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Sermons

Desiring and Celebrating God’s Presence

Crossroads welcomed Craig Perry back to the virtual pulpit today for the service on the 20th Sunday after Pentecost. Craig’s text was Exodus 33:12-23, a text which he identifies is noted for featuring the “backside of God.” But in his sermon, he shows how fruitful it is for our reflection in this time of pandemic,…

Holiness

For the fourth Sunday in Creation Time (and World Wide Communion Sunday), Rev. Cari preached on the Ten Commandments as found at Exodus 20:1-20. Cari opened up the whole setting of the giving of the Law, in her sermon, focussing on the sights and sounds of the story as the people of Israel prepare to…

The Water Mark of God’s Presence

For this third Sunday in Creation Time, Rev. Cari opened up with the question from Exodus 17:1-7: “Is Our God with us or not?” then turned to the Philippians text (2:1-13) to answer it. Thanks to her summer school course at VST with Dr. Cynthia Rigby, Cari opened up the doctrine of the Incarnation, exploring…

The Longing

For the second Sunday in Creation Time, Rev. Cari jumps to the Hebrew Bible, to the ongoing story of the Exodus. She preaches today on a very timely text, Exodus 16:2-15, which starts with a major “whine-fest” on the part of the people of Israel. And of course, before she can go any further, Cari…

Christian Freedom

For the first Sunday in the fall season of “Creation Time,” Rev. Cari preached on Romans 14:1-12, a text full of Paul’s observations about the diversity (of menu, of practice) in the early Christian church. Of course, that diversity is still with us! Paul masterfully avoids “taking a side” in any of the differences he…

Faith and Works — What Saves Us?

Holding Romans 4:20 to 5:5 in one hand and James 2:14-24 in the other, Rev. Cari answers the second Stump the Preacher request in today’s sermon. She digs into all the Hebrew and Greek words behind the English word “justification” to show how God’s purpose is the healing and renewal of all creation. If you…

Sacrificial Love

Rev. Cari returned to Crossroads for a “Stump the Preacher” topic, in which the requester had asked, “What does the Hebrew Bible have to say about sacrificial love? What does Jesus say about it?” This sermon is her response. Referring to both Amos 5:18-24 and John 21:15-19, Rev. Cari takes  a bit of a unique…

Transformed

In Romans 12:1-8 Paul reminds the followers of Jesus that they are not be be following the ways of the world but rather are called to share their gifts and follow the ways of Jesus. Are we showing up, sharing our gifts and seeking daily to live in the way Jesus showed us?

Was Jesus a Racist?

“What? How can you say Jesus was racist?”, you may ask. Jesus’ humanity shines through in our gospel story for today, Matthew 15:10-28, as he shuns an indigenous Canaanite woman, calling her a dog, whereupon she challenges him and his eyes are opened: Jesus confronts his racism and becomes an anti-racist. How can we as…

Walking in the Storm

Mattthew’s gospel reminds us that Jesus appears by walking on water towards the disciples during a stormy night on the water. What storms do you wade through? How does God meet you in the eye of the storm? Where might you look for God?