Sermons from July 2016

Mary, Our Sister

Luke 1:26-38 Luke 1:38-56 Luke 2:41-52 As a Protestant growing up in the 1950’s, the only time I ever heard about Mary was briefly at Christmas. She rode on a donkey to Bethlehem, had a baby, and slipped quietly off stage, never to be heard from again. No doubt the elders of our church, like […]

Love Lifted Me

Matthew 8:23-27 Matthew 14:22-33 “Love lifted me!” I remember hearing this song growing up in the Salinas Valley in California. My mother loved to sing and throughout the day, she went through a repertoire of revival hymns, characteristic of our Baptist faith. The words of the hymn were graphic. They describe a person drowning in […]

Surely the Presence of God is in this Place

Genesis 28:10-17; Matthew 18:19-20 It has been said that when we sing, we pray twice. It is also true that our hymns are one of the most tangible ways we express our beliefs and find strength in times of trial. Over the past two weeks, we have pondered what it means to affirm “America the […]

Scattering Seeds: Faith on the Move

Based on the parables found in Mark and on the Hymn “We’re Marching to Zion” The Parable of the Growing Seed 26 He also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, 27 and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not […]

America the Beautiful: From Patriotism to World Loyalty

Isaiah 56:1-8 And Moses went to the mountaintop and saw God’s vision for his people.   He received a book of laws that created a nation. And Martin Luther King went to the mountaintop, imagined the promised land of a truly great America, a land in which all are free and all God’s children walk hand in hand, regardless […]