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Sermons from 2014

Don’t Have a Cow

John Leedy

October 12, 2014
Exodus 32:1-14

A reading from Exodus…When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered around Aaron, and said to him, “Come, make gods for us, who shall go before us; as for this Moses, the …

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The Cornerstone of God’s New Order

San Williams

October 5, 2014
Matthew 21:31-46

This is a dangerous parable, one that is full of dark sayings and disturbing imagery.  The parable pictures for us the predatory economic realities and the politics of retribution which characterized the public order of Jesus’ day.   We hear about …

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Have the Same Love

San Williams

September 28, 2014
Philippians 2:1-13

This morning we had the joy of introducing five new members who have made UPC their home.   Interestingly enough, home is the word newcomers often use when explaining why they have joined this congregation.  “I’m returning home,” says one.  “It …

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The Last Shall Be First

San Williams

September 21, 2014
Matthew 20:1-16

The characters in today’s parable represent a world of hurt. They are laborers—day laborers, to be exact.  Their precarious economic plight was as common in Jesus’ day as it is in ours. Jesus didn’t need to invent these characters and …

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Community of the Forgiven

San Williams

September 14, 2014
Matthew 18:21-35

We’re in that part of Matthew’s Gospel that’s focused on Christian community. Specifically, this passage deals with how Christians are to treat one another in the church.  Over and over again, Jesus drives home the point that rivalries, hurtful acts, …

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A Christ-Inhabited Community

San Williams

September 7, 2014
Matthew 18: 15-20

If you’ve been in church for any time at all, you’re probably familiar with verse 20 of this passage:  “For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am among them.”  This verse is sometimes mentioned when a …

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John Leedy

August 31, 2014
Exodus 3:1-15

Names are important.  From what we call one another, to what we buy at the grocery store, to the subjects our children are taught in school – names have the power to shape our world.  We name all sorts of …

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With Splendid Brightness

Emily Béghin

August 24, 2014
Exodus 1:8-2:10

In the past few weeks we have heard the stories of Jacob and Joseph. Our passage today begins with, “Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph.” Joseph had saved the people of Egypt from starvation. …

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I Am Joseph, How’s Dad?

Krystal Leedy

August 17, 2014
Genesis 45:1-15

The Old Testament, at times starts to sound a bit like high schoolers doing Shakespeare at some point, doesn’t it? A really good, but simple plot, with big fancy words with a tad bit of overacting. It’s not that the …

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Is It Well with Your Brothers?

San Williams

August 10, 2014
Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28

The family drama about Jacob and his children has many nuances, twists, and complexities, but at its center is Jacob’s admonition to Joseph:  “Go now, see if it is well with your brothers.”  I wonder if the entire Word of …

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