Peace Be With You

The Rev. Becky McDaniel. This sermon is based on John 20:19-23. The doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” The disciples are gathered, and they are afraid. Jesus appears among them and offers peace; he offers peace and breathes on them. In this brief passage, Jesus says “Peace be … [Read more...]

Beyond Separation 

The Rev Paul Nancarrow. This sermon is based on Acts 1:6-14. Today is now the Seventh Sunday of Easter: or, as it is subtitled on your bulletins, the Sunday after Ascension Day, when we remember in our lessons and prayers how Jesus was exalted with great triumph to God’s kingdom in heaven, and we look forward to our hope that we too will be exalted to that place where our Savior Christ has … [Read more...]

Looking Back on Jesus

The Rev. Paul Nancarrow. This sermon is based on Luke 24:13-35. Have you ever looked back over an experience – an experience that was strange or disturbing or inexplicable while it was going on – but when you looked back, it began to make sense? I think that is what is happening to the disciples in our Gospel today. It’s the afternoon of Easter day, and two disciples are leaving … [Read more...]

See, Believe, Witness 

The Rev. Paul Nancarrow. This sermon is based on John 20:1-31.  “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” What exactly is the relationship between seeing and believing? We tend to think that if you see something, you know it’s real, so you can believe in it. Yet everything from psychology to movie special effects tell … [Read more...]

Seeing Through Tears 

The Rev. Paul Nancarrow. This sermon is based on John 20:1-18. Mary turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?"  In that moment, standing outside an empty tomb in the first light of a new morning, Mary's entire life changed. In that moment her grief was answered, her sorrow … [Read more...]

Life Now 

The Rev. Paul Nancarrow. This sermon is based on John 11:1-45.  I don’t know if you’ve noticed or not, but there has been a common thread running through all the Gospel stories we’ve read in this Lenten season. In each of these stories, Jesus takes a common thing, a recognized symbol of Jewish religion, and Jesus has made it point beyond itself to a radical new relationship with … [Read more...]

Choosing to See

The Rev. Paul Nancarrow. This sermon is based on John 9:1-41. Did you see the sunrise this morning? Did you notice how in the east, the sun itself was blocked out by heavy gray clouds; but in the west there were other clouds, higher up, that were brilliantly illuminated in the rising dawn? And if you saw that, did you think, "Oh, today is going to be gloomy and cloudy and gray"? Or did you … [Read more...]

Tastes of the Divine

The Rev. Becky McDaniel. This sermon is based on John 4:5-42.  Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well.  A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink." I am always comforted by the stories in the gospels that reveal the humanity of Jesus.  Here he is: tired, thirsty, sitting down to rest and engaging in what turns out to be one of the … [Read more...]

New Birth of Love

Maggie Nancarrow. This sermon is based on John 3:1-17. In the name of the One God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit—Mother of us all. Amen. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” John 3:16 is perhaps the most famous verse of Christian scripture. How many of you had to memorize this in … [Read more...]

Remembering Mission

The Rev. Paul Nancarrow. This sermon is based on Matthew 4:1-11. After he was baptized in the Jordan by John, Jesus was driven by the Spirit into the wilderness, to be tempted by the Devil. And the Devil came to Jesus and said, “If you are the Son of God…” I think in some ways that one clause, that one word “If,” is the core of the temptations, the most insidious temptation of all. Each … [Read more...]