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Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

We contemporary people tend to wrestle quite a bit with stories like we just heard in our Gospel reading. Grains of barley loaves multiplying in the hands of Jesus; a midnight stroll across the turbulent sea to join the disciples. The category of miracle is most often justified away to make stories like these palatable. …

July 25, 2021

We contemporary people tend to wrestle quite a bit with stories like we just heard in our Gospel reading. Grains of barley loaves multiplying in the hands of Jesus; a…


You can’t drive a parked car

Bible Text: Jeremiah 23:1-6; Psalm 23; Ephesians 2:11-22; Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 | Preacher: Rev. Mary MacKenzie | Series: 2021 | How is the church different from other charitable organizations, social service agencies, or organizations working for social justice? I would say it’s that we do acts of charity and we strive for justice and peace …

July 18, 2021

How is the church different from other charitable organizations, social service agencies, or organizations working for social justice? I would say it’s that we do acts of charity and we…


Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Bible Text: 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19, Psalm 24, Ephesians 1:3-14, Mark 6:14-29 | Preacher: The Rev. Natalie Johnson | Series: 2021 | For many of us, we have been “trained” through our years of hearing Scripture read and sermons preached to look for the redemptive line in a gospel narrative. There are times, perhaps, that we find it …

July 11, 2021

For many of us, we have been “trained” through our years of hearing Scripture read and sermons preached to look for the redemptive line in a gospel narrative. There are…


Stymied

Bible Text: Ezekiel 2:1-5; 2 Corinthians 12:2-10; Mark 6:1-13 | Preacher: Rev. Mary MacKenzie | Series: 2021 | Jesus is stymied.  He’s been on a roll, going from village to village, crisscrossing the lake and attracting crowds everywhere he goes.  He has been teaching, healing, casting out demons, even raising the dead.  He has decided …

July 4, 2021

Jesus is stymied.  He’s been on a roll, going from village to village, crisscrossing the lake and attracting crowds everywhere he goes.  He has been teaching, healing, casting out demons,…


“Letting Go and Drawing Near”

Bible Text: Ezekiel 34:11-16; Psalm 87; 2 Timothy 4:1-8; John 21:15-19 | Preacher: Dr. Mark Lloyd Taylor | Series: 2021 | With just three days to go until June 30, it’s hard for me not to hear some of the Apostle Paul’s words to Timothy more personally than usual. “The time of my departure has …

June 27, 2021

With just three days to go until June 30, it’s hard for me not to hear some of the Apostle Paul’s words to Timothy more personally than usual. “The time…


Third Sunday after Pentecost

Bible Text: Ezekiel 17:22-24;2 Corinthians 5:6-10,[11-13],14-17;Mark 4:26-34 | Preacher: The Rev. Natalie Johnson | Series: 2021 | Our Gospel reading today comes from a unit of text that is often referred to as Jesus’ Parables Sermon. Mark has strung together four parables (along with one allegorical explanation) into a narrative sermon in which Jesus conveys …

June 13, 2021

Our Gospel reading today comes from a unit of text that is often referred to as Jesus’ Parables Sermon. Mark has strung together four parables (along with one allegorical explanation)…


Solidarity

Bible Text: Genesis 3:8-15; Psalm 130; 2 Corinthians 4:13- 5:1; Mark 3:20-35 | Preacher: Rev. Mary MacKenzie | Series: 2021 | Solidarity is one of those words that’s bandied about pretty freely these days. Kind of like they do with awesome. I may be pleased to get a dinner reservation and the person taking the …

June 6, 2021

Solidarity is one of those words that’s bandied about pretty freely these days. Kind of like they do with awesome. I may be pleased to get a dinner reservation and…


The Disruptive Beauty of God’s Holiness

Bible Text: Isaiah 6:1-8; Psalm 29; Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-17 | Preacher: Dr. Mark Lloyd Taylor | Series: 2021 | I want to try something a little different with this morning’s sermon. For I continue to chafe a bit under the constraints of “ZOOM Church,” even as I’m intrigued by its possibilities. I invite you …

May 30, 2021

I want to try something a little different with this morning’s sermon. For I continue to chafe a bit under the constraints of “ZOOM Church,” even as I’m intrigued by…


Pentecost 2021

Bible Text: Acts 2:1-21, Romans 8:22-27, John 15:26-27;16:4b-15 | Preacher: The Rev. Natalie Johnson | Series: 2021 | In the book of Acts, the second of his two-volume work, Luke gives us the story of the Day of Pentecost. It is a story familiar to many of us (perhaps you’ve heard or read it a …

May 30, 2021

In the book of Acts, the second of his two-volume work, Luke gives us the story of the Day of Pentecost. It is a story familiar to many of us…


Getting Ready for What’s Next

Bible Text: Acts 1:15-17, 21-26; 1 John 5:9-13; John 17:6- 19; Psalm 1 | Preacher: Rev. Mary MacKenzie | Series: 2021 | How do you get ready for what’s next when you don’t know what’s next? Does it feel like we’ve been trying to do that very thing for the last year – and more? …

May 16, 2021

How do you get ready for what’s next when you don’t know what’s next? Does it feel like we’ve been trying to do that very thing for the last year…