Sermons from 2020

Sermons from 2020

Easter, Again

Scripture: Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18; Matthew 28:1-10 Back when all this COVID-19 stuff first started–so, you know, 10 years ago–and we closed the church building, Council and I also decided that when we returned to in-person worship we would celebrate Easter again, together.  This was very early, back when we all were picturing that we’d be worshiping again in a few…

Longing

Scripture: Exodus 17:1-7, Psalm 95, Romans 5:1-11, John 4:5-42 What do you long for? That was how I connected with this passage, this story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well. Maybe it’s because of having lived in the desert: at noon, the sun is high above and beating down on you and washing the colors out of everything. The heat is so intense that…

Good News

Scripture: Genesis 12:1-4a, Psalm 121, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, John 3:1-17 This story of Nicodemus and Jesus in the garden–the way Nicodemus seems to have snuck away to see Jesus at night, Jesus’ teachings, this image of two men surrounded by the sounds of crickets and big green trees (fine, that last one’s my own image, and Israel is nothing like that, but…

Heroes and Villains

Scripture: Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7, Psalm 32, Romans 5:12-19, Matthew 4:1-11 I think you all probably know by now that I love a good fantasy novel. I love a good Star Wars–well, anything, really. I love a good superhero movie. I love a good sci-fi series. I love all of it! And one of the things that I love about all of these types of stories is the fight: the struggle of…

Ashes and Croaking

Scripture: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17, Psalm 51:1-17, 2 Corinthians 5:20b–6:10, Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 Apparently there’s this application for your smartphone called WeCroak. Five times a day, at completely random times, it will remind you: Don’t forget, you’re going to die. Ash Wednesday is the church’s equivalent of WeCroak. Remember, one day you will…

Transformers

Scripture Readings: Exodus 24:12-18, Psalm 2, 2 Peter 1:16-21, Matthew 17:1-9 Does anyone else remember the Transformers TV show? Or perhaps the apparently never-ending series of action movies by the same name? They are about alien robots who come to earth and befriend humans while defending humanity from the evil Decepticons. They often hide in plain sight by being able…

Beautiful Gifts

Scripture: Isaiah 60:1-6, Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14, Ephesians 3:1-12, Matthew 2:1-12 One of my favorite things about any holiday, or really anything else I love and enjoy, is snarky internet commentary. I can click through witty tweets about Harry Potter or Star Wars or Christmas for–let’s just say longer than I should. So I really enjoyed the following tweet when I saw…