Sermon: Christmas is Coming, George Bailey!

"Christmas is Coming, George Bailey!" (December 15, 2013) George Bailey is at the end of his rope, unable to see a way forward, when Hope breaks into his life, against all odds. Can we learn from his story that hope can enter again, in unlikely places and through unlikely people, and to respond with compassion… Continue reading Sermon: Christmas is Coming, George Bailey!

On Veteran’s Day

Yesterday afternoon, a 35-year-old veteran died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the middle of the Occupy Burlington encampment in City Park (read/view the stories from the local news and the AP). While many have been quick to rush to judgements and political statements about the occupy movement, my colleague Mark reminds us not to… Continue reading On Veteran’s Day

“Words Matter” guest blog post by Rev. Bri Desotell

This sermon, "Words Matter," was preached in observation of Children's Sabbath on 10/10/10 by the Reverend Bri Desotell, United Methodist pastor in Oscoda, Michigan. It is reprinted here with permission. Words Matter This is not the sermon I intended to preach today. You can ask my husband: this week, we’ve talked about this passage from… Continue reading “Words Matter” guest blog post by Rev. Bri Desotell

The Hardest Day of My Ministry to Date

And also, probably (because of that), my best. This morning was supposed to be back-to-sunday school day, a time to focus on kids and sing "Jesus Loves Me" and talk about how Jesus wanted the little children to come to him. And we did that. For about fifteen minutes. And then the kids left the… Continue reading The Hardest Day of My Ministry to Date