Sermons

November 29, 2020 29
Nov 2020

Watchful

Speaker: Reverend Jon Hauerwas

Back in March, when most of us first learned of the severity of the current pandemic, concern naturally mounted. Nationwide, as the virus spread and sick patients began entering hospitals in ever larger numbers, we worried if our healthcare system could adequately care for them. Next came news of furloughs […]

November 22, 2020 22
Nov 2020

In a Mirror

Speaker: Reverend Jon Hauerwas

At a bioparc in Valencia, Spain, a mother zebra was exhausted after giving birth to the colt that she had carried for the previous 13 months. In captivity, her newborn had no predators from which to flee. But, instinct is a powerful force. And as soon as he entered the […]

November 15, 2020 15
Nov 2020

Choosing the Way

Speaker: Reverend Jon Hauerwas

Choosing the Way Malachi 3:1-4,6-7 and Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-15 As one of the creators of both Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm, Larry David is a well-known figure in the entertainment industry. But he’s not the only writer, actor, or comedian in the family. His daughter, Cazzie, has followed in his […]

November 8, 2020 08
Nov 2020

Fulfilling God’s Plan

Fulfilling God’s Plan Ephesians 2:4-10 and Matthew 28:16-20 Some moments are steeped in such significance that they become ingrained in our collective consciousness. We remember with joy the formal declarations marking the end of lengthy wars, and the pride that fills our being when witnessing a moonwalk. Yet, together, we […]

November 1, 2020 01
Nov 2020

To Be a Blessing

Speaker: Reverend Jon Hauerwas

To Be a Blessing Revelation 7:9-12, 16-17 and Matthew 5:1-12 In 1992, Eric Clapton recorded an album for the MTV Unplugged series. Among the acoustic tracks featured there was a blues standard called “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out.” Originally released by Jimmy Cox in 1923, it tells […]

October 25, 2020 25
Oct 2020

Genuine

Speaker: The Reverend Sandy Selby

Genuine Romans 12:9-18,21 Yesterday morning, shortly before Pastor Jon called to ask if I could fill in today, I listened to a video recording from Sister Joan Chittister of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie. In the video, she gave us a few questions for reflection, based on the Rule that […]

October 18, 2020 18
Oct 2020

God Has a Plan for Us

Speaker: Jon Hauerwas

God Has a Plan for Us Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 and Micah 6:6-8 “When Britain went to war against the United States in 1812, many Choctaw warriors served in the American army of Andrew Jackson.” [1] Less than two decades later, when Jackson became president, that alliance amounted to little. In […]

October 11, 2020 11
Oct 2020

Reflecting on Our Past and Envisioning Our Future

Speaker: Jon Hauerwas

Reflecting on Our Past and Envisioning Our Future 1 Thessalonians 1:1-6a and Philippians 4:1-9 Leaders are able “by words or deeds to polarize the congregation, destroying the one soul, one mind, one body.” [1] In Philippians, Paul addresses the existence of conflict directly “because he expects the church to help […]

October 4, 2020 04
Oct 2020

Worldwide

Speaker: Jon Hauerwas

Worldwide Ephesians 4:1-6 and 1 Corinthians 12:12-26 We begin our lives as children – needy, vulnerable, and dependent. It is then that we craft a vision of the ideal adult role model. We imagine one who is mature, responsible, capable, and wise. And with these virtues in mind, we strive […]

September 27, 2020 27
Sep 2020

A Question of Authority

Speaker: Jon Hauerwas

A Question of Authority Philippians 2:1-11 and Matthew 21:23-32 “Confirmation bias is the tendency to take in only data that confirms a prior conviction and to discount information that does not conform to what we already believe.” [1] In other words, “When a person receives new information that contradicts a […]

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