In this fifth week of Lent, we retell the story of Mary’s costly gift of precious nard ointment she used to annoint Jesus. Her act enrages Judas who demands to know why the perfume wasn’t sold to help the poor. Jesus defends Mary by making theological space for the need to respond in generosity, but… Read more.
In today’s reading from Phillipians (3:17-4:1) Paul speaks of our body of humiliation being transformed by and into the Body of Christ, an expression of God’s great grace. Rev. Kent preached on the many humiliations we suffer, and carry, and act out upon, reminding us that there is no shame that God cannot transform: both… Read more.
Today as we remember the struggle for a better society and a true, compassionate democracy, and as we are confronted with the reality that we have not yet made our country or our souls as great as they can be, we remember the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr who said “It is not… Read more.
The United Nations calls upon all nations to set aside September 21st of each year as International Peace Day. Along with many other churches and city organizations we joined in on Sunday as sponsors of a Peace Day picnic, with many fine speakers and lovely weather. In his sermon, Rev. Kent connected the story of… Read more.
The writer of James reminded us this week that it is by being doers of the word that we bring faith to fruition. This Sunday we saw faith done up in every conceivable musical genre as we celebrated a Music Sunday filled with the talent of members and friends. Rev. Kent preached on all that… Read more.
When Jesus proclaims himself to be the “bread of life” in the gospel of John, he sets himself apart from some of the daily fare we encounter. How often do we feed on mistrust, on the fears we so easily manufacture, on the titillation of being voyeurs in a violent world? Rev. Kent in his… Read more.
Thanks to the enterprising work of Jane Warth, our pastors’ sermons are being transcribed! We’ll be posting both the audio mp3, and a written transcript for you to use and share. Please enjoy this audio recording of the July 12, 2015 worship service: The written transcript will be available soon. Check back often! Here are… Read more.
This week’s events have been dominated by the shootings in Charleston at the historic Emanuel AME congregation. In addition, many in the congregation and community are suffering with illness or worry for family and friends. Into this tumultuous world we cast our prayers for strength and steadiness. Here is Rev. Kent’s prayer offered beautifully by… Read more.