Awe and Wonder
Rev. Brenda Loreman – Sunday, January 10, 2021
Psalm 29
With awe and wonder, we behold the presence of God in all the elements of creation -- water, fire, air, earth. This glory (the beheld presence of God) assures us that God, indeed, is holding our lives. – Go to this sermon’s page

The Lives Are Precious
Rev. Jeffrey Spencer – Sunday, January 03, 2021
Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14
The psalmist's plea for justice, deliverance, defense of the poor and oppressed, and peace for all peoples is an undergirding theme of our faith. We are reminded that a just society is one that proclaims, "these lives are precious" and worthy of protection. God, indeed, is holding our lives. – Go to this sermon’s page

I Believe the Time Has Come
Rev. Jeffrey Spencer – Sunday, December 27, 2020
Luke 2:22-40
Simeon and Anna invite us see God at work, even in the hard things (like the COVID-19 crisis) and to work with God to create more justice. – Go to this sermon’s page

I Believe in the Son
Rev. Jeffrey Spencer – Thursday, December 24, 2020
Luke 2:1-20
Luke's Christmas story is not a tame story. It is a story of life- and world-changing love confronting the powers that be. – Go to this sermon’s page

I Believe in the Light: Illuminating Peace
Rev. Brenda Loreman – Sunday, December 20, 2020
Isaiah 9:2-7
The "great light" prophesied by Isaiah is the light that brings peace, that saves the people from all that would extinguish it. The Word made flesh dwells among us. This reign is now. – Go to this sermon’s page

I Believe in God: Ode to Joy
Rev. Jeffrey Spencer – Sunday, December 13, 2020
Luke 1:46-55
Mary's message (as recorded in Luke) that the downcast, lowly, and oppressed will rise up is welcome news. We may wonder where God is in our suffering, but there is reason to offer joyful praise: the good news is on its way! – Go to this sermon’s page

I Believe in Love: Daring Right Relationship
Maggie Guekguezian – Sunday, December 06, 2020
Matthew 1:18-25
"Do not be afraid," the angels says; words we need to hear. A new way of being, of relating, and of loving takes courage. Let go of the present order of things so a new and better day can be born. – Go to this sermon’s page

I Believe in the Sun: Hope for Tomorrow
Rev. Jeffrey Spencer – Sunday, November 29, 2020
Isaiah 40:1-11
Good News is beginning. Make yourself ready. Raise your voices, change your hearts, get ready to be transformed, because now is the time. Have hope that we can do what is needed to bring more light into the world. – Go to this sermon’s page

God Will Change Your Name
Maggie Guekguezian – Sunday, November 22, 2020
Genesis 32:22-32
Today's scripture tells the story of God granting someone a new name and in doing so, revealing their true vocation. There is a lesson here for all of us, and especially for people who are coming to understand themselves as "trans." – Go to this sermon’s page

What We Do While We Wait
The Rev. Brenda Loreman – Sunday, November 15, 2020
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Paul gives the church some advice about waiting that we need to hear, too. – Go to this sermon’s page

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Rev. Jeff Spencer
The Rev. Jeff Spencer
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Brenda Loreman

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