January 28, 2017 — Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

"Bound to Jesus"

Jesus has a plan. He always has a plan and it always involves spreading the love of God to everyone he meets. When Lazarus dies, all hope is lost and there is deep sadness that Jesus wasn't there to save him. Turns out that Jesus has a plan. Listen to this homily to see how Jesus continuously share God's love and how we, in turn, are called to spread the Good News of God's love to everyone.

January 14, 2017 - Second Sunday after Epiphany

"The Right Conditions"
"Keep your eyes up," is the best advice I ever received. It applies to every aspect of life and helps us understand the world. When we look, we see where the Kingdom of God is already in existence; when we look up, we follow Jesus' lead and see children of God--like the man who was blind. Check out this homily about the power of looking up. 

Watch the video of the homily on John 9 below. 

December 3, 2017 — First Sunday of Advent

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"Let's Be the Church"
Jesus teaches us how to be the church in this famous story of the woman who was caught in adultery. Instead of condemning, he use his posture, his patience and his proclamation of love to teach those present and each of us how to be the church. And then he invites us to be the church — something we continue to be invited to do. Let's be the church, friends!

November 26, 2017 — Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

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"Doubtful Faith"
"Surely, the Messiah can't come from Galilee?" is a question that reveals a doubtful faith. The person who uttered these words wondered if Jesus was really who he said he was, but was nervous to fully commit to the belief that Jesus was the Messiah. When we take the time to think and wonder, this question is a question we utter too. And when we look closely at scripture we realize that God keeps showing up whenever questions are asked; and we also realize that God keeps inviting people with doubtful faiths to come into the Kingdom. So take solace in your doubts as they usually reveal a desire for faith.

Watch the video of the homily below.

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!