2018 – 2013 Sermons
Christmas Eve December 24, 2017
Advent 4 December 24, 2017
April 30, 2017
January 22, 2017 (annual address)
August 21, 2016 (sermon by Geoff Greeley)
Jean Potter funeral 7/12/16
Don Michie funeral sermon 2/4/16
September 27, 2015 Meditation on Readings
September 6, 2015 Confession, Repentance and and Commitment to End Racism Sunday
August 23, 2015 Bread of Life series #5
August 16, 2015 Bread of Life series #4
August 9, 2015 Bread of Life series #3
August 2, 2015 Bread of Life series #2
July 26, 2015 Bread of Life series #1
Jane Stanke funeral sermon (2.28.15)
February 15, 2015 Transformation. Key Point: May we be transformed and our eyes opened so that our inner light shines and so that we can see the inner light that shines within others.
February 8, 2015 The good news: Those who “wait upon” or trust in the Lord, will be strengthened
Florence Anderson funeral sermon (2/7/15)
January 11, 2015 Baptism of Jesus. Key Point: Promises of Baptism are a reminder of the life we are given and the life we left behind, and that the Spirit is always present for those who follow Christ.
January 4, 2015 Jesus in the Temple. Key Point: This story tells us a lot about Jesus. When we see young Jesus doing amazing things, we know that Jesus is going to do amazing things, and still does.
funeral sermon for Harry Data 12/27/14
December 28, 2014 Michael Brooker sermon
Christmas 2014 Celebrating Christmas. Key Point: We celebrate because Christ has come, and Christ will be with us always.
December 21, 2014 Mary. Key Point: Faith is part of doubt: knowing where our limitations are and knowing we can always trust in God.
December 14, 2014 Darkness. Key Point: In this time of Advent, of darkness, of waiting, we see light dawning and know that no matter how dark it is, the good is yet to come.
December 7, 2014 Advent: A time of signs. Key Point: Look for signs of the Good News.
November 30, 2014 (Dave McGrath sermon)
November 23, 2014 Christ the King. Key point: Christ’s kingdom is defined by how we love Christ, and we can only do that by imitating Christ and showing compassion and mercy.
November 9, 2014 The Parable of the Bridesmaids. Key Points: 1. No one can be a Christian for me. 2. We should not abuse God’s grace and mercy.
November 2, 2014 All Saints’ Day. Key Point: Who are these robed in white? The ones who have gone before and the ones who are sitting in the pews today who show us how to be saints.
October 26, 2014 The Greatest Commandment. Key Point: Which is the greatest commandment? The answer is simple (love God, lover others), yet not so easy.
Myrhon Lura funeral (10.24.14)
Nancy Kaye funeral (10.23.14)
October 19, 2014 Paying taxes. Key Point: All that we are and all that we have are intended for God’s glory.
October 12, 2014 Count Your Blessings. Key Point: Bad news is the exception, blessings are the rule. Show gratitude by thanksgiving in prayer, by generosity, and by being a blessing to others.
October 5, 2014 The 10 Commandments. Key Point: The 10 Commandments are about deepening our relationship with Christ.
September 28, 2014 Committing. Key Point: When we say “yes” or “no” to God, we need to understand our motivation: we should not do things to build ourselves up, but to see the needs of others before our own.
September 21, 2004 He has Come to Call Sinners. Key Point: We are called just as we are.
September 14, 2014 The Power of Forgiveness. Key Point: We are to offer others the same forgiveness with which we have been forgiven by God.
September 7, 2014 The Church. Key Point: We gather together so that we can be the Church.
August 31, 2014 Justice. Key Point: Justice means making things right, not making people suffer. It is our job to show love and create justice by doing good to those who have done evil.
August 24, 2014 Our Identity. Key Point: Who am I, who does God say that I am, and how do I fit into the body of Christ?
August 17, 2014 (by Michael Brooker) Stories. Key Point: Let us remain open to be taught and continue listening to the stories our neighbors share.
August 10, 2014 The Good News. Key Point: Do good works and be an example of Christ to the world.
August 3, 2014 Wrestling with God. Key Point: We gain wisdom and strength by wrestling with issues of our faith, and it may even change us in a very radical way to be come better people of faith.
July 27, 2014 The Kingdom of Heaven. Key point: The Kingdom of Heaven initially seems small, mundane, and undesirable, but it produces something worth giving up everything for. We should try to see value in things that don’t appear very valuable.
July 20, 2014 Jacob’s Ladder. Key Point: Jacob was promised very earthly things. The physical world is here so we can experience God in it.
July 6, 2014 “I just can’t win.” Key Point: With Christ, we will never lose.
June 29, 2014 Abraham and Isaac. Key Point: The Lord will provide.
June 15, 2014 Trinity Sunday and Father’s Day. Key Point: If we are to be in relationship with anybody else, we must first find harmony within ourselves.
June 8, 2014 Pentecost. Key Point: This is a day of gift-giving when we remember that we are called to give the gift of the Good News.
June 1, 2014 Ascension. Key Point: The Ascension is the promise of our place in heaven, but it also indicates our responsibility for the world since Jesus left us on our own to care for it.
May 25, 2014 Assume the Best. Key Point: Too often, when we have differences, we latch on to that which divides us; but if we look for how they are similar to us, then we can truly love our neighbor.
May 11, 2014 Good Shepherd Sunday and Mothers’ Day. Key Point: There will always be trials and there will always be good things happening, too, whether in the world’s institutions or in the family, but through it all, God prevails.
May 4, 2014 (sermon delivered by Mother Carla McCook) The Road to Emmaus. Key Point: When the bread is broken and shared, it is supposed to have transformative power that causes us to want to share the good news.
April 27, 2014 Doubting Thomas. Key Point: Blessed are those who have not seen and, yet, have believed.
April 20, 2014 Easter Day. Christ is Risen. Key Point: We see the resurrection anywhere that the merky past is gone and new life has begun. Let us run for joy to tell of it.
April 19, 2014 Easter Vigil. This is the night of our salvation. Key Point: The symbols of the Eater Vigil are the signs of our salvation, celebrating the salvation of the Israelites through the Red Sea and our salvation from sin.
April 18, 2014 Good Friday: Injustice. Key Point: There is no justice in Jesus dying to pay for evil done by us. God sets things right by becoming one of us and sharing in our suffering. We learn from our suffering, and this is how death leads to life.
April 13, 2014 Palm Sunday: love and suffering. Key point: There is a seeming contradiction between “tender love” and “sent your son to suffer death,” but what we see as chaos, God sees as opportunities for good.
March 30, 2014 Blind. Key Point: Let us see God working in us, and that grace is ever-present in our lives.
March 23, 2014 Christ died for the ungodly (Romans 5: 3). Key Point: God’s love has been poured into your hearts. Let us go share in that love.
March 16, 2014 John 3:16. Key Point: The Spirit is not limited to a select few. God is more interested in saving everyone than in limiting His grace.
March 9, 2014 Lent. Key Point: Lent is a season for understanding our own failings and understanding that we are desperately in need of God’s grace and mercy.
March 5, 2014 Ash Wednesday. Key Point: This is a day to truly understand our relationship with the world around us: to love one another, to make sure others are taken care of, to feel the hurt of others, to remember the impact our lives have on the world, to make amends, and to remember that we are dust and to dust we shall return.
March 2, 2014 Feast of the Transfiguration. Key Point: Sometimes God takes us up on a mountaintop, and he is there–but he’s also there when we come down.
February 23, 2014 Justice. Key Point: God’s justice is based on making things right. We, too, must strive for justice.
February 16, 2014 Anger and lust, murder and adultery. Key point: Rather than getting hung up on what others have done, we are called to care for one another regardless of what they have done.
February 2, 2014 Candlemas: the Manifested Light of the World. Key point: Distractions can keep up from seeing what is right in front of us–even the things that are supposed to bring us to God can distract us. Let us rejoice in finding our Savior.
January 19, 2014 Come and See: rector’s annual address.
January 11, 2014 Epiphany. Key Point: Epiphanies happen when we choose to see God in all things.
Dorothy Conzelman funeral sermon (December 30, 2013)
December 29, 2013 The Third Creation Story: Word and Light. Key Point: As children of God, we are reflections of our Creator, and we can shine his light.
Christmas 2013 The Miracle of Christmas. Key Point: At the heart of today is the miracle that God chose to be one of us, choosing to take on our weakness.
December 15, 2013 “Stir up your power, Oh Lord.” Key Point: God’s power will be stirred within us, but it will be in God’s own way.
December 8, 2013 Advent. Key Point: No one is beyond redemption.
November 24, 2013 Christ the King. Key point: Letting go of the things that weigh us down and letting God be in charge is what gives us freedom and unites us, despite our human arbitrary divisions.
Linda Erdmann funeral sermon (November 23, 2013)
Frances Carpenter funeral sermon (November 22, 2013)
November 10, 2013 Disconnect. Key point: We have to disconnect from we think is important in this world in order to see the living god.
November 3, 2013 Saints. Key point: As the song says, “The saints of God are just folk like me, and I need to be one, too.”
October 27, 2013 Piety. Key point: We don’t need to wear our faith on our sleeves, but we do need to wear our faith on our hearts.
October 20, 2013 Prayer. Key Point: When we persist in prayer, we come to understand God more fully–and that is the value of prayer.
October 13, 2013 Gratitude. Key Point: We have been abundantly and greatly blessed by God; be active in giving thanks for all that God has done for us.
October 6, 2013 Faith. Key Point: God has given us many tools to serve, but faith we have to take care of ourselves; but with just a little bit of faith, we can do so much.
September 29, 2013 Honoring God with our lives. Key point: God gave us an abundance of gifts, not just to make our own lives better, but to give us an opportunity to better the lives of others.
September 22, 2013 St. Matthew’s Day: a day to remember who we are and what it means to be a saint. Key Point: The church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints: He doesn’t call us to perfection–only to receive his grace.
Francis Stanke funeral sermon (Sept. 21, 2013)
September 15, 2013 Mercy. Key point: God doesn’t wait for us to come back before showing us mercy; God will go to great lengths to recover us when we are lost.
September 8, 2013 Christian Family Values. Key point: We put away the things of this life (see Luke 14 : 26) to follow Christ by changing our perspective–laying aside old paradigms and readjusting our priorities so that we can have relationships that benefit others rather than benefitting ourselves.
September 1, 2013 Humility. Key point: Humility is not about our lack of value; but it is to remember our place in the universe, to remember the place of others in the universe, and to raise others up.
August 25, 2013 Remember to Keep Holy the Sabbath Day. Key point: It’s not just about Sunday morning, but every day we have to create a Sabbath. Every moment we have is a gift from God. How much of all that time do we set aside to spend with God?
Walt Wheeler funeral sermon (August 19, 2013)
August 18, 2013 The Cost of Discipleship. Key point: doing what is right will have a cost, but it will pay off greatly with God–and it can make a world of difference for others.
August 11, 2013 Part 6 of 6 on the Nicene Creed: us. Key point: One of the worst sins of the church today is sacrificing the Body of Christ to compete instead of to build up the Kingdom of God. We must be a Church that sees our differences as a gift–not as a liability. May we all be one.
August 4, 2013 Part 5 of 6 on the Nicene Creed: The Holy Spirit. Key point: The Holy Spirit will challenge us to go places we would never go, but sometimes that requires us to let go of those earthly things that we hold dear to us (customs, traditions, ideas, or material possessions). And, as the Holy Spirit has always done, she will continue to give us life.
David Horsley’s funeral sermon (8/3/2013)
July 28, 2013 Part 4 of 6 on the Nicene Creed: Incarnation, life, and reign of Christ. Key point: God is always after us. We may run and hide, but He never gives up.
July 21, 2013 Part 3 of 6 on the Nicene Creed: Jesus. Key point: The God who created the universe is the same God who has an intimate experience with us through Jesus, the Word of God.
July 14, 2013 Part 2 of 6 on the Nicene Creed: God the Father. Key point: God is far greater than we can wrap our minds around; yet, that is the God who knows and loves us and who is Father–to us and to our neighbors.
July 7, 2013 Part 1 of a 6-part series on the Nicene Creed. Key point: Just because someone may be right, doesn’t mean that they will do right. Don’t let our differences undermine our call to love one another.