The Gift of Emptiness
Rev. Jeffrey Spencer – Sunday, July 25, 2021
 
Matthew 16:24-26
 
Our scripture contains one of the more challenging paradoxes of Jesus' teaching -- that if you want to find life, lose it. We will explore a similar paradox: that we gain fullness of life in the gift of emptiness. – Go to this sermon’s page
 

The Gift of Uncertainty
Jeff – Sunday, July 18, 2021
 
John 5:1-9
 
Sometimes God pushes us into an unknown future. What that happens, even if it doesn't look that way to us in the moment, it's a gift. – Go to this sermon’s page
 

Where We Find Ourselves
Brenda – Sunday, July 11, 2021
 
Matthew 14:22-33
 
Sometimes, in order to find our place in the world, we need to spend time lost in the Dark Wood. – Go to this sermon’s page
 

The Authenticity of Your Love
Rev. Jeffrey Spencer – Sunday, June 27, 2021
 
2 Corinthians 8:7-8 (CEB)
 
The authenticity of our love is proven in how we live our lives -- with the generosity of our treasure, certainly, and also (as we celebrate today) with the generosity of our talents and time. – Go to this sermon’s page
 

Seed Power
Rev. Jeffrey Spencer – Sunday, June 13, 2021
 
Mark 4:26-34
 
Our growth is a mysterious, miraculous blessing, and even the mustard seed has potential. – Go to this sermon’s page
 

Who Are My Siblings?
Rev. Dr. Diane Weible – Sunday, June 06, 2021
 
Mark 3:20-35
 
Every person is our sibling. We can treat them with compassion or with anger; the choice is ours. – Go to this sermon’s page
 

Other and Familiar, All at Once
Maggie Guekguezian – Sunday, May 30, 2021
 
Mark 5:1-20
 
Seeing those whom social custom calls "incorrect" or "other" as part of God's Image is the first step toward meaningfully loving all human beings. Let us consider the mystery of the Trinity as we discern this way of care. – Go to this sermon’s page
 

Prophesy and Visions
Rev. Jeffrey Spencer – Sunday, May 23, 2021
 
Acts 2:1-21
 
The prophet Joel (quoted by Peter in this passage) says that the young will prophesy and see visions. As we celebrate our high school graduates, we will consider the visions and prophesies they have for the future. – Go to this sermon’s page
 

Our Polar Star
Rev. Jeffrey Spencer – Sunday, May 16, 2021
 
John 17:6-19
 
The Disciples of Christ say, "Unity is our polar star." The motto of the United Church of Christ is "that they may all be one." What is Niles Discovery Church's polar star? What is the unity that we seek? – Go to this sermon’s page
 

Maundy
Rev. Jeffrey Spencer – Sunday, May 09, 2021
 
John 15:9-17
 
Jesus' gives his commandment that we love one another so that we may know joy and live as his friends. – Go to this sermon’s page
 

 
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Learn more about Progressive Christianity! Go to our Progressive Christianity Series page for links to eight sermons that discuss the various aspects of this exciting aspect of worship.