Sermons

Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday

On Maundy Thursday (Holy Thursday) we remember Jesus’ Last Supper and receive Holy Communion. We hear the Bible’s story of Jesus’ final hours and remember his suffering, crucifixion, and death.

Palm and Passion Sunday

Palm and Passion Sunday

Today is Palm and Passion Sunday. We begin by remembering Jesus going up to Jerusalem while the excited crowds cheered and waved palm branches. We then explore a couple of the events that happened before Jesus’ crucifixion.

Power of the Cross

Power of the Cross

In the war on Ukraine and our own lives, we see humanity’s capacity for violence, selfishness, and sin. Yet, through the power of the cross our guilt is taken away and we can experience healing, love, and transformation. God brings resurrection and life out of trauma and death.

Hymn Reflections

Hymn Reflections

Music helps us express our faith, communicate with God, and feel the presence of the great I AM. Music helps unite us as we sing a song together. Today we will sing and talk about four of our congregation’s favorite hymns.

The Other Sibling

The Other Sibling

Are there people or groups of people you think get more than they deserve or who do not suffer the consequences of their actions? Does that ever upset you or make it hard to count your blessings? Today we’ll look at the story of the Prodigal Son from the viewpoint of the older sibling, the one who followed the rules and worked hard while the younger sibling was off partying and wasting money.

The High Point of Life

The High Point of Life

Open unto us courage for our fear, light for our darkness, peace for our turmoil, joy for our sorrow, strength for our weakness, love for our hates.
Open unto us—Thy Self to be held by You.

Homecoming

Homecoming

Do you sometimes struggle with feelings of guilt or shame? Are you burdened by the memory of past words and actions? Today we’ll hear about God’s astounding love, forgiveness, and welcome that provide a home for your hurting spirit.

How Tempting

How Tempting

What are some of your temptations? When are you tempted to say or do the wrong thing? Or are there times when you feel God calls you to speak up or do something, but you’re tempted to remain silent and passive?
Through the story of Adam and Eve we’ll explore our human experience of temptation, sin, and consequences.

Black History, Christian History

Black History, Christian History

Africans and African Americans make amazing contributions to our nation and world. Today we celebrate Black History Month. Black Africans have contributed to Christianity since the first century and we’ll learn about one of them, Bishop Athanasius, and the gift of the Nicene Creed.

Caring and Conflict in Community

Caring and Conflict in Community

How do you deal with disagreement or conflict between you and a friend or loved one? Today’s Bible story about a divided Christian community shows us some healthy, helpful ways to deal with disagreement.