Sermons


October 31, 2021 – Reformation Sunday

Listen as Brandeis Tullos explores Mark 12:28-34, and invites us to see more deeply and compassionately into Jesus’s invitation in a way that invites us to include ourselves and maybe even start there.

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October 24, 2021 – “Empty Seats”

We are living in times where feelings of loss, isolation, and loneliness have reached extreme levels. And instead of uniting us, the pervasiveness of those feelings seems to only push individuals further into feeling alone. As we examine our own circumstances alongside those in the book of Ruth, Pastor Lauren Colwell asks: “What is the call to us as individuals and as communities?” Instead of islands of isolation, how can we strive for more crowded tables?

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October 17, 2021 – 21st Sunday after Pentecost

Listen as Pastor Melanie Vaughn-West reflects on what it might mean to be a servant in a kin-dom where there are no lords and there is no hierarchy and where losing in the eyes of others just might mean liberation in the eyes of our own souls. Melanie’s sermon is followed by a song by Lee Bains and a prayer by Leslie Withers.

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October 10, 2021 – Pride Sunday!

On Pride Sunday 2021, we welcomed back Oakhurst-ordained Rev. Benjamin Curry, who reflects on Mark 10:17-31. Ben shares: “Pride is about getting down to earth and being true to who you have always been. No shame. You cannot truly understand pride unless you truly understand shame…and release it.”

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September 19, 2021 – Get Real!

“There is something in every one of you that waits, listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself and if you cannot hear it, you will never find whatever it is for which you are searching.…” – Howard ThurmanListen as Melanie Vaughn-West shares her search for the genuine in her own heart and invites… Read more »

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September 5, 2021 – I Learn by Going

“I learn by going where I have to go.” (Theodore Roethke) Karen Bryant Shipp shared experiences, both planned and unexpected, from her recent sabbatical/pilgrimage to the Cedars of Peace in Nerinx, KY.

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August 8, 2021 – 11th Sunday after Pentecost

“I need a break. I need to take a step back. I QUIT!” If you heard these words from your favorite hero or athlete, how would you see them? Or from a community leader, clergy, or advocate you most admired? What if one of the major prophets uttered those same words and walked away, would… Read more »

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