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...]

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...]