Sermons

Sermons

“Preaching is the living and contemporary voice of one who interprets in all the Scriptures the things concerning Jesus Christ.  In fidelity to the readings appointed for the day, the preacher proclaims our need of God’s grace and freely offers that grace, equipping the community for mission and service in daily life.”

-Use of the Means of Grace, Application 9a, Principles for Worship, p104.


showered with grace

A sermon preached by Pastor Ken Carrothers on December 9, 2018 •Esther 4:1-17• The Biblical story of Esther is an intriguing one to say the least. Today our reading is taken from the middle of the story, which is why it begins with “when Mordecai learned all that had been done.”[i] But what had been done? It seems to me to truly understand we probably need to hear the back story. So let’s do that.

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waiting

A sermon preached by Pastor Ken Carrothers on November 18, 2018 •Isaiah 36:1-3.13-20;37:1-7; then 2:1-4• Sometime in the middle of the week, my wife, Elisa, and I were talking about the sermon. I was sharing some of my thoughts with her when she smiled and said, “but the question is what weird and obscure movie are you going to quote this week?” She noted that in my first two weeks back from the sabbatical each sermon has come with a movie reference. From that moment it was my intent to stay away from movies this week just to show I could but unfortunately that wasn’t the way it worked out.

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The surprising nature and activity of God

A sermon preached by Pastor Ken Carrothers on November 11, 2018 •Micah 1:3-5; 5:2-5a; 6:6-8• The movie What About Bob? is a 1991 film about a successful psychiatrist named Dr. Leo Marvin, played by Richard Dryfus, who loses his mind after one of his most dependent patients named Bob Wiley, played by Bill Murray tracks him down during his family vacation.

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Hearing - Expectations - Surprise

A sermon preached by Pastor Ken Carrothers on November 4, 2018 •2 Kings 5:1-20• There’s not much in the 1992 basketball-based comedy movie White Men Can’t Jump that is worthy of mention, and yet there is still one exchange in the movie that makes a fairly routine appearance in my mind and it happened again this week.

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God is love

A sermon preached by Pastor Ken Carrothers on July 15, 2018 •1 John 4:7-21• I have been gone for a bit I know, but when I sat down with this text I thought it was a lot longer. With all the love talk, I told my study partner I thought it was Valentine’s Day. As we laughed we got talking about love and ended up on the subject of weddings. At one point my friend said, “God help you, if you have to sit next to a pastor at a wedding they are not presiding at.”

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