March 17, 2019 — Second Sunday in Lent

“That’s Different” : A homily on Matthew 20
The parable of the laborers in the vineyard sparks different reactions as to why Jesus would invite us to live our lives that way. If everyone is paid the same, what's the point of working? By sparking different reactions, this parable invites us into deeper territory whereby we ask a basic human question: do I matter? Am I special? In order to understand that we are special, we have to understand who God is and how God challenges the way we live our lives.

March 10, 2019 — First Sunday in Lent

“Here We Go” : A homily on Matthew 18
On the First Sunday of Lent, we begin a journey toward Jerusalem. Jesus leads this journey, guiding our way with stories and parables. In this opening story, we hear about a practical matter for how to be the church. What starts out as a way to discipline one another turns out to be much more than a way to call one another out. In this homily, Rev. Ben walks through this text to illuminate how Christ leads us to deeper a deeper relationship with him and one another.

March 3, 2019 — Transfiguration Sunday

“Two Transfigurations”
On Transfiguration Sunday we read the story of Jesus being transfigured on a mountaintop. We also read about three of his disciples who witnessed this moment. And all of this draws our attention. But there is another transfiguration — one for us that comes in the form of an invitation from Christ to take up our cross and follow him. But we get distracted away from Christ's call and focus on other things. In this homily, Rev. Ben draws our attention back to our call. Do we hear it? Our call is to hear it and accept his invitation.

February 24, 2019 — Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

“Holding the Tension: A homily on Matthew 14”

This text ascends toward a dramatic moment of tension between Jesus and the disciples. When there are thousands of hungry people and only five loaves and two fish, the disciples believe the people should leave; Jesus, however, sees the Kingdom of Heaven at hand. It is in these two differing viewpoints where the tension resides. And this is exactly where Christ calls us to be. In this homily, Rev. Ben dives into the tension, exploring what happens when we live in the tension with Christ (hint: we are transformed!).

February 10, 2019 — Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

“Faithful Decisions: A Homily on Matthew 8”

When Jesus enters Capernaum he's met by a Centurion asking for help. How Jesus responds resembles how Jesus' ministry unfolds: grace always precedes warning. This isn't the easiest of texts because it includes a warning to us that we may end up in the outer darkness, with weeping and gnashing of teeth. While that vivid description draws our attention, it is at the expense of the central part of this text: that Jesus' grace always comes first. Listen to Ben's homily as he helps us explore the ramifications for our lives of an understanding that grace always precedes warnings.

January 27, 2019 — Second Sunday after Epiphany

“The Christian Life”
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches us what the Christian life looks like. The challenge for us is to live it. Ben's homily focuses on an invitation Christ extends to each of us to live the life Jesus proclaimed in the Beatitudes and his proclamations about a myriad of subjects that make up the life he calls Christians to live.

January 20, 2019 — Second Sunday after Epiphany

“There Will Be One”
Jesus' temptations in the desert make us believe we, too, can overcome all the temptations the world can offer. Then we begin devising plans to prepare for all the temptations that may come our way. But life rarely follows a predetermined path. And what we find in this text is that Jesus shows us how to engage temptations — by pointing to God, trusting God, and, most importantly, worshipping only God.

January 13, 2019 — First Sunday after Epiphany

“Do It”: Jesus’ Baptism
Being a Christian means have certain responsibilities and living our life as a Christian means finding ways to live out those responsibilities. What we find in Jesus' baptism is that Christ receives his call and we receive ours. That call comes in the form of doing what Jesus tells John the Baptist to do — baptize. In this homily, Ben delves into what happens once we receive our call and how we can best live out our call.

January 6, 2019 — Epiphany Sunday

Guest preacher, Rev. Margaret Wilson-Stayton, preached on Epiphany Sunday. On this Sunday we celebrate the revelation that Christ is the King and Savior of the entire world. The Magi represent the first Gentiles to worship Christ as King and Savior and represent the truth that Jesus is Lord and Savior of the entire world.

December 24, 2018 — Christmas Eve

Children’s Christmas Eve Service
Our Children and Family Christmas Eve service tells the story of Christ's birth with our children and families acting as the familiar characters. Enjoy the chaos and excitement of this story as witnessed through the actions and words of our youngest members.

Christmas Eve Candlelight & Communion Service

December 2, 2018 — First Sunday in Advent

“Can I Introduce You?”
The first 17 verses of Matthew's gospel is a genealogy that, ultimately, leads to Jesus. The first 17 verses are also Matthew's way of introducing God's family. More often than not we overlook or bypass the lists of names in scripture because they are too hard to pronounce or are insignificant. But look closely and you'll see God at work in these people's lives, reminding us that God acts in and through us — and God wants to act in and through our lives.

November 25, 2018 — Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

“Treasuring the Past”
We often cherish the past without paying much attention to how it leads us into the future. Given the importance of the past, in this homily we dug into the history of God's people as a way to understand how our past leads us into our future. What we find is that God is at the center of both our past and future; and we see that when we take note of the little things: the seminal places of our lives, the memories we have, and the blessings we offer to our children.

November 11, 2018 — Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

“A Little Help from My Friends”
We are losing our religious vocabulary and one way to reclaim it is to use it. But how? In the story of Jacob's dream, we find a man in need and in his time of need God enters his dream and calls him to slow down, listen, and proclaim what's happened. This is our call, too. And when we live it we begin to reclaim our religious vocabulary — as words like worship, prayer, and proclamation are used with more regularity. (Note: the opening story about pointing north comes from Jonathan Merritt's book, "Learning to Speak God from Scratch.")

October 21, 2018 — Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

“Be Aware”
On Stewardship Dedication Sunday, we explored the story of Abraham and Sarah entertaining angels unaware. In this classic biblical story our attention focused on mimicking Abraham and Sarah's hospitality; there is more to this story than that. On a day when we are invited to share our financial gifts, Rev. Ben invites us to take note that God has given us gifts that we are called to use. Check out this homily to see how God is inviting you to use your gifts.