Sermon Archive

Imagined Scarcity, Abundant Reality, II:
Generosity When It Counts the Most

Date: September 13, 2020

Bible Text: Luke 10:25–37 |

In September at Kenilworth Union Church this autumn the sermon series is called Imagined Scarcity, Abundant Reality, which as you can see comes from that prayer by Walter Brueggemann’s that Katie recited so beautifully just a moment ago. We’re talking about practicing the habit of generosity. The Parable of the Good Samaritan Just then a lawyer

Imagined Scarcity, Abundant Reality, I: Work

Date: September 6, 2020

Bible Text: Matthew 25: 14–30 |

Today we’re beginning a sermon series called Imagined Scarcity Abundant Reality. As you can tell that comes from Walter Brueggemann’s prayer that Jo recited so movingly. I’ll explain what that means in weeks to come. We’re going to be talking about generosity in various arenas of life. Today we’re talking about generosity in our working lives.

Sacred Song, V: Song of Justice

Date: August 30, 2020

Bible Text: Exodus 15:20–21, Luke 1:46–56 |

Songs matter. That’s the thrust of this sermon series. And so today, we’ll look briefly at two songs of justice from scripture, songs that celebrate God’s presence in the midst of impossible situations, songs that celebrate God’s work for justice, making possible what had once been thought impossible. The Song of Miriam Then the prophet Miriam, Aaron’s

Sacred Song, IV: The Sound of Silence

Date: August 23, 2020

Bible Text: 1 Kings 19:11–13 |

1 Kings 19:11–13 The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there

Sacred Songs, III: Hidden Harmony

Date: August 16, 2020

Bible Text: Job 38:1–7 |

  As we explore God’s gift of sacred song in this August sermon series, we turn to the Book of Job, a perplexing story in Hebrew Scriptures. A man named Job, simply introduced as righteous and beyond fault, is robbed of every blessing and comfort; his fortune withers, family perishes, and his health turns to constant pain

Sacred Song, II: Earth’s Song

Date: August 9, 2020

Bible Text: Psalm 148 |

that every part of this cosmos we call home is part of the great praise band, the infinite chancel choir, with a song of rejoicing sung by the universe in its entirety. God writes the Gospel, not in the bible alone, but on the trees, flowers, clouds and stars. God’s song of love can be

Sacred Song, I: Created by Song

Date: August 2, 2020

Bible Text: Genesis 1:2 |

  In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. —Genesis 1:2  

Loss and Lament

Date: July 26, 2020

Bible Text: Lamentations 3:13–36; Revelation 21:1-6 |

Click here to listen to the podcast of this sermon. God will wipe every tear from their eyes. And Death shall be no more; neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. And the one who was seated on

Like a Rock

Date: July 19, 2020

Bible Text: Isaiah 44:6–8 |

Click here to listen to this sermon. Is there any god besides me? No, there is no other rock; I know not one.—Isaiah 44:8   The Book of Isaiah is not the work of just one writer. Begun in the 8th BCE, the opening chapters of Isaiah condemn the Israelites with harsh

Only The Lonely, IX: The Loneliest Whale

Date: July 12, 2020

Bible Text: Psalm 68:1–10 |

Click here to listen to this sermon. Father of orphans and protector of widows is God in God’s holy habitation. God gives the desolate a home to live in; God sets the lonely in families; —Psalm 68:5–6 If you were a troublemaker and wanted to raise a ruckus, you could