Sermons from July 2015

A Deeper Realism

John 6:1-14 Philippians 3:14-20 We have a photo of our son Matt, taken when he was about four years old. He’s running with his arms wide open to the embrace the world. The frame in which the photo rests announces, “Look out world, here I come!” One of the great gifts of grandparenting and parenting […]

Contemplation and Compassion

Mark 6:30-34, 45-56 It is a commonplace prior to take off for the flight attendant to counsel, “In case of loss in air pressure, put on your oxygen mask first before assisting someone else – a child, grandchild, or vulnerable companion.” The first time I heard that counsel, I was surprised. Wouldn’t common sense dictate […]

Dancing with God

2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12-19 Ephesians 1:3-14 The other night three generations of the Epperly-Lemmey family went to Mannakeese for dinner. As always, dinner was good –lobster, swordfish, scallops, and fish and chips for the boys. As we finished dinner, the evening’s entertainment came on – a vocalist and guitarist – and they began to play. […]

God’s Grace is Sufficient for Us

2 Corinthians 12:2-10 Mark 6:1-5 “‘My grace is sufficient for you. For power is made perfect in weakness.’ So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me….for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.” This is certainly is a strange passage, especially […]