Sermon Archives

May 27, 2016

5-8-16 That They May All Be One?

5-8-16 That They May All Be One?

“That They May All Be One?” by Rev. Chase Peeples John 17:20-26 Seventh Sunday of Easter, May 8, 2016 In John 17, Jesus prays for his followers to “all be one.”  This sermon asks the question if that is even desirable, much less possible.  The days where Christian denominations really desired to merge or bridge […]

May 5, 2016

5-1-16 Where Does God’s Love Stop?

5-1-16 Where Does God's Love Stop?

“Where Does God’s Love Stop?” Rev. Chase Peeples Galatians 3:23-28 Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 1, 2016 When it comes to asking the question of “Whom churches should welcome?”, it is helpful to ask first, “Where Does God’s Love Stop?”  The answer is, of course, God’s love has no limits; all people are loved by […]

April 27, 2016

4-24-16 “Hope in the Face of Climate Change”

4-24-16 "Hope in the Face of Climate Change"

“Hope in the Face of Climate Change” by Rev. Chase Peeples Ephesians 3:14-21 Fifth Sunday of Easter, April 24, 2016 This sermon is a part of the United Church of Christ’s Preach-In on climate change: #keepitintheground.  If you’re not a denier of climate change (if so, this is not the sermon for you, or maybe […]

April 27, 2016

4-10-16 Where Do You Belong?

4-10-16 Where Do You Belong?

“Where Do You Belong?” by Rev. Chase Peeples John 21:1-19 Fourth Sunday of Easter, April 17, 2016 Shame from past mistakes and from our own sense of inadequacy impacts all areas of our life.  The main ways we overcome shame is through knowing we are not alone–others have experienced what we have–and through belonging to […]

April 8, 2016

4-3-16 “Faith and Doubt”

4-3-16 "Faith and Doubt"

“Faith and Doubt” by Associate Minister Bethany Meier John 20:24-29 Second Sunday of Easter, April 3, 2016 Thomas’ doubts about the risen Christ left him with the terrible nickname of “Doubting Thomas.”  Yet Jesus didn’t view Thomas according to his nickname, and Jesus doesn’t view us through the lens of judgments others make about us.  Although […]

April 8, 2016

3-27-16 Nonsense

3-27-16 Nonsense

“Nonsense” by Rev. Chase Peeples Luke 24:1-12 Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016 When the women who first saw the empty tomb told Jesus’ disciples about his resurrection, their story was considered “an idle tale” or as some English translations say, “nonsense.”  The resurrection is non-sensical and counter-intuitive.  There is nothing rational about believing in the […]

March 18, 2016

3-13-16 “Misunderstanding Jesus”

3-13-16 "Misunderstanding Jesus"

“Misunderstanding Jesus” by Rev. Chase Peeples John 12:1-8 Fifth Sunday of Lent, March 13, 2016 Christians have largely misunderstood what Jesus is doing and saying in John 12:1-8. First there is the case of Jesus’ words “the poor will always be with you.” Many Christians have used this phrase as a justification for the church […]

March 10, 2016

3-6-16 “A Scandalous Divinity”

3-6-16 "A Scandalous Divinity"

“A Scandalous Divinity” by Rev. Chase Peeples 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 Ever heard the expression “forgive and forget”? It’s nearly impossible to forget about a wrong someone has done to you, and what happens if you need to remember so that abuse or exploitation don’t continue to happen. What is forgiveness anyway? Is it for the […]

March 4, 2016

2-28-16 “When Jesus Doesn’t Make Sense”

2-28-16 "When Jesus Doesn't Make Sense"

“When Jesus Doesn’t Make Sense” by Rev. Chase Peeples Luke 13:1-9 Third Sunday of Lent, February 28, 2016 In Luke 13:1-9, Jesus is asked by his disciples about suffering of some people. Jesus refutes the idea that the people in question suffered as punishment for their sins, but he says that the disciples should repent […]

February 23, 2016

A Lenten Invitation

A Lenten Invitation

“A Lenten Invitation” by Bethany Meier Philippians 3:14-4:1 Second Sunday in Lent, February 21, 2016 Our American culture continues to become more and more individualistic. It is difficult to find true community. Yet, we are called to be interrrelated with others if we want to find the life God offers. Lent is the time to […]

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