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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. […]

May 2017

“LifeStyle or Life of Substance” 4/30/17 Scripture: 1 Peter 13-14, 18-25a; Acts 2:14a, 36-47 by Rev. Laurie Williams

By |May 1st, 2017|Sermons|

         As you know, we are in the Easter Season which runs until Pentecost Sunday in early June.  Easter is not simply one celebratory day out of our Christian calendar; it is an entire season of the church year.  We could even proclaim that our celebration of resurrected life, a new life in Jesus Christ [...]

December 2016

“Nahum: Responding to Evil” Nahum 1:1-3; 2:1, 8-13; 3:18-19; Matt. 5:43-45 & Rom. 12: 14-21 10-23-16 Rev. Rodger Allen

By |December 14th, 2016|Sermons|

           It’s been a little while since we checked in with an Old Testament prophet. Rev. Laurie and I have been following, on some Sundays since July, the suggestion of the Old Testament Lectionary that we take a look at the prophets and what their words mean to us today. The Old Testament prophets spoke [...]

“Preparation, Patience and Perseverance” 12/11/16 Scripture: Mt 25:1-13, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-13 by Rev. Laurie Williams

By |December 12th, 2016|Advent-Christmas, Sermons|

          As you know, we have now entered the third week of Advent- already.  Time sure does fly!  I don’t know about you but I’m done with my shopping.  I haven’t wrapped anything yet but I have finished buying Christmas presents.  I do know that this can be a very hectic time in the lives of people who celebrate Christmas whether it has religious meaning for them or not.  We run around shopping, decorating, baking cookies and special meals, going to choral concerts and puppet musicals, having Christmas parties, and for some of us, preparing for arrival of family and friends.  In all that hustle and bustle the importance of the season of Advent may get lost on us.  During this season it is vital for the Christian to prepare, be patient and persevere.  […]

November 2016

God’s Hidden, Humble Work 10-16-16 Luke 12:22-32 & Rom. 8:28; Acts 1:3-9, 12 Rev. Rodger Allen

By |November 3rd, 2016|Sermons|

We, like other churches,  have just come through the period of the year when Fall-to-Spring programs start up again, after summer breaks. Choir, Sunday School classes, puppet teams, Bible Study and regular meeting schedules are all back in place. On the years we’ve decided to try a new program of some kind, this would also be the time of year we generally start those, too. We have a true story, today, of another church starting up one of those new programs at this time of year. The church is in Oregon; the person telling the story is an active volunteer in the church—his name is Mark Yaconelli. His story appeared in “Church Century” magazine a couple months ago; I’ve adapted it just a little bit for our purposes today.   […]