Sermons

Ordinary Transfiguration

February 23, 2020
Matthew 17:1-9; II Peter 1:9-16
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For the past three weeks we have been hearing passages from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount as found in the gospel of Matthew. Today we skip ahead in Matthew’s account of Jesus’ life to another experience that happened on a mountain, the transfiguration. For the writer of Matthew, Jesus is the new Moses. Since Moses […]

On The Border

February 09, 2020
Isaiah 58:1-12; Matthew 5:14-16
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I have been back from New Mexico and Texas, from the borderlands, for two weeks. Thank you for your prayers and support as I traveled. Your care and concern accompanied me. It was a wonderful trip and yet it is sometimes difficult to know how to talk meaningfully about my experience there. The lectionary passage […]

Jesus Abridged

February 02, 2020
Micah 6:1-8
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It’s Super Bowl Sunday! Some of you couldn’t care less about that statement. While others of us have a mild interest in the game that will be taking place this evening. And many in this country are passionate about this annual event of gaming, theatrics, and money, money, money. For better or worse it is […]

“Can’t We All Just …?”

January 26, 2020
Psalm 27: 6-9; Matthew 4:17-22; I Corinthians 1:10-13
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Good Morning. This is the 3rd Sunday of Epiphany – when the Three Wise Men deduced that the star moving before them was leading to a baby who was god’s son and a human being. For those of us who are not wise men and for whom single stars don’t march off by themselves, an […]

A Soaring Love

January 19, 2020
Isaiah 49:1-7; John 1:29-42
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Last weekend I had the opportunity to participate in the annual Laurelville Music and Worship Leaders retreat weekend. People from across the country, and even a few from Canada, gathered together for a weekend of singing, music making, and exploration of worship resources together. This event began 30 some years ago when Hymnal: A Worship […]

The Power and Humility of Baptism

January 12, 2020
Matthew 3:13-17; Isaiah 42:1-9
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I remember my baptism. I was scared to choose it and scared not to choose it. My questions and doubts about the way things were explained (or unexplained) in church overwhelmed me. But, as the pastor’s kid, I felt I had to see the membership class through to completion along with the others in the […]

Epiphany 20/20

January 05, 2020
Matthew 2:1-12; Ephesians 3:1-12
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The epiphany season is the hinge point of a new year, when things can come into new focus. It is one more gift of the season; a chance to look back and look forward. Matthew does this: he starts his account of Jesus’ life with a look back at Jesus’ ancestors, from Abraham through to […]

Waiting For Who?

December 15, 2019
Matthew 11:2-11; Isaiah 35:1-10; James 5:7-10; Luke 1:46-55
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(sung) Wait on the Lord, God’s time is near. Wait on the Lord, be strong, take heart. It’s the third Sunday of Advent and we are still waiting. What are we waiting for? John the Baptizer is waiting, though his situation is much less comfortable than what most of us experience. John is in prison. […]

Immersed In Waiting

December 08, 2019
Matthew 3:1-12; Romans 15:4-13
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Hear then, this poem: The Merger Poem (from The Dinner Party) – Judy Chicago And then all that has divided us will merge And then compassion will be wedded to power And then softness will come to a world that is harsh and unkind And then both men and women will be gentle And then […]

What Are We Waiting For?

December 01, 2019
Matthew 24:36-44; Isaiah 2:1-5; Romans 13:11-14
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What are you waiting for? This is the question we will be asking together this Advent and Christmas season. (A bunch of other Mennonites across the country are also asking this question.) What are we waiting for? On the one hand, it is simple, we are waiting for Christmas. Of course. On the other hand, […]