Sermons from 2015 (Page 2)

Peace in the Kingdom

This summer, I had the privilege of returning to one of my favorite places as a child. My father used to always make sure that we went to the Brandywine River Museum multiple times a year. It is especially around this time of year that we would enjoy the Christmas Critters. I hope I might take our children there yet this season.…

Oh Yeah, By The Way, Thank You

An old story goes: In Budapest, a man goes to the rabbi and complains, “Life is unbearable. There are nine of us living in one room. What can I do?” The rabbi answers, “Take your goat into the room with you.” The man in incredulous, but the rabbi insists. “Do as I say and come back in a week.” A week later…

Generous Givers – Consecration Sunday

After five weeks of preaching on being generous, it seems the word generous has infiltrated at least the vocabulary of some. It was last week when I heard Felicity, our middle child asking if her sharing her snack was generous. I have listened, as well, as many of you who have been examining what generosity looks like in your life. I was…

Generous Saints

On this All Saints Day, I give thanks to God for each of you and each of those you remember today. We gather this morning to praise God and participate in this countercultural holy day, which has been a part of the life of the church, since the earliest days. Nadia Bolz- Weber, Lutheran pastor who has become known as truth-teller writes,…

Generous in Good Works

This morning as we gather for worship, our youth are in Germantown at the Philadelphia Project putting their hands and backs to the work of repairing homes and rebuilding lives. As we gather to worship, I remember two things. These youth came to these understandings of lived faith here in this place – for which we should be proud. And our youth…

Openly Generous – 11:00 am Service

This morning, we continue our series on being created to be generous. Last week, we explored how from the beginning, God created us in the very image of God, and that one of the overwhelming characteristics of God is God’s generosity. Last week, I gave you a challenge to ask God how God is inviting you to be more generous. This week,…

Openly Generous – 8:30 am Service

This morning, we continue our series on being created to be generous. Last week, we explored how from the beginning, God created us in the very image of God, and that one of the overwhelming characteristics of God is God’s generosity. Last week, I gave you a challenge to ask God how God is inviting you to be more generous. This week,…

Created To Be Generous

This morning, we begin a new series of sermons entitled Created to be Generous.   We will take the next five weeks to explore what it means to be generous in community, openly, good works, as saints, and as givers. In the first chapter, in the first book of the Bible, in two verses, we learn the most incredible revelation about our own…