Sermons

Cairn: A Pentecost Sermon: Sunday, June 4th, 2017

“This is what the LORD says: ‘Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls’” —Jeremiah 6:16. Cairns are stone structures that are intentionally built.  The word “cairn” comes from Middle Gaelic, and means a… [Read More]

Lifted Up: Acsension Sunday, May 28th, 2017

Have you ever had a close friend move away?  I remember when, as a young tyke, my best friend, Kristy, moved away.  I was in elementary school when she moved to another state.  My memory is foggy regarding where she moved and why, but I vividly remember wrapping several of my favorite doll baby clothes… [Read More]

When Parenting Hurts: May 13, 2017

Recently, I watched a story about a youth, then 14 year old Jonathan Pitre, who suffers from a rare disease called “Epidermolysis Bullosa” or EB for short.  The genetic condition is marked by skin so fragile that it blisters and tears easily making everyday activities excruciatingly painful.  The skin is so fragile that children born… [Read More]

Nourish: May 7th, 2017

On first glance, the gathering seems rather idyllic.  At the time of the writing of Acts, the community of disciples held all things in common; they distributed proceeds from the sale of their possessions and goods to all who had need; they spent a great deal of time together in the temple; they broke bread… [Read More]

And Their Eyes were Opened…A Sermon for Bright Sunday: April 30, 2017

Can you think of a Disney film in your life that made a great emotional impression on you, either positive or negative?  For me, it was Lilo and Stitch.  The storyline explored family and belonging thru the concept of “Ohana,” illustrating how compassion and the longing to belong filled both the heart of the little… [Read More]

Known by Our Wounds: April 23, 2017

My son has a boo-boo on his finger.  It is fairly small as boo-boos go…just a fairly minor scrape across his knuckles and is already nearly healed.  About six months ago, my other son wasn’t so lucky—he somehow scraped his face and wore that scar over Halloween, making him look as if the cut were… [Read More]

Resurrection Courage: Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017

Jean Vandergrift tells this story: A brand-new pastor began at his first congregation. Within that first week, two members died. In the next week, there were two more! In his first month, he had presided over eight memorial services. Consequently, his time had been greatly limited and his sermon preparation took the toll. So he… [Read More]

Compelled to Carry: April 9, 2017 Palm Sunday

We don’t know much about Simon the Cyrene.  He is the one that was compelled by the Roman guard to carry Jesus’ cross.  Perhaps he wasn’t even watching the proceedings that day, but trying to get from one point to another and was accosted as he made his way to secure lodging or procure food… [Read More]

Can These Bones Live? April 2, 2017

One of the strangest jobs that I have ever had was spending a week or so dusting and re-stacking boxes of human skeletons for a small archeological museum across from my dorm at Harvard Divinity School.  It made quite an impression on me, being in a stuffy storage room with stacks and stacks of remains… [Read More]

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