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March 2018

“Mark’s Jesus: 2. The Healer” Rev. Rodger Allen/ Mk. 2: 1-12; Mark 5: 21-42, 3-4-18

By |March 8th, 2018|Sermons|

              Today we continue our Lenten worship series on the various roles of Jesus, as presented in the Gospel of Mark: What does Jesus do in his ministry? What does he consider most important? Last Sunday we looked at “Jesus the Teacher,” discovering that teaching was one of Jesus’ first priorities, and discussing what his teachings were, to whom he delivered them, and how. In future weeks we’ll consider such themes as “Jesus the Reformer,” and “Savior,” and “Victor.” And today we consider Jesus the Healer. There are many healings in the Gospel of Mark; what does he wish us to learn from them? Why does he present them? Why does he present the ones he does, and not others? What do they mean? […]

Icing, Deck Chairs, Whitewashed Tombs Rev. Rodger Allen 2-4-18 I Samuel 8:1-6a, 19-22, II Samuel 7:1-13, II Chronicles 36: 11-21

By |March 5th, 2018|Sermons|

Have you ever set out to bake a cake and, despite all your best efforts to spread the batter in the pan evenly, and not tip the pan, and set the pan in the oven so that it’s level . . . the cake comes out of the oven not level? Slanted? One end of the cake two inches high and the other end only 1 ½ inches high? What do you do? You try to disguise the unevenness with the icing, right? You spread the icing on thicker at the thin end of the cake, and thinner at the thick end of the cake, to try to even out the height, so no one will ever know. And it usually works, especially when you give the thick-icing pieces to people whose favorite part of the cake is the icing. Icing can cover up all sorts of “cake errors.” […]

October 2017

“Bold Peace for Reconciliation” 10/1/17 World Wide Communion Sunday Scripture: Mt 5:38-45a; Ex 1 Rev. Laurie Williams

By |October 5th, 2017|Sermons|

            Our Gospel passage is part of what is commonly known as the Sermon on the Mount.  Many scholars see a connection between the Law of Moses in Exodus and Jesus’ teachings in this particular Sermon.  Jesus was teaching his disciples and, as was often the case, a large crowd of people joined them and listened to Jesus who was becoming known as a wise rabbi.  Before our passage, in chapter 4, Jesus proclaimed, “Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand.”  ‘What Jesus meant by “Repent” was:  Do away with your shallowness and your sinful ways and turn to God who is solely good so that by this you will be reconciled to the Lord. […]

June 2017

Traveling Light/ 6-18-17/ Luke 6: 12-19; Mark 6: 7-13/ Rev. Rodger Allen

By |June 20th, 2017|Sermons|

During these summer months, when vacations happen, as we plan trips to the beach, trips to the mountains, or trips to see family and friends, we try to be prepared for those trips. Such trips involve packing, of course—trying to think of, and to fit into the suitcase and into the car and onto the plane, everything we’re going to need while we’re on the trip. The following scene, which was common in my family, is probably not unfamiliar to you either: Dad is packing the car for a week’s vacation, trying to take advantage of every possible cubic inch of space in the station wagon, arranging suitcases first one way then another, putting things in then taking them back out, asking “What’s left in there?” and “Do we really need to take this?” The kids are making the trips back and forth from the garage, carrying the last few items, while trying to calculate when to make the last trip to the bathroom. Mom is finishing up packing the lunch, and thinking “what else should we be taking” and “why do I have the feeling I’m forgetting something.” […]

July 2016

“Confronting Our Complacency” 7/17/16 Scripture: Amos 8:1-12; Ps 15; Col 1:15-23 by Rev. Laurie Williams

By |July 18th, 2016|Sermons|

          Doesn’t a nice summer basket of fruit sound refreshing and delicious? It conjures up a warm summer day with lots of sunshine and red, orange, green, black, purple and blue juicy fruit waiting to be eaten and enjoyed.  The prophet Amos, in the Old Testament book of the very same name, starts with that exact image.  But…   I’ll get back to that in a minute. […]