Sermons


Because we are a community with a strong focus on study, service and community, we deeply appreciate challenging weekly sermons on these topics. (We call them “Promptings.”)

Below is a sampling of sermons offered in recent weeks by our talented and devoted preachers, Kristabeth Atwood and Carl Hilton VanOsdall, and our own Commissioned Lay Pastor, Frank Sadowski, as well as others who join us as guest preachers.

January 22, 2023

Rev. Carl Hilton-VanOsdall

“Discipleship”

To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn)
There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn)
And a time to every purpose, under Heaven

A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap,
A time to kill, a time to heal,
A time to laugh, a time to weep.

A time to gain, a time to lose
A time to rend, a time to sew
A time for love, a time for hate
A time for peace, I swear it’s not too late.

January 15, 2023

Kristabeth Atwood, M.Div.

“Belonging”

Some of our Worship Planners were inspired to write Haikus about today’s theme, belonging.

Of course you belong
The door is always open
And it’s warm in here

And another:

I feel so welcome
That open door, the hot food
I feel so safe here

Belonging. 

January 8, 2023

Rev. Carl Hilton-VanOsdall

“We Keep Seeking”

The “band of scholars,” as Eugene Peterson calls them in The Message,
have alternatively been called “kings” or “magi”
stargazers or sorcerers, alchemists or astrologers.
While lore has it that there were three,
for three gifts were brought…
we don’t really know their number.
Stories say their names were Gaspar, Balthasar, and Melchior.
But their names we don’t really know either.
While tradition has it they were all Persian,
we don’t exactly know that either.

January 1, 2023

Kristabeth Atwood, M.Div.

“God Dwells With Us”

I’m so glad that today we got to read Eugene Peterson rendering of the prologue of John, particularly verse 14. The Word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighborhood. If that doesn’t sum up the incarnation, I don’t know what does.