Sermon – October 20, 2013

Jacob was a trickster, a cheater. He was always trying to take what wasn’t his—he was always searching after that which belonged to someone else. Jacob was a trickster, a cheater. And it started the moment he was born. See, Jacob was born a twin. The second-born twin, to be exact. His older … [Read more...]

Sermon – October 13, 2013

Healing of the Ten Lepers Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock lately, or been marooned on a desert island, you know that the Federal Government is under a shutdown. Our fearless leaders have pulled the plug because of their inability to do their jobs, essentially. What is clearly not shut … [Read more...]

Sermon – October 6, 2013

The audio version of this sermon is unavailable due to technical problems. Sorry for the inconvenience. What would you do with an increase in faith? Think about that for a moment--What would you do with an increase in faith? If faith in this context means to trust in God, what would you do, in … [Read more...]

Sermon – September 29, 2013

“Alas for those who are at ease in Zion, and for those who feel secure on Mount Samaria. Alas for those who lie on beds of ivory, and lounge on their couches, and eat lambs from the flock, and calves from the stall; who sing idle songs to the sound of the harp, and like David improvise on … [Read more...]

Sermon – September 22, 2013

“Sweat the Small Stuff” On more than one occasion in my days as a journalist, my news director would look over my copy and tell me that I had buried the lead. That's Newspeak for not getting the most important fact in the most important place, at the top of the story. I think in this story today, … [Read more...]

Sermon – September 15, 2013

Partying with Sinners I want to start this morning by sharing a story that is told by a fellow named Tony Campolo. Campolo is a sociologist and a pastor, a writer and a public speaker. Mostly he talks about the church and its mission to the poor and disenfranchised. He talks about the church and … [Read more...]

Sermon – September 8, 2013

I had quite a laugh in my office earlier this week as I sat down to read the gospel lesson for today. Of course! I thought to myself—of course the new pastor, preaching for the first time at her new congregation would be invited to preach on words from Jesus that begin “whoever comes to me and does … [Read more...]

Sermon – September 1, 2013

Table matters I don't know what the other branches of the service, but the Army practices a tradition called “the dining in”. Dining in as a formal affair for the officers of the unit meant to reinforce tradition, develop acquaintances, share the unit story. The dining is has a very rigid … [Read more...]

Sermon – August 25, 2013 Installation of Pastor Ashley

Grace, mercy, and peace be to you from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. It is good to be with you again. As I said when I was here in April, I greet you this morning on behalf of all your sisters and brothers in Christ across the 130 congregations of the Central/Southern Illinois … [Read more...]

Sermon – August 18, 2013

I Have Come to Bring Division I am always fearful that a person will finally decide, after months of deliberation, to come to church. To show up and see what all the fuss is about. To finally make the plunge, only to hear this roar from Jesus, ? “Do you think I came to bring peace on the earth? … [Read more...]