Walking the Way (Sermons)

Walking the Way

The word “Way” is a familiar term for pilgrims of many faiths. There are the physical pilgrimages that people of faith make by walking. The physical aspect of walking through or to a sacred place helps the pilgrim connect; mind, body, and spirit, to a faith they feel connected to and strive to live out in daily life.

We hope you’ll join us in the journey. Blessings to you on the WAY.

“The Not So Purpose ‘Driven’ Life”, by Rev. Stacy Salles, (Mark 10:17-31; the Story of the Rich Young Man), Sunday, Oct 14, 2018

A rich young man hurries to get an answer to the burning question in his heart, “How can I obtain eternal life?” Jesus asks him to make a choice which causes the young man to slowly walk away. There is a lot to ponder in Jesus request. It takes time and a lot of discernment to develop a relationship with God. That in an of itself is the beginning of eternal life.

 

 

 

“Confining the Spirit?”, by JoAnn Morse, (Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29; Mark 9:38-50), Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018

Moses sends out a memo – “Elders to gather at the tent of meeting”. God sends the  Spirit on them and they begin to prophecy. Two men who didn’t get the memo also begin to prophecy and Joshua complains. Jesus also has to deal with this when his disciples complain that someone who is not in their group is healing in Jesus name. What message are we missing when we try to confine the Spirit of God?

“The Low Hum of Worry”, Rev. Stacy Salles, (Mark 9:30-37), Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018.

Distraction is what we do when we don’t want to be worried and the disciples found ways to distract themselves when they didn’t want to hear how Jesus journey would end on the cross (they were too stressed to focus on the hope of resurrection). Jesus encourages them to become so vulnerable (like a child) that they learn to trust God’s plan beyond the worry. We too need to become that vulnerable in order to have a more perfect relationship with God.

“The Holy Cross”, Rev. Charles C. Graves IV, (Mark 8:27-38), Sunday, September 16, 2018, Feast of the Holy Cross

The Cross has become the most recognizable symbol of the Christian Faith around the world. But often Christians see the cross as a symbol of a burden, or of having “a cross to bear”. How can the Cross instead be an inspiration to lift us forward in our relationship with God? How does the Cross carry us as we also carry the Cross?

 

 

“We’re Really Doing It”, Stacey E. Sands, (Mark 7:24-37), Sunday, September 9, 2018

 

The interaction with the Syro-Phonecian Woman is one of the most questioned and puzzled-over conversations Jesus has in Scripture. Why does Jesus speak to the woman in what sounds like a derogatory tone? What can we learn from this woman who had endured such extreme suffering? How does all this help us to understand what God is calling each of us to do?

 

“Dancing with God”, The Rev. Charles Graves IV (Proverbs 9:1-6), Sunday, Sept 2

Just like our prayers, scriptures and periods of listening can be like a “song” that we sing along with God, maybe our lives of service an action are like a dance. Perhaps our liturgy and worship are the “stretches” we do to prepare us for the dance of service that we do with God and one another. How do we follow God’s lead in the dance we do with the Divine and with other people?

 

 

“Singing a New Rendition of an Old Standard”, The Rev. Stacy Salles (Joshua 24, John 6:60-69), Sunday, Aug 26

song

Tradition is a good thing until it gets in the way of God’s call to us as a community church. How may we be called to hold our traditions, but not so strongly that it prevents us from moving forward? What song is God singing to us, and what songs may we be singing to God?

 

 

“Dinner with Wisdom”, The Rev. Charles Graves IV, (Proverbs 9:1-6, John 6:51-58), Sunday, August 19

While our the words of our mouths direct much of our relationship with God and one another, they also help to pattern what we do with our hands. Lady Wisdom in the book of Proverbs throws a feast to share her bounty with those around her who have the least to offer. How are we drawn to do the same? How does God draw us together with one another by the sharing of a meal?

“Open My Lips”, The Rev. Charles Graves IV, (1Kings 19:4-8, John 6:35 & 41-51), Sunday, August 12

 

This week’s readings are all about speaking and ‘eating’ both physically and spiritually. How might we ask God to “open our lips, [that] our mouths shall proclaim your praise” as we pray in morning prayer (BCP p.80)? How do we use the works of our lips in service to God, through prayer, speech, singing, and even kissing our loved ones? How are we called to eat of God’s bounty and also share that bounty with others?

 

“Catching the Eternal”, The Rev. Stacy Salles, (2Kings 4:42-44, John 6:1-15), Sunday, July 29

cartoon of the feeding of 5000

In the Collect for the day we ask God to guide us as we pass through what is temporal so that we don’t lose the eternal. What is temporal is good unless it stops us from recognizing and catching the eternal gifts of God.

 

 

 

“Shepherds & Sheep” The Rev. Stacy Salles, (Jeremiah 23:1-6, Mark 6:30-34, 53-56) Sunday, July 22 2018 

While we look to the life of Christ as a guide for how we should live (our shepherd), God doesn’t want a church full of sheep with one shepherd (the priest). God wants us all to be shepherds with the knowledge that sometimes we will also be sheep. There are all kinds of leadership and all of us go through times when we need the guidance of others in our church. We are community of humans, one in the Body of Christ.

“Starting with Us” The Rev. Stacy Salles, (2 Corinthians 12:2-10), Sunday, July 8 2018

Practicing love in a small and greatly diverse community helps shape us as Christians who learn how to love those beyond our small group. This sermon helps us relate to the tension of loving those who aren’t easy to love, and gives us some advise from the Apostle Paul on how to love.

 

 

 

“Who are My Mother & My Brothers?” The Rev. Stacy Salles, (Mark 3:20-35), Sunday, June 10 2018

What does it mean to be Jesus’ family here on earth? How does God call us to be unified to one another, rather than living as a “house divided against itself”? Where do each of us fit into the many roles that make up God’s human family, and how does God give us the gifts to do it?