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November 2017

“Are We Amazed?” 11/5/17 Scripture: Mt 22:15-22; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Ps 24 (selected verses) by Rev. Laurie Williams

By |November 15th, 2017|Sermons|

          The Rev. Jill Duffield, editor of the Christian Magazine The Outlook, tells the story of a man, many years older than she was in her mid-twenties at the time, who came into the affluent church where she pastored in the early years of her ministry, and asked for assistance.  Certainly, in her experience, as well as mine and Rodger’s, asking for assistance is almost always indistinguishable from asking for money.  She took him through the richly appointed hallways into her beautiful office laden with theological tomes and expensive furniture.  She went to sit in her comfy chair behind the desk while he sat on the stiff, formal couch across the room from her desk. […]

“Are We Amazed?” 11/5/17 Scripture: Mt 22:15-22; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Ps 24 (selected “Are We Amazed?” 11/5/17 Scripture: Mt 22:15-22; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Ps 24 (selected verses) by Rev. Laurie Williams verses) by Rev. Laurie Williams

By |November 8th, 2017|Sermons|

             The Rev. Jill Duffield, editor of the Christian Magazine The Outlook, tells the story of a man, many years older than she was in her mid-twenties at the time, who came into the affluent church where she pastored in the early years of her ministry, and asked for assistance.  Certainly, in her experience, as well as mine and Rodger’s, asking for assistance is almost always indistinguishable from asking for money.  She took him through the richly appointed hallways into her beautiful office laden with theological tomes and expensive furniture.  She went to sit in her comfy chair behind the desk while he sat on the stiff, formal couch across the room from her desk. […]

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly 10-15-17 Matthew 22:1-14; Matthew 13: 24-30, 47-49 Rev. Rodger Allen

By |November 1st, 2017|Stewardship|

               We had a wedding here last weekend. And a lovely, happy wedding it was. But it was a little different from the wedding described by Jesus in this parable. If our wedding had been like Jesus’, this is what it would have looked like: At about 3:30, half an hour before the ceremony was to begin, picture the bride’s parents sending the ushers and bridesmaids out into the streets to start rounding up the people who had been invited. “OK, we’re ready—everyone’s here. Come on in for the wedding now.” But the guests, to their surprise, don’t want to come in. They ignore the ushers and bridesmaids, and turn away; or even hit them, saying “Leave me alone, you and your stupid wedding.” So the attendants, rather startled, return to the church, reporting that the guests . . . are refusing to come! […]

October 2017

“Rules and Freedom” 10/8/17 Scripture: Mt. 21:33-43, 45, 46; Ex. 20:1-4, 7-10a, 12-17a/Rev. Laurie Williams

By |October 9th, 2017|Sermons|

Rodger really enjoys the beach so we have been to— oh, I don’t know— maybe a dozen or so different beaches in our 26 years of marriage.  I’m not a fan of laying around in the sand and getting sand everywhere on me but I do like to walk along the water’s edge, watch children and sometimes adults building sandcastles with moats, and generally enjoy the festive atmosphere.  Just about all of those beaches had a long set of rules beach-goers were to follow or risk being asked to leave. Rules like: your dog must be leashed at all times; do not go into the water if the red flag is up; do not go into the water if there is no lifeguard present; and do not leave your trash on the beach.  How those rules were to be accomplished were not spelled out.  That was left up to the visitors to decide.  […]

“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. […]