Sermons


Because we are a community with a strong focus on study, service and community, we deeply appreciate challenging weekly sermons on these topics.
Below is a sampling of sermons offered in recent months by our devoted pulpit supply team, Kristabeth Atwood and Carl Hilton VanOsdall, our own Commissioned Lay Pastor, Frank Sadowski, and others who join us as guest preachers.

September 25, 2022

Rev. Carl Van Osdall

While the date is not yet set, it’s looking like the coronation of King Charles will take place sometime in the spring or summer of 2023.

It’s prudent to have a breadth of time between the funeral of the queen,

                and the coronation of the monarch’s next leader.

When the coronation does happen,

               There will be dignitaries.      

               There will be music, regalia, and that…to many of us anyway…

                              awkward if not bordering on idolatrous (dare I say)

                                             blending of Church and State.

               All of the planning goes into the coronation, including, I suspect, selections of:

               Who will speak,

                              What will be said,

                                             Which scriptures will be read.

                                                            One that I feel fairly certain will NOT be chosen is Psalm 146.

               “Do not put your trust…in princes[-become-kings], mortals in whom there is no help.”

September 18, 2022

Kristabeth Atwood, M.Div.

Oh God, what could you have been thinking? Have you ever felt that way? I know I have.

September 11, 2022

Rev. Carl Van Osdall

As noted, our reading this afternoon comes from Exodus, chapter thirty-two.

And, point of reference, Moses had been up on the mountain, Sinai that is,

               well, since chapter 19 of Book of Exodus.
                              It takes a while, apparently, (13 chapters of Exodus) –

               For God to download the beginning of the necessary,                                                             spiritual and religious content to Moses:

September 4, 2022

Kristabeth Atwood, M.Div.

Today we got to read a whole book of the Bible. That doesn’t happen very often, at least not in worship. With the help of the lectionary, we usually pick and choose verses from chapters to get the gist, without having to read the whole thing. Yet unlike Isaiah, which has 66 chapters, or Matthew, which has 28 chapters, Philemon is very short with only 25 verses. In fact, it’s not really a book at all. It’s a letter, a personal letter between the Apostle Paul and his friend, Philemon.