Be Loved

February 11th, 2018

Be Loved Mark 1:9-11 February 11, 2018 Last week, we stood on the banks of the Jordan River and listened to John as he called everyone in the crowd to get ready to change—to change what we think, to change what we feel, to change what we do. We acknowledged that John’s presence not only

Change Your Mind

February 4th, 2018

Change Your Mind Mark 1:1-8 February 4, 2018 Do you remember the movie, “Castaway?” We meet Tom Hanks at the beginning of the movie. He’s a FedEx executive whose life is all about delivering things on time…until after a plane crash…he is “delivered” onto a deserted island in the middle of the ocean. He’s got

The State of the Church

January 28th, 2018

The State of the Church I Corinthians 12:4-11;25-30 January 28, 2018 This is the Sunday on which we have our Annual Congregational Meeting. This means I really try to finish worship a few minutes early. This means that the children are downstairs a little longer. This means that some people will make a beeline for

The Boy, Jesus

January 22nd, 2018

The Boy, Jesus Luke 2:41-52 January 21, 2018 So, if we want to tell the story of someone whom we think changed the world, chances are that we will set up that story by carefully telling the story of their birth and childhood. Our start in life may not determine who we are. We can

Guided by the Spirit

January 14th, 2018

Guided by the Spirit Luke 2:22-38 January 14, 2018 This morning, I want to remind you what I believe. I don’t think Jesus came to teach us how to go to heaven. I don’t think he looked at this life as time to be passed staying pure so that you could get on with the

Wise Men From the East

January 7th, 2018

Wise Men From the East Matthew 2:1-12 January 7, 2018 So, if you were here on Christmas Eve, or especially, Christmas Eve morning, you know that my epiphany arrived early. It had to do with the phrase, “There was no room for them…” that we find in the Gospel of Luke’s birth narrative. Mary and

Set for LIfe

December 31st, 2017

Set for Life Psalm 62 December 31, 2017 As we sit together on New Year’s Eve morning, we need to look back at the year that ends today. We have spent the year as a society dividing over health care, over immigration and the fate of the “Dreamers,” over football players kneeling, over tax policies.

The Word Made Flesh

December 17th, 2017

The Word Became Flesh John 1:1-18 December 17, 2017 I was listening to a radio documentary not long ago. It was the story of a physician in Africa. On the best of days, his life was a huge challenge because there were so few doctors in his country. To be a physician was to be

Strangers in a Strange Land

November 26th, 2017

Strangers in a Strange Land Jeremiah 32: 6-15 November 26, 2017 The unimaginable happened for Tsutomu Yamaguchi on August 6, 1945. He was an engineer for Mitsubishi and had been on a three month long business trip. All he wanted to do was get home to see his wife, Hisako, and their infant son, Katsutoshi.

Success and Excess

November 19th, 2017

Success and Excess 2 Samuel 12:1-10 November 19, 2017 Let’s review. For centuries, our ancestors in faith were slaves. They made bricks. Life was secure. Their basic needs were met. They had food. They had shelter. However, they had no freedom, no chance at meaning, no opportunity to live with purpose. Life was predictable and

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