The Wondrous Cross

By Rev. Chris Jorgensen May 15, 2022 This week, like last, we are going to start with a scene from the book Tuesdays with Morrie. The year was 1995. After his diagnosis with ALS, Morrie had become an inspiration to the people around him. Morrie refused stop living even though he was dying. As we discussed last week, he did not hesitate to look suffering and death right in the face. Morrie still could embrace gratitude and joy. One of Morrie’s friends wrote an article about him that was published the Boston Globe newspaper. This article got the attention of ...
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To Know God

By Rev. Chris Jorgensen May 8, 2022 Video of entire service: Scripture: Isaiah 49: 13-15 How many of you have read the book, Tuesdays with Morrie? Or seen the movie? It’s kind of a famous book, but I had never read it until a couple of weeks ago. I just sort of vaguely knew what it was about before then. But when I decided to do this sermon series about “things I’ve been meaning to tell you,” it popped into my mind. That’s because it is about a man named Morrie who is dying, and he has this series ...
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Wrestling with God

By Rev. Chris Jorgensen April 24, 2022 Video of entire service: Scripture: Genesis 32:22-32 Our scripture for today is a fascinating text. It’s this scene featuring Jacob. Now, Jacob is the star of a rather long series of stories in the book of Genesis. You might be familiar with some of Jacob’s story, and knowing a bit about Jacob provides important context for the scene we heard about today.  When Jacob is born, he is a twin. This seems appropriate because we have at least six sets of twins in this congregation – and I have confirmed three of them ...
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Even Now: An Easter Sermon

By Rev. Chris Jorgensen April 17, 2022 Video of entire service: In seminary, one of my professors was the Rev. Dr. Melanie Johnson-DeBaufre, or as everyone affectionately referred to her, MJD. Now I never had a class with MJD, but in seminary, even the conversations you have in the hallway or at lunch can include the topic of the resurrection of Jesus. In one such conversation, MJD (who is a renowned New Testament scholar) talked about how hard it was for the disciples to recognize Jesus after the resurrection. It led her to believe that the post-resurrection Jesus must ...
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Let the Dry Bones Come Live Again

by Rev. Peter Karanja April 3, 2022 Video of entire service: Scripture: Ezekiel 37:1-14 It is the fifth Sunday of Lent - a time for restoration before we usher in Palm Sunday - a day of triumphal entry of our messiah Jesus who delivered us from the power of darkness. When I was writing this sermon on restoration, I couldn’t help but think about these two big events: Halloween and Día de Muertos - the day of the dead. Last year it was my very first time to really celebrate the Halloween holiday in depth.   I remember going to stores like ...
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