Sermon Archives

December 1, 2019

The First Carols: The Benedictus

Zechariah is struck speechless because he needs to stop and listen. Perhaps we need to once again be struck speechless by the power of this story; to be silent and listen for what God, who came to us in person in Jesus and continues to work through the Holy Spirit, is up to in our […]

November 24, 2019

Kings Never Die

Even if we work hard to fight injustice and do the hard work of reconciliation, we are going to make bad choices and crazy, stupid mistakes. Life is chaotic and complicated, and no one can live it without sin. Some of us will even feel as guilty as the criminal on the cross, who said […]

November 10, 2019

The Run-Flat Church

The church has its sights on far loftier goals: nothing less than the restoration of creation, fair provision and God’s justice for all people, and the attainment of real and lasting peace. Such goals oblige us to remember that we are personally and corporately works-in-progress; to drive together in the carpool lane; to avoid spiritual […]

November 3, 2019

Thoughts and Prayers

The problems of this world are not part of God’s vision and they are not our ultimate reality, but until God’s promised Kingdom comes, our thoughts and prayers remain with the victims and squarely rooted in God’s love and grace and mercy.

October 27, 2019

I Can Christian Today

So, maybe it would be better to shut our mouths and open our hands to show the love and grace and mercy of Christ reaching out to a fallen world. Christ calls us to be people who say, “I can follow Jesus today. I can Christian today.” We don’t need more squabbling Christians in the […]

October 20, 2019

FOCUS: Strategic Faith Development

FOCUS: Strategic Faith Development

Strategic Faith Development is also one of our FOCUS goals over the next two years. We believe it is important to dedicate ourselves to God’s ways, seek God’s guidance, in order to lead a purposeful and purpose-filled life. Our Strategic Faith Development goals are: • 20 new kids in Sunday School • 20 new kids […]

October 13, 2019

FOCUS: Unconditional Hospitality

FOCUS: Unconditional Hospitality

As we focus on our discipleship, we intend to offer unconditional hospitality throughout this community. You can show Federated Church’s unconditional hospitality by: • Welcoming everyone into our worship and fellowship; • Encouraging your neighbors to become members of our faith family; • Inviting inactive members to re-engage with us; • Turning up at workdays […]

October 6, 2019

FOCUS: Courageous Mission & Service

FOCUS: Courageous Mission & Service

As part of our FOCUS campaign, we want you to become greater influencers for Jesus. Be courageous in your mission and service to your neighbors. Tell them what Jesus means to you. Let them see in you the peace of Christ which passes all understanding, the peace of God which heals, the peace of the […]

September 29, 2019

FOCUS: Open-Hearted Generosity

FOCUS: Open-Hearted Generosity

The writer of Proverbs reminds us that the one who gives freely grow all the richer (11:24). The apostle Paul tells us that each of us must decide in our heart what to give, and then to give it cheerfully (2 Corinthians 9:7). Being generous is easy when we consider that all we have is […]

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