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sermons

November 2016

Winter is Coming; and This One Could Last for Years

By | November 13th, 2016|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/192266388 Pulling from a scene from Game of Thrones, Rev. Shockley hopes to explain what we going through right now, post election. There are three groups in the T.V. show, the White Walkers, the humans, and the wild ones. the character of Jon Snow wants to make peace with the wild ones so they can ...

October 2016

Like A Good Neighbor, Pilgrim Is Here

By | October 30th, 2016|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/190443224 Today's reading of the Parable of the Good Samaritan is one of the most well-known stories from the Bible. While it has some problems, it has a powerful message of compassion and generosity for us today. The first problem is the traditional interpretation of this parable is anti-Jewish, the "good Samaritan" and the "bad" ...

Righteous, Justified, Which Am I?

By | October 23rd, 2016|sermons|

Today's sermon by Neal Washburn comes to us from the Gospel of Luke, a parable within a story. Jesus is talking to a group of individuals who felt righteous but felt contempt for others. Jesus tells them the parable of a Pharisee and a tax collector

It’s Still About Love

By | October 16th, 2016|sermons|

On this Coming Out Sunday, the reading reminds us of the conflicts Jesus had with the religious authorities. He challenged them about how they lead the community. Jesus sought to not only expand the social and religious boundaries but also break them down

How to live on the Losing side

By | October 9th, 2016|sermons|

The reading from Jeremiah concerns the delivering a message of defeat. Jeremiah had a difficult job.  He had to tell  the people of Israel that their government, social, and religious institutions had neglected the issue of social justice that only the outsider, Nebuchadnezzar, could dismantle it.

You’re Invited

By | October 2nd, 2016|sermons|

Today is World Communion Sunday. This is a way to show solidarity with our fellow Christians as we focus on the sacrament of Communion which binds us together. It is one of only two sacraments recognized by the Protestant church.

September 2016

When Resurrection isn’t Enough

By | September 18th, 2016|sermons|

The inspiration for today's sermon comes from two different readings, Amos 6 and Luke 16. One is from the prophet Amos and the other is a parable from Jesus. Both passages warns that those who find comfort in this life may find the next life more difficult. To those who are rich yet take no notice of the poor, this is a dire warning.

The Role of Religion in ending Terrorism

By | September 11th, 2016|sermons|

The reading from Psalm 10 expresses the laments of those effected by terrorism. How can God allow such suffering? On the anniversary of 9/11, we try to understand how a mistranslation of the word virgin can lead to terrorists believing they will be rewarded with 72 virgins for these violent acts.

Do The Right Thing

By | September 4th, 2016|sermons|

Spike Lee  has inspired the title of this week's sermon. The reading from Philemon offers a unique perspective on race relations today. Although it is short, Rev. Shockley considers the letter from Paul to Philemon to be the most personal historical document of the New Testament. This letter deals with the question of slavery. Today, slavery is considered in most places of the world to be a crime. Back in Paul's time, it was a common practice.  In order to properly understand this letter, we must understand who is writing it and who is receiving it.

August 2016

A Phone Booth In The Wilderness

By | August 28th, 2016|sermons|

The sermon today concerns God's call to each of us. The reading from Jonah 1 recounts the story of Jonah as he tries to avoid God's call to Him. Judith shares her story of how she was called to ministry. Instead of being a defining moment of clarity, the process was more of a wandering through a forest.

Courage To Hope

By | August 21st, 2016|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/180465045 Today's reading from Jeremiah talks about his call to ministry. It took Jeremiah time before he fully embraced his calling. At the beginning of his ministry, he is not yet bold or courageous. God had called Jeremiah to speak truth to power even before his birth. At first, Jeremiah tells God he has the ...

Two Hijabs and Mr. Triple-A

By | August 14th, 2016|sermons|

The reading today from John tries to imagine the calling of the first twelve disciples. It begins with Andrew and his brother, Simon-Peter, who are simple fisher-folk from Galilee. Next came Philip who then tries to persuade Nathanael.

Faith as The Long Game

By | August 7th, 2016|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/178761443 Given By Rev. Steve Meineke on Aug. 7, 2016 With all the demands on our time and attention, sometimes you can feel emotionally drained. Today's sermon hopes to strengthen your faith and allow you to continue being the kind of person you are deep down. The reading today begins by describing faith as the ...