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Sermons

 

Most weeks, our worship leader offers a 15–20 minute sermon based on the Scripture texts for the day.

Our regular preacher is pretty versatile. She’ll tell stories, pull together different ideas, lead a meditation, give the congregation an “assignment” to talk about in twos or threes, show a slide show or video, or sometimes even sing to the congregation. The sermon functions to deepen our reflection on the Scripture themes of the day, and often leaves us with a challenge or a question.
 
Scripture texts are outlined in the Revised Common Lectionary.

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The Great Rummage Sale

Rev. Cari received a request to preach on Jesus’ words about “new wine in old wine skins” from Mark 2, and to specifically preach on the life of the church as institution. The requester said, “We worship this polyamorous God who desires justice for ALL people and who will not be contained. No matter how…

Stilling the Storm

For the 6th Sunday after Pentecost, Rev. Cari preached on Mark’s story of Jesus asleep in the boat while a storm rages around him (Mark 4:35-41). The disciples, frightened by the storm, wake him up and ask him, “Don’t you care that we’re about to be killed?” And he stills the storm. Rev. Cari’s take…

Holding Space

At Crossroads today, we hosted our own “Mental Health Sunday” and were pleased to welcome Cathy Bone to the pulpit. Her text was Mark 5:21-34, and she unpacked a very complex text, shared some of her own mental health journey, as well as imparting a bit of teaching about how our brains work. As we…

The Sower

This sermon for the fourth Sunday after Pentecost is on the pair of parables found in Mark 4:26-34. Both concern the Reign of God, and both feature green growing things. The question in Rev. Cari’s mind as she begins to look at these parables, is “What is the role of the human?” And by the…

Kinship Redefined

For the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost, Rev. Cari tackled quite a challenging text: Mark 3:20-35. A combination of narrative about Jesus’ family making an “intervention” in his life because they are concerned for him, and Jesus tangling with the Scribes, who say he is possessed of an evil spirit, it’s a thorny text to untangle….

The Call of Eli

This Sunday, guest lay preacher (and spouse of our Lead Minister) Rob Copeman-Haynes preached on the familiar text at I Samuel 3 known as “The Call of Samuel.” Only he didn’t focus our attention where preachers usually direct it. He focussed us on Eli’s role in the story. And he imagined Eli going to his…

Holy Trinity

On Trinity Sunday, Rev. Cari dives in with two texts: Isaiah 6:1-8, and John 3:1-8. Both texts invite a “more than literal” understanding of who God is and how God invites humans to be in relationship to the Holy. The sermon opens with a quote from theologian and psychologist Richard Beck, who speaks about “the…

The Reset Button

Pentecost Sunday, often referred to as the “Birthday of the Church” is a story of a radical reset for the followers of Jesus. This morning, we heard two texts: the Valley of the Dry bones in Ezekiel 37 and the story of the Day of Pentecost from Acts 2. We began in dryness, “doom” and…

The Gentiles, the Commandment and the Spirit

This week Rev. Cari does it again… she’s preaching on two texts: Acts 10:44-48 and John 15:9-17. The sermon is an exploration of the work of the Holy Spirit in creating communities of openness to God that bridge difference and deepen community. She revisits Crossroads’ purpose statement with the congregation, then explores both texts, eventually…

Life in the Spirit… and the Vine

For the 5th Sunday of Easter, Rev. Cari tried an experiment. She preached on two texts (for the price of one!). Acts 8:26-40, which is a story, and John 15:1-8, which is a discourse. She took the one (the story of the Ethiopian eunuch) and nested it inside the vocabulary of the other (John’s meditation…