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.

November 28, 2021

Rev. Carl Van Osdall

Do you remember the address of the home that you grew up in?
It’s been a FEW years for most of us, hasn’t it?
I was thinking about it this week…For me?
(Snap!) Right away…
906 Wycliffe Drive is the place I called “home” until I was mid-way
through my 3rd grade year.
Then, (snap!) 232 Bryn Mawr Circle became the place we, I, called home.
Those places were “home” for several reasons:
In both houses, I had a street-side bedroom, where I slept and played.
I lived there, at 906 and 232, with my parents and my sister, Christine,
With dogs, Toby, April, and Bibbs, may they all Rest In Canine Peace.
I learned how to be myself there,
which is part of what it means for a place to be “home.”
Recall, for a few moments, your place of “early years” home…
What do you find yourself remembering?
And, hold onto those memories, gently.
Home which…could be…nurturing, warm, affirming.

November 21, 2021

Kristabeth Atwood, M.Div.

Last month, Gary and I spent a long weekend in Woodstock, Vermont. (You might remember, I told you a little about our trip at a previous service.) It was pretty much peak foliage when we were there. We went hoping to see some colorful leaves, which we did. The mountainsides were covered in gold and red. Our hike down into Quechee Gorge proved as stunning as I expected. But there was one thing I didn’t expect… that I wasn’t prepared to encounter on our trip….. one thing that took me by surprise.

November 14, 2021

Rev. Carl Van Osdall

I’d like to begin today reflection with a celebration moment of remembering.
This focus is on Ken Wolvington, and specifically Ken’s musical ability.
If you’re new around here, this will be a purely imaginative exercise,
Many of you will be able to recall Ken.
Think of the beginning of a CCP Sunday Celebration Gathering…
With Ken by the keyboard.
And, he starts to play some (beautiful) music.
Joy in the form of Sound Waves!!!
Some of you are still chatting, a little too loudly for Ken’s liking…
So he increases the volume, not only to drown out…competition…
But to amplify joy!
To make the enjoyment so that you can feel it, as it moves
From keys striking cords…into waves that touch your very heart and soul….
Thanks be to God for Ken, for music, and for JOY!

November 7, 2021

Kristabeth Atwood, M.Div.

Saints. We all carry a list on our hearts. The names of the people who touched our lives in some special way. Friends. Family members. Teachers. Mentors. Some of our saints may even have four legs and a tail. I know that’s true for me.

Today, we celebrate the saints of our lives who have passed on to the next. Those we still miss, whose memories we keep close to our hearts. It is interesting that the word ‘saint’ is used in the New Testament only in its plural form. The early Christian writers could only conceive of saints in the context of community. There are no saints in isolation.