During the pandemic, we are worshiping on-line! Below are links to each week’s service.
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.
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 […]
Message for June 21, 2020 Text: Psalm 16:7-11 Julian of Norwich, alluded to earlier in this worship video, is probably best known for this one affirmation: “All shall be well, all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.” Julian was the anchoress at the church in Norwich — a city in […]
Message for June 14, 2020 Text: Ezekiel 31:3-7 I’m willing to bet that most of you tuning in to worship today had not read or heard this particular Bible passage before. That’s because not only is this passage not part of the lectionary, the entire book of Ezekiel is almost completely overlooked by those who […]
June 7, 2020 Texts: Genesis 1:1-2:4a, Psalm 8 and 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 My heart is so full, and so broken, over the events of the past days. My mind is turning over and over the insightful words of many passionate and thoughtful people responding in anger, sadness and disgust. How we wish things were different. […]