Sermons

Heart and Soul, Mind and Strength, Neighbor and Self

October 29, 2017
I Thessalonians 2:1-8; Matthew 22:34-46
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Last week, at the congregational retreat, we did activities that invited us to use our bodies, minds and spirits. We will soon get a few pictures on the website and FaceBook so you can see what it looks like when groups of people try to make images of God with their whole selves. We also […]

The Big Ten

October 08, 2017
Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20
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The Ten Commandments – everybody knows them. They are part of popular culture as much as religious culture. We tell jokes about The Ten Commandments – “What did God tell Moses when Moses complained?  Take two tablets and call me in the morning.” The Daily Bonnet, a Mennonite satire website, posted this headline yesterday – […]

Turn, Then, And Live

October 01, 2017
Exodus 17:1-7; Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32
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There are lots of Biblical proverbs that ring familiar in our ears [some more so than others]: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding [Proverbs 3:5] Start children off in the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it […]

Enough Already

September 24, 2017
Matthew 20:1-16; Exodus 16:2-15
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It’s that time of year, pledge season, when it is suggested that we hear what some call, the “sermon on the amount.” Conveniently, the lectionary gives us these two texts about people wondering if there is enough, for them, for their families, for the community. We might wonder the same? Will there be enough this […]

A Big Ol’ Box of Chips

September 17, 2017
Mark 11:20-25
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If you were here last week you may have heard Kathleen, the congregational chair for the year ahead, share the outcomes of the church council and pastorate’s working retreat day on Saturday, September 9. For those of you not familiar with the retreat it is an event that happens each fall as we begin a […]

Bound to be Broken, Bound to Love

September 10, 2017
Romans 13:8-12; Matthew 18:15-20
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Here we are, two or three gathered in the Name (the name so holy that in the Jewish tradition it dare not be spoken.) We gather in the Name – of hospitality and love and peace. The Holy One promises to be here among us. Thank goodness. Thank God because there are too many places […]

Look For The Helpers

August 27, 2017
Exodus 1:8-2:10; Romans 12:1-8
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In an attempt to be more gentle and hopeful in the weeks after my experience in Charlottesville, I am re-watching the BBC show Call the Midwife. The series tells the stories of nurse midwives working in the east end of London, after the destruction of World War II, just as the national health system is […]

Faith, Hope, Love: A Showdown?

August 20, 2017
Lamentations 3:17-23; Matthew 21:18-22; I Corinthian 13:1-7, 13
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Many of you know that after college I took some time to travel. Two of my friends and I set off on a two month tour of art museums and culture sights around Europe. I was excited about the trip – it was my first time traveling off the continent of North America. It was […]

Ears to Listen, Hearts to Hear

July 23, 2017
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
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Last week, I had the opportunity to preach at Scottdale Mennonite Church, another congregation in Allegheny Mennonite Conference. It was a treat to go and experience worship in another AMC context and to see some of the folks I have met at conference events over the past few years in their home setting. The community […]

The Broken Jug

July 09, 2017
Matthew 18:15-17; Zechariah 7:8-10; Ephesians 4:1-6
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For centuries, this text in Matthew has been used as a means of excommunication, of division, of shunning.    In many ways, it’s kind of nice in how straightforward it is. Let’s admit it, community life is difficult and messy, but finally! Here is a step by step instruction to keep order, three strikes you’re […]