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.


God knows you

A sermon preached by Pastor Ken Carrothers on July 5, 2020 •Exodus 5:1-2; 7:8-23•

What does it mean to know God? It feels as though that question is at the heart of our reading today. Moses and Aaron tell Pharaoh that the Lord, the God of Israel says, “Let my people go.” And Pharaoh responds, “Who is the Lord, that I should heed him and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, and I will not let Israel go.” And so back to the question: What does it mean to know God?

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the less traveled road

A sermon preached on June 28, 2020 by Pastor Ken Carrothers •Luke 19:1-10• In Robert Fulghum’s book All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten he states, “All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sand pile at Sunday School.”[i] Fulgham’s comment notes how much Sunday School about life. It reminds us of God’s grace, love and promise and often somewhere in the midst it includes a story and song about a man named Zacchaeus.

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Repentance, not sacrifice of others

A sermon preached by Pastor Ken Carrothers on June 21, 2020 •2 Samuel 21:1-14•

If you would have asked me last Sunday about our reading for today I would not have been able to tell you about it. I didn’t know about this story. This famine. David praying to God. God saying Saul left blood on the throne. David going to Saul’s victims and asking how he can make amends. The Gibeonites asking for vengence. David handing over seven sons of Saul who are immediately and publicly killed. Later David, taking the bodies down and giving them a proper burial. The famine ending.

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Reaching out and catching us

A sermon preached by Pastor Ken Carrothers on June 14, 2020

•Matthew 14:22-33•

I thought we could start with a question today. How many of us have opened our mouths and spoken, before fully considering what was actually coming out? Raise your hand if you have ever done this. It’s OK, chances are those who are around you right now already know your answer. And my bet is that everyone, no matter where they are listening from has their hand up. It is something we have all done and this morning we see Peter’s experience front and center.

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promise and mission

A sermon preached by Pastor Ken Carrothers on May 24, 2020 •Acts 1:1-14•

For the last five weeks we have been hearing stories of the resurrected Jesus showing up all over the place — in a room, on the road, in the mountains, on the shore — Jesus just keeps showing up. But as with all good things there is a time when it comes to an end and we have come to the place where Jesus will return to the fuller presence of God. But before he is lifted up, we are privy to one one last conversation Jesus has with his followers.

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