November 5, 2017 — Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost

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"What Did You Bring Today?"
 John's story this morning is full of miracles. The biggest one is Jesus miraculously feeding 5000 people with two fish and five loaves of bread. What is also miraculous was that Jesus didn't just feed them that day — he created a space where they could bring their sicknesses and know that God was with them. His miracles continue today when we realize that each time we come to church or sit down to pray we bring a part of ourselves to Jesus and hope he'll listen, cure us, or just remind us that we aren't alone. What John's story reminds us is that Jesus' miracles continue today.

Watch the video of the homily below.

October 22, 2017 — Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

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"The Light is Calling"
John 3:16 is something we see on signs at games or outside event halls; but it is so much more than something to put on a sign. The words reveal that God is calling each of us to come into the light of Christ, where we witness the love of God in everything around us. As we dig into these verses we see that God wants more than to share God's love — God wants our lives by offering the greatest gift (Jesus) and the greatest promise (life). Come see how you, too, can come into the light.

October 1st, 2017 — Stewardship Sunday

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"Come and See"
The call of Nathaniel reveals that Jesus calls each of us on purpose and wants us to live into our very humanness (in Nathaniel's case, being honest). This is, in fact, the way God always operates when we look at scripture and the great call stories. What is your humanness? Once you figure that out, think about how God is using your humanness to become a disciple — one who proclaims the Good News to the world.

Watch the video of the homily below. You can also scroll down to view a second video about Stewardship — "Put God First, and You'll Never Be Last," is the theme this year and co-chair Chauncey Leggett launched the 2018 Stewardship season with a rousing Time for Children.

September 24, 2017 — Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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"Again and Again"
Where do we find Jesus? And what do we do when we find Jesus? are the two questions we ponder in this story from John's Gospel. We are well versed in answering the first question because we know where to find Jesus; it is the second question that is hard because we aren't sure what to do. John gives us an idea — show up again and again and see what Jesus will do. It is amazing what God can do when we show up on the road where we know Jesus will walk.

Watch the video of the homily below. 

September 17, 2017 — Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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"God in Our Midst"
John the Baptist's testimony is beautiful and challenging. He shares three "I am not" statements and three "I am" statements that frame his testimony. All six of these statements become testimonies that Christ is in our midst and we don't see him because we are too focused on other things. Taking John the Baptist's lead, we are invited to see God in our midst by creating our own list of three "I am not" and three "I am" statements all of which point to Christ and remind us that it isn't about us, but about God who is always in our midst!

Watch the video of the homily below.

September 10, 2017 — Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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"A Dramatic Introduction"
As we begin the "Year with John" we start where it all begins--In the beginning. Such a dramatic introduction from John and we wonder why he chooses to be so dramatic--then we begin to see that he wants us to know from the outset that his Gospel is about Jesus Christ--the one who was there in the beginning. And we need to hear this because it reminds us that God has always been there and will always be there. See how this dramatic introduction paves the way for our lives of faith as you watch this homily.

Watch the video of the homily below.

September 3, 2017 — Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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"An Imaginative Faith"
Faith is more than knowing what's in front of you or understanding the next move. Too often we become bogged down with numbers (how old, how many worshippers, how much money, or how little money); as a result we isolate ourselves and become separated from our communities and God. That's why God calls us to have an imaginative faith that helps us see more than what's in front of us and understand our faith is deeper and wider than any number.

Watch the video of the homily below.

August 27, 2017 — Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

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"Called to Greatness"
Each of us is called to greatness. God believes each of us has the capacity to be great and the easiest way to accept this call is to present ourselves--as the Apostle Paul writes, "Present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to the Lord." It's that easy and it's that transformative once we accept our call to greatness. Listen to Ben's sermon and see how you too are called to greatness.

Watch the video of the homily below.
Also view the video below of Brandyn and Avery Sorie singing  "Remember Me." Accompanying them were Ford Amerson, playing the viola, and Bill Hilderbrandt, playing the piano.

August 20, 2017 — Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

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"Change is Easy, Right?"
"What are we going to do?" is a common question we ask. By asking it we place ourselves within the present as we look to the past for guidance and hope for the future once our decision has been made. God--in all ages and times--calls us to proclaim that God is Lord. So that's what Paul calls us to do; but he hesitates and tries to explain what we are called to do. We do this--we try to rationalize and control small parts of our lives; however, God continues to call us to proclaim God is Lord of all. Change is easy, right? What if we aren't called to change, but to do what we've always done well, like worship, education, mission and loving one another? That's a hard call, but one we can fulfill!

August 13, 2017 — Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

"The Faith of our Feet"
"How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the Good News!" Paul proclaims. Our feet are the great evangelizers--they take us to places where we proclaim the Good News. God has always called us to use our feet to proclaim the faith. But we aren't good with words, we say; and history reminds us that this is true. But God keeps calling us to use our feet. How do your feet help you proclaim the Good News?

August 6, 2017 — Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

"Starting Point"
God loves you. That's the basic premise of Paul's words today. We've heard this before, yet we need to hear it again. Because some times we fail to remember it or we believe we are worthy of God's love or we believe that we haven't done enough to deserve it. And Paul's words echo the reality of Jesus' life, death and resurrection--that God loves all of us and there is nothing that can separate us from God's love. Hearing it again and again focuses us on how we are to operate as Christians and as a church. God loves you--listen to this homily to hear it again!

Watch the video of the homily below. 

July 30, 2017 — Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

"Worthy to Pray"
Praying is hard. And what makes it harder is that there are barriers in our lives that reminds us that we aren't worthy to pray. Some barriers are individuals: we aren't smart enough, or we don't know what to say or how to say it. Others are communal: we don't look the right way or have enough money. But God constantly reminds us that we are worthy to pray--worthy to be in communion with God. And it happens when we take a deep breath--and the Holy Spirit speaks on our behalf. You are worthy. Check out this homily and see what barriers we've created and how amazing God is at dismantling each of them.

Watch the video of the homily below.

July 23, 2017 — Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

"Admitting Our Participation"
In the beginning of Romans 8, Paul makes the claim that we are all a part of the Christian family —so that begs the question: what do you do now that you are a part of the Christian family? Hope, patiently, hope is what Paul invites us to do. That's hard and often leads us to pointing fingers at those who aren't hoping the way we think they should. In this homily, Ben explores the pitfalls of waiting as a family of God, while also lifting up the God-inspired invitations to hope for the impossible instead of focusing on the minutia.

Watch the video of the homily below.

July 16, 2017 - Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

"This is Your Family"
"There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus," the Apostle Paul writes. That refrain highlights that Paul sees everyone within the Christian faith as a family and once you are in a family you can't get kicked out. Exploring this theme, Ben wonders what it looks like to be the family of God, paying attention to the joys and difficulties of living and worshipping together. Spoiler: it means we have to worry less about ourselves and more about God!

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Watch the video of the homily below.

July 9, 2017 – Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

"Acknowledging Sin and Grace"
"I do not do what I want but the very thing I hate," Paul writes. That is the reality of human experience and we overcome in with good habits, healthy living and faith; but what happens when those fall apart too? The acknowledgement Paul invites us to make is that we need God and God's grace in our lives. We can't do it alone. Ben explores this idea through trial and error in his own life and invites you to do the same.

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Watch the video of the homily below.