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Sermon Archive

On this page you’ll find recordings and manuscripts of our Sunday morning sermons. Each week’s sermon will be uploaded the week after it’s preached. Starting January 24, 2021, if a sermon has accompanying slides that were shown in the sanctuary and on our live stream, we’ll publish that sermon in video presentation format.

We hope and pray these sermons will challenge you and help you to grow in God’s grace. Whether you’re coming to re-listen to a message you heard in church or you’re here to check out our sermons for the first time, open yourself up to experiencing God’s word for you today.

April 18, 2021—Vicotry in Jesus: How to Beat Giants

1 Samuel 17:1, 4-11, 19-23, 32-49, 51b

As we continue through the Easter season, we’re continuing to look at what Victory in Jesus means during this time of joy. Today, we’re looking at the most famous victory in the Bible—David’s battle with Goliath. What makes David’s victory so special, and what can that mean for us today?

April 11, 2021—Victory in Jesus: Set Free

Exodus 14:1-15:1

As we continue in the season of Easter, we’ll be looking at how God brings victory in our lives. Today, we look at God’s victory over oppression, and to do that, we’re looking at one of the oldest victories in the book—God bringing the people of Israel out of Egypt through the Sea.

April 29, 2021—Resurrection Sunday—A Story With No End

Mark 16:1-8

Happy Easter! Join us as we take a look at the resurrection story as told in Mark’s Gospel. We hope everyone has had a blessed and joyous start to the Easter season!

March 28, 2021—Season of Change: Crowds & Centurions

Mark 15:1-41

Today’s service marked the beginning of Holy Week, when we remember the events leading up to Jesus’ suffering and death in Jerusalem. After reading the story of Christ’s death, and we talked about life-changing choice made by the Roman centurion who was present as Jesus died.

March 21, 2021—Season of Change: A Change of Seeing

Matthew 13: 10-16 + Acts 9: 1-22

  

March 14—Season of Change: Healing || Wholeness

Mark 5:21-34

What do we mean when we say God heals? That’s the change we’re looking at this week. Thanks for joining us for our virtual service.
The bulletin for the service can be found here.

March 7—Season of Change: Reformed Relationships

Genesis 45:1-15

During Lent, we take time to examine our lives to see where we need God’s grace to bring change for us. This week, we look back to the story of Joseph and his brothers to hear how God’s grace can work on our relationships. Our reading for the week is Genesis 45:1-15.

February 28—Season of Change: Fresh Air

Ezekiel 37:1-14

Through the season of Lent, we’ll be talking about the change God’s grace can have on our lives. To start out, we’re talking about the change of new life given to believers by the Holy Spirit. To do that, we looked at Ezekiel’s vision of the valley of dry bones.

February 21: Ash Sunday—Disruption & Change

Joel 2:1-2, 12-17

Since we were all snowed in on Ash Wednesday, we observed the following Sunday as “Ash Sunday,” a chance for us to observe some of the traditions that help welcome us to the season of Lent.

Our sermon for this Sunday looks at one of the traditional readings for Ash Wednesday, from the book of the prophet Joel.

February 14, 2021—Transfiguration: Meeting God

Exodus 24:12-18, 1 Kings 19:9b-13, Mark 9:2-9

This week, we marked Transfiguration Sunday, the last Sunday before the start of Lent. Over the course of the service, we heard three Scripture readings in which people encounter God in a very direct, glorious way. Their stories show us what it means to meet God in our own lives.

This service was broadcast via StreamYard to Facebook for a virtual-only worship gathering on account of severe winter weather. The bulletin for the service (which we didn’t follow exactly) can be found here.

February 7, 2021 – Serving the Servant

Matthew 20:20-28

What does it mean to be great in Jesus’ Kingdom? Our Scripture reading for today gives us an idea, but it’s not the answer most people would expect!  Our sermon, Serving the Servant, concludes our 20:21 series. There were no slides shown during this sermon, so this week’s presentation is audio only.

January 31, 2021—Rebel/Repent

Ezekiel 20:1-8a, 18-21

A prophet gives a harsh look at Israel’s history and calls the people to change their ways—what do his words say about our own stories? Find out in our sermon, Rebel/Repent, part of our 20:21 sermon series.

Rebel/Repent Audio Only

January 24, 2021—Pave the Right Road

2 Kings 20:12-21

What happens when an ancient king starts leading his country down a path that God didn’t choose for them? How does that relate to us today? Today we’re talking about making sure the roads we pave for ourselves are in line with God’s will, continuing in our 20:21 sermon series.

Pave the Right Road Audio Only

March 15, 2020

Meeting Jesus: A Woman at a Well

John 4:1-26

When Jesus calls us to repent, he doesn’t just mean we’re supposed to give up certain sinful behaviors. Our attitudes and our relationships with other people are also changed by God’s grace. Our story for today, in which Jesus meets a woman from Samaria, helps us understand that idea as we journey through Lent.

March 8, 2020

Meeting Jesus: A Little Night Musing

John 3:1-10

Repenting, one of the key themes of the season of Lent, inherently involves change. But how are followers of Jesus changed. This week, we hear the story of Jesus’ encounter with Nicodemus, and we take a look at what it teaches us about our sense of God’s power in our lives.

March 1, 2020

Meeting Jesus: A Woman and Some Pharisees

John 8:1-11

During Lent, we’ll be exploring stories where people meet Jesus, and he calls them to repent of some kind of behavior or belief. In today’s story, Jesus is confronted by some Pharisees, and his response to them reminds us of our own need to repent.

February 26, 2020

Ash Wednesday

Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

We began the season of Lent with a service that included the imposition of ashes and the celebration of Holy Communion. Our homily for the service called us to reflect on the meaning of Lent and reminded us of the hope of the season.

February 23, 2020

Transfiguration: Jesus and the Disciples

Matthew 17:1-9

This week, we celebrated Transfiguration Sunday, when we remember the glorious transformation that gave the world a glimpse of his heavenly self. But Jesus wasn’t the only person around for this big event – some of his disciples were, too, and our sermon focuses on what we can learn from their experience of this magnificent moment.

February 16, 2020

Law & Order & God: You Have Heard

Matthew 5:21-37

We wrapped up our sermon series Law & Order & God with some of Jesus’ own teachings about the law. But his words go deeper than just the surface of God’s laws – they get to the very heart of what it means to live by God’s expectations.

February 9, 2020

Law & Order & God: On my Honor

Daniel 3:1-30

This Sunday was Scouting Sunday, the day when we get the chance to celebrate the work of our congregation’s three scout groups – Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts. Our sermon focused on the idea of honor, something that is at the core of each of the scouting programs.

February 2, 2020

Law & Order & God: When Kings Go Bad

1 Kings 11:1-13

This week, we read the story of another king of Israel: Solomon. We tend to remember Solomon as the wisest of all king’s but, just like leaders in today’s world, he made some pretty big errors during his reign. Our sermon digs in to what Solomon’s greatest sin meant for him and for Israel, and how we can keep ourselves from falling into the same trap as he did.

January 26, 2020

Law & Order & God: God’s Choice

1 Samuel 15:34 - 16:13

Continuing in our 5-week look at how the Bible depicts things like law and government, this week we talked about God’s decision to name David as the king of Israel and the founder of a great royal dynasty. We also talked about what it means to follow a God who still chooses unexpected people to do God’s work in the world.

January 19, 2020

Law & Order & God: Basic Law

Exodus 19:24-20:20

This sermon kicked off our series titled Law & Order & God, which is a look at God’s visions for things like law and governance, and how we can live into those expectations in our own lives. To start the series, we took a look at God’s law, and what it means for us to live out that law today.

January 5, 2020

Born for Us: Light in the Darkness

Isaiah 60:1-6

Epiphany, which falls on January 6, marks the end of the Christmas season. We celebrated Epiphany Sunday this week, and our sermon brings our series Born for Us to a close as well. This week, we remembered the visit of the Wise Men who came to see the infant Jesus, and we talked about what it means to follow the light of Christ in our own lives today.

December 29, 2019

Born for Us: Savior

Isaiah 63:7-9

As we continue in the Christmas season – this Sunday was the 5th day of Christmas – we continued in our look at what it means to say Jesus was born for us. We’ve all heard the phrase “Jesus saves,” but what does he save us from? That’s what we discuss in this sermon, which is shorter than normal, because this Sunday we took the opportunity to sing a lot of Christmas carols during church!

Christmas Eve

Born for Us

Luke 2:1-20

This Christmas Eve, we’re focusing on the shepherds, the ones who heard the angel’s announcement that a child had been born to be the world’s savior. Merry Christmas!

December 15, 2019

Born for Us: Joy in the Desert

Isaiah 35:1-10

The 3rd Sunday of Advent is traditionally the Sunday of Joy. Our sermon today (shorter than normal to allow time for our choir’s cantata performance later in the service) looks at what it means to say Jesus was born to bring us joy.

December 8, 2019

Born for Us: Naughty or Nice

Isaiah 11:1-10

This week, we’re looking at what it means to say Jesus was born for those in need, through the lens of a promise Isaiah made of the messiah’s version of justice. Listen to learn about what Isaiah has to say on the subject, and what it means for how we live our lives.

December 1, 2019

Born for Us: Home for Christmas

Isaiah 2:1-5

As we enter in to the season of Advent, we’re beginning a new series titled Born for Us. Over the next several weeks, we’ll be looking at different ways we can say Jesus was “born for us” and what these means for us today. This sermon kicks the series off by looking at a vision from the book of Isaiah.

November 24, 2019

The King’s Family

Luke 23:33-43

This week, we celebrated Christ the King Sunday – a day for celebrating the way Jesus rules in our lives and for looking forward to when his Kingdom will be made complete. Our sermon for this special day looks at a what kind of king Jesus is, and what that means for those of us who claim his name.

November 17, 2019

A Wholly New Holy Temple

Luke 21: 5-19

The end of the liturgical year (which starts over at the beginning of Advent in early December) has a unique focus on the promise of eternal life. In today’s passage, Jesus points to the transition between this age and our promised future, but more importantly, he talks about how his followers should live in the meantime.

November 10, 2019

Raising Up

Luke 20:27-38

Jesus takes a questions from some religious leaders who disagree with his teachings and turns it on its head. He talks about the promise of eternal life, and casts a vision of what that life will look like.

October 27, 2019

Forgiveness

Ephesians 4:31-32

One of the youth members of our congregations, Evie Volkert, delivered this week’s sermon. Evie focused on the theme of forgiveness, sharing a little bit of her own story along the way.

October 20, 2019

Pure-Good-Sincere: Rebirth and Renewal

Titus 3: 1-11

We wrapped up our sermon series on the Pastoral Epistles with a look at the letter to Titus. Listen for an overview of the series, plus a discussion of what Paul means when he talks about our rebirth and renewal.

October 13, 2019

Pure-Good-Sincere: Our Gospel

2 Timothy 2:8-15; 3:14-4:5

Throughout this sermon series, we’ve heard Paul’s call to hold firm to the true faith. But what does that mean? Today’s passages point us toward an answer. Listen to hear Paul’s advice, and what he holds out as the heart of our faith.

September 29, 2019

Pure-Good-Sincere: Oh, for the love of

1 Timothy 6: 6-19

Continuing in our study of the Pastoral Epistles, this week we took a look at the end of 1 Timothy. Paul has some really strong words about our relationship with money, and makes suggestions for what we should focus on instead.

September 15, 2019

Pure-Good-Sincere: Mercy Me

1 Timothy 1:12-17

As we begin our look at the Pastoral Epistles, we’re starting with some of the opening verses of 1 Timothy. In this passage, we see a call to not just right and godly actions, but also right and godly beliefs, a theme we’ll see throughout these three letters.

August 25, 2019

Teach Them

Deuteronomy 11:1-2, 18-21

For Back to School Sunday, we looked at what a “biblical education” might look like. This week’s passage calls us to remember the importance of passing on the important things to new generations, especially the truth of what God has done for the world, and what God has done in each of our lives.

August 18, 2019

Ancient Prophets Speaking Today – Isaiah: Green-Thumbed God

Isaiah 5:1-7

We wrapped up our sermon series on three of the Old Testament prophets with this look at Isaiah’s “garden song.” This passage reminds us that, like plants in a garden need the gardener’s attention, we need God’s love and care to grow to be the people God wants us to be.