Sermons

Sermons

December 12: Musical Celebration

  December 12 – 3rd Sunday of Advent This worship service was a musical celebration of the birth of Jesus. Contributing their musical talents were the Chancel Choir, Bells of Praise, Glory Bells, the Methodaires, Jane Gladston, Jackie Prause, Pastor Drew, Kathy Cay, and Steve Grattan. Although there was no sermon per se, Pastor Drew shared a brief ‘meditation’ which can be found around 23:35 on the video and 23:00 on the audio.

December 5: Laying a Foundation

  December 5 – 2nd Sunday of Advent I’m going to show you a brief video, and as you’re watching it, I’d like you to be consciously aware of how it makes you feel. Take a look So, how did the boy’s message leave you feeling? Personally, I found it very uplifting and encouraging. I like how he began his welcome to the newborn by informing him or her that the world is “a pretty cool place.” That there’ll be…

November 21: I Choose Thankful

  Audio of FULL service Video of FULL service November 21: Thanksgiving Sunday Scripture: 1 Timothy 2:1-7 A lot of people like the musical, South Pacific, including many among us, I’m sure. On one level, South Pacific is a love story, and who doesn’t like a good love story? But this love story is just the means for addressing what Rogers and Hammerstein really wanted to address, which is the hateful nature of racism. In the musical, Lt. Joe Cable,…

November 14: Not One Stone

  Audio of FULL service Video of FULL service November 14, 2021 – 25th Sunday after Pentecost Scriptures: Mark 13:1-8; 1 Samuel 2:1-10 How many of you have been to the top of what will always be to me the Sears Tower in downtown Chicago (which is now named the Willis Tower)? At 110 stories, it was the tallest building in the world until 1998. Today, it’s the 12th tallest building in the world. The 103rd story is the Skydeck,…

November 7: Yes, There’s Good News

  Sermon audio only Full worship service audio November 7, 2021 – All Saints Sunday Scripture: Revelation 21:1-6 When a loved one dies, what’s the good news? When a son or daughter dies, what’s the good news? Is there even good news at all? Here’s a truth about me: I don’t personally know what it is to grieve deeply. I’ve never had to grieve the death of dearly close friend or family member. This means that for the most part,…

October 31: Jesus Christ the High Priest

  Sermon: Jesus Christ the High Priest Sermon audio only Full worship service audio Scripture: Hebrews 9:11-14 These days, who do think of when we talk about priests? Nine times out of ten we’re talking about Roman Catholic clergy. Possibly Episcopalian clergy, because within their faith tradition, they’re often referred to as priests. What about me? Would you consider me a priest? Generally speaking, as the common nomenclature goes, not really. Besides ‘reverend,’ what vocational title do we normally associate…

October 24: Restore (4/4)

  Sermon: Restore Other messages in this series: Sermon #1: “Remember” (Oct 3) Sermon #2: “Release” (Oct 10) Sermon #3: “Reimagine” (Oct. 17) Scriptures: Genesis 33:1-17; John 21:1-19 True or false: stewardship is all about money? Answer: False. The word itself—stewardship—means ‘taking care of something.’ By this definition, a steward is one who takes care of whatever it is they’re responsible for. But there’s a little more to it than that. And that’s because the core meaning of stewardship is…

October 17: Reimagine (3/4)

  Sermon: Reimagine Other messages in this series: Sermon #1: “Remember” (Oct 3) Sermon #2: “Release” (Oct 10) Sermon #4: “Restore” (Oct. 24) Scriptures: Leviticus 19:1-10; Mark 12:38-44 There’s a saying that goes, you don’t know what you don’t know. Caroline and I have been watching the PBS show, Poldark. It takes place in 18th century Cornwall, South West England. In a recent episode, the main protagonist, Captain Ross Poldark, leads a small band of men to rescue a dear…

October 10: Release (2/4)

  Sermon: Release Other messages in this series: Sermon #1: “Remember” (Oct 3) Sermon #3: “Reimagine” (Oct. 17) Sermon #4: “Restore” (Oct. 24) Scriptures: Deuteronomy 15:1-11; Matthew 19:16-22 Based on the information available online, the amount of student load debt outstanding in the United States is $1.73 trillion. Mostly likely, within a year or two, that’ll be $2 trillion. These days, the average indebtedness of students graduating from college is close to $39,000. That number jumps to $71,000 of debt…

October 3: Remember (1/4)

  Sermon: Remember Other messages in this series: Sermon #2: “Release” (Oct 10) Sermon #3: “Reimagine” (Oct. 17) Sermon #4: “Restore” (Oct. 24) Scriptures: Exodus 16:1-18; Luke 22:1-23 Pastor Drew offered the following introduction to this stewardship series during the time of welcoming and announcements: This morning we kick-off our fall stewardship campaign for the support of our ministries in 2022. The title of this year’s campaign is called “Our Money Story.” Thinking about life as a story is not…