Category Archives: Sermons

Pentecost 8: A Matter of Identity (Ephesians 1:3-14)

sermon-7-15-18.mp3 In Arthur Miller’s famous play, ‘Death of A Salesman,” Willie Lohman spends his whole adult life searching for status and recognition from others.  For Willie, life is all about how many people admire and respect him, the measure of which is how many people will turn out for his funeral.  “When I die,” he […]

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Pentecost 7: Praying for Thorns (2 Corinthians 12:7-10)

sermon-7-8-18.mp3 After a bit of modest bragging about his exclusive, backstage tour of heaven, Paul writes, “To keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded […]

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Pentecost 6: Helper of the Helpless (Mark 5:21-43)

sermon-7-1-18.mp3 He was at his wits end.  He and his wife had done everything they knew to do for their daughter.  She was only twelve years old, and as soon as it became obvious that there was something wrong, they took her to see every doctor and tried every remedy and exhausted every avenue no […]

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Pentecost 4: Thinking About Death (2 Corinthians 5:1-10)

sermon-6-17-18.mp3 It may not be the most pleasant and cheery topic to talk about, but today we’re going to talk about death.  What are we to think about it?  How are we to think about it?  And maybe the most important thing to say here is simply that we should think about death, because it’s […]

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Pentecost 2: Keeping The Sabbath Day Holy (Mark 2:23-28)

sermon-6-3-18.mp3 The theme that underlies our Old Testament and Gospel readings today has to do with “the proper observation of the Sabbath.”  How do we ‘keep the Sabbath holy’? In our Old Testament reading, Moses preaches to the congregation, telling them that they MUST keep the Sabbath holy and HOW to keep it holy.  In […]

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Trinity Sunday: The Mystery of the Trinity (Athanasian Creed)

sermon-5-27-18.mp3 On Trinity Sunday, we recite the Athanasian Creed and say strange things like, ‘the catholic faith is this, that we worship one God, in three persons and three persons in one God, neither confusing the persons nor dividing the substance.’  Rather than trying to ‘simply things’ and say them with familiar language, today we […]

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Pentecost: The Day of Pentecost (Ezekiel 37)

sermon-5-20-18.mp3 “When the Day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place.” It may surprise you to learn that the Day of Pentecost has been on the Church’s calendar a lot longer than Easter or Christmas.  The Festival of Pentecost was established in the Old Testament, when Israel was in the desert making […]

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Easter 7: Holy Eavesdropping (John 17:11b-19)

sermon-5-13-18.mp3 Eavesdropping A couple of years ago we had new gutters installed on our house because the old gutters weren’t doing the job anymore.  They leaked and the water dropped from the eaves right to the ground.  Our new gutters have been very successful in preventing ‘eavesdropping.’ The word ‘eavesdropping’ comes from the sound that […]

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Easter 5: Test The Spirits (1 John 4:1-11)

sermon-4-29-18.mp3 “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” Anytime you’re reading your bible and you come to words that say, “DO NOT BELIEVE,” it always gets your attention.  It’s like, “what? Did it just say […]

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Easter 4: He Laid Down His Life For The Sheep (John 10:11-18 / 1 John 3:16-24)

sermon-4-22-18.mp3 “I am the good Shepherd.  The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”  That’s Jesus who’s talking.  He is the “I am.”  The same “I am” who spoke to Moses in the burning bush, “I am who I am.”  The same “Yaweh” who declares, “I am the bread of life,” “I am […]

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