Sermons

Sermons from the Season after Pentecost

The Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost
November 12, 2017

The Relational Question: How Do We Cultivate Healthy Relationships?  — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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The Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost
November 5, 2017 — All Saints Sunday

The Healing Question: How Do We Offer Healing to Those Wounded by the Church?  — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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The Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost
October 29, 2017

The Formational Question: How Do We Share Faith with Our Children?  — Sermon by Janet Cleland
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The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
October 22, 2017

The Calendar Question: How Do We Offer Faithful Ministry When Sunday Morning is no Longer Sacred?  — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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The Ninteenth Sunday after Pentecost
October 15, 2017

The Evanglestic Question: How Do We Invite People to Faith in Jesus Christ?  — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
October 8, 2017

The Mission Question: Why Church?  — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
October 1, 2017

The Foundational Question: What is a Christian?  — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 17, 2017

Getting on with the Journey  — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 10, 2017

Unlikely Heroes  — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 3, 2017

Changing Habits  — Sermon by Frank Granger
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The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
August 27, 2017

 A Hard Lesson in Humility  — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
August 13, 2017

Believing and Confessing  — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
August 6, 2017

More than Enough?  — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
July 23, 2017

Following Jacob or Following God?  — Sermon by Brandon Pendry
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The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
July 9, 2017

Intense Struggle — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
July 2, 2017

Are Prophets Welcome? — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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The Third Sunday after Pentecost
June 25, 2017

What’s in a Name? — Sermon by Amanda Lewis
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The Second Sunday after Pentecost
June 18, 2017

At the Right Time — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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Trinity Sunday
June 11, 2017

 

One God in Three Persons — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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Sermons from Easter

Day of Pentecost
June 4, 2017

Empowered for Healing — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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The Seventh Sunday of Easter
May 28, 2017

A Radical Welcome to the Least of These — Sermon by Mike Cleland
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The Sixth Sunday of Easter
May 21, 2017
Senior Recognition

Easter Life: No Fear — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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The Fifth Sunday of Easter
May 14, 2017
The Ordination of Amanda Jean Lewis

Stirring Up God’s Gifts — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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The Fourth Sunday of Easter
May 7, 2017
Children’s Sunday

Guides for a Great Adventure — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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The Third Sunday of Easter
April 30, 2017
Youth Sunday

Do You Need Glasses? — Sermon by Lucy Smith
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Our Plan vs. God’s Plan — Sermon by Hannah Dillard
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The Second Sunday of Easter
April 23, 2017

Risen Christ and Living Word– Sermon by Paul Baxley
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Easter Sunday
April 16, 2017

More than an Empty Tomb– Sermon by Paul Baxley
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Church Year Seasons

The Christian Year calendar is our guide for worship and Christian faith formation. The beginning of the Christian year is the season of Advent, approximately four weeks before Christmas Day, and continues with special days and seasons following the life of Christ and the mission of the church.

There are two major cycles in the Christian Year. One is the Advent-Christmas-Epiphany cycle that is focused upon Christmas. The other is the Lent-Easter-Pentecost cycle that has Easter as its focus. The other periods in the year are referred to as “ordinary time.” This is not because they are “ordinary” days. Ordinary is taken from the word for “ordinal” numbers. The Sundays during this time are designated by the “first,” “second,” “third,” Sunday after Pentecost, for example. Therefore, they are designated “ordinary” time because of using ordinal numbers to mark them.

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Advent

From the Latin word, adventus, Advent means “arrival” or “coming” and marks the coming of Jesus as human being into the world. Including the four Sundays prior to Christmas day, this season is used as a time of preparing for the coming of the Christ child. Advent marks the beginning of the church year and is the first season in the Christian calendar. While our calendar begins with January 1, the church year begins with Advent.

Christmas

The season of Christmas is actually a period of twelve days which begins on Christmas Day and continues through January 5. We typically think of the season of Christmas as beginning after Thanksgiving and concluding on December 25. However, for the Church, December 25 is the culmination of the waiting, and marks the beginning of Christmas.

Epiphany

The Day of Epiphany follows the twelve days of Christmas. Epiphany, as a day and season of celebration, has been around as long as the celebration of Christmas. Epiphanies are those instances where gods reveal themselves, and make themselves known to humanity. Our January 6 celebration, as Christians, emphasizes the epiphany, or manifestation of God, and represents the revelation of God to the world in Jesus Christ.

Lent

Lent is a season of prayer, penance and self-discipline, beginning on the Wednesday of the seventh week before Easter. The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is forty days prior to Easter, not counting Sundays. The sixth Sunday in lent is Palm Sunday, which begins Holy Week. Holy Week includes Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and officially ends on Holy Saturday. Easter Sunday then begins the season of Easter which lasts for seven weeks.

Easter

Easter Day commemorates the day of resurrection of Jesus following the crucifixion. Easter is more than a day of celebration in the Christian calendar; it includes a period of seven weeks, and is known as The Great Fifty Days. The full period of Easter continues from Easter Sunday to the day of Pentecost.

Pentecost

The day of Pentecost is the Sunday following the end of the fifty days of Easter. The Day of Pentecost commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit to the followers of Jesus in the immediate days after the ascension of Jesus.

Sermons from Lent

Holy Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Tragic Repentance of Judas Iscariot– Sermon by Brandon Pendry
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Palm Sunday
April 9, 2017

Turmoil and Testimony — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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The Fifth Sunday In Lent
April 2, 2017

The Breath of God — Sermon by Amanda Lewis
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The Fourth Sunday In Lent
March 26, 2017

A Prayer Facing the Darkest Valley — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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The Third Sunday In Lent
March 19, 2017

Beyond Hardness of Heart — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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The Second Sunday In Lent
March 12, 2017

Justified by Faith — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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The First Sunday in Lent
March 5, 2017

Facing Temptation– Sermon by Paul Baxley
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Ash Wednesday

Dust and Grace– Meditation by Paul Baxley
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Sermons from Epiphany

The Last Sunday after Epiphany–  February 26, 2017

Beyond Anxiety– Sermon by Paul Baxley
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The Seventh Sunday after Epiphany–  February 19, 2017

The Power that Makes Reconciliation Possible– Sermon by Paul Baxley
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The Sixth Sunday after Epiphany–  February 12, 2017

The Mandate for Reconciliation– Sermon by Paul Baxley
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The Fifth Sunday after Epiphany–  February 5, 2017

Being Light — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany–  January 29, 2017

The Basis for Humility — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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The Third Sunday after Epiphany–  January 22, 2017

Testimonies from Slovakia — Sermon by Shane McNary with testimonies from members
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The Second Sunday after Epiphany–  January 15, 2017

The Church and President Trump — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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The First Sunday after Epiphany–  January 8, 2017

The Way Forward — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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Sermons from Advent 2016

Christmas Eve —  December 24, 2016

Do Not Be Afraid — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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The Fourth Sunday of Advent —  December 18, 2016

The Gift — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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The Third Sunday of Advent — December 11, 2016

A Service of Lessons and Carols (no sermon on this date)

The Second Sunday of Advent —  December 4, 2016

A Child Shall Lead Them — Sermon by Paul Baxley

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The First Sunday of Advent —  November 27, 2016

Being an Advent Church — Sermon by Paul Baxley

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Sermons from the Season after Pentecost 2016

Sermons from the Season After Pentecost 2016

The 27th Sunday after Pentecost — November 20, 2016

Commitment for a Life of Generosity — Sermon by Paul Baxley

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The 26th Sunday after Pentecost — November 13, 2016

Calling: The Authority for Generosity — Sermon by Paul Baxley

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All Saints Sunday — November 6, 2016

Gratitude: Where Generosity Begins — Sermon by Paul Baxley

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The 24th Sunday after Pentecost — October 30, 2016

“O Lord, How Long?” — Sermon by Amanda Lewis

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The 23rd Sunday after Pentecost — October 23, 2016

“Could Same Sex Marriage Be Faithful?” — Sermon by Paul Baxley

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The 22nd Sunday after Pentecost — October 16, 2016

“What is the Good News for Homosexuals?” — Sermon by Paul Baxley

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The 21st Sunday after Pentecost — October 9, 2016

“How Do We Pursue Faithful Sexuality Far From Eden?” — Sermon by Paul Baxley

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The 20th Sunday after Pentecost — October 2, 2016

“What Makes Marriage Christian?” — Sermon by Paul Baxley

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The 19th Sunday after Pentecost — September 25, 2016

“What Makes us Secure?” — Sermon by Paul Baxley

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The 18th Sunday after Pentecost — September 25, 2016

“What Makes us Secure?” — Sermon by Paul Baxley

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The 17th Sunday after Pentecost — September 18, 2016

“How Do We Practice a Welcoming and Global Faith in a Closed Borders World?” — Sermon by Paul Baxley

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The 16th Sunday after Pentecost — September 11, 2016

“How Should Christians Relate to Muslims?” — Sermon by Paul Baxley

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The 15th Sunday after Pentecost — September 4, 2016

“How Do We Follow an Improvising God?” — Sermon by Paul Baxley

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The 14th Sunday after Pentecost — August 28, 2016

“How Do We Ask Hard Questions and Stay Together?” — Sermon by Paul Baxley

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The 13th Sunday after Pentecost — August 21, 2016

“What is the Most Important Question?” — Sermon by Paul Baxley

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The 12th Sunday after Pentecost — August 14, 2016

“Surrounded” — Sermon by Paul Baxley

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The 11th Sunday after Pentecost — August 7, 2016

“Taken” — Sermon by Janet Cleland

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The 10th Sunday after Pentecost — July 31, 2016

“Resilient Love” — Sermon by Frank Granger

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The 9th Sunday after Pentecost — July 24, 2016

“5 Words to Live By” — Sermon by Frank Granger

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The 8th Sunday after Pentecost — July 17, 2016

“Deadly Economics” — Sermon by Paul Baxley

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The 7th Sunday after Pentecost — July 10, 2016

“Unwelcome Truth” — Sermon by Paul Baxley

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The 6th Sunday after Pentecost — July 3, 2016

“Working for the Good of All” — Sermon by Paul Baxley

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The 5th Sunday after Pentecost — June 26, 2016

“Rediscovering Religious Liberty” — Sermon by Paul Baxley

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The 4th Sunday after Pentecost — June 19, 2016

“Waters Shattering Boundaries” — Sermon by Paul Baxley

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The 3rd Sunday after Pentecost — June 12, 2016

“No Longer I” — Sermon by Paul Baxley

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The 2nd Sunday after Pentecost — June 5, 2016

“Through a Revelation of Jesus Christ” — Sermon by Paul Baxley

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The 1st Sunday after Pentecost — May 29, 2016

A Different Gospel? — Sermon by Paul Baxley

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Trinity Sunday — May 22, 2016

Royal Dominion — Sermon by Amanda Lewis

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Sermons from Christmas 2016

January 3, 2016 — The Second Sunday after Christmas

“Faithfulness from Near and Far” — Sermon by Amanda Lewis

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December 27, 2015 —  The First Sunday after Christmas

“As Usual” — Sermon by Paul Baxley

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Sermons from Epiphany 2016

January 10 — The Baptism of the Lord

“Remembering Baptism — Far More Than Water”  –Sermon by Paul Baxley