“An Uncontainable, Yet Accessible God”

I Kings 8:22-30 “An Uncontainable, Yet Accessible God”(1) Introduction We come today to the end of our summer series on the kings of Israel.  We have heard stories from the reigns of Saul and David, their successes and their failures, their virtues and their sins. Then Solomon, one of David’s sons, came to the throne.  With the great wealth he … Read More

“Forgive Us Our Sins”

This summer in worship we have used an updated version of the Lord’s Prayer.  This version comes at the suggestion of the Office of Theology and Worship of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). One of the hallmarks of the Reformation was liturgy in the vernacular, the common language of the people of God. Yet when we pray the prayer Jesus taught, … Read More

“What Do You Really Want?”

I Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-15 “What Do You Really Want?” Introduction In our series this summer we have looked at the stories of the first kings of Israel, Saul and David.  We have learned of their victories and their defeats, their successes and their failures, their virtues and their sins. As we approach the end of summer, we come to the … Read More

“Ruthless Power + Ambivalent Love = Complicated Grief” by the Rev. Lisa Hermann

Ruthless Power + Ambivalent Love = Complicated Grief “We took him too much for granted,” Nicholas Woltersdorff says in remembrance of his son, Eric. “Perhaps we all take each other too much for granted. The routines of life distract us; our own pursuits make us oblivious; our anxieties and sorrows, unmindful. The beauties of the familiar go unremarked. We do … Read More

“I Have Sinned Against the Lord”

2 Samuel 11:26-12:15 “I Have Sinned Against the Lord” Introduction On this Sunday we focus on confession.  So I will begin with a confession.  I did not use the 2 Samuel text suggested for last week; I substituted the story of David’s kindness to Mephibosheth. I skipped the text listed because William Willimon, Methodist bishop and former Dean of the … Read More