Services at 10:30 am every Sunday
9451 Brooks Road South, Windsor CA 95492

A sampling of Pastor Laurie’s sermons are found on this website. Contact the church office if you’d like a copy of a specific message not found here.

Holy Spirit, Inspire Again

Pentecost is known as the birthday of the Christian Church, and every year on this day we return to the story of our ecclesiastical roots.  It is a story of wind and fire, symbols of the outpouring of the mysterious Holy Spirit on a group of praying, but hiding, disciples, transforming them from fearfulness into […]

Let Prayer and Praise Rise

Our Wednesday Bible study group has been discussing a book and video series by Anglican Bishop and renowned scholar N.T. Wright; it is entitled Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense. This past week’s chapter was on the topic of worship and prayer, and one of Bishop Wright’s assertions is that “One of the great spiritual […]

Let the Kingdom Rise

My kids might not remember this story now, but when they were younger, they used to laugh about something funny Katie once said back when she was probably six or seven, and her brother was ten or eleven. The three of us were in the car, driving to or from school, and Tom and I […]

On Waiting, Resting and Rising

It’s one of my favorite Bible verses, Isaiah 40:31: “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will rise on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” I love the version we sang a few minutes ago, which was composed by a […]

Easter Sunday

For some reason, the Easter story as recorded by Matthew is not included in the lectionary (that schedule of Sunday scripture readings, created by an ecumenical commission in the 20th century, which enables a congregation to hear most of the content of the gospels over a three-year cycle).  Our Wednesday Bible study group, this past […]

Preface to Passion Sunday Dramatic Reading

Before we begin what has become a Palm Sunday tradition of sorts here — a dramatic reading of the Passion story, and reflection on that story through music — I’d like to set a tone for our observance by sharing an insight from Pastor Magrey deVega, the author of Embracing the Uncertain, the Lenten study […]

The Uncertainty of Surrender

Before today’s scripture was read (either this morning, or at Bible study this past week), I wonder how many of you would have been able to recall a detail or two had I asked you what you knew about Zacchaeus. (Some in our Wednesday class were not sure how to pronounce his name, which, to […]

The Uncertainty of Mortality

Last week’s “connection question” in worship had to do with the transgression that was most likely to get you in serious trouble when you were a kid. A lot of people said “talking back” was that “unforgivable sin.” Well, you might notice that there’s a lot of “talking back” in today’s Bible story — a […]

The Uncertainty of Worry

My weekly e-newsletter from UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center included an article this week entitled: “World Happiness Report Finds That People Are Feeling Worse.” This report ranks countries according to their overall level of happiness based on survey responses to the Gallup World Poll. It is a survey which has been conducted annually since […]

The Uncertainty of Forgiveness

One of the most difficult and most courageous of spiritual practices is the practice of forgiveness. I call it a spiritual “practice” intentionally, because it is something that does not come naturally; it is something that we need to work at, over and over. Just as surely as learning to play the piano, or to […]