Sermons

September 13, 2020 13
Sep 2020

Belonging

Speaker: Jon Hauerwas

Belonging Matthew 18:21-35 and Romans 14:1-12 In our first lesson this morning, we learn about an enslaved person in a dire predicament. He is already shouldering the dreadful, dual realities of all enslaved people; namely, the humiliating loss of personal autonomy and the perpetual weight of forced labor. Yet, in […]

September 6, 2020 06
Sep 2020

Something out of Nothing

Speaker: Jon Hauerwas

Something out of Nothing Matthew 4:1-11 and Exodus 16:2-15 We have just heard a reading from Exodus, chapter 16. But if we move ahead just one chapter, we discover that the Hebrews current troubles were not completely satisfied by the manna that God had provided. In chapter 17, they are […]

August 30, 2020 30
Aug 2020

With You

Speaker: Jon Hauerwas

With You Romans 12:9-21 and Exodus 3:1-15 Pieces of our identity are formed from a very early age. Growing up, we learn that we are someone’s child and, perhaps, someone’s brother or sister, as well. As young people, we begin to view ourselves, at least in part, by the friendships […]

August 23, 2020 23
Aug 2020

Compassion

Speaker: Jon Hauerwas

Compassion Mark 6:53-56 and Matthew 14:14-21 When we read scripture, we are not meant to view these passages as individual, stand-alone accounts. Instead, we are to recognize that they are part of the greater narrative of Jesus’ life. So while our second lesson today begins at verse 14, I invite […]

August 16, 2020 16
Aug 2020

Come Closer

Speaker: Jon Hauerwas

Come Closer Psalm 133:1-3 and Genesis 45:1-15 Earlier this week, I had a conversation with a woman who expressed that her brother had been struggling with forgiveness for decades. Some fifty years ago, he was an active-duty American soldier stationed in Vietnam. And it was there, on the field of […]

August 9, 2020 09
Aug 2020

On the Other Side

Speaker: Jon Hauerwas

On the Other Side Psalm 105:1-6, 45b and Matthew 14: 22-33 2020 could easily be called the year of crises. In March, we suspended in-person worship and activities following news that a highly contagious coronavirus was spreading across the globe. In the ensuing months, COVID-19 has become public enemy number […]

July 26, 2020 26
Jul 2020

Interdependence

Speaker: Jon Hauerwas

Interdependence Colossians 3:12-17 and 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 Yesterday, I officiated at the wedding of Sarah Laferty and Nick Gronwoski. The setting was beautiful, in the backyard of a historic home on the Marblehead Peninsula. And there, with Lake Erie waves and a variety of watercraft competing for attention, the couple […]

July 19, 2020 19
Jul 2020

With Patience

Speaker: Jon Hauerwas

With Patience Psalm 1391-12, 23-24 and Romans 8:12-25 I am currently working toward the completion of my final project for the Doctor of Ministry degree. The working title is “Blessed to Be a Blessing: Self-Giving as a Christian Discipleship Practice.” From my perspective, this concept is at the heart of […]

July 12, 2020 12
Jul 2020

A Fertility Challenge

Speaker: Jon Hauerwas

A Fertility Challenge Psalm 119:105-112 and Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 It was winter of 2019, just a few months before everything changed. A church member stepped into my office and asked if I had a few minutes. She wanted to tell me about something that had happened in her life. Something […]

July 5, 2020 05
Jul 2020

The Yoke of Freedom

Speaker: Sandy Selby

The Reverend Dr. Sandy Selby The Yoke of Freedom A reading from the gospel according to Matthew, the 11th chapter: 25At that time Jesus said [to the crowd], “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and […]

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