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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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Translation Not Required

On Pentecost Sunday, Crossroads welcomed two delegates from the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea, and fittingly, the service featured translation back and forth between English and Korean. This short reflection (and invitation to the congregation to share for a moment) from Rev. Cari was in response to the story featured in Acts 2, when…

Mystical Unity

This was not the sermon Rev. Cari planned to preach, but it’s the one that was given! Exploring John 14:15-21, part of the “sermon” Jesus offers to his disciples before his passion, she shares some of the reflections (and a story) from a recent Policy Board meeting during the sermon. She also defines the Greek…

Q&A re Mama Orphans Children’s Home Today

The sermon for May 14, “Mama’s Day” at Crossroads, was no ordinary sermon. A Question and Answer session with Bobby Odhiambo, the son  of the Rev. Monicah Oduor (Mama herself) and Colleen McCormick, founder of the Kenyan Orphan Children Foundation, the Vancouver-based charity which supports Mama’s work in Kenya. Though the conversation starts out on…

Devoted to Abundant Life

Rev. Cari preached on John 10:1-10 on this fourth Sunday after Easter, also referring (just at the end) to Acts 2:42. Drawing a bit on Jean Vanier’s exposition of this text which introduces Jesus as the “Noble Shepherd,” she plays a bit on the duality between the care of Jesus for his sheep, and the…

Spiritual Heart Burn

Two Sundays after Easter Rev. Cari opens the sermon with the question, “When’s the last time your heart was burning inside you?” And after walking down the road to Emmaus with the two disciples and the “stranger” in Luke 24:13-35, the congregation did take some time in pairs to consider that question. You’re invited to…

Doubting Thomas

  On the Sunday after Easter, preacher Nam Ok Yoo hosts John 20:19-31 with the Crossroads congregation. Stating her disinclination to dwell upon the concept of “doubt” or “skepticism” so soon after Easter, Nam Ok then proceeds to compassionately open it all up, avoiding the temptation to “make Thomas the bad guy” and finding the key…

What I Mean When I Say…

Easter morning’s sermon wasn’t just any old sermon… it was a full-fledged dialogue between the preacher and the Crossroads massed choirs! The Children’s, Youth, and Adult Choirs all shared in the preaching task with Rev. Cari, punctuating the spoken word with choral responses. Our recording capacity, unfortunately, is lacking these musical offerings, so we’ll display…

What Do You Think About Jesus?

  Palm Sunday was Children’s Sabbath at Crossroads this year, which meant that not only did the children lead the congregation in our annual palm parade, but they also led the entire worship service. Listen as Paige shares the reflections of the group of children who participated in preparing for the service, on the entry…

Amazing Grace

“Myth-Buster” preacher Craig Perry tells Crossroads members the true story of Amazing Grace hymn-writer John Newton in this sermon on Psalm 130, a psalm of ascent. In his sermon, Craig identifies the complexity of human life and invites us to imagine looking back on our own time from a future date. Getting that distance may…

Conversations as Distraction from Healing

  Continuing the theme of the last few sermons, during Lent, Rev. Cari offered this sermon on John 9 (the story of the healing of a person blind from birth). She compared the experience of this one (in the story) to that of Megan Phelps-Roper’s in her TED talk: I grew up in the Westboro…