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Only the Lonely, VII: One Among the Stars

Date: June 21, 2020

Bible Text: Genesis 21: 8–21 |

Click here to listen to this sermon. Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. —Genesis 21:19 Jews, Christians, and Muslims throughout the world point to the same father of faith, Abraham. Our tradition holds that late in life, God came close to Abraham in the desert night,

Only the Lonely, V:
By the Same Spirit

Date: May 31, 2020

Bible Text: Acts 2:1–3; 1 Corinthians 12:4–13 |

Click here to listen to the podcast of this sermon. When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly a sound came from heaven like a rush of mighty wind, and it filled the house where they were sitting. And there appeared

Only the Lonely, III:
Finding Our Way Home

Date: May 10, 2020

Bible Text: John 14:1–14 |

Click here to listen to the podcast of this sermon. “Eternal God, Wash away our dust and fear. Gather us into your strong arms and stoop down to speak to us this day. Silence in us all the noise. Startle us with the eternal truth Jesus spoke and his

The Defects of Jesus, III: Reckless

Date: March 15, 2020

Bible Text: Luke 8:26–37 (selected verses) |

Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you. Click here to listen to this sermon. In January, Bill conceived of this Lenten sermon series to consider the defects of Jesus—those character traits society teaches to avoid in the pursuit of excellence—yet create the good life


Date: February 26, 2020

Bible Text: Genesis 2:5–8; John 8:2–11 |

  Just as in English, if we were to play Scrabble in Hebrew you could experience how this language builds words, one letter at a time, with related meaning. When the words are read aloud their consonants echo, you subconsciously understand without explanation their connectedness. The word dam, meaning,

Catechetical Christmas Carols, V:
Creator of the Stars of Night

Date: December 15, 2019

Bible Text: Selected verses from John 1:1–14 at 8 a.m. |

The most recognized three-word phrase in the western hemisphere is “In the beginning,” the opening phrase of our Hebrew scriptures. “In the beginning when God created…. God said let there be light…. And God said let us make humankind…” The ancient Israelites composed Genesis’ creation story—of God speaking

Stewardship, VIII: Life at Its End

Date: November 10, 2019

Bible Text: I Thessalonians 5:1–11 |

Click here to listen to this sermon. let us put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.  —I Thessalonians 5:8 We conclude our series of the ways Christian faith calls us to steward all of what we are given. Today we will consider

Stewardship, II: Work

Date: September 23, 2019

Bible Text: Isaiah 40:12–31 |

Click here to listen to this sermon.   Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand and marked off the heavens with a span, enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in balance? —Isaiah 40:12   Last week Bill

Bread from Heaven, II:
The Story of ‘And’

Date: August 11, 2019

Bible Text: I Kings 17:1–16 |

Click here to listen to this sermon. For thus says the Lord the God of Israel: The jar of meal will not be emptied and the jug of oil will not fail until the day that the Lord sends rain on the earth.  —I Kings 17:14   Holy God, you