One stone at a time

By Jake Owensby
When Giovanni di Bernardone was born, his Italian father was in France making a killing in the silk trade. So when Dad got back home to Assisi, he called the boy Francesco: the… read more

Sermon Options: December 10, 2017

By Sermon Options
A Voice in the Wilderness Isaiah 40:1-11 Speak tenderly? Not John! Isaiah might have expected it, but the John who quotes this passage, the John of tradition, the John who dressed … read more

Advent repentance

By Paul E. Flesner
A Sermon on Mark 1:1-8 The way in which the church prepares for Christmas compared to the way the rest of the world prepares for Christmas is confusing to many… read more

Sexual harassment and assault

By Rebekah Jordan Gienapp
Widespread allegations In October, The New York Times reported that for decades, movie producer Harvey Weinstein had been paying off women who accused him of sexual harassment… read more

December 30, 2018

By F. Willis Johnson
Gathering Prayer Most Holy God, we run to be in your presence greeted by your love.  We rejoice in the joy of you.  Affirm in us your purposes. Reveal to us your… read more

December 25, 2018 - Nativity of the Lord/Christmas Day

By F. Willis Johnson
Gathering Prayer Almighty God, as we gather together in worship Help us to be reminded of your humility So that we might also be humble. Help us to be reminded of your light So… read more

December 23, 2018 - Fourth Sunday of Advent

By F. Willis Johnson
Gathering Prayer (adaption of Luke 1:46b-55) With all my heart I glorify the Lord! In the depths of who I am I rejoice in God my Savior. God has looked with favor on the low… read more

December 16, 2018 - Third Sunday of Advent

By Joel Schreurs
Call to Worship (from Zephaniah 3 and Isaiah 12)  The Lord, the king of Israel, is in your midst; Do not be afraid.  God is indeed my salvation; I will trust and… read more

The Shrill One

By Scott Hoezee
John was on a roll. For quite some time he had been preaching a fiery message to all kinds of people and with splendid results. They came to him in droves and responded to his… read more

December 9, 2018 - Second Sunday of Advent

By Joel Schreurs
Call to Worship (based on Luke 1:68-75) Bless the Lord because he has come to help and has delivered his people. Prepare the way for the Lord!   He has raised up a mighty… read more

December 2, 2018 - First Sunday of Advent

By Joel Schreurs
Opening Prayer Faithful God:  As we gather to worship on this first Sunday of Advent:  Give us hearts that are open to hope.  Give us feet that stand firm on your… read more

November 25, 2018 - Christ the King Sunday

By Joel Schreurs
Opening Litany of Praise (based on Psalm 93 and Article 1 of “Our World Belongs to God”1) The Lord rules!  He is robed in majesty And clothed with … read more
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