Sermon: Caring, Sharing

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(September 17, 2017) One of the defining characteristics of the People of God is the compassion and care we show one another, and that this compassion is rooted and grounded in God’s love for us. In this message, we also celebrate the deep compassion our community shared with one another during and after a horrible tragedy in our region. (Leviticus 19:9-14, 18, 33-34Philippians 2:1-10)

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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.

Sermon: Stir- Wake me Up

emerge series“Stir- Wake me Up”

(May 7, 2017) A brief reflection on a day when we celebrated camping Sunday still offers time to ask– when and where and how to we begin to awaken to God’s new thing? Are you falling asleep just as the story gets interesting, or are you beginning to awaken? (John 10:1-10Matthew 28:8-20)

Sermon: Open – Into the Light

emerge series“Open- Into the Light”

(April 30, 2017) What does it mean to open to God’s transformation in our lives– not to be open (a state of being), but to open (a verb)? As the disciples struggle to imagine what the death and resurrection of Jesus could mean, Jesus himself comes to journey with hem, opening scripture, opening their eyes, and opening their hearts. Do you see the little crack through which the light gets in? (Genesis 17:1-7, 15-27; Luke 24:13-35)

Sermon: Re-Form- Leaving Comfortable Places

emerge series“Re-Form- Leaving Comfortable Places”

(April 23, 2017) The more we learn about butterflies (and moths) and the process of metamorphosis, the better it preaches about the transformations of the Christian life. Tombs, cocoons (or chrysalises), wombs, and locked rooms may seem like safe places, but instead are the places where Jesus finds us. Like the caterpillar, we are broken down to be re-formed in God’s hands. Are we really ready for this complete transformation? (Luke 1:26-38John 20:19-31)

IMG_0058A new favorite of many in the congregation, and as promised, my self-disclosure of how very wrong I was about butterflies’ bodies.

Sermon: Emerge- Tombs & Cocoons

emerge series“Emerge- Tombs & Cocoons”

(April 16, 2017 – Easter) You’d never suspect that a cocoon would hold a butterfly, and yo would certainly never suspect that a tomb might hold a risen Savior. Yet, God is full of surprises, and the Easter season beckons us to break free from all that confines us, spread our wings, and fly! What transformed beauty might we see– might we be– when we emerge? (John 20:1-18)

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