Sermon- Do Not Be Afraid – Pastor Sarah Rohde

May 2, 2021 I remember thinking how unhelpful negative commands can be. For example, take the command, “don’t think about M&Ms!”  What did you’all just think about?  M&Ms! Of, course!.  Or how about when someone says to you, “Don’t get all worked up about it!”  In my experience, that is not how to calm someone down. Time and time again, that saying just gets up worked up even more. And so it makes me wonder about the phrase that pops up more than any other phrase in the bible. Angels say these words.  God says these words. Jesus says these words. “Do not be afraid.”

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Sermon – Laying Down Our Lives- Pastor Paisley Le Roy

 April 26, 2021 First John is a letter written to a group of believers who are dwindling. Some of their community has left for other routes, following the way of the world instead of the way of God. Some in their community have attempted to lead them astray. It is a letter of encouragement to a community that is trying to do the impossible.  To imitate Christ’s love for one another, not on only in word, but even more importantly in truth and action. I say that they are trying to do the impossible because the love to which God calls us, the laying our lives down sort of love, is not one that comes easily.

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Sermon – The In Between Time- Guest Sermon Dr. Kimberly Wagner

April 18, 2021 For over a year now, on the front page of the Washington Post website, one of my go to news sites to get my news fix, there has been a set of graphs and numbers in red type, tracking  the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the United States. Every time I’ve logged on I’ve seen it. It’s hard to miss. For over a year now, I have watched the numbers grow, a grim reminder of the breadth of this virus and its impact not only on this country, but on the world.

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Sermon- Easter 2021 – Pastor Sarah Rohde

April 4, 2021 Just Last weekend we were visiting with some of our friends, recalling a time we had spent together, a few years ago. It was one of those conversations where we all remembered it a bit differently. The order in which things happened, the things that took place, who said what.  Those kinds of things. Human memory is fickle and incomplete.  We absorb into our minds fragments of our experiences. With time, and not even that much time, we lose track of details. The other reality is that we all experience things a little differently. Even when we do remember what happened and who said what, how we remember and the meaning we attach to what we remember is different.

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