Sermons

"Promises" - Rev. Jennifer Gleichauf

Posted on October 8, 2017 by Kathy Miller

“Promises”

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“Remembering to Remember” - Pastor Melanie Hammond Clark

Posted on October 1, 2017 by Kathy Miller

God knows we are a forgetful people.  Confessing and acknowledging our forgetfulness is a pervasive theme throughout Scripture.  Over and over again God calls the people to remembrance not because God needs to be remembered but because God knows that we need to remember, that in our remembering we are restored to ourselves, renewed in our imaginations, redeemed from our past failures and resurrected from dead ways of life.  And when we live in gratitude and remembrance of God’s presence with us in the past, our lives are more likely to reflect God in ways that cause others to gratefully remember, too.

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"Altars in the World" - The Rev. Jennifer Gleichauf

Posted on September 24, 2017 by Kathy Miller

"Jacob’s dream is a reminder to all of us that no matter how far we’ve fallen, no matter how lost we feel, no matter what we deserve or don’t deserve, God has more imagined for us than we could ever imagine for ourselves."

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Sermon on The Tower of Babel from the Rev. Jennifer Gleichauf

Posted on September 17, 2017 by Kathy Miller

...when I try to account for what God is up to in the Bible, I find a lot to support the idea that God finds beauty and purpose in our differences, and that even when they make things harder, they also have the possibility of making our lives richer, fuller, more meaningful.  

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"Timing Is Everything" - The Rev. Melanie Hammond Clark

Posted on September 10, 2017 by Kathy Miller

When I read the different accounts in Scripture of how Jesus called his disciples, I am always amazed at one thing:  how without hesitation they always seem to drop everything and follow him.  All we know from Scripture is that Jesus said “Come” and they did.  What we don’t know is what was going on in their hearts and minds that the writers don’t record.  Were there yearnings, suspicions, doubts, hopes that were jarred loose, or were they grasped firmly by God’s words, God’s presence, such that they felt compelled to say, “Enough. I am a child of God, and I will take the risks to follow”?

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"You've Got a Friend" - The Rev. Melanie Hammond Clark

Posted on September 3, 2017 by Kathy Miller

So where do we find these friends?  You might not like my answer.  We become them.  We do not wait for them to show up; we show up.  We make the choice, as a community of faith and as individuals, to create the conditions where love and real friendships can flourish.  Here at Covenant, we offer numerous ways in our life here together to deepen our capacities for relational maturity and grace.  Do not wait for someone else to become the friend you need.  Choose life. Become the friend you want.  Jesus, who calls you “Friend” is ready to teach you.  God has come in Christ to reach you.

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"Spirit of Truth" - The Rev. Barbara Gorsky

Posted on August 27, 2017 by Kathy Miller

But then Jesus continues the questioning and he asks, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven.” The disciples know the truth because the Spirit coming from God had given them a new vision, a new reality. They are able to put aside what they have known from the past and be open to see what was right before them: Jesus the Messiah, the Son of the living God.  This insight, this knowledge the disciples possessed was not something manufactured by sheer effort, by mental calculations, by intellectual acuity, it was a divine revelation that could only be realized through openness to the Spirit of Truth…God’s very presence entering into their lives!

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"Too Deep for Words" - The Rev. Melanie Hammond Clark

Posted on August 20, 2017 by Kathy Miller

You may not think of yourself as particularly spiritual.  Or you may not think you are capable of praying.  You may think that God is far away, but I promise you: God is near. God is nearer than your own soul.  In your own soul is where God’s Spirit is interceding for you, praying for you, because you can’t bridge the gap between your aloneness and God.  Only God’s Spirit can.  And when you are aching or angry or feeling abandoned beyond words, let your heart rest in this truth and know you are not alone:  The Spirit is interceding for you with sighs too deep for words. 

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"Walking on Water" - The Rev. Jennifer Gleichauf

Posted on August 13, 2017 by Kathy Miller

Psalm 69:1-5, 13-18a

Matthew 14:22-36

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"Miracle Messages" - The Rev. Jennifer Gleichauf

Posted on August 6, 2017 by Kathy Miller

“Miracle Messages”

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