Sermon – February 10, 2019 – 5th Sunday after Epiphany

To the Moon and Back Read me a story, daddy.   Ann and I must’ve heard that request from Sophie about a thousand  times when she was a little girl. They were some of our most precious moments. Sophie had her favorites. “Where the wild things are.”” The very hungry Caterpillar.” Daddy’s favorite, … [Read more...]

Sermon – February 3, 2019 – Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

A New Foundation I see that you survived the Polar Vortex.  That was a tough one.  I’m from North Dakota and I found that just offensively cold.  I even cancelled my trip to Minneapolis just to be safe.  I know that some of you had to struggle along with a dying furnace, and many had to scramble … [Read more...]

Sermon – January 27, 2019 – Third Sunday after Epiphany

The Jesus Campaign So, for years I have had this idea of Pastor Bob’s dream establishment. It is a bar and grill called Yellow Dog Saloon. It would be a place of  politics and public affairs where citizens would regularly gather to talk respectfully about issues of the day. Here’s what the … [Read more...]

Sermon – January 20, 2019 – Second Sunday after Epiphany

The Wedding at Cana This is wonderful story, familiar story that we hear about Jesus, the first of his signs recorded in the Gospel of John.  We use this story in our wedding prayers, invoking Jesus’ presence with the bride and groom.  We invoke that spirit of joy-bearing and participation.  … [Read more...]

Sermon – January 13, 2019 – Baptism of Our Lord

God’s Beloved The spectacular image on the cover of our bulletins this morning is a piece by modern sacred artist, Daniel Bonnell.  This arresting painting captures the energy and the fullness of the experience of Jesus’ baptism.  What strikes me most about this is the bright light bathing Jesus … [Read more...]

Sermon – December 24, 2018 – Christmas Eve

Here’s some news.  Scientists last week announced that our solar system is far larger than we thought.  I bet that has been keeping you up at night. They’ve discovered an object, formally called "2018 VG18" but nicknamed "Farout."Farout orbits some 11 billion miles from the sun, much farther than … [Read more...]

Sermon – December 23, 2018 – Fourth Sunday of Advent

  Mary’s call “it’s you I like, that deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive: love that conquers hate, peace that rises triumphant over war, and justice that proves more powerful than greed.… So it all that you do, and all that you … [Read more...]

Sermon – December 9, 2018 – Second Sunday of Advent

  Prepare the Way of the Lord My daughter was telling me about a classmate who was riding his bike to school on Pennyslvania the other day, hit a pothole, flipped his bike, shattered his helmet and broke his arm.  Yikes.  It’s tough out there. Reminds me of a story I read in the … [Read more...]

Sermon – December 2, 2018 – First Sunday of Advent

  Lift Up Your Heads My dad has been a lot on my mind these past days after that article you may have seen in the paper, where I was interviewed for the “Those Who Served” feature. In that conversation, I mentioned that one of the reasons I served was out of respect for my dad, a WW2 … [Read more...]

Sermon – November 25, 2018 – Christ the King

Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come…Amen.                             (Rev 1:4b) Today is the last Sunday of this church year. It is the day we celebrate Christ the King Sunday, the Reign of Christ. Living in the United States of America, we have no king, no … [Read more...]