Sermons from February 2017

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The Light That Transforms


The Light That Transforms     Sermon by Betsy Stow
It was … a dark and stormy night.
Well, actually, there was no storm.
But it was dark and cold and rainy.
I walked through the darkened church,
working methodically.
I went to the office to get the microphone.
Walked into the sanctuary.
Turned on one—just one—overhead light.
Turned on the porch lights.
Set up the tables, put out the song books.
Gathered the candles.
Found the lighter.
And that’s when …

Following the Call to Radical Hospitality

Welcome Neighbor Sign

Reading from the Gospel                      John 10:1-6
1 “Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way,
is a thief and a robber.
2 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.
3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him,
and the sheep listen to his voice.
He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
4 When …

Putting the Puzzle Together

Reading from the Gospel                            Matthew 5:21-24
“You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times,
‘You shall not murder’; and
‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.’
But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother
or sister, you will be liable to judgment;
and if you insult a brother or sister,
you will be liable to the council;
and if you say, ‘You fool,’
you will be liable to the hell …

Will We Open Our Door?

Reading from the Hebrew Scriptures             Isaiah 58:1-12
The Message
1 “Shout! A full-throated shout! Hold nothing back – a trumpet-blast shout! Tell my people what’s wrong with their lives, face my family Jacob with their sins!
2 They’re busy, busy, busy at worship, and love studying all about me. To all appearances they’re a nation of right-living people – law-abiding, God-honoring. They ask me, ‘What’s the right thing to do?’ and love having me on their side.
3 But …