
May 10, 2015
The Rev. Dr. Timothy Smith
Jesus' last words to his disciples were full of love. Dr. Tim Smith asks, what is it that matters, when all else--including life itself--is said and done? What is the most compelling, most powerful, most enduring force in all of the cosmos? It is love.