A Sense of Community

Sharing experiences living and working in diverse communities and what seems to make them vital and engaged.

Choose Your Own Adventure – Sermon Text

So – here we are. My last sermon with you. And we’re both setting off on new adventures. Now it may not seem like that to you – after all, this isn’t necessarily an adventure of your own choosing – but here’s something important that I have learned: when something happens, you have a choice: … Continued

The Art of Meaning – Sermon Text

I want to begin by sharing some stories. About six years ago, two young adults, Alie and Emma, traveled from our home congregation in upstate New York to Central America on a mission trip to a poor community in San Salvador. They were excited to get their hands dirty, doing some serious work in the … Continued

Less Is More

Linda Anderson returns to offer some wise words and loving insight on simplicity.

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

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

Where the Rich People Sit – Homily

Our story (The Table Where Rich People Sit by Byrd Baylor) reflects the kind of gratitude we all wish for – not just to be grateful in a resigned way but to be grateful in a proud way. The family in our story doesn’t have a lot of material goods, but they are rich in … Continued

Where the River Will Never Run Dry – Service Text

Musical Introduction Performed by Pastor Kimberley Debus and Lauren Sisson – below is the original version by Ma Muse Homily I’d like to begin with a story by Christopher Buice (from A Pocketful of Dreams): Once upon a time there were two rivers flowing side by side. Both rivers liked to argue about who was … Continued