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...]

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...]

The Paradox of Passion

The Rev. Becky McDaniel. This sermon is based on The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to Matthew. Today we confront the human reality of betrayal. We look straight into the face of the pain of God. And as we gaze into the agony of our Lord, we wonder: Is this betrayal somehow necessary, something that God allows and even makes central to the plan of salvation? It is quite a … [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...]