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- 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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Sermon- Loving Truth Bombs – Pastor Sarah Rohde

March 7, 2021 I’ve listened to a few podcasts this winter that interview the author and therapist, Lori Gottlieb. Lori has written the best-seller, Maybe you should talk to someone, in which she basically invites readers into a therapist’s office, allows us to be interlopers on the kinds of conversations that happen in therapy. In more than one interview, I’ve heard her draw from the Buddhist tradition in deciphering between two kinds of compassion: idiot compassion and wise compassion. 

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Sermon- God’s Work In Our Own Homes – Pastor Sarah Rohde

February 7, 2021 Over the past several months, I wonder if you have been part of a conversation that went kind of like this. “Hey, what are your plans for the weekend?”  “Ugg, I think I will be spending it at home.” Or “Hey did you hear that we are going to get a ton of snow?”  “Yep, looks like more time at home.”

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Dreamers: Jonah – Pastor Sarah Rohde

 January 24, 2021 Many of us, I am sure, grew up hearing the story of Jonah. We know it to be a theatrical story and and one that points us towards God’s persistence and human resistance. Those are absolutely two themes that come out of this story, but as I was reading it again this week, I was drawn to other details and nuances that are worth exploring.

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