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Sermons

Come, Holy Spirit

For Pentecost Sunday, Rev. Cari preached on a combination of texts she’s never considered before: Numbers 11:24-30 and Acts 2:1-21. Referring to Eric Law’s work with the story of the Day of Pentecost, she reaches into our world to see where the “miracle of the tongue” and the “miracle of the ear” are needed now….

Falling and Rising

In her sermon for Ascension Sunday, Rev. Cari referred to the two “hinge” points of the two books of Luke and Acts (both written by the same hand). Jesus’ Ascension is treated at the very end of Luke (in chapter 24:44-53) and at the beginning of Acts 1:1-11. In the sermon, Cari meets the dual…

Mystical Hope

Today was Mama’s Day at Crossroads – a week later than usual, but we focussed in our worship time on the two decade relationship between our church and the Mama Orphans Children’s Home in Busia, Kenya. Rev. Cari preached a short sermon on John 14:15-21 to leave lots of time for the testimony and storytelling…

The Table of Community

Today’s sermon is based on the text from Acts 3:42-47, about the “devotion” of the earliest Christian Community. Rev. Cari also refers to the Gospel text for the day, John 10:1-10, and quotes her mentor, the Rev. Tony Robinson, in a recent sermon on that text. The link between the two texts is the kind…

The Table of Hospitality

Preaching on I Corinthians 11:14-34, Rev. Cari addresses a text that outlines Paul’s concerns with the table practice of the church in Corinth. As is often the case, he is not impressed with the Corinthian Christians, and he’s not reluctant to tell them why! Rev. Cari attempts to bridge the cultural distance between the text…

Spiritual Heart Burn

Preaching on the third Sunday after Easter, Rev. Cari invites us to take a walk with the two disciples down the road to Emmaus. Along the way, yes, a stranger joins us on the road, and we get into the “storying” process, as well as hearing some testimony (second-hand) from the late Rev. Dr. Ross…

Meeting the Risen Christ

In today’s sermon, Gabrielle focuses on the story of the Risen Christ’s appearance to the disciples after they had resumed their “old lives” as fishermen. The story can be found at John 21:1-19. Gabrielle gently guides the congregation through a personal reflection on several aspects of the story. What part of us is longing to…

“My God and Your God”

On Easter Sunday, Rev. Cari touches on both texts for the day: Jeremiah 31:1-6 and John 20:1-18. Noting how “hungry” we all are for good news… well, for a “happy ending” really, she then proceeds to unpack how Easter is not an invitation to magical thinking, but truly reason for gratitude and joy. If you…

“Who Is This?”

For Palm Sunday, Rev. Cari preaches on the story of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem from Matthew’s gospel: Matthew 21:1-11. In the sermon, she reviews the “echoes” of the Hebrew Bible throughout the narrative, focussing in the end on the question of the city dwellers, “Who is this?” and the dual answers of the Christian Tradition….

From the Inside Out

Rev. Cari preached on Jeremiah 31:31-34, and also touched on John 12:20-33 for this final sermon of the “Theological Banquet” series. She was preaching on her “home” stream in the banquet, the Ecclesial stream, and invited the congregation to consider (during this time of sheltering at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic) living from the…