Sermons

Courage Tinged with Desperation

By Rev. Chris Jorgensen October 19, 2019 Scripture: Mark 5:25-34 I learned something fascinating this week. I was reading the Brené Brown book, Dare to Lead, for our Thursday night book group. In it, Brown describes the courageous leadership of an Air Force Colonel named DeDe Halfhill. In the book, Colonel Halfhill shares the story about how she learned of an epidemic of loneliness in the Air Force that appeared to be contributing to low morale and even hopelessness among Air Force personnel. She notes that this sense of hopelessness is so severe… that the military in general and the ...
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Repairing the World

By Nicole Guthrie October 13, 2019 Scripture: John 14:1-14 Good morning, everyone!  I’m so happy to be here with you this morning and so thankful that Chris has asked me to share with you for National Coming Out Day. In the first section of our scripture this morning we find what might be a familiar to you passage where Jesus tells the disciples that he will soon be going to his Father’s house and in that house are many rooms—Jesus is going to prepare a place for his disciples there.  And Thomas, in true ‘disciple’ fashion has no idea what ...
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Recognizing the Body

By Rev. Chris Jorgensen October 6, 2019 Scripture: 1 Cor 11:17-28 I have to admit. I kind of love it when Paul gets fiery. This apostle Paul, who wrote this letter to the church in Corinth, is angry in today’s reading. He is ticked off. And I kind of love it. Because Paul’s anger comes out when there’s something he’s really passionate about, something that really matters to him. When he’s angry, it shows that he thinks this issue is at the very heart of what being a Christian, a follower of Jesus, is all about. And what’s he angry ...
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Feed My Sheep

By Rev. Chris Jorgensen August 4, 2019 Scripture: John 21:15-25 The song that was sang during Children’s Time (“Do You Really Love Me?”) comes from the deep recesses of my Catholic childhood. I think of it every time we encounter a bible passage about sheep. I think I remember it because it really pulls on my heartstrings. That’s because of its connection with a previous story about Peter in the Gospel of John. Today’s scripture is from the last chapter of John, after the resurrection. But a few chapters earlier, there was this incident where Peter denied Jesus three times ...
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Oh, Hell No!

By Rev. Chris Jorgensen April 21, 2019 Easter Matthew 28:1-15a Sometimes the Holy Spirit plants a seed in my mind for a sermon theme, and I can’t shake it. In fact, that’s what happened to me this week. Often, when that happens, part of me is really excited like, “Oooh, this is going to be great!” The other part of me is like, “Well, this is it. This is the thing that gets me kicked out of the church permanently.” But as Jesus said, the Spirit blows where it will…and so the title of your Easter sermon is: "Oh, Hell ...
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