Recent Sermons

Reaching Out to Be Heard

[Jesus] was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. And forgive us our…

“Should I Stay or Should I Go?”

When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; but they did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. When his disciples James…

The Capacity to Cope

  The Psalm read this morning has sometimes been referred to as a hymn of praise to the “Great Psychiatrist”.  Now this may a little dramatic, and we may feel uncomfortable attributing too many human characteristics to the Divine, but it is interesting in light of our recurring need for soul therapy.  This is not…

Bearing the Truth

  Today’s lesson is Jesus’ words to his disciples as part of his “farewell sermon” or what’s called “the long discourse” in the Gospel of John, shared just after the Last Supper.  In his parting words, Jesus has been telling the disciples of his imminent departure and about the coming gift of the Holy Spirit. …

“The Voice: How Do You Hear It?”

   At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon.  So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense?  If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered, “I have…

“Letting Your Hair Down”

  Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead.  There they gave a dinner for him.  Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him.  Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet,…

“Holding Her Own”

Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard, “Jesus is making and baptizing more disciples than John” — although it was not Jesus himself but his disciples who baptized — he left Judea and started back to Galilee. But he had to go through Samaria.  So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the…

“What Do You Expect?”

Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone. When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as…

He Came to What Was His Own

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being.  What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of…