Sermons

Peace…Prayers

Dear friends in Christ, grace and peace. Amen

I would be hard pressed to remember a worship service that I have either attended or been a part of that didn’t include prayers. Often called the prayers of the church or community prayers, they are the voice of all those gathered in Jesus name in a worship setting, asking God to be present and involved in the life of individuals, the community, the church as well as the events in our world that impact our lives either directly or indirectly.

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If We Confess

Dear friends in Christ, grace and peace. Amen

Being a Christian is a strange thing. No I mean it, I’m not joking; being a Christian is a strange thing.

Take today’s topic as part of our sermon series on the elements of worship; confession and forgiveness. On Sunday mornings, right at the beginning of the worship service, the whole gathered community stands up and with one collective voice, basically says that we are not in control of our own lives, that there is something wrong with us.

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Where the Heart Is

Grace and peace to you from God our Creator and our Lord Jesus Christ.

If you have been in and out the last few weeks, we are on week 4 of our seven week sermon series on the elements of worship.  So far, we’ve covered communion, the sermon, and last week, we talked about music – why we bother singing hymns and listening to the organ.  Today, we are tackling something different, something that might be uncomfortable for some to consider – and that is the offering. 

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The Sound of Music

Grace and peace to you from God our Creator and our Lord Jesus Christ.

I have been so blessed to get to know you all these past 8 months, and as I’ve been preaching, I’ve tried to make a habit of sharing little bits about myself.  But this morning, I would like to share a little about someone you might not have gotten to know as well – my husband, Morgan.  I will preface this by saying that while I do have his permission to talk about him this morning, he isn’t actually here this morning. 

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What Jesus Means to Me

The seeds for today’s sermon were sown from a book Ingrid Rasmussen [our second intern] recommended we read together. The book is “This Odd and Wondrous Calling”. It was written by two pastors, an older male pastor and a younger female pastor, and is their reflections on what being a parish pastor is like. It is a very good book and I ask all our interns to read it.

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Armor for Everyday Use

Dear friends in Christ, grace and peace. Amen

A fully equipped roman soldier in the first century was a formidable fighting force. The armor, the shield, the helmet and especially the swords of these soldiers made it possible for the Romans to conquer the world.

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