Sermons

Sermons from the Season after Pentecost

July 8, 2018
7th Sunday of Pentecost

He Could Do No Deed of Power — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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July 1, 2018
6th Sunday of Pentecost

Reach Out and Touch — Sermon by Janet Cleland
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June 24, 2018
5th Sunday of Pentecost

Seeing Challenge Through the Eyes of Faith — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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June 17, 2018
4th Sunday of Pentecost

A Seed for Deliverance — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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June 10, 2018
3rd Sunday of Pentecost

The Ways of the King and the Way of Faith — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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June 3, 2018
2nd Sunday of Pentecost

Rediscovering Sabbath — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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May 27, 2018
Trinity Sunday

When There Is No Simple Answer– Sermon by Frank Granger
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May 20, 2018
Pentecost Sunday

Open to More– Sermon by Paul Baxley
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Sermons from Easter

May 13, 2018
Seventh Sunday of Easter/ Ascension Sunday

Open to Serve — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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May 6, 2018
Sixth Sunday of Easter

Open to One Another — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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April 29, 2018
Fifth Sunday of Easter

Open to Explore — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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April 22, 2018
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Youth Sunday

The Shepherd and the Sheep! — Sermon by Elli Scarborough
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April 15, 2018
Third Sunday of Easter

Open! — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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April 8, 2018
Second Sunday of Easter

I Doubt It! — Sermon by Doug Ivey
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April 1, 2018
Easter

The First Word of a New World — 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

March 25, 2018
Palm Sunday

Deserters? — Meditation by Paul Baxley
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March 18, 2018
The Fifth Sunday in Lent

Global Magnetism — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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March 11, 2018
The Fourth Sunday in Lent

But Wait!  There’s More — Sermon by Frank Granger
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March 4, 2018
The Third Sunday in Lent

Making Sense Later — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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February 25, 2018

The Second Sunday in Lent

A Community for Costly Discipleship — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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February 18, 2018

The First Sunday in Lent

Is Baptism Necessary — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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Sermons from Epiphany

February 11, 2018

Transfiguration Sunday

Saying Yes and Saying No — Sermon by the Rev. Emily Hull Mcgee
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February 4, 2018

The Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

Relentless Energy — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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January 28, 2018

The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

Rediscovering a Compelling Authority — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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January 21, 2018

The Third Sunday after Epiphany

Reluctant Repentance — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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January 14, 2018

The Second Sunday after Epiphany

A Calling for Those Days… and These — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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January 7, 2018

The First Sunday after Epiphany

Find Another Way — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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Sermons from Christmas

December 31, 2017

The First Sunday after Christmas

Unfinished — Sermon by Brandon Pendry
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Christmas Eve 5:30 p.m.

Joyful Singing and Silent Seeking — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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Sermons from Advent

The Fourth Sunday of Advent
December 24, 2017

A Song of Discovery  — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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The Third Sunday of Advent
December 17, 2017

A Song of Recollection  — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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The First Sunday of Advent
December 3, 2017

A Song for Restoration  — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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Sermons from the Season after Pentecost

Christ the King Sunday
November 26, 2017

Christ Above All  — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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The Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost
November 19, 2017

What Will We Do With What We’ve Been Given?  — Sermon by Paul Baxley
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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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