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Where are You Going? - SERMON

I've heard more than one Christian ask if folks know where they are going after they die. Thomas wanted to know where Jesus was going after he was already dead . . . and resurrected. I think that's a more interesting question, along with what it has to do with us. Read the sermon here.

Added by Becky on May 10, 2020 at 7:30pm — No Comments

The Antidote to Anxiety - SERMON

As we fuss over whether we've made the right decisions about what we can control, worry about the stuff we can't control, and wish things weren't the way they are because we DON'T LIKE IT, we enter the very unholy state of anxiety. What should we do about that? Read the sermon here.

Added by Becky on May 3, 2020 at 5:47pm — No Comments

The Strength of Those Who Believe, the Hope of Those Who Doubt

Those of us living in the midst of this new reality of a pandemic have a lot in common with the life of Thomas the Twin during the week between Easter Sunday and before he finally saw the risen Christ. We might even make St. Thomas Didymus the patron saint of COVID-19. Read the sermon here.

Added by Becky on April 26, 2020 at 1:53pm — No Comments

The Easteriest Easter We Have Ever Eastered - SERMON

One person remarked that this year, "Lent was the lentiest Lent I have ever lented." What will it take for the events and realities of a pandemic to make this the "easteriest Easter we have ever eastered?" Read the sermon…

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Added by Becky on April 12, 2020 at 7:00pm — No Comments

We've Got This! - SERMON

Plagues have stalked humanity for thousands of years. Long before they had beautiful buildings and tons of resources, Christians knew what to do during a plague: bear fruit by loving each other as Jesus love us. That means caring, sharing, living and loving in a way that gives the whole community wholeness, holiness and health, bringing good morale to all. Easy? No. But real clear.

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Added by Becky on March 29, 2020 at 4:00pm — No Comments

This is Our Destiny - SERMON

During the Great Weirdness which is the COVID-19 pandemic, there is so much fear, despair, and selfishness. Are these our destiny? It sure looked that way on Good Friday, didn't it? But our destiny is not Good Friday, it is Life - life to the fullest, which is Love. And, and who is God but Love? Read the sermon here.

Added by Becky on March 22, 2020 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Faith Means Action - SERMON

The difference in the world between Ash Wednesday and Lent 3 is almost surreal. The rules haven't changed for Christians, though. Faith means action, even when there's a pandemic. Read the sermon here.

Added by Becky on March 15, 2020 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Walking on the Waters of Chaos - SERMON

A recent interview in a secular magazine called our current global pandemic an "almost biblical" occurrence. We can walk on the waters of chaos now, just like Peter did - or started to until he panicked. So, maybe we shouldn't panic. Read the sermon here.

NOTE: We are using the "Signs of Life- Why Church Matters" curriculum during Lent. It is jointly…

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Added by Becky on March 8, 2020 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Use Your Bean - Ash Wednesday SERMON

Observing a Holy Lent won't happen unless you chose to make it happen. Lent doesn't have to be a time of beating up on ourselves (a type of "burn offering"); it can be a time of spiritual growth - but only if you use your bean. Read the sermon here

Added by Becky on February 26, 2020 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Our Little Secret - SERMON

"Don't tell anyone." Why would Jesus want divine affirmation as the Beloved Son kept a secret? Read the sermon here.

Today, I was the guest pastor at a neighboring church; the priest there and I had an old-fashioned pulpit swap. The thing is, preaching for folks one doesn't know is challenging. What are they used to? What is the grounding theology of…

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Added by Becky on February 23, 2020 at 12:00pm — No Comments

The Perfect Recipe - SERMON

The ingredients for the perfect recipe for my one wild and precious life include 3 gifts from the church. Read the sermon here

Added by Becky on February 16, 2020 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Knowing Our Station - Sermon

What do we expect from our church? Services? or transformation? Read the sermon here.

Added by Becky on February 2, 2020 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Let's Take a Walk - SERMON

Walking side by side with people who are different from us is an act of waging the peace that Jesus came to bring. Read the sermon here.

Added by Becky on January 19, 2020 at 2:52pm — No Comments

I Love You; I Forgive You; Supper's Ready! - SERMON

We can love, forgive and serve each other because God does all those things for us first. The baptismal life is pretty much summed up in those three phrases. Read the sermon here.

Added by Becky on January 12, 2020 at 5:54pm — No Comments

Jesus came to change things. . . make things different. Right? And, people who are different are . . . abnormal.  Read the sermon here.

Jesus came to change things. . . make things different. Right?

And, people who are different are . . . abnormal.  Read the sermon here.

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Added by Becky on January 5, 2020 at 8:00pm — No Comments

The Bigger Story - SERMON

After receiving warm and very specifically Christmas wishes, and even gifts, from my Jewish and Muslim friends, I am clear that the Spirit of Christmas doesn't belong to Christians alone, but is a gracious gift God gives to the whole world as part of God's bigger story of salvation. Read the sermon here.

Added by Becky on December 25, 2019 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Happy Christmas! - SERMON

Tomayto, tomahto, potayto, potahto. Americans say "Merry Christmas," our English cousins wish folks a "Happy Christmas." I'm going to try on the English version this year because it better resonates with what the first Christmas gift - Jesus - gave to humanity. Read the sermon here.

Added by Becky on December 22, 2019 at 6:25pm — No Comments

Happy Christmas! - SERMON

Tomayto, tomahto, potayto, potahto. Americans say "Merry Christmas," our English cousins wish folks a "Happy Christmas." I'm going to try on the English version this year because it better resonates with what the first Christmas gift - Jesus - gave to humanity. Read the sermon here.

Added by Becky on December 22, 2019 at 6:25pm — No Comments

Sing Out For Joy! - SERMON

Is that a demand? Will you be punished if you don't sing out for joy? Or is it an invitation, and you get to choose? So . . . how do you think God works with us? Read the sermon here.

Added by Becky on December 15, 2019 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive - SERMON

The first week of Advent is about everything changing. Change makes us pretty darned ANXIOUS. How do people of faith handle change? Read the sermon here.

Added by Becky on December 1, 2019 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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