Sermon: Sleep in Heavenly Peace

Advent 1 Peace“Sleep in Heavenly Peace”

(December 2, 2018) After reading the powerful words of the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 2:1-4; Isaiah 9:2, 6-7), our message this morning came in the form of a story, read by three veterans from our congregation: (in order) Sarah J., Wayne A., and Bob P. We had hoped to have the story read/also read by Jack R., a WWII veteran, but he was not able to read aloud, and so we share this story in part in his honor. The text comes from “The WWI Christmas Truce,” by Christopher Kline.

During the recording, we displayed a slideshow of images from the truce.

After the story, I said: Can you imagine returning to the trenches to fight, sending gunfire across the field where you just played soccer, aiming at the people with whom you exchanged gifts? I can’t imagine it. But the truce ended, and the war resumed. That’s what we humans do. Our peace is temporary, fleeting, and fragile. This is why we need the light of Christ in our lives. This is why we long not for our own peace, but for God’s heavenly peace. The musical group Celtic Thunder tells this story another way…

I then attempted to play this song from Celtic Thunder, which I find quite powerful, although perhaps too intense for some.

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Sermon: Become Like a Child

Are you Kidding

“Become Like a Child” 

(August 5, 2018) We long for easier, simpler times, and our faith is no exception. Children have a natural wonder and simplicity about faith, about the stories of the Bible, and the worldview of right and wrong. How do we let go of our “grown up” sensibilities and rediscover the faith of a child? (Hosea 11:1-4, 8b-11; Matthew 18:1-7).

Sermon: Bullfrog Spirituality

Slide2“Bullfrog Spirituality”

(May 13, 2018) God calls all things holy– and is present to us in all kinds of ways that are also all holy. Sometimes, we find God in surprising places, a reminder that everything, yes even a bullfrog, is holy. (Luke 24:44-53)

At the conclusion of the sermon, I played this video of the song “Everything is Holy Now” by Peter Meyer.

Sermon: Make it So

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(March 4, 2018) The church of today is not necessarily the church of which Jesus dreamed– or we might dream. How can we become a church the lives out Jesus’ call to feed the hungry, visit the lonely and sick and imprisoned, and work together for God’s vision of the world? (Matthew 25: 31-40)

Sermon: Nothing Can Separate You

Roll Down promo sm“Nothing Can Separate You”

(February 18, 2018) When we baptize a person, regardless of age, we proclaim God’s love of them and our support and love for them, almost always before we know anything about them. Nothing can separate us from the truth that we are all beloved children of God. (Mark 1:9-15; Romans 8: 31-39)

Sermon: Let (it) Go

emerge series“Let (it) Go- Leaving Behind what We Don’t Need”

(May 21, 2017) Sometimes, too much change, even good change, like leaving behind oppression in Egypt, or like God conquering death in Jesus Christ, can throw us off balance. It can be hard to let go of the past, no matter what that past is like. Gently, we offer to God those things that we need to let go, like the empty shell of a chrysalis, so that we are ready to journey on. (Exodus 16:1-3, 9-12John 21:1-14)

Sermon: Unwrap & Unfold- Unbound

emerge series“Unwrap & Unfold- Unbound”

(May 14, 2017) An emerging butterfly– or human child– is strengthened by the process of breaking free. Much as we might wish we could save our children from hardship, and much as God might wish to save us, God’s children, from hardship, the struggle is part of what strengthens us so that we will one day be able to soar. Unlike moths and butterflies, we do not struggle alone. Like Martha, Mary, and Lazarus, we are surrounded by a community that struggles with us, and that aids us in the unbinding. (John 11:1-44)

 

I tried and failed to show this video clip from ABC’s show “Lost”. I described it instead, but the illustration goes faster if you have the option to watch it.