Category Archives : Sermons

Sunday sermons by Pastor Andy Ballentine and Pastor Cheryl Griffin.


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 […]


Led By The Spirit: Spiritual And Religious

Romans 8:14-17     Pentecost     June 9, 2019   The Spirit leads us to be baptized into a set of religious practices.  Through these practices, God creates faith and nurtures and nourishes us in a way of life: of being led by the Spirit.   On survey forms, do you know what is the fastest-growing religious […]


Radical Grace

  John 5:1-9     6th Sunday of Easter “Do you want to be made well?” Jesus asked.  I am captivated by this question every time that I read it.  “Do you want to be made well?” These were Jesus’ first words to the sick man lying in the vicinity of the pool.  He had been […]


The Risen Christ In Our Ordinary Days

John 21:1-19     Third Sunday of Easter     May 5, 2019 I love the way the gospel of John ends.  The risen Christ appears to his disciples during an ordinary day. The four gospels are four collections of stories that were spoken for years before they were written down.[1]  (Those of you who were here yesterday, […]


Walking Wounded

John 20:19-31     Second Sunday of Easter   Easter was glorious, wasn’t it?  Our worship space filled with flowers, music that stirred our souls, and lots of smiling people. The atmosphere was joyous!  How very easy to forget that only two days earlier Jesus hung on a cross until he died. We had little thought to Jesus’ […]