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Sermons that speak to you,
not at you…

 Hear the latest from Pastor Brad

Sermons that focus on where your life meets the scriptures.
They’re real, they’re honest, and they seek to share God’s love and grace for all people.


Here are our three most recent sermon series. Older sermons are available via the archive.


Eastertide 2017: Healing the Heart of Democracy

Healing the Heart of Democracy: Voice & Agency

We are capable of creating and participating in a society worthy of our souls. This week, we are reminded of our amazing capacity to bring forth something wonderful in this world. When it feels like there is no hope, God speaks a word…and invites us to, as well. (Ezekiel 37:1-14)

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Healing the Heart of Democracy: Holding the Tension

It is far too common for people to walk away from moments that could lead to growth. Whether a disagreement, a difference of opinion, or uncertainty and unknowing, our lives are filled with moments and relationships that develop tension. In this sermon, Rev. Brad invites us to hold that tension in life-giving ways, keeping us present instead of avoiding – in our personal lives, our community, and our society as a whole. (Luke 18:1-8)

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Writing Our Gospel

This week, the children of our congregation lead us in worship. Hear a sermon on living joyfully from our Director of Children’s Ministry, Brandon Cauthon. (Philippians)

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Healing the Heart of Democracy: Valuing the “Other”

There are ways we can live and see the world that change things. One of those world views is seeing differences and diversity as a gift. This week, we consider the ‘other’: those who are different than us, those who are often labeled ‘them’ compared to ‘us’. We hear God’s call for us to value, love, and build relationship across difference. This is the second “Habit of the Heart” that can help us develop a society worthy of the human soul. (Leviticus 19:33-34, Hebrews 13:2)

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Healing the Heart of Democracy: We Are All in this Together

As we continue to live into the life and promise of Easter, we must ask ourselves – “where is new life needed in our world?” One of those places is in the not-always-so-civil society around us. We live in a country that was founded “of, by, and for the people,” yet we struggle with just that – all the other people! This week in worship we begin our series on “Healing the Heart of Democracy” by considering the foundational truth that “we are all in this together.” Join us for this new series that will be a nonpartisan look at how we can develop a politic and society “worthy of the human soul.” (1 Corinthians 12:12-26)

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Easter: Breaking Open

Jesus came to redeem a broken world, much like the one we inhabit today. As we look toward a new series on Healing the Heart of Democracy this morning, we hear of the power of letting our hearts break open, rather than apart – for Christ has broken down every wall, and we’re called to continue that work in our world. (Mark 16:1-8)

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Lent 2017: Envisioning Wider Dreams

Envisioning Wider Dreams: A Dream Worthy of Intrigue

When Jesus arrived in Jerusalem he was greeted with adulation, adoration, and palm branches. As the dust settled, the entire city was asking, “Who is this guy?!?” This Palm Sunday, we uncover why this is the most important question for all of us as we envision “Dreams Worthy of Intrigue.” (Matthew 21:1-11)

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Envisioning Wider Dreams: Death

This week as we worship and celebrate God’s love, we reflect together on one of life’s toughest subjects- death. It is the most shared of all human experiences. It is the greatest change we encounter on our journey. It is a place our faith invites us to envision wider dreams. (John 11)

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Envisioning Wider Dreams: Aging

Each and every day we encounter the change of age. Some days we don’t notice, some days it’s all we can notice. 8, 23, 34, 57, 65, 74, 88, and beyond… whether coming into adulthood or looking back from senior years, aging impacts us all (and those we love). This week, we reflect on the changes we encounter on the journey. (Luke 2:22-38)

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Envisioning Wider Dreams: Children

Let the children come… Jesus knew that every community would be shaped by children on their journey. Whether you have kids, wish you had kids, never want kids, or simply enjoy childlike wonder, children are a part of the change we encounter on the journey. This week, we envision the many roles children play in our lives and in our community. (Luke 2:39-52)

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Envisioning Wider Dreams: Health

Cancer, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, broken bones, depression… these are just some of the health concerns familiar to our congregation. How and where do we find healing? What does healing look like when a disease is terminal? This week, we consider the challenges of health encountered along life’s journey. (John 5:1-9)

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Envisioning Wider Dreams: Change

Starting this week, we begin a new series on the life of Jesus and how stories from his life can inform us about how to meaningfully engage moments of change in our own lives. In this sermon, Pastor Brad focuses on the concept of journeying from the “mundane center” to the “sacred periphery” – how sometimes walking away from our comfort zone can leave us more aware of God’s divine presence in the world and in others. (Matthew 4:1-11)

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Epiphany 2017: Journeys that Shape Us

Journeys That Shape Us: Traveling through the Storms

Our journeys through life often lead us through stormy times. The sky gets dark, waves rock the boat, and the wind leaves us wondering if we’ll make it through. When this happens in our personal lives, to those we love, or on a grand scale, we desperately search for peace in the storm. This week, we’re reminded of where to find the support and peace God offers, as we continue on these Journeys that Shape Us. (Mark 4:35-41, 6:45-52)

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Journeys That Shape Us: Paul’s Travels

Paul’s sojourn from faith community to faith community changed the way he thought about life and about God. Today we consider how our life experiences shape what we believe. (Acts 13-20)

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Journeys That Shape Us: Rules and Relationship

What happens when someone in power uses authority to devalue, persecute, and marginalize? That is the journey we encounter today as we join Saul on the road to Damascus. Hear the story of this astonishing journey that moves from rules to relationship. (Acts 9)

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Journeys That Shape Us: A Walk and a Meal

Today we consider ways to connect and interact with others in our lives to find deep and meaningful moments. As we walk and break bread together, we will be surprised to find who is in our midst. (Luke 24:13-35)

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Journeys That Shape Us: Returning to Broken Places

What does it look like to return to places we’ve abandoned? People we’ve hurt? Can we forgive and embrace the people who have hurt us? This week, hear the conclusion of last week’s story as Jacob faces the brother he betrayed. (Genesis 32:22-30, Genesis 33)

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Journeys That Shape Us: Running Away

This week, we hear the story of Jacob – a biblical character with some major flaws. We learn from the cautionary tale about running away from our mistakes and the mistakes of others. (Genesis 25:27-34, 27:1-41, 28:10-22)

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Journeys That Shape Us: Exodus

So let us dream of what can be, looking for visions that will last – for God calls us into tomorrow, out of the past. (Exodus 16)

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Journeys That Shape Us: The Magi

Whatever we might be looking for, wherever we might be going, we are invited to experience the moment we are in – For the greatest thing we find might not be at our destination, but experienced along the way. (Matthew 2:1-12)

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