Sermon: Got Your Back

Slide2 copy“Got Your Back”

(September 20, 2015) Part of what it means to live in Beloved Community is to lift one another up in prayer and with encouragement. This week, we are invited to try both. Have you held someone in prayer today? Have you given someone their own heart? (1 Thessalonians 5:8-18)

“Beloved Community: How the People of God Create Community” is an original sermon series. The topics are:

Sermon: All Means All

Slide2 copy“All Means All”

(September 13, 2015) We begin a sermon series on the Beloved Community, examining the marking of the people of God, being formed into community. The first aspect of this community is that all of us are welcome. That means all of us– every person, and also all of us– our whole selves. (Galatians 3:23-29)

“Beloved Community: How the People of God Create Community” is an original sermon series. The topics are:

Sermon: Crumbled Grace

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(September 6, 2015) A woman came to Jesus, begging for healing for her child, and she was Syrian… I mean, Syrophoenician. Dare we believe, even in the face of global crisis, that the smallest act of love, the smallest scrap of grace, makes a difference? (Mark 7:24-37)

Sermon: The Outer Reaches

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(July 5, 2015) Jesus’ interruptions as he goes about his ministry of teaching and healing serve to remind us that we are called to the margins– to be distracted and take notice of those reaching out for help, even– especially– when the rest of society assumes they do not matter. (Mark 5:21-43)

Sermon: Prayer, Interrupted

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(June 28, 2015) With grief and sorrow, and the commitment not just to pray, but to act, we lift our laments for the attack on Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina. (Psalm 1302 Samuel 1:1, 17-27)

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I quote from a reflection by my colleague, Steve Garnaas-Holmes.

Sermon: Embarrassingly Out There

hands children black white“Embarrassingly Out There”

(May 31, 205) We do not usually feel comfortable talking about our faith. Maybe like Jesus’ family, trying to reign him in when he started preaching and healing all over the place, we feel over-exposed. But when we do share and listen about our church in this community, the response is overall positive. Are we able to hear that feedback? (Mark 3:20-35)

Sermon: Wind, Water, Flame

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(May 24, 2015, Pentecost) We talk about the Holy Spirit in curious ways– ways that perhaps betray our discomfort with it’s unpredictable, life-shaking nature. Are we ready to let the Spirit shake us up, let it rock us? (Acts 2:1-6, 12-21)

(money shot for those who want to hear me sing at about the 7:40 mark)


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