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Sermons from 2021

Being in Awe as God’s Kingdom Builders

This Sunday has many titles:  It is Children’s Home Sunday, which is the focus of our special offering.  It is Memorial Day Sunday, which we honored at the beginning of our gathering today.  And finally, it is also Trinity Sunday, which always follows Pentecost Sunday, which focused on the coming of the Holy Spirit to…

Live by the Spirit

Today we celebrate the coming of God’s Spirit, the Holy Spirit. The Day of Pentecost is the day that the Holy Spirit of God (the breath and the power of God which created the earth) comes into the world to teach, guide, and comfort. The wind, the breath of God which came to that upper…

How Many Biscuits Can You Eat?

Several years ago, there was a TV commercial that advertised those biscuits that come in a can. I don’t remember the brand – could have been Betty Crocker; could have been Pillsbury – but I do remember the commercial. It went like this: First, you see a young woman sitting at a table, and hear…

We Believe , Love, Share.

When I think of Jesus as the Vine and God as the Vine Dresser, I think of the branches being both churches as well as individuals.  In January 1969, I was a junior in high school and president of the new UMYF (United Methodist Fellowship).  Three church bodies, the Methodist Church (mainly white and/or from…

The Lord is My Shepherd

Good Shepherd, we are the sheep of your pasture, you know us by name. We offer grateful thanks for your loving care. Open our hearts and minds to the guiding of your Spirit in our lives. Lead us in right paths that we may serve you in truth and action. Amen. The Lord is My…

The Road to Emmaus

 I do love the Emmaus Road story. Don’t you?  It’s so simple in the telling, but it’s so rich in meaning. The words are as straightforward as a 7-mile line drawn from Jerusalem to Emmaus, and yet the story pulls us aside with question after question along the way. I don’t know about you, but…

Doubting Faithfully?

                                                                    INTRODUCTION The scripture passage that Sharon just read is one of my all-time favorite stories in the Bible.  Now I can see how you might be wondering why the story about ‘doubting Thomas’ could possibly rate as one of my favorites when there are so many other stories that are more interesting…

RISEN FROM DOOM WITH HEALING

What a joyful Easter morning, in spite of a cold snap, to celebrate Christ Jesus’ resurrection from the dead!  According to the earliest recording of the Good News of Jesus, the Gospel of St. Mark, the first Easter morning started off more like a typical present day of doom scrolling with the women who had…

Overturning the Tables

  Our scripture reading today from the Gospel of Mark occurs the day after Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. He enters Jerusalem amid exultation from the masses who are gathered for Passover and He is welcomed into the city as their chosen King. The people demonstrate their approval by the laying down of their cloaks…