Sermon Archive

Sermon Archive

Flames

Drawn to Power

Drawn to Power                8th Sunday after Pentecost Ephesians 2:11-22   July 18, 2021   Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 I’m willing to bet that something like this has happened to you: You’ve been working on something really hard (without a break), and you are really looking forward to a chance to kick back and relax.  And just at the time when your break comes, someone asks you to help them—and it’s obvious that you have to defer that break.  Something in you says,…

It Is For Freedom

2 Corinthians 12: 2-10; Mark 6: 1-13 July 4 6th Sunday after Pentecost It Is for Freedom                6th Pentecost 2 Corinthians 12:2-10   July 4, 2021   Mark 6:1-13 The word freedom is tossed around a lot these days, and it has been especially on my mind as we have approached our country’s Independence Day.  Freedom!  It’s the battle cry of every person who is struggling against powers that would enslave them, that would imprison them unjustly.  Freedom. I’m remembering a conversation…
Flames

Normal or Nomad

1 Samuel 8: 4-11, 16-20; Mark 3:20-35 June 27, 2021———-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Guest Preacher, Rev. Christy Ramsey We have all felt like Samuel. No, I’m not talking about being called old by the people, although we may have been there, too.  I’m talking about Samuel going crazy.  This is crazy Samuel time.  When you know what is right.  When you know what happens, and what will happen, and how the world is arranged, and you tell the people that. …

Praise to Our Fathers

Isaiah 40:28-31;———–2 Timothy 3:10-17———— June 20, 2021 Praise to Our Fathers Elaine York, Commissioned Lay Pastor This morning I will speak of three kinds of fathers. One, our biological fathers, grandfathers and great grandfathers. Do we have any great grandfathers here today? Please raise your hands! Thank you!! Second, we will talk about step fathers, father’s through adoption, uncles, mentors and any other significant men in the lives of children. And third, we will give praise and honor to our…
Flames

God Sees the Potential

1 Samuel 15:34 – 16:13; 2 Corinthians 5:6-17; Mark 4:26-34 God Sees the Potential             3rd Sunday after Pentecost – – – -June 13, 2021   Many of you know the name of Ben Carson, the former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.  Still more of you know that he had a career as an acclaimed brain surgeon.  But I think that most of you don’t know that Ben was born to a woman who only completed 3rd grade.  She married real…
Flames

From Temporary to Eternal

From Temporary to Eternal     2nd  Pentecost Psalm 138; 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1;    June 6, 2021;    Mark 6:20-35 Most of us know what a mirage is, right?  You’re out in the desert, hot and parched, and you see up ahead some WATER, shimmering in the heat!  You move toward the water, anticipating a good drink.  But, of course, when you get there, the water has all disappeared!  It was an optical illusion, not really there at all.  We’ve seen this…

The Father’s Adoption

The Father’s Adoption                       Trinity Sunday Romans 8:12-17   May 30, 2021   John 3:1-17  In 1954, just four years after The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe made a big splash on the literary scene, C. S. Lewis published The Horse and His Boy.  It’s actually the fifth book published in a series that later came to be called The Chronicles of Narnia.  (Now, remember: Lewis was a man with a deeply-held Christian faith, and his books convey an underlying message of…
Flames

The Work of the Spirit

The Work of the Spirit              Pentecost Acts 2:1-21       May 23, 2021    John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 The book I want to highlight today is called The Hiding Place.  It’s a true story about the amazing things God did with Corrie ten Boom during the Nazi occupation of Holland.  Corrie and her family had been hiding Jews so that they wouldn’t be sent off to concentration camps (or extermination camps, as they turned out to be).  When they were caught, they were…
Clock and hourglass

While We Wait

While We Wait                  7th Sunday of Easter Acts 1:1-11 ———- May 16, 2021 ———–   Luke 24:44-53 Last week, I shared an excerpt from one of the Chronicles of Narnia, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.  This week, I will share some snippets from the book that kicked off the whole series, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.  The author was an Oxford professor named C. S. Lewis.  Although the book was written for children, adults responded to it in…

The Wide Family of God

The Wide Family of God ———–Mothers’ Day ————–6th Sunday of Easter Acts 10:44-48 —————May 9, 2021—————-John 15:9-17 Today’s story comes from the pen of C. S. Lewis, from his book called The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.  One of the main characters is described in the opening sentence: “There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.”  He is described as an annoying, spiteful, friendless know-it-all who gets dragged into Narnia with his cousins (who had been there before). …