On this first Sunday in Advent, we receive a mixed message from Mark’s gospel. It is message of hope, but it is also a message of the need to dig in and persevere.
We repeatedly hear the phrase “stay alert.” What should we stay alert to? How about hope, peace, joy, and love?
Rev. Tonja's sermon, "Stay Alert!", is based on Mark 13:24-37, CEB. Participate in worship on our YouTube channel beginning at 10:30AM. Sing along with the hymns and follow along with the virtual bulletin here.
Our guest preacher this Sunday is the Rev. Dr. Delesslyn Kennebrew, Regional Minister for Ministry Innovation in the Greater Kansas City Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). In this role, Dr. Kennebrew plants thriving new churches and leads existing congregations through revitalization and transformation.
Dr. Kennebrew received her MDiv from the Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, George, and her Doctorate at Columbia Theological Seminary.
Dr. Kennebrew brings us a message about grief. Grief can be all-consuming and all-encompassing. Indeed, grief is well rounded. But it is important when grief overtakes us that we ask for help: from a therapist, from friends, from family, and even from God.
This year, due to COVID, our celebration of Thanksgiving might be very different than we are accustomed to. If you are experiencing grief about that or anything else, ask for help. Please. Because grief is well rounded.
Rev. Dr. Delesslyn Kennebrew's sermon, "Grief is Well Rounded", is based on Psalm 121:1-2, KJV.
Our guest preacher for this Sunday is the Rev. Dr. Judy Kincaid, Pastor of the New Hope Little Elk Creek Lutheran Parish in Menomonie, Wisconsin. Rev. Kincaid is a graduate of the preaching program at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, and was the winner of the 2020 Pentecost Preaching Contest, held by “A Sermon for Every Sunday.”
In her excellent message on the familiar “Parable of the Talents,” Rev. Kincaid encourages us to give our best efforts with the gifts we have been given. We may fail. And that’s okay. But it is important that we try.
Rev. Dr. Judy Kincaid's sermon, "The Parable of the Talents" is based on Matthew 25:14-30, NRSV.
Participate in worship on our YouTube channel beginning at 10:30AM. Sing along with the hymns and follow along with the virtual bulletin here.