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We celebrated the Transfiguration of Jesus this morning, with celebratory and thoughtful music by instrumentalists Tina Bergman and Bryan Thomas and soloist Lily B. The sermon by Rev. Annich begins just before the 35 minute mark.
Is anybody here up for a good theophany? Although some of my fellow theology nerds will know what I’m talking about, “theophany” is not a word we throw around in everyday conversations. It almost sounds like an exotic dish–“I had the theophany last night at that new restaurant and it was really delicious!” Or perhaps a musical instrument–“the orchestra played the piece well although the theophany section was a bit off.” I also think it makes a great Jeopardy question, “I’ll take theophany for $200, Alex!”
In this celebration of Communion, and installation and ordination of our new church leaders, Rev. Lentz’s sermon begins around the 28 minute mark.
I really resonated with Simon Peter’s mother-in-law last week as I was in bed with the flu. And I am sure that many women resonated with the verse that reported that as soon as his mother-in-law was healed, she got up and served the men! #Ouch, #Getyourownmeal!
This morning’s sermon, Fear and Longing, begins around 21 minutes in.
Change causes stress. There is an index that seeks to quantify levels of stress. Prolonged high stress can cause depression and illness. Just to note it has been found in studies that those who worship, pray, exercise and are part of a community have discernibly less stress. So coming to church is good for you!
There was a small glitch in the morning’s recording, so the Mark 1 verses on not on the recording below, but John’s sermon, Moving Providence is. It begins just before the 19 minute mark.
You all know the story of Jonah, right? He is called to go to Nineveh and tell them to repent. Jonah doesn’t want to go and so he hires a ship that sails in the opposite direction – across the Mediterranean towards Spain! A big storm hits, the crew decide that it is Jonah’s fault and so they throw him overboard. He gets swallowed by a big fish and is vomited on the shores of Nineveh, and finally Jonah figures out that God is serious.
On this Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday, the Scripture readings begin 28 minutes in with Rev. Annich’s sermon “Come and See!” available at the 31 minute mark.
My wastebasket is full of crumpled, wadded up sheets of paper—clear evidence of my struggles to pull this sermon together. Donald Trump’s racist, foul remarks about Haiti, countries in Africa, and El Salvador, have lit up the internet leading into our weekend celebration of Dr. King’s life and work, and people around the world are horrified.
On this Epiphany Sunday, the Scripture reading begins at the 16 minute mark with the sermon “Attitude Change” by Rev. Lentz beginning immediately after.
Happy New Year! I hope you are getting back into the routine of the day to day. Listen to these words of William Stafford.
It could happen anytime; tornado, earthquake, Armageddon: It could happen.
Or sunshine, love, salvation.
It could you know.
That’s why we wake and look out – no guarantees in this life.
But some bonuses; like morning, like right now, like noon, like evening.
(‘YES’ in Learning to Live in this world.”
Shannon Headen’s sermon “Watch the Throne” begins around the 20 minute mark.
Over the last few years, I’ve been wrapped up in an HBO series called Games of Thrones. Similar to the Lord of the Rings saga, it’s full of epic battles, dragons, giants and magic. Of course, there are villains and heroes, princes and princesses, kings and queens, and a Khalessi. There are a lot of characters, a lot of drama, and a lot of fighting.
We present one of the most beautiful services of the entire year, our service of Lessons & Carols–a faithful, stirring, musical gift of the season.
New members joined today. The sermon on this 2nd Sunday in Advent begins around the 36 minute mark.
There was once a young preacher who was given this advice: If, in the middle of your sermon, you forget your train of thought, just step back, pound the podium, and repeat the title of the sermon – and that will get you back on track!