June 2018

“Control Freaks, Relax”/Presented by Rev. Rodger (R) & Rev. Laurie (L) Mark 4:26-34; Psalm 89:5-18/6.10.18

By |June 13th, 2018|Sermons|

                R: “The Kingdom of God.” It is a phrase Jesus used often, especially when he was teaching the people in parables, those short stories or analogies he told in language and examples very familiar to his audience. “The kingdom of God is like . . .” he would begin. Like a banquet. Like a farmer who went to sow some seed. Like ten bridesmaids with lamps. The kingdom of God was an important theme for Jesus. So we, as followers of Jesus, should probably try to understand what he meant when he discussed it. What is this “kingdom of God”? […]

April 2018

“Mark’s Jesus: 5. The Savior” Rev. Rodger Allen Selected verses from Mark 11, 12, 14, & 15; Psalm 118: 23-28; Isaiah 53: 3-6 3-25-18

By |April 11th, 2018|Sermons|

  For several weeks  we’ve been looking at the gospel-writer Mark’s description of Jesus; his impressions of Jesus as Teacher, as Healer, as Includer, as Reformer. Today we’re going to combine Mark’s description with that of an imaginary disciple, who we’ll name Isaac. Now Isaac, the way we’re imagining him, was not one of the twelve central disciples. He’s better described as one of the “fringe” disciples—with Jesus sometimes, but not at others; being interested, but not totally committed; still fence-sitting, in a way, as to whether he believes all this talk about Jesus being the Messiah. Isaac, we’re going to suppose, kept a diary, and today we’ll read excerpts from the Gospel of Mark, and excerpts from the imaginary fringe-disciple Isaac’s diary. […]

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. […]

September 2017

God the Provider/9-17-17/Exodus 14: 5-14, 21-28; Exodus 16: 1-4a, 6-15, 31/ Rev. Rodger Allen

By |September 21st, 2017|Sermons|

  We looked, off and on this summer, at the stories of God and a multi-generation family in the book of Genesis: God with Abraham and Sarah; with Isaac and Rebekah; with Jacob, Leah, and Rachel; with Joseph. And we learned, among other things, that out of that history came a name for God that recurs throughout the rest of the Bible: “the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” Two Sundays ago, we heard an Old Testament story that comes only a couple pages after Joseph, but 400 years later: God calling to a man named Moses, from a burning bush, to give him a mission of leading the descendants of Abraham and Isaac out of slavery in Egypt. Moses, and God, carry out a series of plagues on the Egyptians, which convinces them to let their Hebrew slaves go. We see God in these stories as “God the Liberator,” freeing the people of God. […]

June 2017

“No Marionettes Here!” 6/25/17 Scripture: Romans 6:1b-11; 1 Corinthians 3:1-9, 11 by Rev. Laurie Williams

By |June 26th, 2017|Sermons|

            I have pondered the topic for my sermon for this morning quite often, especially when some tragedy befalls my family, this town, our nation, or the entire world or when I feel God is pushing me in a way I don’t want to or feel competent to go.  The topic of my sermon this morning is partnership with God.  On several occasions, Rodger has heard me say, in response to something I hear or when we’re discussing peoples’ opinions concerning something, “We aren’t puppets”.  We do have free will to choose God or not, to follow the way Jesus Christ wants or not (even if we do say we believe in him,) to decide if we want to go the way God seems to want us to go or not. […]