Sermons

Ground Zero: A Place to Begin

Preacher: 
Pastor Jim
Sunday, January 24, 2016

The friend was grabbing a lunch in a mall food court. He said he got something that reminded him of lunch, found a table, sat down and suddenly heard singing. It was Lara’s Song from Dr. Zhivago. Boy could that guy sing. The noisy food court went silent. Everyone hung on each phrase as this wonderful guy sang. When it was over everyone clapped and he started to sing Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.

Learning to Dream Again

Preacher: 
Pastor Jim
Sunday, January 17, 2016

When the desert locust is around, there’s always the chance that something dangerous is going to happen. Locusts like being together and a desert swarm can pack 60 million locusts into less than half a square mile and then stretch to 460 square miles in size.

It’s every famer’s worst nightmare. Each locust can eat its weight in plant very quickly. So a full size locust swarm could devour 423 million pounds of grain each day. A whole year’s crop, a whole community’s livelihood, a nation’s survival gobbled up in minutes.

Interpretive Understanding

Preacher: 
Pastor Jim
Sunday, January 3, 2016

Epiphany, the church season we are walking into this morning, means revelation. So this is the Sunday in the church’s year when we reflect on this particular gift. 
Revelation comes from outside you, it’s something you don’t seek, but it becomes the template for all future experience.

The Truth in ‘Xmas’

Preacher: 
Pastor Jim
Friday, December 25, 2015

I want to tell you two stories tonight.

The first, once upon a time all of space was contained in a tiny point. One moment, about 13.8 billion years ago, it exploded, and it’s been continuing to expand ever since.

After a while, the universe cooled down enough to resolve into atoms. Huge clouds of these elements eventually came together through gravity and formed stars and galaxies.

Around 8 billion years later, or two-thirds of the way into the universe’s history to this point, the earth was formed by a similar system of gravitational convergence of atoms.

Thanks-living

Preacher: 
Pastor Jim
Sunday, November 22, 2015

It’s the week of Thanksgiving, a holiday for most unless of course you’re a turkey. Thanksgiving comes down to two words. Thank you. Saying Thank You and You’re Welcome recognizes the spider web of inter-connectedness that characterizes the truth of our lives. What happens over there affects the prices of this or that on the grocery shelf over here. So a thank you recognizes truth that you and I are all connected.

Living Between Two Stories

Preacher: 
Pastor Jim
Sunday, November 1, 2015

We live our lives by two stories. There’s the one we present at an interview, when we want to impress people; and there’s the other one we tell only to a counselor, a confessor or the most trusted friend. The church also lives its life by two stories. There’s the story of faith, and courage, and martyrdom, and sacrifice, and perfect love. That’s the story we call All Saints. And then there’s the story of fragility, and fear, and failure, and foolishness, and forgiveness. That’s the story we call All Souls.

Affections and Importance

Preacher: 
Pastor Jim
Sunday, October 11, 2015

In today’s gospel lesson Jesus speaks to his disciples about their relationship with material possessions. As he does at many points throughout Luke’s gospel, he explains that their stance toward possessions is a very important indicator of their relationship to God, if not the most important.

Those of you who have had to make a move recently know about how quickly stuff can accumulate. So much so that two people can sit in the living room scratching their heads wondering how they are ever going to get rid of it.

Ruth the Immigrant

Preacher: 
Pastor Jim
Sunday, October 4, 2015

Around 220 million people, more than 3% of the world’s population, are currently migrants. About one-fifth of that number travel beyond their region of origin. These folks are driven by political or economic aspiration – or more often desperation. Such desperation is increasing for a number of reasons. The political reasons mostly concern war and persecution: unrest or oppression in Zimbabwe, Colombia, Afghanistan, DR Congo and Somalia, and Syria.

Some find their way to here because they want a better life. A very similar reason as to why your ancestors made their journeys.

For This Moment

Preacher: 
Pastor Jim
Sunday, September 27, 2015

It was a conversation I had with myself before my son went to college. I had not saved quite enough for room and board and tuition. So I sat in a hot bath reflecting on all the stupid ways I had wasted money. Then I made a huge resolve to do things differently. That’s when I started shaving my head, so as to save 25 bucks every two weeks.

God Beside Us

Preacher: 
Pastor Jim
Sunday, September 20, 2015

I wonder if you feel like an exception, where the inside, part of you says, “I’m different.”

I had an 85 year-old look into my eyes after hearing he had lung cancer, and that those 60 plus years of smoking Pall Mall unfiltered had caught up with him. I remember his words: “Jim,” he said, “I think that we all feel a little special that bad things may happen to others but somehow we are special and they won’t get us.” He looked at me and said “not true.”

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