Sermons

Our church liturgical calendar is rich and varied.  Enjoy recent sermons.Pastor Kelly Ryan

 

Showing Up For Each Other

Posted November 19th, 2018 in in Sermons, Worship

Hospitality was serious business in Abraham’s setting. It would not be too dramatic to say practicing good hospitality was life or death. Located right between Asia and Africa, the land of Canaan was a major thoroughfare for travelers. In a time when life was already fairly touch-and-go and a new, unknown face was not typically reassuring, strangers were transformed into…

Whole. Life

Posted November 15th, 2018 in in Sermons, Worship

Mark 12:38-44 November 11, 2018   Is anyone braced for this story during the Stewardship season? Starting to feel a little squirmy already, because you’ve heard this one before, and something always feels just a bit off? Perhaps you’ve heard this story before, and a sermon that praises the faithful generosity of the widow who gave all she had to…

Consolation and Connection

Posted November 15th, 2018 in in Sermons, Worship

Revelation 21:1-6 November 4, 2018   Revelation is a book that many of us may keep at a distance. It’s the bonkers fever dream that caps off a nice narrative that’s been building of liberation, grace, and unconditional love. One commentator I came across this week called Revelation “a happy hunting ground for bigots and fanatics,” and the vivid, startling…

Those Who Won’t Be Silenced

Posted November 15th, 2018 in in Sermons, Worship

Mark 10:46-52 October 28, 2018   I love the characters in the Gospels who are bold and loud for the sake of healing they know is theirs. For the sake of possibility in the realm Jesus is bringing. The way that Bartimaeus here refuses to be silenced reminds me of the Syrophoenician woman several chapters back—brave people who have a…

Entitlements, Inheritors, and God’s Economy

Posted November 15th, 2018 in in Sermons, Worship

Mark 10:17-31 October 14, 2018   The Wendell Berry poem we heard speaks to the way that being caught in the rat race of the quick profit does something to your soul. Something that can be resisted, that can be playfully confounded, and that keeps your soul fresh and free.   Because the things of our material reality really do…

Communion: Holy and Humble Attention

Posted November 15th, 2018 in in Sermons, Worship

Philippians 2:1-13 October 7, 2018: World Communion Sunday   For this World Communion Sunday, it’s about more than all these different kinds of bread. It’s more than even the connection of Christians across the world sharing this sacred meal together, even though that’s a very cool part of it too. For this moment, World Communion needs to be about how…

Powers, Principalities, and the Presence of God

Posted November 15th, 2018 in in Sermons, Worship

Mark 4:35-41 September 30, 2018   This past week, I traveled with a group of 30 other young UCC clergy to join with about 2000 other pastors and church leaders across the country at the Leadership Institute at the Church of the Resurrection in Overland Park, Kansas. The Church of the Resurrection is the largest United Methodist church in the…

Sounding the Depths

Posted November 15th, 2018 in in Sermons, Worship

Exodus 33:12-23 September 16, 2018 You’ve got to feel for Moses. He’s been called to do an entirely new thing. To be the conduit of liberation. The north Star of the dogged journey from slavery to freedom for all his people. and he knew it would be difficult—he argues with his God, Yahweh, about his fitness for this role often.…

Be Opened

Posted November 15th, 2018 in in Sermons, Worship

Mark 7:24-37 Sept 9, 2018   Have you ever felt like you had the comfort of clear-cut beliefs? Simple answers to what seemed to be straightforward questions?   When I was younger, I lived in Turkey for a while. sometimes I wish I could do it all over, because I could have dived so much more deeply into the culture…

Let Your Nets Down Deep

Posted November 15th, 2018 in in Sermons, Uncategorized, Worship

Luke 5:1-11 August 19, 2018 Any good pastor worth her salt will arrive and listen. Some of the projects I hope to work on with you are, primarily, listening to you. Hearing your stories, and you perspective on the story of this church, past, present, and future. And, in the conversations I’ve had with you so far, I’m hearing from…