Sermons

"Trust" - Pastor Melanie Hammond Clark

Posted on December 3, 2017 by Kathy Miller

      Trust.  This is the gift of a life in Christ with which I most want to leave you.  I like the word “trust” better than “belief” or “faith” because “trust” invites us not just to have intellectual content or doctrine – which can lead us to defensiveness and pride – but to have the humility to name what we do not know and to lean into the One who knows all things and loves us beyond our imagining.  Trust invites me to let go of the expectations and agenda my ego wants to build, and mentors me into the flow of God’s agenda; gentles me into places I couldn’t imagine on my own; shapes me into someone I want to be, but couldn’t create on my own.

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"Having the Eyes of Our Hearts Enlightened" - Pastor Melanie Hammond Clark

Posted on November 26, 2017 by Kathy Miller

But if we, like those whom Jesus blesses in this passage, let the eyes of our hearts be enlightened by God’s kind of love, we are guided not by what our ego needs from us, but by what God wants from us.  Jesus invites us, and Paul prays for us, to be persons who release ourselves into God’s way of seeing the world, of seeing other people, of seeing us.  When we see the world through God’s eyes, when we let God’s Spirit create vision in us, we become less preoccupied with our own salvation and more present to what God is asking of us in this moment.  Assured of God’s sovereign love, we are freed to be focused on loving as a way of life instead of calculating how much good we need to do to get us into the next life.

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"Risk-Takers" - The Rev. Jennifer Gleichauf

Posted on November 19, 2017 by Kathy Miller

This isn’t to say there aren’t times in our lives when we are so tender that risk is not possible.  Of course, in times of grief and loss, we will naturally need to protect ourselves more carefully.  And this is not a works righteousness sermon proclaiming that we need to DO more and BE more in order to be welcomed into heaven.  Rather, Jesus’ parable recognizes our natural instincts to give ourselves over to fear, to convince ourselves that it is better to live a life without our gifts than to take the risk of letting our vulnerable selves be hurt.  This parable wants us to recognize how much God has entrusted to us – gifts which come with passion and love and possibility.  And which are entrusted to us with the intention that we would increase them through our regular use of them – something only we can do for ourselves – gifts which only we can give to the kingdom of God.

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"Preparing the First Things First?" - Pastor Melanie Hammond Clark

Posted on November 12, 2017 by Kathy Miller

“Preparing the First Things First?”

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"On the Balcony" - The Rev. Jennifer Gleichauf

Posted on November 5, 2017 by Kathy Miller

“On the Balcony”

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"Idols or Love" - The Rev. Jennifer Gleichauf

Posted on October 29, 2017 by Kathy Miller

We recognize the gift of life God has given us and are protective of it, as we should be.  But to worship God above all the other possibilities means to worship God above our own lives.  Jesus himself says, “Greater love has no one than this: than to lay down one's life for one's friends.” Which he then does.  Worshipping God means asking ourselves different kinds of questions – instead of asking “is this going to be the best decision for me and my family?” we ask “what would God want me to do?”; instead of asking “what will keep me safe and my family comfortable?” we ask, “what would benefit all of God’s creation and children?”; instead of asking “what does a pro/con list say about this situation?” we ask “what would love look like in this situation?”  When we worship God above all else, our greatest concern is love – the love of self, the love of family and friends, but also the love of all people and creation and God.  And not sentimental, mushy love, but complex, challenging love with no barriers and not limited by fear.

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"On Building a Life" - Pastor Melanie Hammond Clark

Posted on October 15, 2017 by Kathy Miller

“On Building a Life”

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"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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