Recent Sermons

Our Far Aim

Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5; John 14:23-29

Sunday, May 22, 2022 @ 9:45 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

These passages give us a glimpse of where our evolutionary journey is headed, ultimately. Our job is to keep this ultimate aim in mind as we try to live into this aim more fully.

 

Service Bulletin: May 22, 2022
Pennell Baptism Insert: May 22, 2022

 

Hymns:
Hymn 623 “I’ve Got Peace Like a River”
“Wedding Song (There Is Love)” by Noah Paul Stookey

The Renewal of Earth

Revelation 21:1-6; John 13:31-35

Sunday, May 15, 2022 @ 9:45 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

God is making all thinks new, including the human heart. A new era is dawning, awaiting new human consciousness to enable it to take root.

 

Service Bulletin: May 15, 2022

 

Hymns:
Hymn 100 “My Soul Cries Out with a Joyful Shout”
“Love Is the Answer” by Todd Rundgren (covered by England Dan and John Ford Coley)

Jesus’ Mantle

Acts 9:36-43; John 10:22-30

Sunday, May 8, 2022 @ 9:45 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

Peter begins to take on the mantle of Jesus, to perform the same kind of miracles that Jesus performed. Jesus’ work is being passed on. In us too?

 

Service Bulletin: May 8, 2022

Hymns:
Hymn 307 “God of Grace and God of Glory”
Hymn 726 “Will You Come and Follow Me”

Nothing Is Wasted

John 21:1-19

Communion Sunday, May 1, 2022 @ 9:45 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

In his third resurrection appearance, Jesus restores Peter’s inner woundedness. Nothing is wasted in the spiritual life, even our failures.

 

Service Bulletin: May 1, 2022

Hymns:
Hymn 250 “In the Bulb There Is a Flower” (Click the “Full Text” tab)
Hymn 801 “The Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want” (Click the “Full Text” tab)

Getting Used to Resurrection

Revelation 1:4-8; John 20:19-31

Sunday, April 24, 2022 @ 9:45 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

The Resurrection so explodes our rational minds, that we don’t know what to do with it. In various ways, we hold onto the old and resist the implications of the new.

 

Service Bulletin: April 24, 2022

Hymns:
Hymn 236 “The Strife Is O’er” (Click the “Full Text” tab)
Hymn 233 “The Day of Resurrection!” (Click the “Full Text” tab)

Easter Sunday Service : R.I.P., Death

1 Corinthians 15:19-26; Luke 24:1-12

Easter Sunday, April 17, 2022 @ 9:45 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

The human lineage has lived under the sway of death since Adam, since the beginning. Christ has ushered in a new era of resurrection and with it a new trajectory to the human story.

 

Easter Sunday Service Bulletin: April 17, 2022
Easter Sunday Service Lilies Insert: April 17, 2022

Hymns:
Hymn #232 “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today” (Click the “Full Text” tab)
Hymn #238 “Thine Is the Glory” (Click the “Full Text” tab)

 

Note: There was a problem with the audio portion of the recorded service, so we are unable to provide a link to this week’s sermon.

Good Friday Service

Friday, April 15, 2022 @ 12:00 PM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

 

Good Friday Service Bulletin: April 15, 2022

Maundy Thursday Service (In person only)

Thursday, April 14, 2022 @ 7:30 PM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

 

Maundy Thursday Tenebrae Service Bulletin: April 14, 2022
Maundy Thursday Tenebrae Service Insert: April 14, 2022

Stones’ Concert

Luke 19:28-40; Philippians 2:5-11

Palm/Passion Sunday, April 10, 2022 @ 9:45 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

The Pharisees were into crowd control as Jesus entered Jerusalem. Jesus assured them that if the crowd was made quiet, a concert from stones would break forth. Sometimes, it appears, God is in favor of noise.

 

Palm/Passion Sunday Service Bulletin: April 10, 2022

Hymns:
Hymn #196 “All Glory, Laud, and Honor” (Click the “Full Text” tab)
Hymn #203 “Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love” (Click the “Full Text” tab)

Love’s Math

John 12:1-8

Sunday, April 3, 2022 @ 9:45 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

As Mary shows, love is extravagant and doesn’t fit well into spreadsheets. How does love’s extravagance inform our discipleship?

 

Service Bulletin: March 27, 2022

Hymns:
Hymn #157 “I Danced in the Morning” (Click the “Full Text” tab)
Popular Hymn: “Over the Rainbow” by Arlen, Harburg & (version by Kamakawiwoʻole)

Our Part in God’s Work

2 Corinthians 5:16-21; Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

Sunday, March 27, 2022 @ 9:45 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

Jesus and Paul make clear that the work of God is for reconciliation of all things and people. Are we to have a hand in this work? How are we doing?

 

Service Bulletin: March 27, 2022

Hymns:
Hymn #442 “Just as I Am, without One Plea” (Click the “Full Text” tab)
Popular Hymn: “The Heart of the Matter” by Campbell, Henley & Souther

What Does God Expect?

Isaiah 55:1-9; Luke 13:1-9

Sunday, March 20, 2022 @ 9:45 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

As Jesus looked around, he did not see the kind of fruit produced in people’s lives that he expected. The religion of his day wasn’t transforming hearts. What kind of fruit is God expecting from us?

 

Service Bulletin: March 20, 2022

Hymns:
Hymn #721 “Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore”
Popular Hymn: “Higher Love” by Steve Winwood & Will Jennings

Mindset

Philippians 3:17-4:1; Luke 13:31-35

Sunday, March 13, 2022 @ 9:45 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

Even for people of faith there is a temptation to live by the mindset of the world. Our call is to transcend such an orientation and to develop a capacity to live with a very different mindset.

 

Service Bulletin: March 13, 2022

Hymns:
Hymn #215 “What Wondrous Love Is This”
Popular Hymn: “Both Sides, Now” by Joni Mitchell

Addition by Subtraction

Luke 4:1-13

Sunday, March 6, 2022 @ 9:45 AM (Communion)

Rev. John W. Monroe III

Jesus, like all humans, did battle with the self and its desire for preservation. He had the courage to let self go in order to find God within. Addition by subtraction.

 

Service Bulletin: March 6, 2022

Hymns:
Hymn #175 “Seek Ye First”
Popular Hymn: “One Tin Soldier” by Dennis Lambert & Brian Potter

Memorial Service for Judith Hoyt Dorn

Saturday, March 5th, 2021 : 1:00 PM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

 

Memorial Service Bulletin

Hymn Inserts:
Hymn #69 “I, the Lord of Sea and Sky”” by Daniel Shutte
Hymn #157 “I Danced in the Morning”” American Shaker melody, text by Sidney Carter

Ash Wednesday : The Journey with Christ

2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6,16-20

Ash Wednesday, March 2, 2022 @ 7:30 PM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

 

Service Bulletin: March 2, 2022

Hymns:
Hymn #166 “Lord, Who throughout These Forty Days”
Hymn #169: “Dear Lord and Father of Mankind”

The Future of Humanity

2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2; Luke 9:28-36

Transfiguration of the Lord Sunday, February 27, 2022 @ 9:45 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

Both passages speak of a transformed humanity, marked by a quality of transparency, of splendor. Our destiny is to see through the density of our material existence into the spiritual dimensions which shine through for those with eyes to see.

 

Service Bulletin: February 27, 2022

Hymns:
Hymn #192 “Lord, the Light of Your Love Is Shining” by Graham Kendrick
Popular Hymn: “Here Comes the Sun” by George Harrison

Lord, Have Mercy

Genesis 45:3-11,15; Luke 6:27-38

Sunday, February 20, 2022 @ 9:45 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

We are called to be merciful, as God is merciful, who is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. By practicing mercy, we manifest the energy of God in the world.

 

Service Bulletin: February 20, 2022

Hymns:
Hymn #649: “Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound”
Popular Hymn: “The Heart of the Matter” by Campbell, Henley, & Souther

Forgotten Sermons

Jeremiah 17:5-10; Luke 6:17-26

Sunday, February 13, 2022 @ 9:45 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

Not all sermons are remembered. Some, perhaps, we would rather forget. Are these two included in our list of forgotten sermons?

 

Service Bulletin: February 13, 2022

Hymns:
Hymn #339: “Lift Every Voice and Sing”
Popular Hymn: “Blowin’ in the Wind” by Bob Dylan

When God Calls

Isaiah 6:1-8; Luke 5:1-11

Sunday, February 6, 2022 @ 9:45 AM (Communion)

Rev. John W. Monroe III

The call of God upon us does not make us comfortable. It overwhelms us and leads us to lives of service.

 

Service Bulletin: February 6, 2022

Hymns:
Hymn #69: “I, the Lord of Sea and Sky”
Popular Hymn: “Wonder” by Natalie Merchant

What Hallmark Doesn’t Know about Love

1 Corinthians 13:1-13; Luke 4:21-30

Sunday, January 30, 2022 @ 9:45 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

Both passages show the fierceness of love. Love doesn’t serve the self, it serves others. It doesn’t always make us feel happy.

 

Service Bulletin: January 30, 2022

Hymns:
Hymn #215: “What Wondrous Love Is This”
Music: “Love Is the Answer” by Todd Rundgren

Unitive Seeing

1 Corinthians 12:12-31a; Luke 4:14-21

Sunday, January 23, 2022 @ 9:45 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

Jesus and Paul were unitive thinkers. Jesus’ sermon announced the inclusion of all, and Paul’s image of the body transcends our human tendency to see separation.

 

Service Bulletin: January 23, 2022

Hymns:
Hymn #451: “Open My Eyes, That I May See”
Popular Hymn: “One” by U2 (Hewson, Clayton, Mullen, Evans)

Ordinary Abundance

John 2:1-11

Sunday, January 16, 2022 @ 9:45 AM

Rev. Linda Goeddel

We may feel as if we don’t have anything special to offer the world, but the good news is that Jesus uses whatever we offer to bless the world, so offer what you can.

 

Service Bulletin: January 16, 2022

Hymns:
Hymn #14: “For the Beauty of the Earth”
Hymn #442: “Just as I Am, without One Plea” (Click the “Full Text” tab)

Knowing Who You Are

Isaiah 43:1-7; Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

Baptism of the Lord Sunday, January 9, 2022 @ 9:45 AM

Rev. John W. Monroe III

Life changes if and when we know who we truly are – God’s beloved.

 

Service Bulletin: January 9, 2022

Music: “Down to the River to Pray” by American Folk Song (as sung by Alison Krauss)

Before Time Began

Ephesians 1:3-14

Sunday, January 2nd, 2022 : 9:45 AM (Communion)

Rev. John W. Monroe III

Paul’s vision of our being chosen by God, before the foundation of the world, provides the true context for our lives. What might happen in the new year if we could apprehend this context?

 

Service Bulletin: January 2, 2022
Music: “Longer” by Dan Fogelberg