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12.22.19 – Peaceful Joy_ Matthew 1.18-25 Advent 4

12.15.19 – Unabashed Joy_ Luke 1.46-55 Advent 3

11.24.19 Reign of Christ

10.20.19 God at the Center – 2 Samuel 5.1-5, 6.1-5

9.29.19 – Send Someone Else

9.22.19 – Wrestling for a Blessing

9.1.19 – Healthy Humility

8.25.19 – Love God and Enjoy This Life (Be the Church)

8.18.19 Be the Church – Care for the Poor

Care for the Poor Action List

8.4.19 – Protect the Environment

Protect the Environment Action List

7.28.19 Be the Church – Forgive Often

7.21.19 Be the Church -Reject Racism

>  Reject Racism Action List

7.14.19 Be the Church -Share Earthly & Spiritual Resources

7.7.19 Be the Church – Fight for the Powerless

Fight for the Powerless Action List (Focus on Asylum Seekers and Refugees)

6.2.19 I’m a Christian, but… Romans 1.1-17

5.19.19 Mental Health Sunday – Romans 1.1-17

5.12.19 We’re Only Human – Acts 3.1-3 14.8-18

4.21.19 Easter – The Miracle of Hope – Matthew 28.1-10

4.14.19 Faith Like A Child – (Don’t) Mind Your Manners – Matthew 21.1-17

4.7.19 Faith Like A Child -Be Nice – Matthew 25.31-46

3.24.19 Faith Like A Child: Is That Fair? Matthew 20.1-16

3.17.19 Faith Like A Child – Appreciating Difference – Matthew 18.1-5 15-22

3.3.19 Get Up and Follow – Matthew 16.24-17.8

2.24.19 Imagine the Possibilities – Matthew 14.12-33

2.17.19 – Is That A Weed – Matthew 13.24-43 2.24.19 Imagine the Possibilities – Matthew 14.12-33

2.10.19 There’s Something in Your Eye – Matthew 7.1-12 24-29

2.3.18 Where is Your Treasure – Matthew 6.7-21

1.27.19 Blessed Is Who You Are – Matthew 4.23-5.12

1.20.19 The Devil Is a Liar – Matthew 4.1-11

12.23.18 Revolutionary Love – Luke 1.39-56

12.9.18 For Such a Time as This – Esther 4.1-17

12.2.18 Wait for It – Habakkuk

11.18.18 Believe In Peace – Isaiah 36; 37; 2

11.11.18 God’s Requirements – Micah 6.1-8

11.4.18 Saints with No Name – 2 Kings 5

10.28.18 Wisdom to Love in Tragic Times 1 Kings 3.4-9

10.21.18 Shine Your Light Matthew 5.13-20

1014.18 God at Work – Joshua 24.1-18

10.7.18 What is Your God – Exodus 19.1-7 20.1-17

9.16.18 God Is Calling – Genesis 12.1-9

9.2.18 Be Doers of the Word – James 1.17-27

8.26.18 What Shoes Should I Wear – Ephesians 6.10 – 20

7.29.18 The Power to Abuse – 2 Sam 11.1-15

7.22.18 – Blown off Course- Mark 6.30-34 & 53-56

7.1.18 – Sing a New Song

6.17.18 – Mark 4.26-34 – Mysterious Seeds

6.10.18 Guest Preacher Rev. Jeff Crews – Jesus Chooses Love Over Rules

6.3.18 – Mark 2.23-3.6 – Lawful or Faithful

5.27.18 John 3.1-17 Reborn

5.20.18 Acts 2.1-21 Pentecost

5.13.18 Acts 1.15-17 21-26 Love Leads the Way

4.29.18 Resurrection from Homelessness – John 14.18-26

4.22.18 Resurrection from Oppression Psalm 146

4.1.18 Easter Sunday – Terror and Amazement

3.25.18 Everyone Loves a Parade – Mark 11.1-11

3.18.18 Listening Beyond the Voices – Romans 12.2-12

3.11.18 Listening for Healing – Mark 5.24-34

3.4.18 Finding a Word – Proverbs 1.20-23

2.25.18 Finding Your Breath – Romans 8.26-28 and 38-39

2.11.18 – Mark 9.2-9 Transfiguration – Listen and Follow

2.4.18 Mark 1.29-39 Cosmos and Compassion

1.28.18 Mark 1.21-28 – Seeking Wholeness

1.21.18 Mark 1.14-20 – Gone Fishin’

12.17.17 Don’t Worry Be Joyful – Matthew 1.18-25

12.3.17 Hope is a Dangerous Thing – Luke 1.5-25

11.26.17 Seeing Christ – Matthew 25.14-30

11.12.17 Joshua 24.1-3a, 14-25 What Do We Worship

11.5.17 All Saint’s Day Matthew 5.1-12

10.29.17 Here We Stand – Matthew 22.34-46

10.15.17 Matthew 22.1-14 A Terrible Parable

10.8.15 Mark Utzinger – Dad’s Sermon – Why

10.1.17 Come to the Table of Joy – Philippians 2.1-13

9.24.17 Matt 20.1-16 Come to the Table of Grace

9.10.17 Come to the Table of Love – Matt. 18.15-20 and Romans 13.8-10

9.3.17 – Come to the Table – Matt. 16.21-28 & Romans 12.9-21

8.27.17 Matthew 16.13-20 Put Your Actions Where Your Words Are

8.20.17 Matthew 15.10-28 Words Matter

8.13.17 The Sin of White Supremacy

8.6.17 Loaves of Compassion Matthew 14.13-21

7.23.17 Genesis 28.10-21 Surely God is in This Place!

7.16.17 Divine Seeds – Matthew 13.1-9, 18-23

6.18.17 Matthew 9.35-10.23

6.4.17 Acts 2.1-21 Pentecost

5.14.17 John 14.1-14 Is There Room for Me

5.7.17 Open the Gate – John 10.1-11

4.16.17 Easter Sunday Matthew 28.1-10

4.9.17 Palm Sunday Matthew 21.1-11

4.2.17 John 11.1-53 Love Liberates

3.26.17 John 9.1-41 More Than a Blind Man

3.19.17 John 4.5-42 Thirsty for Love

1.29.17 – The Foolishness of Faith

11.13.16 A Vision of Hope – Isaiah 65.17-25

10.2.16 Habakkuk – Living by Faith

9.4.16 Prodigal Son Luke 15.1-3, 11b-32

8.21.16 Genesis 19.12-26 Lot’s Wife

7.3.16 Original Blessing Genesis 3.1-13

6.19.16 In Response to Orlando Luke 8.26-39

5.15.16. Acts 2.1-21 Pentecost – Filled with the Spirit

5.8.16 – John 17.20-26 May We Be One for Justice

5.1.16 Psalm 104 Creation is Waiting for Us

4.10.16 John 21.1-19 and Acts 9.1-20

4.3.16 Holy Humor Mad Lib Sermon 2 Samuel 6.1-5. 12b-19

3.27.16 Easter – I Have Seen the Lord

3.20.16 The Gift of Misfits

3.13.16 The Gift of Temptation