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Have You Heard?

Text    Isaiah 40:21-31 Preached FCCW, February 4, 2018   The prophet Isaiah wrote the words of hope that I just read — about God giving power to the faint and strength to the powerless — to a people who were in desperate need of both. It was a time of great trial for the nation of Israel, many of whom were living in exile in Babylon. The things that had happened to them rocked the foundations of their faith in…

More Than Words

Mark 1:21-28 Preached FCCW January 28, 2018   The breaking news coming from the city of Capernaum was that the Jesus train was gathering steam and picking up passengers. In the short space of just the first half of the opening chapter of his Gospel, Mark traces Jesus’ rise to recognition from an opening endorsement by John the Baptist at the Jordan River, to a grass roots movement of gathering disciples in Galilee, to his breakout preaching engagement in Capernaum.

Net Work

Preached FCCW, January 21, 2018 Text Mark 1:14-20 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near;repent, and believe in the good news.” As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen.

Following Jesus

Preached FCCW, January 14, 2017 John 1:43-51 How do you define the word “Christian?” If I asked you to complete this sentence: A Christian is someone who _________, how would you fill in the blank? Given the number of people here, I bet we would could come up with a whole gamut of responses before we were through.

Of This Gospel, a Servant Be

Ephesians 3: 1-12     Preached FCCW    January 7, 2018 In the present day city of Jerusalem, stands the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is built on the hill where tradition claims, Jesus was crucified and buried.  Due to the sacredness of its location, possession of the structure has changed hands numerous times through history.

Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays Luke 2:1-7 Preached FCCW, December 24, 2017 We come to the last in this Advent sermon series on Finding Sacred Truths in Secular Christmas Songs. In case you didn’t recognize that tune, it’s “There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays.” Those words capture one of the enduring charms of Christmas time; that sense that there really is “no place like home for the holidays” which compels us, no matter how far away we’ve roamed, to…

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town

Luke 1:5-7 and Mark 1:1-8 Preached FCCW, December 3, 2017 Friday morning, while posting the daily UCC Devotional to the Church Facebook page, a post in my news feed from the Westminster Police Department caught my eye. It wasn’t the usual warning about telephone scammers, an Amber Alert or even a traffic advisory. This post announced that Santa Claus is coming to town. That’s right! He’s coming here to Westminster! The announcement listed the times and places where he would…

The Covert King

Ephesians 1:15-23 and Matthew 25:31-46 Preached FCCW  November 26, 2017 (Christ the King Sunday) There is a story that comes to us from out of the 16th century about a great leader of the church by the name of Bishop Hugh Latimer. One Sunday morning he entered his pulpit and looked out to see King Henry VIII in the congregation. I’m guessing that Old Henry wasn’t hard to spot out there in the pews. He might have worn his crown…

The Turtle on the Fencepost

Deuteronomy 8:7-18 Preached FCCW November, 19, 2017       Thanksgiving Sunday Could there ever be a Biblical passage better suited for the Thanksgiving holiday than today’s Old Testament reading from Deuteronomy? Moses whet the Israelites’ appetite for the Promised Land that awaited them by focusing on the easy access to food they would enjoy there. He portrayed Canaan as a land of olive trees, fruits and honey, and bread without scarcity. Which I think meant the same thing then as it…

The Joshua Generation

Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 Preached FCCW, November 12, 2017 The story that the Bible tells often reads like a family tree of faith. Interspersed throughout the Old Testament and the gospels are genealogies, like mile markers along a road. Those are the passages that never get read in worship, and the ones that we most likely skip over when we read the Bible ourselves. Why take the time to wade through lists of people who most have never heard of with…

Saints Alive!

Preached FCCW November 5, 2017 All Saints Day Revelation 7:9-17   In Coventry, England there stands a very uniquely modern cathedral. The massive south wall of that structure is made entirely of glass. And etched into the glass are the huge figures — four feet wide and ten feet tall — of saints and angels.

By Truth Set Free

Preached October 26, 2017           Reformation Sunday John 8:31-36   Jesus said to some Jews who believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” By his own admission, the people he was talking to believed in him, which probably meant they accepted on an intellectual level that he was the Messiah that the Jewish people had been waiting for. But that…

The Things That Are God’s

Preached FCCW 10-22-2017 Matthew 22:15-22 and 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10   According to the laws of Newtonian physics, no two objects can occupy the same space at the same time. Which, long before an apple ever dropped on Newton’s head, was already an established fact. Not based on any Law of physics, but on the Law of simple common sense. The kind of common sense that the Pharisees and Herodians trusted in to rid themselves of Jesus.

God’s Sharecroppers

Matthew 21:33-46 Preached FCCW, October 15, 2017 Like most of you, I’ve been watching the frightening images of the deadly wildfires that are ravaging Northern California. It’s hard to believe it’s the same place of such serene beauty that Sue and I saw when we vacationed in Napa Valley years ago.

Are We There Yet?

Philippians 3:4b-14 Preached FCCW, October 8, 2017 Are we there yet? Anyone who has traveled with children has heard those words, right? They remind us how anticipation of something good that awaits us down the road can affect the way we feel about the present moment. And, while we may outgrow the impulse to say the words out loud as we get older, that doesn’t mean we don’t still struggle with the question. Are we there, yet? Our starting points…

Kingdom Wages

Matthew 20:1-16 Preached FCCW 9-24-2017 Jesus taught about many things, but by far, his favorite talking point was the Kingdom of Heaven. Now, the Kingdom of Heaven is not the kind of Kingdom, that can be located on a map. Neither is it Heaven – as in a place with angels on clouds strumming harps. When Jesus spoke about the Kingdom of Heaven, what he was describing was the world as God intended it to be. A world of righteousness,…

A Holy Disrespect

Preached FCCW October 1, 2017 Matthew 21:23-32 In order to understand the full meaning of the story I just read, you need to rewind the clock by 24 hours. That would take you to a different scene in the Jerusalem Temple. There is Jesus, flipping over the tables of the money changers and chasing everyone out of the Temple who was using it for a marketplace instead of as a house of worship. In a fit of righteous anger, he…

Being Generous to Others, as God Has Been Generous to Us

Matthew 18:21-35 Preached 9/17/2017 On the Sunday chosen to kick-off our “Generous Giving” campaign, you  think that there must be a better starting place than a parable about a man who is so deep in debt that he comes within a hairsbreadth of having himself and his family sold into slavery as restitution. Or, who, after being graciously forgiven the large debt he owes, turns around, seizes another man by the throat and demands that the man immediately repay a…

Stones and Stories

Joshua 4:1-9 Preached FCCW, September 10, 2017 (Church School Kickoff Sunday)   Have you ever noticed how much we use stones of one kind or another to tell our stories? There are birthstones to mark our coming into the world, and tombstones to mark our leaving it. In between, monuments of marble and granite are erected to that which is deemed noble and praiseworthy in life; while stone and concrete are the foundation of the homes where our actual life-stories…

Turn Aside

Text Exodus 3:1-15 and Mathew 16:24-26 Preached FCCW, September 3, 2017 A street in London named Brick Lane has gained a reputation as the most dangerous place in the city for mobile phone users. This dubious distinction comes from the fact that it claims the highest rate in the country for people bumping into lampposts because they’ve got their eyes glued to their phone screens. One group of concerned citizens went so far as to propose cushioning lampposts to decrease…

Living Sacrifice

Romans 12:1-8  and Matthew 16:13-20 Preached FCCW, August 27, 2017 I don’t know where the expression, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do,” originated; but I’m willing to bet that it didn’t start with the Apostle Paul. After all, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do” is basically saying that you should conform to your cultural surroundings. That you should blend in; follow the crowd.