Sermons

Mark 6:1-13 - Rev. Jennifer Gleichauf

Posted on July 8, 2018 by Kathy Miller

Sometimes we become aware of our complacency and decide to make a change.  Often our first impulse is to make an external change so we go looking for a new church. Our first instinct is to assume our complacency is caused by something outside of ourselves.  We want it to be that the preacher is boring (sometimes that’s true) or the music isn’t moving us (sometimes that’s true) or the church isn’t doing the kind of mission we think is important (sometimes true as well) or we just don’t fit in with the other people at that church (unfortunately some churches make people feel that way).  And so, whatever it is, we decide another church will be able to fix it and reignite our passion.  And sometimes a new place or new people can do that for us, but eventually they will become familiar too.  So, it’s worth asking: is our complacency really caused by the external or if it is possible we need to turn internally instead. Almost always the harder choice, because then we ask questions like: have I stopped asking God to shake things up or stopped listening for how God is asking me to change or been ignoring messages God is sending to me about digging deeper and asking harder questions about how I’m living my life. 

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"Boat People" - Rev. Jennifer Gleichauf

Posted on June 24, 2018 by Kathy Miller

....Then, and now, Jesus’ teachings are meant to invite us to think deeply about how to be in the world and how to treat one another. And hopefully, these teachings lead us to engage with each other to grow and deepen our understanding of our faith in connection with even the most difficult or hot button topics while also being caring, loving, honest and faithful to one another....

....But, how else can we be a refuge?  How else can we help each other to choose faith over fear. I’d encourage us to make sure we talk about things which often get swept under the rug, like mental illness, depression, suicide, drug and alcohol addiction, divorce, abuse and other topics which can be uncomfortable, but if we don’t talk about these things here, where can we talk about them?  If we don’t tell one another about the storms in our lives, how can we support each other well?  How can people know this is a place where they will be safe and accepted and loved if all they see are people who seem to have never had a storm in their own life?....

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Sermon from Rev. Jennifer Gleichauf

Posted on May 27, 2018 by Kathy Miller

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"Up in the Clouds" - Rev. Jennifer Gleichauf

Posted on May 13, 2018 by Kathy Miller

"...the disciples testified far and wide that violence and cruelty and sadness are not the end. They cared for the poor, healed the sick, bound up the broken-hearted, fed the hungry, and taught what it meant to be a disciple.  They testified to the promise that we may not know what comes after death, but that we are not ever alone, even in death."

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"Wishing and Hoping" - Rev. Jennifer Gleichauf

Posted on April 29, 2018 by Kathy Miller

“Wishing and Hoping”

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"Lead Us Not into Temptation" - The Rev. Jennifer Gleichauf

Posted on March 18, 2018 by Kathy Miller

“Lead Us Not into Temptation”

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"Decisions, Decisions" - Rev. Jennifer Gleichauf

Posted on February 25, 2018 by Kathy Miller

During Lent, we talk a lot about following God’s path for our life and turning away from sinful behavior that keeps us from doing God’s will.  Certainly, there are some things in each of our lives we know to be sinful behavior, places we know we are not in line with what God wants from us.  But many of us are struggling with wanting to be faithful, wanting to follow God, but stuck in our human thoughts.  Sometimes we honestly may not know which decision God would have us make. So, how does one think more of God’s thoughts than human thoughts?  Can we ever distinguish between God’s thoughts and our own selfish or human desires? 

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"Racine on the Lake" - Rev. Jennifer Gleichauf

Posted on February 11, 2018 by Kathy Miller

“Racine on the Lake”

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Meditation - Christmas Eve - the Rev. Jennifer Gleichauf

Posted on December 24, 2017 by Kathy Miller

One of my favorite poets, Madeline L’Engle says it this way in her poem, The Risk of Birth:

This is no time for a child to be born,
With the earth betrayed by war & hate
And a comet slashing the sky to warn
That time runs out & the sun burns late.

That was no time for a child to be born,
In a land in the crushing grip of Rome;
Honour & truth were trampled by scorn-
Yet here did the Saviour make his home.

When is the time for love to be born?
The inn is full on the planet earth,
And by a comet the sky is torn-
Yet Love still takes the risk of birth.

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Sermon - 3rd Advent: Rev. Jennifer Gleichauf

Posted on December 17, 2017 by Kathy Miller

The past two weeks when we lit the candle of hope and peace, part of the liturgy read said: “we light this candle as a prayer and a protest.”   Last week someone asked me about that word protest – why were we lighting the candle in protest?  And I get it – protest is a strong word, and one with negative connotations for some.  But, I hear the word protest and I think of our heritage as protestants – people who protest against what they believe to be wrong. I hear the words of prophets and Mary and Jesus reminding us not to be passive in this world, but to be vigilant and awake and active; to stand against the powers in this world that would tell us things like hope and peace and joy are silly fairytales, pointless distractions from the real world.  But it is an act of protest to proclaim hope to the downtrodden, the lowly, the poor and oppressed and marginalized, in a world which would dismiss them.  And it is an act of protest to work for peace, rather than retribution, in the face of violence.  It is an act of protest when we could choose anger or apathy or despair, to instead choose joy - true, deep joy which believes there is beauty and possibility in this world.  It is an act of protest when we are bombarded with messages about who we are supposed to hate or be against or think of as less, to love – fully, vulnerably, knowing full well it may cause us pain.

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