Sermons

"The End" - Rev. Jennifer Gleichauf

Posted on May 19, 2019 by Kathy Miller

And this letter John wrote is not meant to be one of further nightmares and fear, this letter is meant to be one of hope.  This letter is meant to offer hope to the hopeless, to the refugee, the persecuted, the oppressed, the terrified, the grieving, to a people who are living in fear.  He wrote this letter, this “revelation” with the conviction of a person who believed that the dominant powers are not ultimate powers.  That the Roman destruction and devastation were not the last word.  John had the conviction of someone who knows, even from inside a prison cell, even having lost everything, that God’s love and power and mercy and grace cannot and will not be stopped by evil.  John wrote as a person trying to inspire others to have hope that this was not the end.

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"Telling Her Story" - Rev. Sarah Walker Cleaveland

Posted on May 12, 2019 by Kathy Miller

But as I thought about it more, as I read about the 23rd Psalm, another of the texts for today, and thought about the ways in which viewing God as a shepherd who cares for us would have been a shocking change from other religions of the day whose gods were distant and capricious; and as I prepared for our Wednesday morning Bible study and listened to Rob Bell talk about the ways in which the theology of Leviticus was so stunningly different from what people in that time expected when it came to who God was and the ways in which God interacts with and cares for us, I started to wonder if perhaps rocking the boat a little too much wasn’t exactly what the text for this morning, what the entire biblical witness, asks us to do.

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"Now What?" - Rev. Jennifer Gleichauf

Posted on May 5, 2019 by Kathy Miller

Jesus calls us to live in a balance of moments – moments of great experiences where we feel fully and deeply alive, where things become clear, where our passion is ignited, where our doubts fade even if briefly, where we are fed by the living Christ.  These moments are like the example of Peter seeing Jesus and flinging himself into the water to get to the beach in time to be with him – they are earnest and powerful and meaningful.   Much like Easter Sunday with the flowers and butterflies and joyful praises.  Much like the moments of life and death, great joy or sorrow, beauty and pain.  But life is not a series of Easter Sundays.  It is natural for our enthusiasm to wane and it is human to become distracted and even discouraged or indifferent.  So, Jesus calls us to find ourselves and our true meaning in the service of one another.  Feed my sheep, tend my lambs. 

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"Holy Space" - Rev. Sarah Walker Cleaveland

Posted on April 28, 2019 by Kathy Miller

By the end of our passage for this morning, Thomas has confessed Jesus to be his Lord and his God—it is the most profound confession that any of the disciples make in the New Testament. But before he can make that affirmation, he needs space for his doubt and uncertainty. And this is often true for us as well. 

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"Chris Is Alive!" - Rev. Jennifer Gleichauf

Posted on April 21, 2019 by Kathy Miller

"...Jesus’ resurrection is meant to free us from fear of death, but so that we would also not be afraid to live…to live our one, wild and precious life.  To do our very best to act justly, to love kindness, to walk humbly with God, because this life matters.  To remember in this midst of all the mundane, the ordinary, even the suffering, and grief and anger and loneliness, that it all matters and to do our best to remember that there is also so much beauty, and joy, and laughter and good and love.  That even the worst pain of this life will not endure forever as the worst pain.  That love and beauty and laughter will always eventually break into the pain and suffering.  That for every line we stand in and every hour we sleep, for each tear we shed and bone we break, for each time our heart is broken, there is also promise of spring in the buds that rise from the ground each year and the arms of a loved one encircling you in a hug, and the love you have the chance to give away and to receive, each and every day."

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"The Next Right Thing" (Maundy Thursday) - Rev. Sarah Walker Cleaveland

Posted on April 18, 2019 by Kathy Miller

Jesus, at least in the Gospel of John, knows what is happening. We may not understand it, and the disciples certainly do not understand it, but Jesus is aware of what is taking place and what it will mean, for him and for the world. And in the face of that weighty knowledge, Jesus does not sit down with his disciples to try and explain things; he doesn’t recap for them all that they have experienced and learned up to this point; he doesn’t rid them of their misconceptions about who he is and the role they will each play in what is going to come next. Instead, Jesus shares a meal with the disciples; he washes their feet and acknowledges that what is happening is confusing and beyond their ability to understand right now. And then he tells them what to do next. One simple command:

Love one another

as I have loved you.

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Marching in the Light of God - Rev. Sarah Walker Cleaveland

Posted on April 14, 2019 by Kathy Miller

Marching in the Light of God

(Palm Sunday)

Prayer of Illumination

Present God,

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"Take My Life" - Rev. Jennifer Gleichauf

Posted on April 7, 2019 by Kathy Miller

“Take My Life”

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"Living (and Loving) in the Tension" - Guest Preacher, the Rev. Melanie Hammond Clark

Posted on March 31, 2019 by Kathy Miller

“Living (and Loving) in the Tension”

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"I Sing the Mighty Power of God" - Rev. Jennifer Gleichauf

Posted on March 24, 2019 by Kathy Miller

“I Sing the Mighty Power of God”

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