Sermons from October 2017

The Reformation is Always Reforming

Deuteronomy 34:1-12 Matthew 22:34-39 On April 3, 1968, a group of citizens heard words that forever changed their lives. The speaker shared his heart: “Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t […]

It’s a Gift to be Simple

Today, I want to talk about one of my spiritual heroes, or shall I say heroines, Peace Pilgrim. Her real name was Mildred Lisette Norman. She was born in 1908, almost 110 years ago. You can see her photo on our bulletin today. I first met her when I was a sophomore in college – […]

Creation Season – The Sky and Air – The Sky Above, The Air We Breathe

Psalm 150 and John 20:20-21 A spiritual mentor of mine, psychiatrist Gerald May, regularly taught workshops on the theme of “Appreciation.”   Just as radical amazement was at the heart of Abraham Joshua Heschel’s spiritual vision, appreciation – a sense of gratitude, valuing, noticing, and treasuring is at the heart of all religious experience. So many […]

The Sea Around Us

Last week, we looked at our little planet suspended in space, and discovered that Earth care is about recognizing how precious everything is, how unique our planet is in all its diversity, and how our calling as God’s beloved is do something beautiful for God: to keep this earth beautiful, to be gardeners who add […]