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Below Expectations - SERMON

Most of us of a certain age have been evaluated at work on a numerical scale that ranged from 1 - "Below Expectations" - to, say, 14, "Exceeds Expectations." Jesus had earned a "1" from the priests, Pilate, and even his disciples. Jesus' Resurrection did not change the evaluation, it tore up the notion that God has any interest in meeting our expectations at all. Indeed, the Reign of God blows our expectations out of the water.  Read the sermon…

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Added by Becky on April 30, 2017 at 4:29pm — No Comments

Dare to Believe - SERMON by Cindy Roehl

Believing what we know to be unlikely, even impossible, seems unwise. But, what if we don't have all the facts yet? Sometimes you don't need to see to believe, you need to believe in order to see. Listen to Deacon Cindy's sermon here.

Added by Becky on April 23, 2017 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Love Wins - SERMON

If God is mostly about damning the unworthy, then didn't death win? I don't think that's what the life, death and resurrection of Jesus show us about God. I think Love wins. Life wins. Hope wins. Here at Good Shepherd, we have a way of celebrating that in one word. To find out what that word is, listen to the sermon here.

Added by Becky on April 16, 2017 at 10:30pm — No Comments

5 Marks of Love: Treasure - SERMON

What or who is God's greatest treasure? Psalm 24 says "The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it." That includes us. Why don't we treat Creation and each other as priceless treasures? It's what Jesus did. Read the sermon here.

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Added by Becky on April 2, 2017 at 6:00pm — No Comments

TRANSFORM - the Fourth of the 5 Marks of Love for Lent - SERMON

John Lennon, in his song Imagine, does something I think we should all do: think about what we really want, what we imagine life on earth could be like right here and right now. Theoretically, as Jesus-followers pen their lyrics, they first would consider how God would write the lyrics to the song and try to be consistent. But we can't stop with imagination! In this mark of love, we discern how we live into that imagination, what we need to transform in our lives so the world as it…

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Added by Becky on March 26, 2017 at 6:30pm — No Comments

TEND - the THIRD of the 5 Marks of Love for Lent - SERMON by Cindy Roehl

We are often told to "do something for Lent." What about simply focusing on the good we already do and simply being more aware and intentional? Listen to the sermon here.

Added by Becky on March 19, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

TEACH - the Second of the 5 Marks of Love for Lent - SERMON

"Those who can do; those who can't, teach." Garbage. The best teachers are the ones who not only know something about something, they love it, and they live it. They teach with their whole being. That's what Jesus-followers are called to do. Read the sermon here or listen to it…

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Added by Becky on March 12, 2017 at 8:30pm — No Comments

TELL - the First of the 5 Marks of Love for Lent - SERMON

We all know the advice: don't bring up politics or religion at a dinner party! But, surely we can talk about our faith without being a jerk, right? Right? In fact, if we don't talk about it, ever, to anyone, what does that say about its place in our lives? Read the sermon here, or listen to it…

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Added by Becky on March 5, 2017 at 8:30pm — No Comments

TELL - the First of the 5 Marks of Love for Lent - SERMON

We all know the advice: don't bring up politics or religion at a dinner party! But, surely we can talk about our faith without being a jerk, right? Right? In fact, if we don't talk about it, ever, to anyone, what does that say about its place in our lives? Read the sermon here, or listen to it…

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Added by Becky on March 5, 2017 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Not Your Grandma's Lent - ASH WEDNESDAY SERMON

What if we spent Lent doing God's will rather than feeling terrible about how badly we've behaved? Not even God messes with the past. Let's spend 40 days and 40 nights on making the same kind of mark in people's lives as Jesus did. Listen to the sermon here or read it…

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Added by Becky on March 1, 2017 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Jesus Interferes with Everything - SERMON

If we could design our own religion, we'd probably want a god who would agree with our ideas, let us do as we like, and hate all the same folks we do. That means it would not look very much like Christianity, because in this religion, Jesus interferes with everything. Listen to the sermon here, or read it …

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Added by Becky on February 26, 2017 at 8:30pm — No Comments

See Me - SERMON

I am not a label, a class, a stereotype. I am a living, valuable human, in the image of God, like you. Just stop, and look. Really look.  

Listen to the sermon here, or read it here.

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Added by Becky on February 19, 2017 at 5:40pm — No Comments

Sucked In, Washed Up and Blown Over - SERMON by Cindy Roehl

When life utterly overwhelms us, do we run for cover and hide alone, or gather together and bear one another's burdens? Listen to the sermon here or read it…

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Added by Becky on February 12, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

The Refiner's Fire - SERMON

When we demand safety and security, we are demanding that we be spared any kind of suffering. Yet, suffering can actually free us from fear and teach us deep compassion. Suffering is, I believe, the Refiner's Fire. Listen to the sermon here, or read it …

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Added by Becky on February 5, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

I Pledge Allegiance To . . . Jesus - SERMON

My inspiration for today's sermon came from a Baptist pastor who's so conservative, he doesn't think I should be preaching at all. Still, he said something provocative for us as we go through the first days of this new American presidency. Listen to the sermon here, or read …

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Added by Becky on January 29, 2017 at 6:30pm — No Comments

The Covenant Life: Renew - SERMON

Can you worship God without going to church. Yes. Should you? Heh. Listen to the sermon here, or read The Covenant Life: Renew, before you answer the question.

Added by Becky on January 15, 2017 at 7:00pm — No Comments

The Covenant Life: Remember

"Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?" If every Christian on the planet took this to heart, the world would be a different place by this time next week. Listen to the sermon here.

I'll try to get the manuscript up soon.

Added by Becky on January 8, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

What's in a Name? - SERMON by Cindy Roehl

Names are terribly important. Some are too sacred to speak, others show our most tender feelings, others tell people who we are and what we do. All of that is part of the Name above all names, Jesus - and it's a name all of his followers share. Read What's in a Name here, or listen to it …

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Added by Becky on January 1, 2017 at 5:30pm — No Comments

A Christmas Prayer - SERMON

What difference does being baptized make for living out everyday life? Surprise! It does not mean rolling along assured YOU have YOUR ticket to the HEAVEN EXPRESS. It means being the answer to prayers God hears from the last, the least, the lost and the lonely. So, we prayed A Christmas Prayer (below) for strength and courage to live our lives as the baptized disciples of Jesus. Listen to the sermon …

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Added by Becky on December 25, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments

The Covenant Life: Reconnect - SERMON

The third in our series on the Baptismal Covenant, focusing connecting our lives to God's striving for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being. Book of Common Prayer p. 305; you can find it online here). The manuscript of the sermon is …

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Added by Becky on December 18, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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