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March 2018

When Jesus Disappoints

Mar. 11 | Luke 18:18-30 | David A. Davis

I wonder if he heard it. The promise I mean. The ruler. The certain ruler who was very rich. I wonder if he heard the promise, if he heard from Jesus about God’s grace. I sort of don’t think so. I don’t think he heard it. Maybe he was gone by then. Maybe he walked away…

When Jesus Stays for Dinner

Mar. 4 | Luke 10:38-42 | David A. Davis

When Jesus stays for dinner in the gospel of Luke, chances are its going to get uncomfortable. You remember the Risen Christ walking with the two men along the Emmaus Road in the very last chapter of Luke. When they came near to the village the two urge Jesus to stay because it was getting late. And they still didn’t know, then, that it was Jesus. So he stays for dinner…

February 2018

When Jesus Notices

Feb. 25 | Luke 8:43-48 | David A. Davis

We are spending these Sundays in Lent together in the Gospel of Luke. We are looking at some conversations Jesus had along the Way. This morning’s conversation is actually a conversation within another conversation. In the 8th chapter of Luke, it is a story framed by another story. One healing tucked inside Luke’s telling of another healing.…

When Jesus Is Amazed

Feb. 18 | Luke 7:1-10 | David A. Davis

It is difficult to imagine Jesus being amazed by much anymore. This week the Jesus who fills my heart and nurtures my soul, that Jesus can’t have much to marvel at. Amazed, marveled, astonished. Those aren’t the adjectives that resonate when pondering the Risen Jesus, Son of God, Savior, Messiah, when pondering Christ cradling the world in his arms these days

You Are Not Alone

Feb. 11 | Mark 9:2-9 | Hminga Pachuau

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Hoarding Jesus

Feb. 4 | Mark 1:29-39 | David A. Davis

It was evening, just as the sun was setting. Earlier in the day Jesus had been teaching in the synagogue. After he left there, he went to with James and John to the house of Simon and Andrew. There at the house he healed Simon’s mother-in-law. It was after that, after the teaching, the healing, just as the sun was setting, that they brought to Jesus all who were sick

January 2018


Jan. 28 | Mark 1:21-28 | Lauren J. McFeaters

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Rock Climbing

Jan. 21 | Psalm 62 | Mark Edwards

Let’s talk epistemology for a little while. Epistemology is, as many of you know, that branch of philosophy that wonders about how we know the things we know. It is especially concerned with the goal of clarifying how what-we-think-we-know can be shown to be accurate, true, and trustworthy

Sharing Dreams

Jan. 14 | John 1:43-51 | David A. Davis

Our text from John’s gospel this morning comes from the very first chapter. Here in John, right after John the Baptist comes on the scene, he points to Jesus coming toward him so that his own disciples could see “The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” Two of John’s disciples then followed Jesus…

Los Tres Reyes: Did We Miss a Holiday?

Jan. 7 | Matthew 2:1-12 | Eric Barreto

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December 2017

The Story of the Birth and Early Life of Christ

Dec. 31 | Readings from Matthew 1-2 and Luke | Joyce MacKichan Walker and others

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Do This!

Dec. 24 (7:00) | Isaiah 9:2-7 | David A. Davis

Zeal. It’s such a Bible word. Zeal. Who uses that word? You come upon a refreshingly happy and enthusiastic sales person this time of year. The one who is fighting off exhaustion with being happy, responding to cranky customers with being kind. The person looks you right in eye, with a smile, and says…

For Unto You Is Born This Day

Dec. 24 (10:00) | Luke 2:8-20 | Lauren J. McFeaters

More majestic than “Let me tell you a story,” or “Once Upon a Time” or “Listen to this tale,” opening lines are at the heart of our Christmas memories. If I were to read the first line of a Christmas story, you’d most certainly be able to guess the book…

Revealed in Him

Dec. 17 | Isaiah 61:1-11 | David A. Davis

When preparing to preach on a particular biblical passage, preachers like me often go and find other sermons that have been given on the text. When you have been doing this for a while, that would include looking at your own past sermons. Finding other sermons is lot easier now than it used be. Back in the day the search would be limited to the books of sermons on the shelf in the study…

Revealed in Every Valley

Dec. 10 | Isaiah 40:1-11 | David A. Davis

There is not as much “comfort” in the Bible as one might think. Comfort, as in the word “comfort.” Comfort, as in “Comfort, O comfort my people.” You would sort of think that the word would pretty much be strewn all over the pages of scripture. The word “comfort” in Hebrew and Greek ought to roll off the pages, the scrolls, in abundance. But not really…

Revealed in Clay

Dec. 3 | Isaiah 64:1-9 | David A. Davis

You can imagine it. You may have experienced it. That moment when the two kids, just older than toddlers, not quite first graders, maybe siblings, maybe friends, they are off in the bedroom playing, keeping themselves occupied. The parent, just a few steps away, has that sudden realization that things have been too quiet for too long…

November 2017

Hope: All in All

Nov. 26 | Ephesians 1:11-23 | Lauren J. McFeaters

If the writer of the Letter to the Ephesians wanted to confound us, as to where to dive into this the scripture, then they’ve done a first-class job. Wisdom, revelation, enlightenment. Hope, glory, greatness. Authority, power, dominion. Mystery and will. Wisdom and insight. The fullness of him who fills all in all; all in all…

A Holy Kiss

Nov. 19 | I Thessalonians 5:12-28 | David A. Davis

It must have been something like “passing the peace.” The holy kiss Paul mentions here at the very end of I Thessalonians. It seems to have a bit of a liturgical connotation to it. “Greet one another with a holy kiss.” Paul concludes several letters, not all, with mention of the holy kiss…

With the Lord Forever

Nov. 12 | I Thessalonians 4:13-5:11 | David A. Davis

Wake up and encourage one another! Here in Paul’s letter, after the salutations, and the greetings, and the expressions of thanks, and after tending to the pastoral relationship, and offering exhortations, and pretty much constantly giving thanks to God for how much they love each other, and after the description of what it means to be holy, now Paul seems to get to what is on the congregation’s heart…

Strengthened Hearts

Nov. 5 | I Thessalonians 3 | David A. Davis

It seems to me that most of us Presbyterians aren’t sure what to do with “saints.” Not as in “For all the saints who from their labors rest, / who thee by faith before the world confessed, / thy name, O Jesus be forever blest, / alleluia, alleluia.” No, we love that one. Presbyterians love to sing that hymn…

October 2017

Entrusted to Us… Tenderly

Oct. 29 | I Thessalonians 2 | David A. Davis

Today is Reformation Sunday. The Sunday closest to Reformation Day, October 31. Tradition has it that Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenberg on October 31, 1517. 500 years ago this week…

The Work of Faith

Oct. 22 | I Thessalonians 1 | David A. Davis

“We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” The Apostle Paul and his thanksgivings…


Oct. 15 | Philippians 4:1-9 | Lauren J. McFeaters

In traveling to Canada this summer, I stayed in Old Quebec City at the Monastery of the Sisters of St Augustine. Their story starts four hundred years ago when several sisters, 16 years of age, left the shores of France and traveled by ship to the shores of New France…


Oct. 8 | Psalm 19 | David A. Davis

Just a few weekends I was looking out at the Atlantic Ocean as night was falling. The wind was whipping and there was a bit of mist in the air…

That the World May Know

Oct. 1 | John 17:20-23 | David A. Davis

They call it “the priestly prayer.” This prayer Jesus offered, tradition calls it “the high priestly prayer.” Jesus’ longest prayer recorded in the gospels…

September 2017

God Chooses to Give the Kingdom

Sep. 24 | Matthew 20:1-16 | Len Scales

If we jump back to the second half of Matthew chapter 19 for a moment, we hear a wealthy young man ask how he may inherit eternal life…

So Then

Sep. 17 | Romans 14:1-12 | David A. Davis

“I am the resurrection and I am life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, yet shall they live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die” (John 11:25-26). That’s Jesus talking to Martha after her brother Lazarus had died…

Putting On

Sep. 10 | Romans 13:8-14 | David A. Davis

“Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ…put on the Lord Jesus Christ.” “Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.” Put on. Put on the Lord Jesus Christ…

Following Jesus

Sep. 3 | Matthew 16:21-28 | Andrew Scales

In the midst of a tumultuous week, hearing of storms and of stress in our country, an image from the ancient Church has been returning to my mind while preparing this sermon…

August 2017

Going Out and Coming In

Aug. 27 | Psalm 121 | Mark Edwards, Christian Martin, Ingrid Ladendorf, Sallye Zink

Harps Hanging in the Tree!

Aug. 20 | Psalms 137:1-4; 139-1-12 | Tom Kort

Do Not Be Afraid

Aug. 13 | Matthew 14:22-33 | Len Scales


Aug. 6 | Matthew 14:13-21 | David A. Davis

July 2017

How Much Do We Really Want to Understand?

Jul. 30 | Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 | John White

Surely, the Lord Is in this Place

Jul. 23 | Psalm 139 | Len Scales

Taking Root

Jul. 16 | Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 | Andrew Scales


Jul. 9 | Matthew 11:28-30 | David A. Davis


Jul. 2 | Genesis 22:1-14 | David A. Davis

June 2017

God Heard

Jun. 25 | Genesis 21:8-21 | David A. Davis

Oh, Yes, You Did

Jun. 18 | Genesis 18:1-15 | David A. Davis

God Said

Jun. 11 | Genesis 1:1-2:4a | David A. Davis

Each and All

Jun. 4 | Acts 2:1-21 | David A. Davis

May 2017

Be Still!

May 28 | Psalm 46 | David A. Davis

The Unknown God (11:00)

May 21 | Acts 17:16-31 | Mark Edwards

On the Loose (9:15)

May 21 | Acts 16:11-15 | Lauren J. McFeaters

Coat Check

May 14 | Acts 7:55-60 | David A. Davis

Day by Day

May 7 | Acts 2:42-47 | David A. Davis

April 2017

Jesus, Our Pastor

Apr. 30 | James 5:13-16 | Lauren J. McFeaters

Wash Us Off. Cool Us Down.

Apr. 23 | James 3:13-18 | Lauren J. McFeaters

Tell Us Again!

Apr. 16 | Matthew 28:1-10 | David A. Davis


Apr. 9 | Matthew 7:24-29 | David A. Davis


Apr. 2 | Matthew 7:1-6 | David A. Davis

March 2017

Following Your Heart

Mar. 26 | Matthew 6:19-24 | David A. Davis

Do Not Worry

Mar. 19 | Matthew 6:25-34 | Youth Sunday

Perfect, Just Perfect

Mar. 12 | Matthew 5:38-48 | David A. Davis

The Least of These

Mar. 5 | Matthew 5:13-20 | David A. Davis

February 2017

Six Days Before Glory

Feb. 26 | Matthew 17:1–8 | David A. Davis

Neighbor Talk

Feb. 19 | Luke 10:25-37 | Joyce MacKichan Walker

Garden and Home

Feb. 12 | I Corinthians 3:1-9 | David A. Davis

Proclaiming the Mystery of God

Feb. 5 | I Corinthians 2:1-16 | David A. Davis

January 2017

Rejoice and Be Glad

Jan. 29 | Matthew 5:1-12 | Andrew Scales

Prodigal Son

Jan. 22 | Luke 15:11-32, II Corinthians 12:1-10 | Andre Thomas, Sr.


Jan. 15 | John 1:29-42 | David A. Davis

Time Between

Jan. 8 | I Thessalonians 5:1–11 | Lauren J. McFeaters

All That I Know of a Certain Star

Jan. 1 | Matthew 2:1-12 | Lauren J. McFeaters