March 22, 2020

“What do we do to perform the works of God?” the disciples asked Jesus

“This is what you must do,” Jesus answered – “have faith”

That’s what we just heard (John 6:27-40). When Jesus says – believe in me – that means – have faith. Living our faith. That is godly work. Esp...

March 3, 2020

Our temptations are not Jesus’ temptations, but from the garden to the wilderness, one method of the Tempter is the same.

The Tempter – or Accuser – wants us to believe that our satisfaction with who we are – our contentment with the way things are lies outside of...

February 23, 2020

Jesus reveals his divine light. A sign of his true nature and an encouragement for us to reveal our true nature, too.  "God became human so that we might become divine." Iranaeus, 2 CE

Today is the last Sunday after the Epiphany. The close of the variable season of...

February 20, 2020

If you were at church this past Sunday, you heard a hard gospel. Boldly, Jesus repeats the phrase, "You have heard it said....but I say to you" utilizing a style of midrash not very familiar to the ears of 21st century Christians. But the situations he reinterpret...

January 15, 2020

This morning is the feast of the Baptism of Jesus. And this occasion prompts an interesting question.  Why does Jesus need to be baptized?

Baptism is the forgiveness of sins. Does Jesus have sins to be forgiven? We don’t know anything about him between this moment, the...

January 7, 2020

When we listen with our hearts we connect with what rings true. The magi had courageous curiosity to follow their hearts into unknown and scary territory. Epiphany is the revelation that God's people are all people, called to follow the truth that connects our hearts.

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December 25, 2019

Several people over the last few days have asked me if I’ve seen the Pew Research study on average sermon length in congregations across the country. The study, conducted earlier this year, analyzed sermons across denominations which they released this month in advance...

December 17, 2019

We can be drawn into joy. Especially if we're open to letting go of our expectations. God always surprises. God always surpasses our expectations! Arianne's sermon for "Joy Sunday" the Third Sunday in Advent.

 The preached sermon surpassed the expectations of the words...

December 10, 2019

Do you remember what it felt like to be a kid the night before Christmas? Not just the night before but the days leading up to it? What it felt like when you first opened your eyes Christmas morning?

We are excited, joyful, eager to greet the day and of course the prese...

November 25, 2019

Can you remember where you were and what was going on in your life at this time last year?  Thanksgiving 2018, do you remember?

Can you remember who you were with, what you did, where you ate? Do you remember your state of mind, what was going on in your life and how yo...

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