Category Archives: Sermons

The Savior Next Door

They came in the very early morning hours. In the stillness of the deep dawn, when light and dark were equally everywhere. Mary, Mary Magdalene, Salome, maybe other women – came to anoint their friend, their teacher with all the … Continue reading

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Helpless

The Story of this Sermon About 18 months ago, one of our church members, Mary Hill, “bought” the right to select the topic of a sermon from me at the church Auction. Usually when someone does this, they have a topic in … Continue reading

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#Blessed

I was in my second year of seminary when I learned how to pray. It wasn’t in a class, or a field placement – technically I learned prayer in those official places. But the real lesson happened at home.  One night.  My children … Continue reading

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Knowing Unknown

Sermon: Knowing Unknown  When I was seven, I became obsessed with a series of wooden sculptures that hung on each side of the walls of the sanctuary, in my little Catholic church where I grew up.  They were spaced out equally, … Continue reading

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You Make No Sense

Sermon: You Make No Sense – Gretchen This past week, the State of Oregon heard public comments for a Bill they were considering that would stop non-medical exemptions for vaccinations. See, just across the Columbia river, officials in Clark County, Washington have just confirmed … Continue reading

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What Comes Next

Reading – from Alain de Botton’s 2016 essay, “Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person”   It’s one of the things we are most afraid might happen to us. We go to great lengths to avoid it. And yet we do it … Continue reading

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Loving People Anyway

Reading: Gate A-4 by Naomi Shihab Nye  Sermon: Loving People Anyway  Sermon Audio Available Here Almost exactly one year ago, 17-year-old Zachary Cruz was having a regular afternoon at the skate park when his mom’s friend showed up running towards … Continue reading

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