Sermons

"The Call of Finding" - Rev. Jennifer Gleichauf

Posted on September 15, 2019 by Kathy Miller

“The Call of Finding”

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"The Faith We Choose" - Rev. Sarah Walker Cleaveland

Posted on September 8, 2019 by Kathy Miller

. Luke’s gospel is a story of Jesus on the way—it is, in some ways, a travelogue of sorts. Luke tells the stories of Jesus’ healings, teachings, and encounters as Jesus is ever-so-slowly making his way to Jerusalem and the cross. For Luke, following Jesus, means walking with Jesus, following him to the cross, to a place where we must be willing to sacrifice it all. For Luke, faith is a journey that we must get up and embark upon every single day. It is less what we profess to believe and more what we do—the choices we make. It’s the big choices like confirmation and baptism, but it’s also, and perhaps primarily, the small everyday choices—the choices about how we spend our time and our money, how we treat the people in our lives and the strangers we encounter.

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Sermon on Luke 14: 1, 7-14 - Rev. Jennifer Gleichauf

Posted on September 1, 2019 by Kathy Miller

And when we are humble, we can ask sincere questions about our relationships with others.  Which is why Jesus goes on to talk about guest lists – the people we surround ourselves with.  Jesus says our guest lists should not be people who can give us anything in return – people who can elevate our status, repay a favor, do things to help us out or make us look better. 

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Sermon on Luke 12:49-53 - Rev. Jennifer Gleichauf

Posted on August 18, 2019 by Kathy Miller

Of course, the obvious question is, why aren’t teenagers getting a deeper, fuller, more meaningful experience of faith?  Where do they, and we, get the idea that faith is merely a banal, nice, convenient addition when there’s time for it?  One answer to this is that teachers, mentors, parents and leaders, have spent so much time telling youth about a Jesus who is nice, kind, peaceful and loving that they haven’t ascribed any real meaning to him.  We spend so much time on the golden rule and tend to water down many other stories in the gospel message to steer clear of anything that might cause conflict or disruption.  Which means, in the end, what we’ve really done is passed along Buddy Christ. 

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"How Do We Talk to Others About Our Faith?" (Summer Sermon Series) - Rev. Sarah Walker Cleaveland

Posted on August 11, 2019 by Kathy Miller

How Do We Talk to Others About Our Faith?

(Summer Sermon Series)

Prayer of Illumination

Present God,

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"How can we understand our faith in relationship with science?" - Rev. Jennifer Gleichauf

Posted on August 4, 2019 by Kathy Miller

“How can we understand our faith in relationship with science?”

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"Is the Bible 'real' or 'true?' Should we take it literally?" - Rev. Jennifer Gleichauf

Posted on July 28, 2019 by Kathy Miller

“Is the Bible ‘real’ or ‘true?’  Should we take it literally?”

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"Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?" (Summer Sermon Series) - Rev. Jennifer Gleichauf

Posted on July 21, 2019 by Kathy Miller

“Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?”

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"Why Are There So Few Young People in Church?" (Summer Sermon Series) - Rev. Sarah Walker Cleaveland

Posted on July 14, 2019 by Kathy Miller

Why Are There So Few Young People in Church?

(Summer Sermon Series)

Prayer of Illumination

Present God,

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"When You Find Yourself in the Belly of a Whale" - Rev. Sarah Walker Cleaveland

Posted on June 30, 2019 by Kathy Miller

When You Find Yourself in the Belly of a Whale

Prayer of Illumination

Present God,

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