Three Words Worth Remembering

April 20th, 2019

Three Words Worth Remembering Luke 24:1-12 April 21, 2019 I want to set a very specific goal this morning: I would like you to carry away three words from what I have to say. Knowing that all of us come from different places in our lives and have different feelings about faith and God and

Would you show up?

April 13th, 2019

Would you show up? Luke 19:28-40 April 14, 2019 If you grew up in the church, you probably remember Palm Sunday. The obvious reason that you would remember this would have little to do with Holy Week and everything to do with the door prizes. On that day, against all common sense, every child was

Are you devoted?

April 6th, 2019

Are you devoted? John 12:1-8 April 7, 2019 I was reading a book not long ago that was talking about Mahatma Gandhi’s love of Christianity.  He didn’t love a heady sermon or a deep theological discussion.  He especially disliked the Christians who came to India determined to save the heathens. As a Hindu, what he loved was

Are you ready to join the party?

March 30th, 2019

Are you ready to join the party? Luke 15:1-3; 11-32 March 31, 2019 You hear it long before you even know what it is that you are hearing. It’s a thumping base line, so deep that it is almost seismic, so seismic that the closer you get the more it feels like your molars are

Are you prepared to bear fruit?

March 27th, 2019

Are you ready to bear fruit? Luke 13:1-9 March 24, 2019 Last week, we were spectators while Jesus confronted the cost of a life of faith. The Pharisees tell Jesus that Herod wants to kill him. Jesus knows (as do we) that the Pharisees, themselves, are also conspiring against him. It is a “dog-eat-dog” world

Are you chicken?

March 16th, 2019

Are you chicken? Luke 13:31-35 March 17, 2019 So, once again…we are into a text this morning that I guarantee that I’ve never preached before.  After living with this text this week, I have to wonder, “Why was I skipping this?” So, the Pharisees come to warn Jesus about Herod:  “Run for your life!  Herod’s on the hunt.  He’s

Are you prepared?

March 9th, 2019

Are you prepared? Luke 4:1-13 3/10/19 So, as I’ve mentioned over the last weeks, I’m doing something different this year:  I’m following the lectionary from Epiphany all the way to Easter.  What this means is that instead of choosing a text each week for worship, I’m following a list of already selected texts.  The lectionary runs through a

Are you awake?

March 2nd, 2019

Are you awake? Luke 9:28-36 March 3, 2019 I have been reading a really great book lately. It is called, “Here is Real Magic.” The book begins with a true story… When the author, Nate Staniforth, was in grade school, he became fixated on the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. When he finished the books,

What the Union Church means to me (Laine Gamrath, Matt Stauffer and Emily McBean)

October 28th, 2018

What the Union Church means to me… Laine Gamrath, Matt Stauffer, and Emily McBean October 28, 2018 Hello everyone, I’m Laine, and I’ve been going to the Union Church of Lake Bluff for almost 10 years. Having seen and been a part of 8 Christmas pageants, 3 work trips, and countless Sundays, this church has

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