SERMONS & RESOURCES

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Talk to the Cloud

Rev. Dr. Bill Smutz

September 20, 2020

Exodus 16: 2-15

 

One of the most powerful aspects of the Exodus story is the brutally

honest way in which the behavior of the people of Israel is remembered.

As soon as the people of Israel finally complete their escape from slavery

Egypt by reaching the wilderness, they don’t stop and give thanks to God.

Instead, they start complaining! “We’re hungry! Why did you bring us out

here into the middle of nowhere to die? We want to go back to Egypt. At

least there we can get a decent meal,”……whine, whine, whine.

Instead of growing angry, God understands that anxious and frustrated

people are really just scared people. Like a good parent, God knows the

wisdom of a well-timed meal for calming “hangry” children down. God

provides manna and quail to fill empty stomach. And God provides

presence in the form of a cloud to soothe anxious and fearful hearts.

Unquenchable & Unpredictable Light

Rev. Dr. Bill Smutz

September 13, 2020

With the people of Israel trapped between the waters of the Red (Reed) Sea and the Empire’s might in the form of Pharaoh’s army, it appears that Israel’s brief escape into freedom is coming to a swift, ominous, and utterly complete end. But God is never far from God’s people, and God always comes bearing gifts – light which stands as a barrier to darkness, and unexpected routes by which new possibilities for living may be explored. Those who follow Jesus know something of a light which darkness has not and can never overcome (see John 1.1-5). And in these days, when COVID-19 has paralyzed so much of what is considered ‘normal’, God’s light illuminates unanticipated possibilities for the future.

Bread at Sea

Rev. Kelly Archer

September 06, 2020

Scripture for this week: Acts 27:33-44 Sometimes when I’m reading about the adventures of the Apostle Paul, I can’t help but think about an action movie hero. After all, Paul’s stories in the Book of Acts are very dramatic- an earthquake, a snake bite, even a shipwreck. In this weekend’s passage we’ll read about a storm at sea, a swim to safety, and the sharing of bread sandwiched in between. Remember this weekend is a Communion Service, so gather something to bless and break and another something to pour and drink then join us for online worship..

Playing Cards With God

Rev. Kelly Archer

August 30, 2020

Scripture For This Week:  Romans 8:14-17

 

"The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer."

Psalm 18:2

 

From the ancient psalmists, to the gospellers, to the Apostle Paul, the authors of our sacred texts used many rich and varied metaphors to describe the indescribable, the God of heaven and earth. These descriptions help us to understand God’s ways and the complexity of those ways; God is a landowner in one story then a homeless person in another. Come join us for video worship this weekend as we turn to Romans 8:14-17, a passage that refers to God as our Father, and us as God's children. Jesus used similar language to describe God, so let’s think about what insights we might gain when we think of God like the parents we know - loving and guiding, yes, but also sometimes frazzled and frustrated. 

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WHAT IS GOD UP TO?

August 1 & 2, 2020

Jesus is much more than just a road map or set of instructions for us to follow blindly in order to please God. God invites and expects us as a church community to work together, listen together, pray together and discern together how we can best be disciples in each and every moment.

A STARRY NIGHT FROM LONG AGO

July 25 & 26, 2020

Come spend a moment in worship with your head tilted up as we read a story of a starry night overhead, when God was making promises and our ancestor Abraham dared to believe.

CLARITY OF IDENTITY

July 18 & 19, 2020

Our focus on soul tending will conclude with an exploration of how we can discover clarity about the soul of our church in the chaos of liminal time and pandemic time. Much like the divine glory described in our Exodus lesson, we can best engage the soul of St. Lucas as we experience it and are shaped by it.

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