Sermon: Dust, Stars, Tears

Genesis 15:1-6 When the Council called an emergency meeting after church on March Fifteenth, I thought we would be navigating a crisis that would last a few weeks. Do you remember the early days of the pandemic? Way back in March, the commercially made masks were...

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Sermon: Spilling into the Streets

Genesis 2:4-7 and Genesis 3:1-8 In the beginning, God breathed into the dust and created humankind out of the dirt. That’s people for you — made from dust with the breath of the Spirit, made out of the stench of all things human and the Hallelujah of all things holy…...

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Message Introducing the Scripture: Forgiveness

Psalm 103 Last November, the people of Church of Peace identified five priorities that express the heart of our church’s mission. Well, we voted on the five and named Twenty Twenty the Year of Caring and Service, but the runners up matter too. For the past few weeks,...

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Sermon: Peacemaking in the Face of Hate

You might remember. Last November, the people of Church of Peace named five priorities that are central to our church’s mission and identity. We voted on the five and named Twenty Twenty the Year of Caring and Service, but the four runners up matter too. In these...

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Sermon: Our Greater Family

Mark 3:19b-35 Hear the good news in these words Jesus spoke to the crowd: “Here are my mother and brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.” And you know— Jesus is talking about us. It’s like he’s telling the whole world: “Yeah don’t...

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Sermon: Welcoming the Neighbors

Matthew 25:37-40 and Leviticus 19:33-34 So far this summer, nearly every Sunday has featured a different need mentioned in Matthew Twenty-Five. When, O LORD, did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or naked? When were you sick and we took care of you, or in prison and we...

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Sermon: When Did We See You in Prison?

Matthew 25:37-40 and Acts 12:1-12 Whoever you are and wherever you are on life’s journey, I’m pretty sure. There’s something in your imagination and in mine that allows us to be wholly captivated by a compelling story. Stories just have that power. As human beings, we...

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Sermon: To Care for Those Who Are Sick

Introduction to the Scripture This summer we’re sharing a worship series on Caring and Service. You might have noticed that nearly every Sunday we’ve been hearing a short snippet from this famous parable. Hear these words from Matthew, Chapter Twenty-Five, verses...

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Sermon: Lay Down my Sword and Shield

John 4:1-14  (Matthew 25:34-35) Today we continue our summer series on Caring and Service, and once again, we hear a short snippet from the famous parable in Matthew Twenty-Five. It’s a story about a king whom we imagine is Jesus. All the people — the righteous and...

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Sermon: Then Your Light Shall Break Forth

Isaiah 58:1-12 Fifty-one years ago today, New York police raided the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village. It would be correct to call the Stonewall Inn a gay bar. It would be more correct to call the Stonewall Inn a sanctuary, a refuge in a world where it was...

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