Sermons on Hebrews

Provoking One Another

Preached FCCW November 18, 2018

Hebrews 10:11-14, 19-25


When you open up the Bible, what do you expect to find?

Stories that teach us about what God is like?

Moral lessons to guide us?

Personal comfort for difficult times?


All of that is there in the Bible.

But, when you open your Bible to the passage we just read from the Epistle to the Hebrews, what you read there is something you might not expect to find.

The War to End All Wars

Preached FCCW, November 11, 2018

(Veterans Day Sunday)

Isaiah 2:1-4

Hebrews 9:24-28


This morning we will mark Veterans Day by joining with houses of worship in many other communities by our participation in the Bells for Peace event.

Bells for Peace is a commemoration of the armistice that was signed 100 years ago this day, to bring the First World War to its conclusion.

World War I was billed as the War to End All Wars.

As we all know, all too well, it wasn’t.

First Hand Faith

Preached FCCW, October 28, 2018

Job 42:1-6, 10-17 and Hebrews 7:23-28   


A new bride was preparing a ham dinner for her parents and in-laws, when her husband noticed that his wife cut off two apparently good ends of the ham before it went into the oven. When he asked her why she did that, she thought about it for a moment, and then said, “That’s the way my mother always fixed a ham.”

After dinner he asked his wife’s mother why she cut the ends off a ham before cooking it. She answered, “I don’t know why I do it. I guess it’s because that’s the way my mother always cooked a ham.”

The Imprint of God

Preached FCCW 10-7-2018

World Communion Sunday

Hebrews 1:1-4; 2: 5-12


Today is World Communion Sunday; an ecumenical celebration of the Lord’s Supper that began in the Presbyterian church in 1936. Since then it has come to be observed in many other denominations, including the UCC.

On World Communion Sunday Christians pay special attention to the celebration of Holy Communion as a way to mark our global oneness in Christ. And yet, the reality is that the Church is much more fragmented than it is unified.

After all, each Christian denomination started out with it’s own conviction that the Church up to that point in time hadn’t quite gotten things right and that they had a better idea for following Jesus that they wanted to put into practice.