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.

July 25, 2021

Today’s the beginning of a sermon series of promptings (or sermons),
based on this graphic, Be the Church.

Take a moment to look at the graphic.
Reflecting on how it speaks to you…we’ll share our reactions during the discussion at the end of the service…

The banner is encouraging us to DO something.
BE the church…by:
Protecting, Caring, Forgiving, Rejecting,
Fighting, Sharing, Embracing, Loving, Enjoying!

July 18, 2021

Kristabeth Atwood, M.Div.

Being here today, it is so good to see all your faces. It is hard to believe that, since the last time we were together, one of my greatest hopes of our pandemic time came true! Mum, Larry, and I spent a wonderful week together in Nebraska – including hugs, good food, movie nights, a visit to the zoo, a birthday party, and shopping. We didn’t Zoom once!

July 11, 2021

Rev. Carl Van Osdall

About a month ago,
I offered a prompting called God in the Small Things,
Where we looked at the smallest things as windows, really, into God.
Today, I’m inviting us to explore…God of Big Things.

So, can I invite us to start with a guided meditation?
And, if it helps to close your eyes, please do so.

July 4, 2021

Kristabeth Atwood, M.Div.

Sometimes I think I have this healing thing figured out. Like, yeah… done with that. Moving on! But then I’m reminded it is a journey. Healing from life’s hurts isn’t one and done. It’s something that we have to do over and over again. It’s part of our life’s work.

June 27, 2021

Kristabeth Atwood, M.Div.

Last week, I had difficulty sleeping. This has happened a little more often since the beginning of the pandemic. You know how it is. My eyes popped open at 3:30am and then my mind started in – worrying, thinking, ruminating. Soon, my dog needed to go out and then the bed clothes were either too warm or not warm enough. By the time I started to finally drift off, my alarm was announcing the start of my day.

June 20, 2021

Kristabeth Atwood, M.Div.

Last week, I went to the grocery store for the first time without wearing a mask. It was weird and wonderful. I enjoyed being able to smile at people. That little spark of human connection between strangers. Some folks wore masks. Other folks didn’t. It was all okay. As a fully vaccinated person, I felt safe even as I respected other people’s decision to mask for whatever reason. Who would’ve thought that shopping without a mask would be such a remarkable occasion. It was like dipping my toe into normalcy, if just for a moment.