Sermon Archives

October 17, 2021

The Power of a Penny

Many retailers have seen the power of a Penny Project. They invite us to donate our change for charity. They know the power of micro-donations, whether it is pennies or pop cans for the recycle rebate. Today, we are asking you to consider the power of your pennies, and to join your pennies together through […]

October 10, 2021

Despair Repair

We are called to see our suffering in the same light, as a means of grace whereby we receive the assurance of God’s presence and represent God’s presence to others in distress. “We do not know where we will be two, 10, or 20 years from now,” wrote Henri Nouwen. “What we can know, however, […]

October 3, 2021

Joining The Paul O’Sullivan Band

In every situation, we are challenged to join the Paul O’Sullivan Band and work in harmony. This means understanding that we are not meant to live alone, but to create partnerships in which we help one another. The musical Paul O’Sullivans come from different areas, from different cultures, and from different generations. “But with us,” […]

September 26, 2021

Pi and a Tiger

Faith does not take away fear. Instead, faith offers the assurance that God is the Unseen Third Presence in the boat, no matter how small your boat may be or how big your ocean is. There are a tremendous number of things that try to swamp our boat: seas of cancer; storms of grief; tidal […]

September 20, 2021

The Snowplow Conundrum

  God offers us a different way, a better way. We can repent of our rebellion against God and our neighbors. We can pray for God’s Holy Spirit to create in us a clean heart and a new and right spirit (Psalm 51:10). We can ask the Spirit to teach our hearts and minds what […]

September 14, 2021

Let Us Stand Up Together

God will fight for us when we are battling illness in body, mind, or spirit. God will help us when we are feeling lonely, overwhelmed, or confused. God will assist us in the face of any difficulty, and God often does this through members of the church, the body of Christ. It is in the […]

September 5, 2021

Jesus Gets a Reputation

Jesus had a reputation as being someone who did “everything well.” This needs to be our reputation, too. To quote Cardinal Suhard (Bishop of Paris, 1940-1949), “To be a witness does not consist in engaging in propaganda nor even in stirring people up, but in being a living mystery. It means to live in such […]

August 8, 2021

How to Talk Like a Christian

It is a simple but reliable principle of human life: how people talk reveals a lot about who they are. The way we talk can also reveal something about how committed we are to being Christians. It has nothing to do with accent, or vocabulary or grammar. It has everything to do with how we […]

August 1, 2021

We Are Food

Jesus’ message resonates with us on this Communion Sunday as we gather at the table to receive the bread of heaven and the cup of salvation. We remember how Jesus broke bread with his disciples and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me” […]

July 25, 2021

A Quality Miracle

Jesus presents an entirely different kind of world, one infused with the mystery of abundance and a cross-shaped, sacrificial generosity. Five thousand are fed and 12 baskets of food are left over – one for every tribe of Israel. Jesus transforms the world by blessing it and breaking it beyond our narrow self-interest. The feeding […]

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