The Places We Will Go–Together

September 17th, 2017

The Places We Will Go—Together Mark 3:31-35 September 17, 2017 As the earliest Gospel written, there are at least three interesting things about the Gospel of Mark. First, Jesus heals more than he teaches and when he heals someone, he tells them to tell no one. What this suggests is that Jesus was known as


The Places You Will Go

September 10th, 2017

The Places You Will Go Mark 1:16-20 September 10, 2017 When I was a sophomore in high school, I was called up to pitch for the varsity baseball team. This was a very uncomfortable move. I left my peers and the relatively carefree life of being on the j.v. team behind. That was replaced with


“Be Still and Know that I am God!”

September 3rd, 2017

“Be Still and Know that I am God!” Psalm 46 September 3, 2017 I was listening to a podcast the other day while I was working out. The speaker was Rob Bell, a theological and pastoral voice out there in the world whom I find inspiring. Once the pastor of a huge evangelical megachurch, Rob


The Lessons Learned

August 27th, 2017

The Lessons Learned Isaiah 40:21-31 August 27, 2017 So, we have spent our summer searching together for the sacred. We didn’t spend our time looking in the pew racks or in the corners of the Fireplace Room—although sacred things could certainly be found there, too. No, we searched our lives—the people and places and stories


The Search for the Sacred: Sacred Stories

August 20th, 2017

The Search for the Sacred: Sacred Stories Luke 10:25-37 August 20, 2017 I have a friend, Harry, who is a pastor. I only get to see Harry occasionally but when I do, I always walk away feeling reassured that Harry is out there, doing the compassionate, faithful work that he does. I also almost always


The Search for the Sacred: Sacred Music

August 13th, 2017

The Search for the Sacred: Sacred Music I Samuel 16:14-23 August 13, 2017 Years ago, I began listening to a young single mother with three children. There were all the usual challenges of parenting plus the extra challenges of being a single parent, all of which would have been enough. That wasn’t what brought her


The Search for the Sacred: Sacred Objects

August 6th, 2017

The Search for the Sacred: Sacred Objects Exodus 25:10-16 August 6, 2017 Our earliest ancestors in faith were a wandering people. With God’s help, they were liberated from slavery in Egypt. With God’s help, they made their way through the parted Red Sea and into the wilderness. With God’s help, they ate manna every day


The Search for the Sacred: Sacred People

July 31st, 2017

The Search for the Sacred: Sacred People John 12:1-8 July 30, 2017 We live in a world in which more and more people have trouble with religious institutions. Religion is invoked to fuel wars and conflicts. Religious organizations cover up heinous actions by their leaders. Religious people too often lag far behind others in overcoming


The Search for the Sacred: Sacred Places

July 22nd, 2017

The Search for the Sacred: Sacred Places Exodus 6:1-6 July 23, 2017   So, this week, I am going to challenge you to do something. I want you to stand up. Seriously…stand up! I want you to look around the sanctuary for a minute. Ask yourself a question, “Where is the last place that I


The Search for the Sacred: Sacred Rituals

July 9th, 2017

The Search for the Sacred: Sacred Rituals Mark 14:22-25 July 9, 2017 This morning, I want to talk about sacred rituals. When I say those words, most of you probably think of a priest walking the aisle in a cathedral, swinging the incense container back and forth or you think of a pastor holding a


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