Category Archives : Sermons

Sunday sermons by Pastor Andy Ballentine and Pastor Cheryl Griffin.

God’s Kingdom — Rejoicing! Feasting! Abundance!

John 2:1-11     Second Sunday after Epiphany     January 20, 2019   “On the third day”: that’s how the gospel reading begins this morning.  (This is the third day after Jesus called Philip and Nathanael to follow him, but you and I know how important that phrase is, since the resurrection will happen on the third […]

Daughters and Sons

Isaiah 43:1-7 Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, our scriptures begin.  In the beginning, what was thought to exist was a watery void.  God separated the waters and brought into being sky. Then God gathered the waters into lakes and oceans and rivers, and dry land appeared.   […]

God’s Duet

  Luke 1:39-45 [46-55]     Fourth Sunday of Advent December 23, 2018   Are you ready?  Tomorrow night is Christmas Eve.  Two more days until Christmas!  Christmas brings with it many different emotions, sometimes all in one day. There is a time for every season. It may be this is the year that you are grieving […]

Turn Around

Luke 1:68-79  Luke 3:1-6     2ndSunday in Advent   Our Gospel reading this morning begins with a list of the top seven people in “Who’s Who in the world of the rich and powerful.”  While names like Tiberius and Lysanias are not on the tips of our tongues, their mention would evoke a strong response […]

Focus, People! Focus!

Luke 21:25-36     First Sunday of Advent     December 2, 2018   I love Advent!  Do you know why?  It’s because now is when we are most weird, compared with what’s going on outside the liturgical world.  Out there, more than a month ago, as soon as the Halloween displays came down, the Christmas displays went […]

What Is Truth?

John 18:33-37 Lectionary 25 Christ the King Sunday “What is truth?” Pilate asked.  Every time I hear this question, I think of Jack Nicholson on the witness stand, in the movie A Few Good Men, emphatically saying, “You want the truth?  You can’t handle the truth.” That’s true for all of at one time or […]