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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.