Sermon: I Wanna Be Reaching Out

outside-my-world-perspective“I Wanna Be Reaching Out”

(November 13, 2016) Poet, singer, and songwriter Leonard Cohen reminds us: “there is a crack in everything; that’s how the light comes in.” We see in our community, our nation, and our world many places of brokenness, many cracks and many places in need of love and light. May we as the people of God be those who bear the light, who carry God’s love, to all the broken places of the world. (Luke 21:5-19Isaiah 58:5-12)

Sermon: A Song in Every Silence

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(September 25, 2016) The energy of Hang is an unusual one in our contemporary society– that energy of seeking peace and rest, being calm in one’s self. Although perhaps hard to find, when we sink into our quiet center, sometimes we find a depth and a peace that is holy. (Mark 6:30-32Psalm 139:7-10, 13-18)

Sermon: Go and Do Likewise

9-18-w-text“Go and Do Likewise”

(September 18, 2016) The energy of thrust inspires and pushes us to action, as we come together in worship and are built up, jazzed up, and sent out into the world to live our faith in ways large and small. How will you use whatever sphere of influence you have to make one small change for justice and compassion in the world? (Luke 10:25-37, Exodus 1:8-20)

Sermon: Gather Each One

9-11-w-text“Gather Each One”

(September 11, 2016) The movement of swing is a comfortable one for me, an easy, going-with-the-flow energy that is focused on how we are in relationship with God and one another. Swing is a theological and spiritual claim, too: that God is the one who is concerned with relationships, who loves each one of us, and will not rest until each precious sheep is brought into the fold. (Luke 15:1-10)

Sermon: A Time for Tears

tears“A Time for Tears”

(March 20, 2016) When Mary weeps for Jesus, or when Jesus himself weeps, we see a sort of human vulnerability that we can lose track of when it comes to Jesus. Will you let the story of the human Jesus move you this week? (John 19:25-30)

“Poured Out” monologues for Lent by Dr. Marcia McFee, (www.marciamcfee.com) used with permission, but not reproduced here. 

Sermon: Redeeming Blood

blood“Redeeming Blood”

(March 13, 2016) I’ve never been comfortable with embracing the blood and suffering of Jesus’ death, not because I’m squeamish, but because I don’t like what that says about God. But if redemption is in Christ’s blood (just like, as an Italian, hospitality is in mine), is it possible to redeem this image and let it speak to me– and to many of us– in new ways? (Luke 23:33-47)

Personally, I think that if you’re only going to listen to one of my sermons so far this year, it should be this one. It’s deeply theological in some ways, and also deeply personal.

“Poured Out” monologues for Lent by Dr. Marcia McFee, (www.marciamcfee.com) used with permission, but not reproduced here. 

Sermon: A Bitter Cup

Poured Out Wine“A Bitter Cup”

(March 6, 2016) Judas’ betrayal of Jesus casts him as one of the greatest villains of all time. But even out of betrayal and suffering, and death itself, God is able to work transformation in us and in the world. Now that is grace. (John 13:21-30)

“Poured Out” monologues for Lent by Dr. Marcia McFee, (www.marciamcfee.com) used with permission, but not reproduced here.