Sermons from 2019

Sermons from 2019

In Between

Scripture: 2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15, Psalm 111, 2 Timothy 2:8-15, Luke 17:11-19 There is a concept in story-telling called the liminal space. It is an in-between space: you are between one place and another, or one stage of life and another. And things are always a little weird in a liminal space. It’s not quite like the first place, but you’re not all the way to…

Look at that Mountain

Scripture: Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4, Psalm 37:1-9, 2 Timothy 1:1-14, Luke 17:5-10 I’d like to begin this morning by telling a story. It’s one that I pulled out a few weeks ago for a sermon, and it has been both stuck in my head and giving me hope ever since. This story is from Sarah Bessey, an author, who has done some ministry in Haiti. Pastor Gaetan and his…

Content

Readings: Amos 6:1a, 4-7, Psalm 146, 1 Timothy 6:6-19, Luke 16:19-31 I have a vivid memory of one morning during seminary. It was during the summer, when I was working in an office. That meant I was answering phones, stuffing envelopes, making copies, that sort of thing. It was a good job, with good co-workers, and one that I enjoyed. It was the summer I was finally…

What are we doing?

Scripture: Job 23, Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18, Philippians 4:4-9, Luke 18:1-8 Today I’m going to continue answering questions that you have submitted. The question for today was about prayer–and who among us has never wondered what prayer does, or how to pray well, or why we pray at all? So before I get into the question itself, I’d like to spend some time with…

Lost and Found

Scripture Readings: Exodus 32:7-14, Psalm 51:1-10, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Luke 15:1-10 In our gospel reading today, we have two parables of Jesus about things that are lost. They’re very similar stories, with a person losing something, searching for it, finding it, and finally celebrating its return. In the first, we have a shepherd who is caring for his flock. One of…

Family

Scripture Readings: Deuteronomy 30:15-20, Psalm 1, Philemon 1:1-21, Luke 14:25-33 Philemon is one of those books of the Bible that you may not remember is even there. It’s one of the shortest, at only one chapter of 25 verses, and we rarely preach or read from it.  It is a letter of Paul. Paul was probably writing after his missionary journeys, in the middle or…

Love

Lectionary readings: Proverbs 25:6-7, Psalm 112, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Luke 14:1, 7-14 As I was getting ready to preach this week, I was so struck by Psalm 112. This psalm describes a godly person, someone who loves God and neighbor and lives their life justly and lovingly. It reminded me of how much I would also like my life to look like this. I want to be someone who…

Sabbath

Lectionary Texts: Isaiah 58:9b-14; Psalm 103:1-8; Hebrews 12:18-29; Luke 13:10-17 Here Jesus is, in this unidentified synagogue. It’s the sabbath; Jesus was teaching, as He often did, until He saw a woman who was so bent over that she could not stand straight. And so Jesus immediately calls her over and frees her, heals her.  The synagogue’s leader was furious…

Unforgivable

Scripture Readings: Jeremiah 23:23-29, Psalm 82, Ephesians 6:10-20, Luke 12:2-12 Unforgivable I was asked to preach about the unforgivable sin. This is from the question box that is still in the lobby (or feel free to drop a comment on the contact page of our website). I chose for us to read Luke 12 together, where Jesus and His disciples are in a huge, rowdy crowd. Jesus…

Waiting and Preparing

Lectionary: Genesis 15:1-6, Psalm 33:12-22, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40 Waiting and Preparing This past week I read a book called Front Desk by Kelly Yang, which is about the struggles of a Chinese family who emigrated to the US. They work cleaning a motel, struggle to learn English, and barely scrape by, after leaving their families, language, and good jobs in…