Sermon – Unraveled: Lives of Faith – Pastor Sarah Rohde

September 13, 2020 Today’s gospel reading is probably one you’ve heard many times…Jesus and the disciples have just fed 5,000+ people and they’re exhausted. So Jesus tells the disciples to tuck away in their little fishing boat and head to the other side of the lake, while he goes away, all by himself, to pray. The sun sets, the disciples settle in for the night, Jesus is alone and enjoying the quiet. Then, upon nightfall, the winds start to pick up and the waves start rising higher and higher, the disciples go from near slumber to high alert, and, as far as they can see, there is no land in sight. The disciples are scared for their lives, when something like a ghost appears on the water.

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Sermon – What It Means To Be The Messiah – Pastor Sarah Rohde

August 30, 2020 Today our gospel is a continuation of last weeks reading.  If you joined us for worship last weekend, you heard Deacon Heather speak to the question that Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do you say  that I am?”, “Who am I to you?”. Not surprisingly, the disciple who is always the first out of the gate, he was the first to drop his fishing net and follow.  The first to step out of the boat and try to walk. Yes, it’s Peter again, the first to speak up here.

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Sermon – Nothing Can Separate Us From God’s Love – Pastor Sarah Rohde

July 26, 2020 For I am convinced, Paul writes to the first century followers of Jesus, For I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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Sermon – How’s The Soil Inside Us? – Pastor Sarah Rohde

July 12, 2020 Last weekend we were downstate Illinois visiting Andrew’s parents, and enjoying scenery other than the walls of our home. They loved having so much space to run and play, and we enjoyed having two other adults to respond to their endless needs and desires and energy.  As we were walking around, grandma and grandpa took up back to the garden they had planted.

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Sermon – The Lord Is My Shepherd… ~ Pastor Sarah

June 14, 2020 If you’ve read through the gospels, even just skimmed through the gospels, you pretty quickly get a sense for the kinds of things that Jesus did to communicate God’s love to the people he met. We know the ways he healed the sick and attended to the forgotten and welcomed the outsider and fed the hungry – all these tangible and transformative ways that Jesus brought the kingdom to earth. But what grips my attention in this passage from the gospel of Matthew is noticing the emotion, or the stirring, it’s hard to know what exactly to call it – the thing that happens inside of Jesus that seems to inform and fuel his acts of justice and mercy day after day.

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