Sermons

Our pastor, to paraphrase the theological Karl Barth, crafts his sermons with scripture open in one tab and current events open in several others. He preaches the gospel of Jesus Christ and asks us to think about how Christ is calling us today. On this page, you can find recordings of sermons and worship services; and, if you go back far enough, you can even find manuscripts of Pastor Chris’s sermons.

Flipping the Script

The God who is love comes into the world as one of us in the person of Jesus Christ and reverses the ways of the broken world. It isn’t that the greatest are those who are served; instead the greatest are those who serve others. It isn’t that everyone who is not for Christ is against him; instead everyone who is not against him is for him. We imitate Christ by serving one another; we imitate Christ by welcoming all.

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The Good Shepherd

The God who is love comes into the world as one of us in the person of Jesus Christ: not as a conquerer, not as a mascot, but as a good shepherd. In Christ, God gathers creation together. In Christ, God cares for creation from the side of creation. In Christ, God lays down their life for creation. And that is an idea that we can barely wrap our heads around.

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Stepping Into Death

The God who is love comes into the world as one of us in the person of Jesus Christ. And the hard part about Lent is that we know what is going to happen: before the one in whom the divine and the human—the holy and broken—meet comes back to life in the glory of the resurrection… he is going to die.

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Ash Wednesday 2024

Remember, O mortal, that you are dust, and to dust you will return. Repent and believe the gospel!

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February 11, 2024

Guest preacher Jill Pepper joined us today while Pastor Chris was on vacation!

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Forgive Everyone Everything

Today, we are joined by Rev. Paul Witmer from Prison Congregations of America and Women at the Well!

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The Weeping Word

The God who is love, who is one of us, weeps. The God who is love, who is one of us, is disturbed. The God who is love, who is one of us, cries out. God knows our sorrow. Love knows our distress. Christ knows our grief. Not in theory, not in the abstract, but in the breaking of his own heart.

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The Tempted Word

There is this moment when Jesus is offered everything that he wants. There is this moment when Christ is offered the easy way. There is this moment when the God who is love, who is one of us, is tempted. And as hard as it is for us to admit, for that to mean anything, the temptation needs to be real.

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The Human Word

The bonkers claim that we make—the good news that we proclaim—is that the God who is love came into the world as one of us. Not disguised as one of us. Not pretending to be one of us. Not play-acting as being one of one. As one of us. As the divine and the human, as holiness and brokenness, all at once. And through his life and death and resurrection, redeemed everything.

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