During the pandemic, we are worshiping on-line! You can find weekly worship on our YouTube Channel.
Also, 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.
Current Worship Series: Be.Church.Now.
The UMC pastors in Sonoma County are collaborating this fall, doing a “virtual pulpit exchange” and reflecting together on what it may mean for us to be the church in these turbulent times when we can no longer safely gather in buildings.
Sermon for October 18, 2020 Text: Galatians 6:7-10 For me, one of the saddest consequences of the pandemic and the forced isolation that has been imposed upon us is the expectation of self-sufficiency. In being asked to “shelter in place,” we have had to figure out how to go it all on our own. We […]
Sermon for September 27, 2020 Text: Hebrews 10:23-25 When we were meeting in-person, gathering to “do church,” I interpreted the membership promise to “support the church with one’s presence” to mean showing up for worship and small group participation. The pandemic shelter in place order has caused me to re-think what “showing up” means. How […]
Message for September 6, 2020 Text: Psalm 32 Eleven years ago, I went through a brief period of depression that alarmed me enough to seek medical treatment. I was especially alert to this because my mother struggled with depression, and took her life at the age of 40, and this episode came upon me around […]
Message for August 30, 2020 Texts: Luke 10:25-37 and Jeremiah 31:31-34 As I lay on the acupuncturist’s table one day this week, literally “leaning into discomfort,” my mind cast back to an experience I had in college, and compared my budding racial awareness during those years to my observations of that town when I revisited […]
Message for August 16, 2020 Text: Luke 14:7-24 Although the Parable of the Great Banquet is included in both the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, usually it’s Matthew’s version that gets read in churches that follow the lectionary schedule of scripture readings for worship. In Matthew’s gospel, Jesus’ telling of the parable is set against […]
Message for August 9, 2020 Text: Mark 10:17-31 On scanning this passage, I did what I’ve at times encouraged you to do, and I took notice of the repetitions. I was so struck by one such instance that I double-checked my Greek New Testament just to be sure it was there in the original text. […]
Text: Luke 4:14-30 Last week, I shared a term that I picked up from a blog by Pastor Erna Kim Hackett: “Disney Princess theology.” This phenomenon refers to our tendency to read scripture as if it’s directed toward us as “the good guys;” we identify with the faithful disciples in the stories, or with the […]
Message for July 26, 2020 Text: Isaiah 52:7-10 As I mentioned a minute ago, the sentiment that opens today’s text from Isaiah, “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the person who brings a message of peace” is the equivalent of the now-old expression, “You are a sight for sore eyes!” I never […]
Message for July 5, 2020 Text: Psalm 135 In a couple weeks we will be celebrating an online “Worship Through Music Sunday,” and one feature of that celebration will be a Charles Wesley songfest. You may remember that Charles was the brother of John Wesley, also served as a priest in the Church of England […]
Message for June 28, 2020 Text: Psalm 147 Access to beautiful things is, in no small measure, a matter of privilege. To be surrounded by artwork, to be able to step out one’s door and enjoy a garden or a walk among trees or along a natural water source, to attend concerts or museums, or […]