Sermons

How Long, O God: Psalms of Lament

June 28, 2020
Psalm 13; Psalm 58
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I love our heady, intellectual congregation, – and I love that there is room for the criers, as they call themselves, the people that admit to getting emotional in church. This series on the Psalms is a great opportunity for all of us to get a little more in touch with the other side of […]

A Voiceless Voice

June 21, 2020
Psalm 19
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It feels fitting that right after Solstice, the longest day of the year – we start a 6 week series focused on the longest book of the Bible by chapter count: The Psalms (Jeremiah would win the longest book for the most Hebrew words). Our summer series isn’t planning to dive into a deep study […]

The Holy Trinity

June 07, 2020
Psalm 8; Matthew 28:16-20; II Corinthians 13:11-13; Romans 12:9-16b
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Today is Trinity Sunday which, for the Christ-centered, look-to-the-bible Anabaptist tradition, is kind of tricky. Because the trinity doesn’t really appear in the bible. Okay, it is in the passage from Matthew that we heard, sort of, as a coda. Of course there is the “Father” and creator in the bible. No disputing there is […]

Recognizing The Paraclete

May 24, 2020
John 14:15-21
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This beautiful passage from John feels ethereal and mystical – love and comfort and the Spirit of truth, “the world neither sees her nor recognizes her; but you can recognize her,” “you will know that I am in God, And you are in me and I am in you.” Like the passage from John that […]

The Way of Love

May 10, 2020
John 14:1-14
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Here we are in the 5th week past Easter and the scripture passage puts us right back to the days just before Jesus’ death. This passage in John is part of Jesus’ farewell message to his followers. It comes right after he has washed the disciples feet and taught them that being of service to […]

Hospitality in the Face of Fear

May 03, 2020
Luke 24:13-35
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It is three Sundays after Easter; we are meant to be reading about Jesus the Good Shepherd. (And you can do that: John 10 and Psalm 23 are always there for you.) But I am circling back to last week’s lectionary text which we skipped over. I can’t seem to leave the resurrection stories behind, […]

Wounded and Risen Christ

April 19, 2020
John 20:19-31
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It is good to be together again celebrating resurrection even though it feels like we are still living in the tomb, in the midst of death. Death is all around us, creeping toward us, and yet we live in the midst of creation, in this gorgeous spring where Christ is revealed in so much life. […]

Christ Revealed

April 12, 2020
John 20:1-18
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Christ is risen! Christ is risen, indeed! Alleluia! Thank God for this day of alleluias in the midst of this pandemic experience. Some churches have considered holding off on Easter celebrations until they can once again return to their space of embodied worship together. I, for one, am grateful we are celebrating today! This moment […]

Palm Sunday Reflection

April 05, 2020
John 13:1-17
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Our element today from creation is fire; our biblical story is from John about footwashing -with water. It is easy to see that water puts out fire – but today, in the midst of the pandemic, at the beginning of Holy Week, instead of water putting out fire, these two combined point to suffering. I […]

Temptation Revelations

March 01, 2020
Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7; Matthew 4:1-11
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Today we, once again, mark the first Sunday of Lent – a forty day journey of reflection and repentance that resembles the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness preparing for his season of public ministry. Lent is a season and a space of intention and preparation. Where we focus our intention and what we […]