November 2018

“Where Is Your Treasure”/11/4/18/Scripture: 2 Kings 4:1-7; Mt 6:1-6, 19-21, 24/Rev. Laurie Williams

By |November 6th, 2018|Sermons|

          Ahhh, another Fall Campaign: so exciting!  Actually, I really like the theme the Stewardship Committee has presented throughout 2018 at various times and in a variety of ways.  “Where Is Your Heart?” comes from our Matthew, chapter 6, passage and is focused on verse 21:  “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  Notice that it doesn’t say that the treasure follows the heart, but that the heart follows the treasure.  It points to what is central in our lives, whatever our most important treasure is:  is it money?; is it family?; is it cars?; is it God and the will of God?  […]

December 2017

“Christ in Christmas Is a Supplement” 12/10/17 Scripture: Mt 1:18-25; Isa 7:10-16 by Rev. Laurie Williams

By |December 11th, 2017|Sermons|

            In last week’s meditation, I mentioned that this special holiday season is very difficult for some people.  The following story is excerpted from a true story a blog writer tells, of a story he heard a priest preach one Advent concerning the priest’s Christmas experience several decades ago.  It highlights this difficulty, ending with an important lesson for us.  It is called, “A Joyous Christmas.” […]

November 2017

“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. […]

June 2016

“Good Choices” 6/12/16 Scripture: 1 Kings 21:1-21a; Psalm 5:1-8 by Rev. Laurie Williams

By |June 13th, 2016|Sermons|

The commentator Carolyn Sharp explains that “the irony of human power” is that “power weakens those who are most eager to exploit it. The powerful are vulnerable not only to those who would wrest power from them, but also to the corrosive force of their own greed.”           You may remember the ancient Greek story of King Midas who wanted everything he touched to turn to gold.  His greed knew no bounds until he started to starve to death because all the food he touched turned to gold too.  He loses his beloved daughter when he embraces her and she turns to gold.  King Midas didn’t make a very good choice for his life and suffered the consequences. […]

May 2016

Telling the Story 5-1-16 Acts 10: 34-43; Romans 5:6-8; 6:1-4; 12-13 Rev. Rodger Allen

By |May 9th, 2016|Sermons|

“The Lectionary” is a set of recommended Scripture passages for use in worship on Sunday mornings. The passages often tell stories relevant to the season of the church year we are in; in the weeks leading up to Christmas, for example, we find the verses from the prophets telling of a Messiah to come, and [...]