Category Archives : Sermons

Sunday sermons by Pastor Andy Ballentine and Pastor Cheryl Griffin.

Choose Life

Deuteronomy 30:15-20     Luke 14:25-33     13th Sunday after Pentecost   We are faced with choices every day.  Some choices, such as which cereal to buy, are relatively inconsequential.  The college we attend, and what major we choose have more impact on our lives.  Choosing to have a life-partner will change our life in ways we cannot even […]

Table Manners

Luke 14:1, 7-14      12th Sunday after Pentecost I want to ask all of you who are sitting, how much thought did you give it?  Sitting, I mean.  Not how to sit, but where to sit and why.  Are you in the back row or the front?  And with whom are you sitting?  Maybe you just […]

Sinners and Saints

Hebrews 11:29-12:2     10thSunday After Pentecost   What do you know about your family tree?  In recent times, we have become fascinated with locating ourselves in our families and culture.  The movie Rootshelped to spark our interest in “finding ourselves.”  Technology has helped make it easier for us to track our lineage.[1] Companies like 23 and Me […]

Hope in the Meantime

Genesis 15:1-6   Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16   Luke 12:32-40 9thSunday after Pentecost   Last Sunday morning, 27 people were injured, and 10 people were killed within 30 seconds in Dayton.  The dead included the sister of the shooter, and the shooter himself. I found out about the shooting from a text message that my daughter, Kelly, sent to […]


Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14, 2:18-23     Luke 12:13-21 18thSunday after Pentecost       They say that you can’t take it with you, but that doesn’t mean that people haven’t tried.  Civil War Confederate Major William Wise was buried with his horse, his favorite hunting dog, and a sword.  He was convinced he was going where he could track […]

Let’s Talk!

Luke 11:1-1     7thSunday after Pentecost Examen, intercessory, thanksgiving, supplication, meditative, contemplative, petitionary, ….  “What are types of prayers, Alex!”  (I am the only one who watches Jeopardy?) Richard Foster lists 21 forms of prayer in his book entitled, Prayer:  Finding the Heart’s True Home.[1]Do we stand?  Do we sit?  When should we pray? Does the […]

Are You a “Martha” or a “Mary?” When You Practice the Faith, You’re Both!

Luke 10:38-42     Lectionary 16     Sixth Sunday after Pentecost     July 21, 2019   When a pastor leaves a congregation, he can no longer influence it.  So, I figure this is my last shot! I am so thankful that the Spirit called me to serve this congregation back in 2001.  When I was given time to […]

We Are Set Free — To Love Each Other in Community

Galatians 5:1, 13-25     Lectionary 13     Third Sunday after Pentecost     June 30, 2019   You don’t hear many “Thou shalt nots” in a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  That’s because we are so Biblical! (All churches say they’re “Biblical!”  What that means, for us in the ELCA, is that we interpret […]

Entering Into the Mystery of God — Father and Son and Holy Spirit

Trinity Sunday     June 16, 2019   As I prepare my last sermons as your pastor, I’m finding that the liturgical themes are leading me to revisit my favorite themes!  Last week – Pentecost – gave me the opportunity to remind you of the fruit of the Spirit, and how important the practices of the faith […]