June 24, 2018 (Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time) WHY ARE YOU AFRAID?

About 35 years ago, I was not a pastor.  I was a normal person – a graduate student at the University of Colorado in Boulder.  While we lived there, we joined a church – First Congregational Church of the United Church of Christ.  Being a part of a church was still new for me, as was trying to understand what it meant to be a Christian.  The Bible was very much a mystery to me.  So I took an adult education class at the church on the Bible.  It was taught by a retired Professor of Philosophy and Religion, who had once been a pastor himself for a while.  Nora and Jan Smith knew him well.  He was brilliant – it was sometimes hard for me to follow what he was talking about.  But I do remember us reading and trying to understand this story of Jesus calming the storm.  And I remember a comment he made, in reflecting on Jesus’ words to his disciples after he calmed the storm: “Why are you afraid?  Have you still no faith?”

Emerson Shideler observed, “The opposite of faith is not doubt; the opposite of faith is fear.”

May 27, 2018 (Trinity Sunday)  MYSTERIOUS ENCOUNTER

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And one called to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.”

April 22, 2018  LOVE IN DEED

We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?

The fourth Sunday of Easter is sometimes known as “Good Shepherd Sunday.”  The traditional scripture readings for this day include Psalm 23 (“The Lord is my Shepherd”), and the gospel reading from John 10 in which Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd.  The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:11)


Previous sermons

April 8, 2018 - Hope Renewed 

March 4, 2018 - Living in Covenant: The Way to Freedom

February 18, 2018 - Living in Covenant: The Earth

September 17 2017 - The End

September 3 2017 - Reflect

August 20 2017 - Sharing the Word

August 13 2017 - Fresh Start

August 6 2017 - D is for Delight