God in the Quiet

The Rev. Paul Nancarrow. This sermon is based on 1 Kings 19:9-18.   Sometimes, if you want to hear God speaking to you, you need to shut up first. Sometimes, if you want to know the presence of God, you need to enter a deep quiet to know it. That’s what Elijah learns in his experience of theophany in his cave on Mt Horeb. At this point in Elijah’s life, he is anything but … [Read more...]

The View From The Mountain

The Rev. Paul Nancarrow. This sermon is based on Luke 9:28-36.  “Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray.”  In a little more than a week I begin sabbatical. And part of the sabbatical time Lee and I will spend in Northern Michigan, on the Keweenaw Peninsula, one of my favorite places on earth. And on the Keweenaw there is a hill, called Mt Baldy … [Read more...]

A Little Bit of Difference

The Rev. Paul Nancarrow. This sermon is based on Matthew 13:31-33,44-52. Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.” Sometimes a little bit of difference makes all the difference. I think that is the point Jesus is making about the Reign of God here. It only takes a little bit of yeast to … [Read more...]

When We Cry Abba

The Rev. Paul Nancarrow. This sermon is based on Romans 8:12-25. “When we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’ it is the Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.” This is a sermon about prayer. Prayer is one of those things we … [Read more...]

Seeds Everywhere

The Rev. Paul Nancarrow. This sermon is based on Matthew 13:1-9,18-23.    Jesus said, "A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell..." And from that point on, for the rest of the parable, all our attention is riveted to the seeds. Where will they fall? What kind of soil will they get mixed up with? Which seeds will grow and which seeds won't? And the kicker question: … [Read more...]

The Struggle

 The Rev. Roger Bowen. This sermon is based on Romans 7:15-25a. Let us pray: Lord, help us to be the masters of ourselves so that we might be the servants of others. Take our eyes and help us to see more clearly. Take our ears and help us to listen carefully. Take our mouths and you speak through them. Take our hearts and set them on fire with the love of your Son, our Savior, … [Read more...]

Welcome

The Rev Becky McDaniel. This sermon is based on Matthew 10:40-42.   Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Welcome. There are so many levels of welcome. When we think about welcoming, our first thoughts are often “How do we welcome the stranger? How do we welcome newcomers into our community? Are we, as a community, welcoming … [Read more...]

We’ll See

The Rev. John D. Lane. This sermon is based on Genesis 21:8-12.   The child grew, and was weaned; and Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned. But Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, playing with her son Isaac. So she said to Abraham, “Cast out this slave woman with her son; for the son of this slave woman shall … [Read more...]

The Risk and the Promise 

The Rev. Paul Nancarrow. This sermon is based on Matthew 9:35-10:23.    The message of the Good News in the Gospel for us today is all about risk and promise. The Gospel today tells us that God in Christ sends us out in mission, and that being sent out carries some risk. Being sent by God means going where you never expected to go, and leaving behind resources you never expected to … [Read more...]

Grace, Love, Communion

The Rev. Paul Nancarrow. This sermon is based on 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 and Genesis 1:1-2:4a. "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you." Grace. Love. Communion. We are celebrating today Trinity Sunday, which is the only day in the entire Christian calendar which is devoted to the celebration of an idea, the giving of … [Read more...]