Sermon: Bold Promises by Rev. Christopher Marlin-Warfield

John 2:1-11 I have been a pastor for not-quite-four-years—and two of those not-quite-four-years have been, y’know, the last two years—so I haven’t officiated that many weddings. But I still have this little piece that I have always included in the handful of weddings...

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Sermon: What More Can You Say?

Psalm 65 In the beginning, when darkness covered the face of the deep, the LORD our God took a breath and began to sing, and God sung all of life into being. In the beginning, when God was working in the dark, fearfully and wonderfully knitting together our inward...

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Sermon: Who Knew There’d Be Angels Here?

John 1:35-51 You might remember how it all went down. Jacob was trying to get to Haran where he would begin a new life, but right now Esau is hot on his trail ready to kill him, and right now the sun is setting, and Jacob is exhausted. He took a stone, laid his head...

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Sermon: Light of the Mourning

John 1:1-18 People of God, we’ve made it this far. This is the day. This is the last Sunday before the first day of Christmas. Six shopping days are all that's standing between this moment and Christmas morning. This is the day for concerts, and baking, and wrapping…...

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Sermon: Laughing One Day

Ezekiel 37:1-14 Last June, as I was walking out the door, heading to Loretta’s funeral, I was thinking through what I had planned to say, and that’s when it hit me: Days earlier, Loretta’s children specifically mentioned her shining sense of humor. Well, here I am all...

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Sermon: Living in the Meantime

Jeremiah 29:1-14 “For surely, I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD, “plans for your welfare and not for harm, plans to give you a future with hope. Then when you call upon me, I will hear you. When you search for me, you will find me.” This is the promise...

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Sermon: To the People Wandering in the Dark

Isaiah 9:1-7 Chances are, you have come upon the classic Mister Rogers’ meme trolleying its way around the internet. It’s become the thing to say in the days after a hurricane, or a mass shooting, or a raid that rips apart families. It’s what we offer each other, when...

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Response to the Scripture: After the Giving Up

1 Kings 19:1-18 After the stint in the wilderness, after the sigh that shook the leaves on the only tree, the LORD found Elijah in a cave by the mountain. That’s when God asked him the best question anyone could ask: What are you doing here? Say it one way, it could...

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Sermon: Becoming Human

1 Samuel 16:1-13 God sees the people’s need! This is the chorus of our scripture today, the refrain that keeps being true, that keeps needing to be said out loud. God sees the people’s need. Imagine a storybook snowy day. Inside, there’s a wrinkled grandmother baking...

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Sermon: Look Out, Behind You!

1 Samuel 3:1-21 The way I imagine it, the story ends with Eli sitting at a table. The steam is rising from his untouched cup of tea. Sunlight is spilling in through the window. Off in the distance, a donkey is braying, but Eli can’t hear it. He has just gotten the...

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