February 2017

Events of Jesus’ Life: 4. Temptation 1-22-17 Matthew 4:1-11; Deut. 6:4-9, 13; 8:2-3 Rev. Rodger Allen

By |February 13th, 2017|Sermons|

Today we will do something that I can say with near certainty has not been done  from this pulpit before. Today, we start a sermon series which will continue over the next several weeks, with a break or two. It will focus on the events of Jesus’ life, from birth through resurrection, a subject we are encouraged to think about especially in the weeks between Christmas and Easter. Now I know you’ve heard sermon series before. […]

November 2016

“To Each An Ability, a Talent” 11/6/16 Scripture: Mt 25:14-29; 1 Cor. 12:4-11 by Rev. Laurie Williams

By |November 9th, 2016|Sermons|

            The Matthew parable I just read (Matthew 25: 14-29) is often used on a  Stewardship Sunday, kicking off a church’s Fall Campaign.  It is easy to simply think of it as “oh, here we go- the church is asking us for money– AGAIN!”  Many congregations seem afraid to talk about money and ours is no exception.  However, in the past several years in which we have had a year-round stewardship program, it seems we are at least a little less shy concerning talk of finances.  In our year-round stewardship program we have learned, time and again, that stewardship isn’t merely about money.  It is also about our time and abilities offered as well as monetary giving.  I have five explanatory points I will put before you. […]

September 2016

“Isaiah: Trampling the Sabbath, Trampling the Poor” 9-4-16 Isaiah 58: 1-14 Luke 13: 10-17 Rev. Rodger Allen

By |September 22nd, 2016|Sermons|

For some of the last few Sundays, Rev. Laurie and I have been following the suggestion of the Old Testament part of the Lectionary . . . to spend one Sunday with each of several of the prophets of the Old Testament. They lived and spoke and wrote, for the most part, in roughly the period 750 to 500 B.C. This time frame doesn’t mean, as we will see again today, that we’re focusing only on a long-ago far-away time and place, the Israel centuries before Jesus; our reflections are not confined to that distant history. […]

August 2016

“Keep the 7th Day Holy” 8/28/16; Exodus 20:8-11; Genesis 1 and 2 selected by Rev. Laurie Williams

By |August 31st, 2016|Sermons|

          I read an article by Emily Thomsen this past week that started this way:  “Some call it a “park in time.” Imagine having a day every week to avoid work, to-do lists, and household chores without any guilt!  How about a day to spend with your family and friends, or out in nature, or doing something nice for someone else?  Sound like a luxury?  It’s not; in fact, God designed a weekly holiday and built it into our very nature at Creation.” (end quote)  The problem is that we in the United States aren’t very good at keeping God’s design of a weekly holiday.  By that I simply mean what our scripture said after God created in Genesis chapter 1, “So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested.”  And in our Exodus passage, once again, we hear:  “Remember the Sabbath day, and keep it holy.” […]

July 2016

“Amos: What Is Worship Pleasing to God?” 7-10-16 Amos 5:6-7, 10-12, 21-24; Matthew 23: 1-6, 23 Rev. Rodger Allen

By |July 18th, 2016|Sermons|

“The Lectionary,” you may know, is a suggested schedule of Bible readings, which churches can use in their worship planning. For each Sunday service, four Bible passages are offered, for our consideration; the schedule runs in a three-year cycle, before starting over again. One of the advantages of the Lectionary is that, over the three-year period, it leads us throughout the whole Bible, so that we can come to know the whole book, instead of just coming back to our favorite or most familiar passages over and over again. During this second half of “Year C,” the Lectionary brings us to the prophets, for our Old Testament readings. So over the next few weeks, we may be using readings form the prophets as the “jumping off point” for some of our worship services. The key phrase defining the prophets is “Thus says the Lord:” the prophets bring a message to the people, and through the Bible to us, from God—“Thus says the Lord.” Today, having read from Amos, we ask: What is God, through Amos, saying to us today? […]