Sermons (Page 3)

Sermons (Page 3)

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Below are links to individual sermons beginning with the most recent. Previous sermons and various messages (eg. Ash Wednesday video meditation) can be found on the Previous Sermon, Series, and Messages page, where they’re listed by series.

January 8: God’s Side of Baptism

  God’s Side of Baptism (1/2) Scripture: Matthew 3:13-27 Other sermons in this series #2: Our Side of Baptism Have you ever wondered why Jesus had to be baptized, especially considering the purpose of John’s baptisms? Today’s reading picks up in the middle of explaining the ministry of John the Baptist. The Gospel writers gave him the moniker “John the Baptist” because the focus of his ministry was baptizing people. (It also differentiated him from Jesus’ disciple named John.) John’s…

December 18: We See God in Each Other

  Scripture: Luke 1:39-55 Back in 2006, after Caroline and I decided I would begin a leave of absence the following July, we started to do some house-hunting. One townhouse-style condominium we looked at was exactly what we were looking for. After submitting a bid, the realtor informed us that the homeowners had gone with another buyer. Knowing that we liked those particular units, the realtor knew of one that wasn’t on the market yet but would be very soon.…

Nov 27: There’s Room for Every Story

  Scripture: Matthew 1:1-11 Other sermons in this series God Meets Us in Our Fear A Joyful Noel We See God in Each other Genealogical research is a huge business these days. According to one website I looked at, in 2019, people spent about $460 million researching their family histories. MyHeritage, a genealogical site, has recorded about 80 million members performing ancestral testing every month. And that’s only one company among many which offer a similar service. No doubt, many…

Nov 20: God’s Faithfulness: the Root of Our Thanks-Giving

  Church Calendar: Thanksgiving Sunday Scripture: Deuteronomy 26:1-11 One of the TV shows I’ve enjoyed is “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates.” Gates, a Harvard scholar, journalist, and filmmaker, has explored the ancestry of dozens of influential people who come from a very diverse background. During the show, he takes each person on a trip back in time and reveals their family history. Even when the person knows some of their family history, there’s always something that’s revealed to…

Nov 13: Trusting God While Saying “Goodbye”

  This sermon was delivered on the final Sunday that Elisabeth Danielsons, our Director of Children’s, Youth, and Family Ministrties, was with us before moving to Missouri. Scriptures: Numbers 6:22-27; Psalm 37:23-24; Acts 20:17-24, 32, 36-38 Yesterday we bid our final goodbyes to the oldest member of our church, Donna Rock. A week ago Saturday, she passed away at the age of 103. Hers was a well-lived life. Donna will be missed by many as evidenced by the large number…

Nov 6: God’s Gift to Every Saint

  Church Calendar: All Saints Sunday Scripture: Ephesians 1:9-23 By now, some of you might have caught on that I like to talk about discipleship and putting our faith into action. Concerning putting our faith into action, James 2:17 is quite clear that faith which isn’t accompanied by action – serving others, giving of ourselves, etc. – is a dead faith. And a dead faith is a good-for-nothing faith! So, it’s true that through the years I’ve spent a lot…

Oct 30: It Takes a Village

  This sermon was delivered on our Consecration Sunday, when church members turned in their estimate of giving cards indicating their financial support for 2023. Scriptures: John 6:1-14 & Galtians 6:2 In 2007, researchers at The University of California-San Diego did a study on generosity. They called it “The Sharing Game.” Participants in this study didn’t have to do anything other than make a choice between two hypothetical options. Option #1: you could receive $7. Option #2: you could receive…
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June 12: The Choice Is Yours

  June 12, 2022 – Graduation Sunday Scripture: Matthew 7:24-29 Any history buffs here today? If so, here’s a little test of your architectural knowledge of historical buildings. This is a picture of a cathedral somewhere in Europe. That’s all the information I’ll give you at this point. Anyone know the name of this cathedral? How about if I include this part of the photo? Now does anyone know the name of the cathedral, which is named after the city…

May 5: One With

  May 5, 2022 – Pentecost Sunday Scripture: Acts 2:1-11 Many years ago, I attended a conference in Wheaton, Illinois, a city I’d never been to before. That Sunday, I wanted to worship at a particular church in order to talk with the pastor. The problem was I forgot to bring the name of the church with me; and I couldn’t remember it, either. After looking through the Yellow Pages—this was before the days of the internet and Google—I settled…