Past Sermons – 2018

December 2018

December 30
Past, Present, and Future Meet
Scripture lessons: Psalm 148,  PDF

December 16
The Quickening of the Holy Spirit
Scripture lessons: Luke 1:39-56, Hebrews 10:5-10 PDF

December 9
Shut the Fear Up!
Scripture lessons: Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79  Shut the Fear Up!  PDF

December 2
Branching Out
Scripture lessons: Jeremiah 33:14-16, Luke 21:25-36 Branching Out  PDF

November 2018

November 25
Just Rule!
Scripture lessons: Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14, John 18:33-27 Just Rule!  PDF

November 18
Warning: May Cause New Life!
Scripture lessons: 1 Samuel 1:4-20, Mark 13:1-8 PDF

November 11
For What It’s Worth
Scripture lessons: 1 Kings 17:8-26, Mark 12:38-44  PDF

November 4
A Love that Saves
Scripture lessons: Ruth 1:1-18, Mark 12:28-34 PDF

October 2018

October 28
Seeing Beyond Our Fortresses
Scripture lessons: Psalm 34:1-8, Mark 10:46-52 PDF

October 21
Finding Our Place Among God’s Creation
Scripture lessons: Job 38:1-7, 34-41, Mark 10:35-45 Finding Our Place Among God’s Creation  PDF

October 14
Holy Questions, Holy God
Scripture lessons: Job 23:1-9, 16-17, Mark 10:17-31 PDF

October 7
The Cost of Not Paying Attention
Preacher: Rev. Dr. Gloria Tate
Scripture lessons: Amos 5:14-15, 21-24, Luke 16:19-31 PDF

September 2018

September 30
Pretty Grabs Back
Scripture lessons: Esther 7:1-6, 9-10, 9:20-22, Mark 9:38-50 Pretty Grabs Back  PDF

September 23
Embracing the Future, Now
Scripture lessons: Proverbs 31:10-31 , Mark 9:30-37 Embracing the Future, Now  PDF

September 16
Prophet and Gains
Scripture lessons: Isaiah 50:4-9, Mark 8:27-38 Prophet and Gains  PDF

September 2
Scripture lessons: James 1:17-27, Mark 7:1-23  PDF

August 2018

August 26
My Name Shall Be There
Scripture lessons: 1 Kings 8:1, 6, 10-11, 22-30, 41-43, John 6:56-69 PDF

August 19
Putting Wisdom into Practice
Scripture lessons: 1 Kings 2:10-12, 3:3-14, Ephesians 5:15-20  PDF

August 12
Conversion to Love
Scripture lessons: 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33, Ephesians 4:25-5:2  PDF

August 5
Prophet Eye for the Royal Guy
Scripture lessons: 2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a, Ephesians 4:1-16 PDF

July 2018

July 29
Healing Our Hunger
Scripture lessons: 2 Samuel 11:1-15, John 6:1-21 PDF

July 22
A Dwelling Place for God
Scripture lessons: 2 Samuel 7:1-14a, Ephesians 2:11-22  PDF

July 15
What Inspires Dancing
Scripture lessons: 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19, Mark 6:14-29  PDF

July 8
When Dust Dries Our Feet
Scripture lessons: Ezekial 2:1-5, Mark 6:1-1  PDF

June 2018

June 31
Blood and Blessing
Scripture lessons: 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27, Mark 5:21-43 PDF

June 24
Kiss Me Like You Mean It
Preacher: Rev. Sarah Segal McCaslin
Scripture lessons: Song of Solomon 2:8-13, 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 Kiss Me Like You Mean It  PDF

June 17
Faith Like Mustard, Fruit, and Shade
Scripture lessons: Ezekiel 17:22-24, Mark 4:26-34 Faith Like Mustard, Fruit, and Shade  PDF

June 10
Hope for a House Divided
Scripture lessons: 1 Samuel 8:4-20, 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1 Hope for a House Divided  PDF

June 3
Where Do You Sabbath?
Scripture lessons: Deuteronomy 5:12-15, Mark 2:23-3:6 Where Do You Sabbath?  PDF

May 2018

May 13
Testify to Joy
Scripture lessons: 1 John 5:9-13, John 17:6-19 Testify to Joy  PDF

May 6
Confirmation Sunday Sermon
Preachers: Wanangwa Nyirongo & Nick Topousis
Scripture lessons: Acts 10:44-48, John 15:9-17 Confirmation Sunday Sermon

April 2018

April 29
Fruit from the Barren Tree
Scripture lessons: Acts 8:26-40, John 15:1-8 PDF

April 22
Shepherding God’s Creation
Scripture lessons: Psalm 23, John 10:11-18, 1 John 3:16-24 PDF

April 15
You Are Witnesses to These Things
Guest Preacher: Rev. Dr. Gerald Liu
Scripture lessons: Acts 2:14, Luke 24:36-48 PDF

April 8
We Are Still Easter People!
Guest Preacher: Rev. Rachel Cornwell
Scripture lessons: Acts 4:32-35, 1 John 1:1-2:2 We Are Still Easter People!

April 1
And Then It Dawned On Me
Scripture lessons: Isaiah 25:6-9, John 20:1-18 And Then It Dawned On Me  PDF

March 2018

March 28
Vehicle to Glory
Scripture lessons: Psalms 118:1-2, 19-29, Mark 11:1-11 Vehicle to Glory

Please note that the following are missing in the beginning of the audio sermon:

How do you get from here to there? Whether you are getting to work, church, school, or the things you do for relaxation and fun, you probably have your favorite mode of transportation. Especially if you are a morning commuter, your decision of whether to take a bus, ferry, drive, Uber, bike, subway, carpool, or some combo of these is probably made of a complex formula that takes into account timing, comfort level, cost, the environment, need for exercise, traffic, need for personal space, and what you are doing at work that day- in other words, how ragged can you afford to look and feel before you have a meeting?

I might have the easiest commute of anyone in this room, except perhaps for our volunteers and students. I live about a half mile from church, so unless it is pouring rain or I am doing something further away like hospital visits, I walk to church as much as I can. Sometimes I find I can do ministry along the way, such as when I see Leo playing basketball with his friends in the park, or talk with a stranger and tell them about our church.

The actor Cynthia Nixon just announced last week her candidacy for New York Governor, and if you saw her campaign ad, you would have noticed transportation had a big role. The ad shows her descending the stairs to the New York Subway, and also shows her riding a train…


March 18
Seed Words
Scripture lessons: Jeremiah 31:31-34, John 12:20-33 Seed Words  PDF

March 11
Garden Snakes
Scripture lessons: Numbers 21:4-9, John 3:14-21 PDF

March 4
Jesus Calls BS
Scripture lessons: Exodus 20:1-17, John 2:13-22 Jesus Calls BS  PDF

February 2018

February 25
In Praise of Ancestors
Scripture lessons: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 , Mark 8:31-38 In Praise of Ancestors  PDF

February 18
Wild Faith
Scripture lessons: Genesis 9:8-17, Mark 1:9-15  PDF

February 11
Make a Little Mountain House In Your Soul
Scripture lessons: 2 Kings 2:1-12, Mark 9:2-9Make a Little Mountain House In Your Soul  PDF

February 4
What’s that Deacon’s Name?
Scripture lessons: Isaiah 40:21-31, Mark 1:29-39 What’s that Deacon’s Name?  PDF

January 2018

January 28
When the Devil Speaks the Truth
Scripture lessons: 1 Corinthians 8:1-13, Mark 1:21-28When the Devil Speaks the Truth  PDF

January 21
A Whale of a Tale and Other Stories Worth Telling
Scripture lessons: Jonah 3:1-5, Mark 1:14-20A Whale of a Tale and Other Stories Worth Telling  PDF

January 14
Like a Tree That’s Planted By the Water
1 Samuel 3:1-10, Mark 1:4-11 Like a Tree That’s Planted By the Water

January 7
Magi Tricks
Scripture lessons: Isaiah 60:1-6, Matthew 2:1-12 Magi Tricks  PDF

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