Sermons

Sermons and Messages

Every week our ministers and guest speakers wrestle with important issues of life and death, faith, hope, and love.  Listen or watch one of our messages.  Then reach out to us and let us know what you think.

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Upcoming Sermons, Services, and Talks

This Sunday 

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10:00 a.m. Traditional   |   11:30 a.m. Humanist

Why Good Things Happen to Bad People

Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

Is there a goodness of life that is bestowed on us regardless of whether or not we deserve it?  In traditional theological language this would be called “grace.”  It is said that there is a goodness that is granted to us solely to the degree that we have the capacity to receive it. If that is true, then a realistic goal would be to remove the barriers and obstacles that get in the way of our receiving such free gifts.  Through the course of life we accumulate various barriers to life’s goodness. Yet, if people can experience the goodness of life without earning it, why wouldn’t that encourage people to be selfish or bad?  Good things happen to bad people and since we all are bad sometimes, this is good news!  Sunday, as we launch our new theme of “Gifts and Grace” I will speak in the Traditional Service and The Point about the idea of unmerited gifts, that like the sun, are received by the the righteous and the unrighteous alike. 

See you Sunday,

Marlin


 

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11:30 a.m. Contemporary

Wrestling With God

Rev. Barbara Prose

“Go and be blessed and be a blessing.”  We say it every Sunday. I love the sound of it, but Jacob reminds us that these words are not as simple as they seem. Jacob reminds us not only that we have to wrestle with God to discover how life is blessing us but that we often get injured in the process.  Grace, or unmerited favor, may always be available and accessible, but it does demand something of us too. It demands that we want a blessing with all our heart, soul, strength and mind. It demands that we risk making demands.  That we risk losing everything, even our life as we know it. Do you have the courage and the will to demand your rightful blessing? It’s an important question, because once claimed, that blessing will turn your life around.