Sermons

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The Harvest is Great

October 2, 2016 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: Deuteronomy 16:13-15; Matthew 9:35-37   The feast of Tabernacles is a harvest celebration and one of the three holy days listed in the Old Testament that the Israelites are directed to observe. Each of these feast days, Passover, Tabernacles and Pentecost, are meant to be joyful occasions. Today’s…

Facing Giants

September 25, 2016 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: 1 Samuel 17: 2-50; Matthew 11:28-29   The Story of David and Goliath is likely a historical event. Just as likely, some of the details, such as Goliath being nine feet tall, were increasingly exaggerated through multiple retellings until  the story was put in writing.  Tales about giants…

Why I Read

September 18, 2016 — Tom Bancroft   I have never thought of reading as a hobby. When I was thinking of writing something on a hobby, I thought –I don’t hunt or fish, I don’t play golf, I don’t collect stamps- maybe I don’t have any hobbies. It was only when I thought about what…

Writing

September 18, 2016 — Lisa Barstow   When I was a teenager I began keeping little scraps of paper with my thoughts scrawled on them in what I called my “important drawer.”  An idea would pop into my mind that seemed worthy of remembering and I’d write it down on whatever I could find, fold…

Lessons Learned From Life

September 18, 2016 — Marjorie Jamback   Lessons learned from “hobbies” or rather, Lessons learned in living life. I always start with a smile. Facing a winter without the support of relatives or neighbors close by, I realized that I had to do something about my situation of being alone last winter.  I have been…

Sing to Yahweh

September 11, 2016 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: Psalms 98: 1-8; Colossians 3:16-17   It occurred to me as I prepared this sermon that by the time the settled pastor is in place you will know an awful lot about me, as I share examples of my life experiences with you. Here’s yet another: From 1981…

My Way

September 4, 2016 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: Isaiah 55:2- 5, 8-9; Matthew 20:1-16   Our first reading from Isaiah has the words, “Listen, listen to me, Give ear and come to me; listen, my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts…

Taking a Chance on Love

August 28, 2016 — Rev. Lamar Robinson Readings: Tobit 8: 5-8, 1 John 4: 7-8, 16b   Fair warning! This is what I call a “summer sermon”. (If you want a more complete explanation, ask me at coffee). It will be short. It will be simple. Hopefully, it will communicate a basic message with some…

We are More than the Sum of Our Parts

August 21, 2016 — Nancy Bancroft   Last January, at my first service as your interim pastor I used a children’s book entitled, It will be Okay by Lysa TerKeurst.  In that service and through the sermon I hoped to reassure you, that no matter how good Jan had been as a pastor, and no…

Simply Being

August 7, 2016 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: Exodus 3:9-15 , Luke 10:38-42   Some years ago, The Archbishop of Canterbury was rushing to catch a train in London. In his haste, he accidentally jumped in the wrong passenger car and found himself in one that was full of patients from a psychiatric hospital. They were…