Pastor Kimberley Debus

See the Whole Board

Reading: Matthew 21:1-11 When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, ‘Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says … Continued

Crazy Wisdom

A Time for All Ages “The Most Peaceful Day of the Week” by Amy Petrie Shaw Today in the service, we’ll be talking about wisdom that comes from things that are funny, absurd, satirical, and witty. Sometimes those things creep in at the worst times, like when a minister just wants a peaceful, meditative start … Continued

The Joy of Protest – Text

Introduction                                                                                                             What the heck is going on here? Why are we sitting at tables? Why are there pencils and markers and sheets of poster board? And what’s with all the color? Today is a day of pulling some threads together – threads that seem unrelated. Yes, I’m about to connect a spring festival, some historical … Continued

Singing About God: The Creator – Sermon Text

In my first semester of seminary, I took a course in systematic theology from Dr. James Cone, known as the father of black liberation theology. Dr. Cone is a force of nature – a slight black man from the backwoods of Arkansas, with incredible passion and intellect, and who, in his 70s, can literally run … Continued

Singing About God: The Immanent – Sermon Text

Last week, we started cobbling together our own universal translators. Unlike the Star Trek universe that Gene Roddenberry created, we aren’t equipped to automatically understand the many different languages of many cultures, and even if we were, we wouldn’t always know what people really meant. What we know is that real communication relies not just … Continued

Singing About God: The Transcendent – Sermon Text

Many things would be a lot easier if we lived in the Star Trek universe. You see, in the Star Trek universe, it is important to be able to communicate with sentient beings from other planets and galaxies – in English, of course – and thus, Gene Roddenberry created a universe where everyone is implanted … Continued

The Sin of Certainty – Sermon Text

Time for All Ages “Seven Spools of Thread” by Angela Shelf Medearis Sermon The brothers in our story made some big assumptions. They each assumed they would inherit, and that there was no way to work together. And until they let go of their assumptions, they were willing to commit what we might call the … Continued

At Sixes and Sevens – Sermon Text

I know I am not alone in wishing this could be a simpler time, a time when yes, we saw where racism, homophobia, misogyny, and greed were harming others but where we also knew the ground we were standing on was firm. I know I am not alone in wishing for time to contemplate the … Continued

What’s Next? Sermon Text and Readings

A Time for All Ages “The Emperor’s New Clothes” by Hans Christian Andersen Reading “What to Tell the Children” by Rachel Kahn Sermon The title of this service, “What’s Next,” is, not surprising to anyone who’s been listening to me, a reference from the tv series The West Wing. “What’s next” is often said by … Continued