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


Braving the Wilderness

November 12th, 2017

Braving the Wilderness Exodus 16:1-3 November 12, 2017 Last week, we watched as our ancestors in faith were set free from their life as slaves in Egypt. For generations, they had made bricks, day-in and day-out. For generations, they had adjusted to that life. There was food (not good food but enough food—after all, no


Exodus: On That Very Day

November 4th, 2017

Exodus: On That Very Day Exodus 12:40-42 November 5, 2017 At the beginning of our text, we are told that the Israelites were slaves in Egypt for 430 years: “At the end of four hundred and thirty years, on that very day, all the companies of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt.”


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