Sermons

"Visible Sign" - Rev. Sarah Walker Cleaveland

Posted on January 12, 2020 by Kathy Miller

For me, baptism remains one of the most compelling things we do together because it is a visual reminder that God chooses us, loves us, before we can do anything to deserve it. Saint Augustine defined a sacrament as a visible sign of an invisible grace, and I am particularly partial to infant baptisms because they make so visibly clear the invisible truth that God’s love does not depend on who we will grow up to be, whether or not we will have faith when we are older, how frequently we darken the door of the church, whom we love, or how we spend our time. When we baptize, we remind ourselves that God’s love came first and it claims us regardless of whether or not we choose to love God in return, regardless even of whether or not we have been baptized.

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"Details" - Rev. Jennifer Gleichauf

Posted on January 5, 2020 by Kathy Miller

May the stories they write about us, if there are to be such stories, have a lot in common with these wise men.  May others see that we concentrated on the details which really matter.  May our lives point to God, not just ourselves.  May our stories tell of people willing to take risks, willing to travel where God leads us, and people who were able to recognize Jesus in unlikely places and worshipped him wherever we found him.  Amen.

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"Joseph's Assent" - Rev. Sarah Walker Cleaveland

Posted on December 23, 2019 by Kathy Miller

Joseph’s Assent

(4th Sunday in Advent)

Prayer of Illumination

Present God,

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"Rejoice Always" - Rev. Sarah Walker Cleaveland

Posted on December 15, 2019 by Kathy Miller

Rejoice Always

(3rd Sunday in Advent)

Prayer of Illumination

Present God,

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"Staying Awake" - Rev. Jennifer Gleichauf

Posted on December 1, 2019 by Kathy Miller

“Staying Awake”

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"Living into Tension" - Christ the King Sunday - Rev. Sarah Walker Cleaveland

Posted on November 24, 2019 by Kathy Miller

Living into Tension

(Christ the King Sunday)

Prayer of Illumination

Present God,

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"God Stories" - Rev. Jennifer Gleichauf

Posted on November 17, 2019 by Kathy Miller

“God Stories”

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"The Question of Resurrection" - Rev. Sarah Walker Cleaveland

Posted on November 10, 2019 by Kathy Miller

The Question of Resurrection

Prayer of Illumination

Present God,

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"A Life Poured Out" (Stewardship Commitment Sunday) - Rev. Sarah Walker Cleaveland

Posted on October 27, 2019 by Kathy Miller

A Life Poured Out

(Stewardship Commitment Sunday)

Prayer of Illumination

Present God,

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"In the Midst" - Rev. Sarah Walker Cleaveland

Posted on October 20, 2019 by Kathy Miller

And it’s not that I think our world more closely resembles the world we find in the book of Esther, although there are some disturbing parallels in the political realm, but the story of Esther, with its “pagan naughtiness” and seeming absence of God, highlights a truth of biblical theology that is easy to miss: whether we speak of God or not, whether we notice God or not, God is present and active.

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