Sermon for 11/07/2021 – “Grateful: Heart Matters”

Revelation 21:1-6 First in the series “Grateful” Author and clergywoman Diana Butler Bass shares this story near the beginning of her book called Grateful: The Transformative Power of Gratitude. She writes: “I pulled the card from the envelope, appreciatively fingering its velvety thickness. It was formal and traditional, the sort one rarely sees anymore, with

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Sermon for 04/05/2020 – “The Truth Hurts”

In the series “Heart-to-Heart Talks” Matthew 26:14-35 Click here for the Sermon Reflection Questions 2020-04-05 for this message. Imagine picking up your car from the shop after routine service and the technician says, “This car is in great shape. Clearly, you have an automotive genius taking great care of your car.” As you are driving

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Sermon for 05/26/2019 – “Galatians: Gospel of Grace – Grace to Bear Fruit”

Grace to Bear Fruit Galatians 5:1, 5-6, 13-25 In the series “Galatians: Gospel of Grace” This weekend our nation observes Memorial Day, honoring those who have given what President Abraham Lincoln described as “the last full measure” in service to our country.  There will be parades, solemn observances and speeches to commemorate the day.  We’ll

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Sermon for 05/12/2019 – “Gospel of Grace: Grace that Clothes Us”

Grace that Clothes Us Galatians 3:23-29 In the series “Galatians: Gospel of Grace” Many people today are unhappy with themselves.  One sign of this is how marketers shape the advertising about products. They promise that wrinkle-removing creams, hair-removal products, hair-growth products, diet programs, exercise regimens and clothing will make a “new you” if you just

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Sermon for 04/28/2019 – “Gospel of Grace: Grace that Transforms”

Grace that Transforms Galatians 1:1-5, 11-16, 23-24 In the series “Gospel of Grace” It is the Sunday after Easter! The Easter eggs have been found and eaten. The new Easter clothes have been soiled and washed. Easter baskets and Easter bunnies have been put away for another year. Easter’s over. Or is it? Just as

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Sermon for 02/03/2019 – “Unafraid: Desperate to Please” by Rev. Becky Schofield Motter

Desire to Please Ephesians 2:1-10 and Matthew 5:11-12a In the series “Unafraid” By Rev. Becky Schofield Motter Several years ago when I was leading a youth group in the church I was serving, the youth did something, which now escapes my memory, that they knew I would not be happy with. We had a conversation

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Sermon for 06/03/2018 – “Here I Am, Send Me”

Here I Am, Send Me Isaiah 6:1-10 It never ceases to amaze me how an ordinary day can turn into an extraordinary one in just a matter of seconds.  Isaiah was at the Temple in Jerusalem, minding his own business.  It was a time of uncertainty, as King Uzziah who had reigned over Judah for

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Sermon for 04/15/2018 – “Laughing with God at Legalism”

Laughing with God at Legalism Galatians 3:23-4:7 Third in the series “Laughing with God” This week, I came across some lists of strange and ridiculous laws that are still on the books around our country.  Here are some of them: It is not permitted to eat fried chicken any other way than using your hands

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Sermon for 03/18/2018 – “Embracing the Uncertain: The Uncertainty of Surrender”

“The Uncertainty of Surrender” Luke 19:1-10 In the series “Embracing the Uncertain” I imagine that, if you grew up attending or helping in Vacation Bible School or in kids’ Sunday School, your mind went in a certain direction when you heard today’s Gospel reading from Luke 19.  You heard about Zacchaeus, and you might have

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Sermon for 01/21/2018: “Half Truths: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves”

“God Helps Those Who Help Themselves” John 6:1-13 In the series “Half Truths” The Bible is one of the most popular and most beloved books of all time. Nearly every American home, Christian or not, owns at least one Bible, and in homes with a Bible, the average number of Bibles is three.  Yet surveys

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