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.

We make them accessible here:

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If you are interested in using a talk or sermon in your own community, please contact ssanders@allsoulschurch.org.


Upcoming Sermons, Services, and Talks

Sunday, April 30

 

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10:00 a.m. Traditional

 

The Best Service of the Year: Coming of Age

Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar & the 2017 Coming of Age Class

I like to pretend that I’m offended when I am told repeatedly by our members that the Coming of Age service is the best service of the year. It is a Sunday when my message is very short and the true highlights are our 9th graders reading their credos. This year we will hold our Coming of Age service in the Traditional hour on April 30. If you have never experienced it, you are in for a truly profound service. Once again this year we will hear a range of beliefs and ideas about life and death and God and love and many other important religious and spiritual concepts. At All Souls we do not indoctrinate children nor do we try to stamp our minds upon our youth. We offer them the resources to make thoughtful decisions about issues of right and wrong and religion and ethics. The fruits of this process will once again be on display in our annual Coming of Age service. Come have your hope in the future renewed and support our 2017 Coming of Age class.

See you Sunday,
Marlin 


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11:30 a.m. Contemporary

 

Jesus and Science

Rev. Dr. Marlin lavanhar

Many people would argue the title of my message should be “Jesus or Science?”  We live in an era of great division between those who hold a scientific worldview and those who hold fundamentalist religious views. There are those who claim there is a war between science and religion. But Jesus said, “blessed are the peacemakers.”  Blessed indeed are the people who seek other solutions to conflict besides war and division. This Sunday in the Contemporary service I will explore ways that religion and science can work in partnership to help us discover what is true and good. 


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11:30 a.m. Humanist

 

A Miracle made of Ashes

Joseph Boyd, Intern Minister

In our Lent Meditation for All Souls on our blog, beyondbelief.online, we had a chance to reflect on mortality and the miracle of life present in every moment. Through this reflection we aimed to get in touch with our deepest values. This Sunday we will explore how we can hold both our mortal, fragile humanity and the awesomeness of being alive and hold them together. By being more conscious of both, we can live and love more deeply, more completely. Please join me as we also welcome the band Emma’s Revolution!