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December 24, 2020

God Comes to Us

No matter who we are or where we are, God comes to us in Emmanuel - God-with-us - Jesus Christ, our Messiah.

December 24, 2019

A Generous God

On this Christmas Eve, may we remember the incredible generosity of our God to show God's love in human form, Emmanuel, God with Us, Jesus the Christ.

December 24, 2018

The Power of Story

Story is powerful and transformative - for God speaks to us in our own stories, and in the ancient yet modern story of Christmas. How will we respond to hearing that story once again?

December 31, 2017

An Awesome Relationship

December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve Worship

Listen to our Candlelight-Communion Service on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2017.

December 25, 2016

God's Daring Plan

"God's Daring Plan" - A Sermon by Barbara Brown Taylor.

December 24, 2016

The Time Has Come

The time has come to welcome God's Son into the world once again. The time has come for us to live our lives in gratitude for this gift that is born to us this night.

December 24, 2015

Do Not Be Afraid (2)

The fog of fear can envelope us greatly as human beings; but this night, the light of the world has come to shatter the darkness, and bring hope to all the world.

December 24, 2014

Do You Need Christmas?

Do you need Christmas this year? Does your life depend on it? How is God speaking to you this holy eve?

December 29, 2013

He Became Their Savior

God may be angry, sad, disappointed and upset with the way we behave. But despite our faults as humans, God choses to come into the treacherous world as a vulnerable infant because he loves us. God wants us to respond to that love with gratitude in our hearts.

December 24, 2013

Do Not Be Afraid

In the storms of life, a peaceful calm comes tonight in the form of God's Son. And we are reminded by the heavenly host: "Do not be afraid."

December 24, 2012

God With Us

No matter who we are or why we come to the manger this night, God will meet us in an exceptional, transformational way.

December 25, 2011

Through Mary and Joseph's Eyes

A retelling of what Mary and Joseph might have been thinking after "the big night," as told by Lisa Crismore and Frank Mansell.

December 24, 2011

Veiled in Flesh

Mary did not give birth to a name or an idea; she gave birth to the incarnate Word of God. For God chose to come meet us in the flesh on this holy night.

December 20, 2020

Mary, Did You Know?

The angel, Gabriel, tells Mary that she is favored and blessed to give birth to Jesus. This challenging news will change her life forever. With our challenges, how do we know that we are favored and blessed by God?

December 13, 2020

Joy Through Adversity

Even in the midst of great adversity, God's joy shines through in this Advent Season - we may just have to look harder this year than in other years.

December 6, 2020

The Beginning of God's Good News

We are all called to stop, listen, and receive the beginning of God's good news this Advent Season, especially as we hear it from God's preparer: John the Baptist.

November 29, 2020

Hope in the Potter's Hands

As we seek hope in this time of challenge, may we hear the prophet's words that hope is coming as God comes down to meet us.

December 22, 2019

Christs Saving Presence

December 15, 2019

Road to Salvation

The prophet speaks of a Holy Way that God's people will travel to redemption. In this Advent Season, what roads are we traveling to return to the source of our hope and joy?

December 8, 2019

Turn Back to God

As John the Baptist prepares us for the coming of God's Son, how are we called to turn back to God in our Advent journey?

December 1, 2019

Time to Hope

As we live through the in-between times of life, Paul reminds us of this time of hope God has given us as we wait for Jesus Christ's return.

December 23, 2018

Bethlehem Was the Place

The prophet Micah brings good news of hope which will come from an unexpected place called Bethlehem. It is here we find a shepherd that will come forth and care for us in the most challenging times.

December 16, 2018

Welcome Home

We are all welcomed home this Advent by a loving, gracious God - welcomed home from whatever exiles we are living in.

December 9, 2018

It's Time for a Change

Enjoy this monologue sermon written by Rhonda VanDyke Colby on John the Baptist!

December 2, 2018

How Do We Wait in Advent?

Advent is a time of waiting for God's promise in Jesus Christ. It is also a time for us to examine how we wait for God's calling and presence in our lives, so that we might show the world God's hope, love, and peace.

December 24, 2017

Sanctuary Leads to Blessing

December 17, 2017

Redemptive Joy

In the midst of our waiting in Advent, we are promised redemptive joy by the prophet Isaiah, a joy that restores and redeems our suffering into hope and promise as God's chosen people.

December 10, 2017

Preparing for Good News

Waiting is hard - waiting requires trust and patience. And a lot of times, waiting requires humility. In this Advent Season, how are we called to prepare for this good news which God is sending, especially as we wait and wait and wait?

December 3, 2017

Tears and Tantrums - Hurting in Holy Ways

Let us not forget that this hope came in the form of baby, tears and tantrums included. May we find hope in and through our tears, knowing that God is, in fact, crying with us as we make our journey to Bethlehem.

December 18, 2016

Believing in the Sign

The prophet Isaiah sends a sign to all who fear. This sign will be a woman who is with child and she will name him Immanuel. God is with us. How do we receive this sign? How do we believe it?

December 11, 2016

Finding Joy in the Wilderness

We all travel roads in the wildernesses of life. But even there, God finds us and is with us to save us, bringing joy and gladness in this Advent Season.

December 4, 2016

Bear Fruit Worthy of Repentance

This season of preparation is more than warm memories of the past. It is about realigning ourselves with God's purpose for our life, so we might bear fruit that is truly worthy of our repentance.

November 27, 2016

Walking in the Light

It is time to awake from our slumber, and walk in the light of God. As we begin the Advent Season, may the prophet's words give us hope that God is truly with us in the form of Emmanuel.

December 20, 2015

Mary Says, "Yes!"

Mary flees to her cousin's Elizabeth after hearing that she is pregnant with God's Son. She is welcomed with affirmation and blessing. As we prepare for Christmas, are we open to receive or offer a blessing to others?

December 13, 2015

Expectantly Waiting for Joy

We do not experience joy in a vacuum; we await the joy which God brings on Christmas to transform us and this world through Jesus Christ our Lord.

December 6, 2015

Messengers from God

Preparing for the Prince of Peace can seem fruitless amid the violence we witness in our world. And yet these messengers from God remind us that in our preparation, God will come.

November 29, 2015

How Do We Wait?

Advent is a time of waiting, yet that is not our strong-suit as human beings. How do we wait in hope for God's coming kingdom?

December 21, 2014

A Servant of the Lord

We can either walk through life closed-off to all threats and, potentially, closed-off to God, or we can open ourselves to God's will and receive that joy as Mary did when she was told the unbelievable would happen through her.

December 7, 2014

Comfort in Exile

Even when we find ourselves in exile, God will never abandon us, but will draw us close to his heart, just as he gathers the sheep in his loving arms.

November 30, 2014

The Journey of Faith

As we conclude a season of waiting for Lisa to return to us from sabbatical, we begin a season of expectant waiting in Advent, and trust in the grace of God to be with us in all ways at all times.

December 22, 2013

Not Picture Perfect

Matthew's version of the nativity shows the beautiful, but not picture perfect, way God chose to come into the world through Jesus Christ this Christmas.

December 15, 2013

Waiting Patiently

Isaiah speaks of the joyful exuberance which will spring forth with the Lord's arrival, while James reminds us of patiently waiting for this joy to enter our lives.

December 8, 2013

Preparing for the New

John the Baptist teaches us how to prepare for the Prince of Peace's arrival, but it is Isaiah who illustrates what the new kingdom will look like when that Prince arrives.

December 1, 2013

You Know What Time It Is

The First Sunday of Advent is about hope - hope for a world free from violence, hope for a future ruled by the Son of God, hope to awaken from our slumber and welcome the light of the world.

December 16, 2012

Waiting for Hope

In the wake of a terrible tragedy, the prophet's words of hope in hopelessness ring especially true for us today.

December 9, 2012

Road to Grace

The choices we make along the road to grace are significant in how we reorient our lives towards God this Advent Season.

December 2, 2012

What Are We Waiting For?

How are we preparing for what God has in store for us this Advent Season?

December 18, 2011

Mary Gets It

Mary answers God's call with courage and faith, and is a model for how to live faithful lives of discipleship.

December 11, 2011

Out of the Darkness

We continue to wait expectantly for the light of God, which illuminates the darkest areas of our world.

December 4, 2011

Comfort My People

The prophet announces the coming of God's hope and peace, and the comfort he shares gives us strength to comfort others.

November 27, 2011

Waiting Ain't Easy

On the first Sunday of Advent, we are called to wait expectantly for the new thing God is doing through Jesus Christ.

March 27, 2022

We Often Believe We Are The Problem

March 20, 2022

Lots of Things Can Be Medicine

March 13, 2022

So Much is Out of Our Control

March 6, 2022

Ordinary Lives Can be Holy

February 27, 2022

Transfigured Grace

February 13, 2022

I Am

February 6, 2022

Love Abounds

January 23, 2022

Call and Commission of Discipleship

January 9, 2022

Come and See 2022

January 2, 2022

If the World Were a Village

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