December 17, 2017

Our theme throughout Advent is “Creating Light in the Wake of the Storm.” And our third touchstone is JOY.  How do we create light?  How do we generate and live into joy?  What does it mean to attend to joy in a world that has been and continues to be stormy, destructive, unjust?  Our scripture comes from John 1:6-8, 19-28.  Here, Levites are interrogating John:  Just who do you think you are?  The sermon title is “What Do You Say About Yourself?”

December 10, 2017

Our theme throughout Advent is “Creating Light in the Wake of the Storm.” And our second touchstone is HOPE.  How do we create light?  How do we generate and live into hope?  What does it mean to attend to hope in a world that has been and continues to be stormy, destructive, unjust?  Our scripture comes from Mark 1:1-8.  It introduces us to John the Baptist and Mark’s layers of hope that accompany the coming of Christ.  The sermon title is “The Voice of One.”

December 3, 2017

Our theme throughout Advent is “Creating Light in the Wake of the Storm.” And our first touchstone is PEACE.  How do we create light?  How do we pray for peace?  What does it mean to attend to peace in a world that has been and continues to be stormy, destructive, unjust?  Our scripture comes from Mark 13:24-37.  It is an apocalyptic scripture about the coming of the Messiah.  We will hold all these things in tension as we enter into this holy season.  The sermon title is “Standing Between Beauty and Terror.”

November 26, 2017

Matthew 25:31-46

Again, this Sunday, we take our scripture from Matthew 25.  Throughout this chapter, Jesus describes the “kingdom of heaven” in metaphor and story.  The kingdom of God will be like this. . . .  What are the signs?  How will we know?  What shall we look for?  How does God speak into these questions for us today?

November 19, 2017

Matthew 25:14-30

Again, this Sunday, we take our scripture from Matthew 25.  Throughout this chapter, Jesus describes the “kingdom of heaven” in metaphor and story.  This Sunday, we hear the Parable of the Talents, Matthew 25:14-30.  The kingdom of God will be like this. . . .  What are the signs?  How will we know?  What shall we look for?  How does God speak into these questions for us today?


This Sunday is Thanksgiving Sunday, Pledge Sunday, and Transgender Day of Remembrance. We will also be collecting the General Church Thanksgiving Offering for our Disciples-related colleges, universities, and seminaries. We will be celebrating, acknowledging, and holding all of this together. 

November 12, 2017

Matthew 25:1-13

For the rest of November, we will be focusing on the chapter of Matthew 25.  Throughout this chapter, Jesus describes the “kingdom of heaven” in metaphor and story.  This Sunday, we hear the Parable of the Bridesmaids, Matthew 25:1-13.  The kingdom of God will be like this. . . .  What are the signs?  How will we know?  What shall we look for?  How does God speak into these questions for us today?

November 5, 2017

Ezekiel 37:1-14

This Sunday, we shift away from our journey in Exodus, skip about 1000 years, and hear from the ancient prophet Ezekiel.  Ezekiel was an Israelite priest living in exile in the city of Babylon sometime between 593 and 571 BCE.  Our scripture comes from Ezekiel’s journey with God into the Valley of Dry Bones.  What valleys of dry bones do we face in our lives?  Is it possible for the saints in our lives to continue to live—and to continue to inspire us—despite the deserts we face?