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...]

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...]

Understanding the Pain

Bev Hollberg. This sermon is based on Psalm 66:11. In Psalm 66:7-18, Jubilate Deo, the line that stands out to me is “you let enemies ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but you brought us out into a place of refreshment.” I’ve always struggled to find the meaning in pain. Life seems full of it; from skinning your knee to losing a loved one. Even as a small child I … [Read more...]

Cover Your Ears

The Rev. John D. Lane. This sermon is based on Acts 7:57. But they covered their ears, and with a loud shout all rushed together against him. There’s a lot of ear-covering going on these days. I want to tell two stories this morning without a lot of interpretation. I’ll leave most of that to you. (1) When I was in seminary, the chaplain there was a man named Rowland Cox, youngest … [Read more...]

Baptized into the Body of Christ

The Rev. Becky McDaniel. This sermon is based on Acts 2:42-47. Those who had been baptized devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. In the Book of Acts, we learn that awe came upon everyone as wonders and signs were being done by the apostles, and that day by day the Lord added to the community of Christians, as they bound … [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...]