Sermons


February 28, 2021 – Second Sunday of Lent

When Jesus was confronted in the wilderness with temptations and pestered all through his life by the expectations of others, even his friends, he had to say No, in order to say Yes to his authentic ministry. When their preconceptions were challenged with the vision of a future that they had thought impossible, Abraham and Sarah had to say No, in order to say Yes to the purpose God had in mind for them. Listen as Karen Bryant Shipp reflects on saying No to say Yes!

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February 21, 2021 – First Sunday of Lent

God made us for resilience, but how do we claim and live into that resilience again and again? Starting this Sunday, we begin exploring this theme throughout Lent. Listen as Pastor Melanie Vaughn-West reflects on God’s covenant with creation.

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February 7, 2021 – 5th Sunday after Epiphany

Oftentimes, we feel tired, worn-out, overwhelmed and exhausted by daily life. Instead of soaring on eagles wings we feel like we are lumbering along on turtle legs. Are there ways to shift ourselves into a channel of life and energy? Can we catch the same wind that the eagles soar on? And if so, how?

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Settling

The story of Jonah is often told as one of faithfulness and change of heart as Jonah finds himself desperate inside the belly of a fish. But we miss something if we don’t look at all of Jonah’s honest, intense reactions to what is happening in his world. Listen as Pastor Lauren Colwell explores his story.

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January 17, 2021

Listen as Karen Bryant Shipp shares her experience over the past year as a Southern, white woman learning how to build “long-term relationships” that lead to true and lasting change.

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January 10, 2021

Epiphany calls us to go and share the light and love within us, with all God’s children. As the light inside us grows brighter, others begin to notice the light within their own selves. We begin to see all of creation, bending toward the light within! Together, we shine brighter and brighter. Listen as Pastor Melanie Vaughn-West invites us into this season.

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Reflection on 2021

Billy Hall, co-chair of our Center for Community Exploratory Team, reflects on the possibilities at the starting line of 2021.

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