Sermon Archive

Celebrate Pride!

Celebrate Pride!

It’s wonderful to share with you and “Celebrate Pride” at Evergreen for what I think is the first time? I remember standing up at PNMC exactly a year ago and giving the exciting update on our church to our larger community - “We are now an open and affirming...

Communion Consequences

Communion Consequences

Text: I Corinthians 11:17-26, 33-34 We’re not celebrating communion today but this is a sermon about communion. Kind of. It’s a sermon about how, in lots of the ways that count every time we eat together is communion. And we’re a church, so we eat together a lot! Like...

God Bods

God Bods

Text: I Corinthians 11:17-26, 33-34 When I read texts like this, I remember why I do not gravitate to Paul and why I don’t prefer the epistles generally.  I’d rather stick with Jesus.  It’s a struggle to follow Jesus sometimes, but asking What Would Jesus Do? works a...

Body Language

Body Language

Text: 1 Corinthians 12:1-13 The day of Pentecost has past but I have a fondness for Pentecost. It’s partly because of the drama of the events: wind and fire and gifts of language. It’s also because I have always felt an affinity for the idea of God’s spirit at work....

Mother Tongue

Mother Tongue

Text: Acts 2:1 I know that many of you have done lots of traveling abroad. I wonder who among us would consider themselves fluent in a language other than English. [Probably a few] Maybe a few more could at least hold a simple conversation. I do know several of us...

If Love Were Math

If Love Were Math

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 Let’s get it out of the way right off the bat: even though the most common place to hear this passage is at a wedding, it is not about romantic love. It could be applied to a relationship between two people - and God knows it has been...

Earth Stewardship and Radical Hospitality at Camrec

Earth Stewardship and Radical Hospitality at Camrec

Camp Camrec Director Brisa Peacock shares her gratitude for the ways that Camp Camrec has been able to offer space for radical hospitality and sacred rest. Camrec has hosted or connected not only with in the Mennonite community but to interfaith and ecumenical groups,...

Stop Fighting! Preach the Good News!

Stop Fighting! Preach the Good News!

Scripture: Acts 18:1-4; 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 Because of the text from today I’ve been thinking about baptism this week. And it occurred to me that it’s been 30 years this month since my own baptism. I’m pretty sure. It could be 29. I probably should have written it...

Dear Church, God Loves You!

Dear Church, God Loves You!

Text: Acts 17:1-9; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 Remember letters? I know there are at least a few folks here for whom letters were at one time an important way to stay connected with people, to do business, to share information, to make inquiries. But especially to stay...

We Give What We Can…What Can We Give?

We Give What We Can…What Can We Give?

Acts 3:1-10 This morning I’m going to tell you about Carmen. Carmen is the kind of person who has a level of empathy for people that is deeper than maybe anyone I’ve ever encountered. There are plenty of things that testify to this, but the one I want to tell you...