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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

Job Posting: King of the Universe - SERMON

Not that the job is open, but if you were writing a classified ad to fill the position of "King of the Universe," what qualities and characteristics would you specify? As you consider this, keep in mind the Franciscan notion that "What you seek is what you are." Read the sermon here.

Added by Becky on November 24, 2019 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Job Posting: King of the Universe - SERMON

Not that the job is open, but if you were writing a classified ad to fill the position of "King of the Universe," what qualities and characteristics would you specify? As you consider this, keep in mind the Franciscan notion that "What you seek is what you are." Read the sermon here.

Added by Becky on November 24, 2019 at 5:00pm — No Comments

The Church's "One Thing" - SERMON

Just like Curly told Mitch in City Slickers, we all need to find and to stick to that "one thing" that gives our life meaning. The same is true for congregations. Read the sermon here.

Added by Becky on November 17, 2019 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Be a Great Ancestor - SERMON

We love our families, but why stop with the ones that live at the same time we do? Be a great ancestor, someone who is committed to making the world a beautiful place stuffed with love for the benefit of our children's children's children and many generations after that. My deep thanks to for this provocative and encouraging challenge goes to the Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, Missioner for Creation Care for the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Conference,…

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Added by Becky on November 3, 2019 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Talkin' to Myself - SERMON

In that perpetual running commentary constantly buzzing in our heads, what do you call yourself? How do you think about others? Being aware of that could be the start of learning how to listen to a fire alarm that's trying to get you out of a burning hell. Read the sermon here.

Added by Becky on October 27, 2019 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Don't Give Up! - SERMON

Christians are to seek justice, to pray for it continually, and never give up. If we're going to do this, there are some steps we need to take to learn the compassion we'll need to work for the kind of justice God intends, and not our own ideas of how things should be. Read the sermon here.

Added by Becky on October 20, 2019 at 2:15pm — No Comments

This is My Father's World - SERMON

If we're only borrowing something, we should give it back to its owner in good shape. This applies to, say, clothing, toasters, cows, and . . . planets. Read the sermon here.

Added by Becky on October 6, 2019 at 3:46pm — No Comments

Put a Bow on It - SERMON

The love of money is the root of ALL kinds of evil! That love of money starts with our anxiety about not having enough for ourselves and hoarding. The best way to turn away from the love of money is to intentionally start giving gifts - every day. Read the sermon here.

Added by Becky on September 29, 2019 at 12:44pm — No Comments

Holy Cheetos! - SERMON

Sometimes God uses even things like snack-sized bags of Cheetos to make a point; in this case, those Cheetos (and the young man who had them) left me gobsmacked at a red light.  Read the sermon here.

Added by Becky on September 22, 2019 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Do I Really Have to Hate You? - SERMON

Being a Christian sure is hard! In one verse, Jesus says I must hate my brothers and sisters to follow him. Then, in an epistle it says if I hate my brothers and sisters, it's the same as murder.  Well, maybe instead of focusing on what hate means, we should focus on what it means to love. There's always a way forward when we focus on loving like God loves! Read the sermon…

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Added by Becky on September 8, 2019 at 8:12pm — No Comments

Not Again! What Do I Say THIS Time? - SERMON

Since 2010, I've had 18 "opportunities" to preach after an episode of mass gun violence. I'd ask which is more important to Americans, our individual "rights" or God's will, but I'm pretty darn sure I already know the answer. I doubt we'll be happy with the consequences in the long run. Read the sermon here.

Added by Becky on September 1, 2019 at 3:08pm — No Comments

Building a Temple for God's Chosen People - SERMON

Who are the chosen people of God? What if every group of people has been chosen by God for some unique purpose, but all have the same goal of healing Creation? If that's true, maybe we could stop trying to vanquish each other and work together as one Body. Read the sermon here.

Added by Becky on August 25, 2019 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Can We Kill Our Way to Heaven? - SERMON

In these violent days, one stream of thought advocates that more good people need to be ready to kill off the bad people in order to bring order and safety. The other stream of thought advocates that we love our enemies in particular and our neighbors in general. Which will bring the peace we all SAY we want? Read the sermon here.

Added by Becky on August 18, 2019 at 5:24pm — No Comments

Choosing the Better Part - SERMON

Only ONE thing is necessary. What is it? What does it look like when you're using it? Read the sermon here.

Added by Becky on July 21, 2019 at 10:00pm — No Comments

The Devil is on the Prowl - SERMON

Sophisticated, rational people don't usually admit to the devil being "real," but look at what's happening in so many of our society's systems today! Systems that isolate, neglect and abandon the poor and vulnerable children are surely possessed by evil. The members of the Body of Christ must cast those demons out, and God has given us the power and authority to do it. Read the sermon…

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Added by Becky on July 7, 2019 at 4:12pm — No Comments

Blast or Bless - SERMON

Disciples of Jesus: in obedience to our Savior, are we here to blast the opposition or bless the suffering? Read the sermon here.

Added by Becky on June 30, 2019 at 4:46pm — No Comments

Frolicking - SERMON

If Divine Wisdom is all about having fun, smiling, frolicking and delighting in the human race, how did religion get to be such serious business? It seems to me that to avoid heresy on Trinity Sunday, we should all go to church and get some actual frolicking done. Read the sermon here

Added by Becky on June 16, 2019 at 3:36pm — No Comments

Ubuntu - SERMON

It's our American birthright to be rugged individualists, self-made people entitled to our rights. How does that fit in with what Jesus prays for his followers to be: "perfectly one" in God? Read the sermon here.

Added by Becky on June 2, 2019 at 3:25pm — No Comments

Jesus Loves Me, This I know - SERMON

If everyone actually was convinced of that, it would change the world. How can we convince them? by being the kinds of disciples who love others as Jesus loves us. What does that entail? The first act of love is  . . . .  to listen. Read the sermon here.

Added by Becky on May 19, 2019 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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