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.
This fourth “Stump the Preacher” sermon is focused on the story behind Nehemiah 8 and the “advice” in II Timothy 3:14-4:4. The sermon is in response to a request from a congregation member after the Bible Study the Affirm team hosted in the spring of 2016. The requester said, “I know my Mom believes…
We celebrated Kidsweek on Sunday, July 17, by worshipping in an all-ages way, without a sermon. The theme of Kidsweek was “All God’s Critters.” We shared a Godly Play story about Noah and the Ark (and all those animals), and the Kidsweek children who were present acted out the story of Jonah the Reluctant Prophet. We…
The third “Stump the Preacher” sermon this summer was “provoked” by Psalm 27, and also featured Luke 8:22-25.
This second “Stump the Preacher” sermon focussed on selected texts from the book of Job, as well as Romans 8:31-39.
The first “Stump the Preacher” sermon of the summer of 2016. Rev. Cari preached on Exodus 20:8-11, Deuteronomy 5:12-15, and Luke 13:10-17.
This sermon in three “segments” was created and shared by our youth after two months of study on this text: I Kings 19:1-15. You’ll hear many different voices, and you’ll miss a bit of the visual impact of seeing “Elijah” asleep in an easy chair then up on a ladder (the mountain) but hopefully…
This sermon for the 4th Sunday after Pentecost was preached by Rev. Cari on Luke 7:36-8:3. Many thanks to the Rev. Dr. Keith Howard for permission to “borrow” his story about his granddaughter Grace for the opening of the sermon.
This sermon was preached on the day Crossroads acknowledged the 30th anniversary of the Apology of the United Church of Canada to First Nations Peoples. Early in the service, we participated in a Litany remembering the history of how the Apology came to be offered, then Rev. Cari preached on Galatians 1:11-24.
Rev. Cari preaching on I Kings 18:20-39 and Luke 7:1-10, with thanks to Eugene Peterson for the story about his first convert.
Rev. Cari preaching on Proverbs 8 and Romans 5:1-5, for Trinity Sunday.