Sermon Transcripts


Listen – Hard Truths


Posted By on Mar 1, 2021

Lent 2 – Sunday, February 28, 2021 – Pastor Teressa SiversMark 8:31-38 Speak to us this day, God of Truth and Justice. Open us to the hard truths of your great Dream, your Beloved Community. Make our hearts restless until they find their rest in you, in your Kin-dom. Amen. The March from Selma, Alabama—56 years ago next Sunday—March 7th. Over 600 people, led by then 25-year-old John Lewis, the late Senator and Civil Rights...

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Blurred Vision


Posted By on Feb 22, 2021

Lent 1—Sunday, February 21, 2021 – Pastor Teressa SiversGenesis 9:8-17 & Mark 1:9-15 Jesus, we are here. Jesus, we are here. Jesus, we are here.We are here for & with you. Amen. There was this phrase, right in the middle of the explanation about our current worship series, that grabbed me and held me from the moment I read it. It has resonated in the back of my mind and kept resurfacing throughout the last few weeks....

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Transfigured


Posted By on Feb 16, 2021

Sunday, February 14, 2021 – Pastor Teressa SiversTransfiguration SundayActs 11:1-4, 15-18 & Mark 9:2-9 Let us pray… Glorious God, Igor Stravinsky reminded us, “to listen is an effort. Just to hear has no merit. A duck also hears.” In this time of exploring your word, help us to listen, and not just to hear. Open us to your glory and your revelation. Amen. Duke University, west campus, centered around the gorgeous and...

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The Arc of Justice


Posted By on Feb 8, 2021

February 7, 2021 – Reconciling Sunday – Pastor Teressa SiversActs 10:23b-34 God who is Justice; May the words that we speak, and the actions that we engage in, be a reflection of your Dream for all your people, for all your creation. Amen and Amen. Audre Lorde was an outspoken, feminist, civil rights activist, born in February of 1934, and she died in November of 1992. Why don’t I let her introduce herself through the...

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Embodying Compassion


Posted By on Feb 1, 2021

Sunday, January 31, 2021 – Pastor Teressa SiversActs 10:9-23 Author of compassion, Open us—heart, mind, body and soul—to your way. Amen. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church—a compassionate community led and transformed by the Spirit…that is our vision, our goal, who we strive to be. A Compassionate community—a group of compassionate people—a vital part of becoming Beloved Community. I would argue that ALL churches should hold...

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Spirit-Bound


Posted By on Jan 25, 2021

Sunday, January 24, 2021 – Pastor Teressa SiversActs 10:4b-8, 44-48 (We will be exploring the story of Cornelius and Peter for 4 Sundays. Feel free to read Acts 10:1-11:18 for the whole story) Let us pray: Spirit, Spirit of gentleness, blow through the wilderness of our lives, calling and free. Spirit, Spirit of restlessness, stir us from placidness; Wind, Flame, Breath…Love. Amen. “Danger, Will Robinson, Danger!” This is...

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