Sermon Transcripts


Posted By on Jan 11, 2021

Sunday, January 10, 2021 – Pastor Teressa SiversActs 19:1-7 & Mark 1:4-11 The Rev. Dr. Willie Jennings—today he is a professor of theology and Africana studies at Yale University. In the late 90s and early 2000s, he was a theology and black church studies professor at Duke University Divinity School where I was attending seminary. Rev. Jennings was a favorite preacher in our York Chapel in the Divinity school for midweek...

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Another Way: Ancient & New

Posted By on Jan 4, 2021

Followers of the Way Worship SeriesEpiphany Sunday: January 3, 2021 – Pastor Teressa SiversIsaiah 60:1-6 & Matthew 2:1-12 The Give-Away: A Christmas Story in the Native American Tradition by Ray Buckley Experience reading the story on YouTube “They do not know who they are…” “They do not know who they are…” That is the summary of the heartbreaking verdict shared by the animal council in our children’s time story today, a...

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Christmas Eve 2020

Posted By on Dec 23, 2020

Thursday, December 24, 2020 – Pastor Teressa Sivers I remember my first Christmas here, at St. Paul’s UMC, and our three very distinct Christmas Eve services. The noon service was the contemplative one. The 9:30 pm service consisted of lesson and carols and communion and choir. And the 7:00 service, why it had, what a previous organist called the “Wow Factor.” The 7:00 pm service had a worship script that went on page after page...

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At Home

Posted By on Dec 21, 2020

Sunday, December 20, 2020 – Pastor Teressa SiversIsaiah 9:2-7John 1:1-18 During this long pandemic I have strengthened my devotional time each day by reading one of my favorite Christian authors, the Rev. Barbara Brown Taylor. She is an Episcopal priest, teacher, amazing speaking, and, of course, prolific author. I just finished her book, Learning to Walk in the Dark, in which she explores the holiness found in darkness. Her...

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Sanctuary & Song

Posted By on Dec 14, 2020

Sunday, December 13, 2020 – Pastor Teressa SiversIsaiah 57:14-19Luke 1:1-4, 26-56 I am deeply indebted to the Rev. Jan Richardson, United Methodist clergy, amazing artist, and beautiful poet, for the blessing she wrote based on our Luke reading for today. Hear these prayerful and powerful words: You hardly knewhow hungry you wereto be gathered in,to receive the welcomethat invited you to enterentirely—nothing of youfound foreign...

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Sunday, December 6, 2020 – Pastor Teressa SiversIsaiah 7:1-14 & Matthew 1:18-25 Ahaz, son of Jotham and Joseph, son of Jacob…two descendants of the house of David, and yet, could they be more different? Ahaz, King of all Judah, the Southern Kingdom, centered in the capital city of holy Jerusalem itself. Ahaz literally sits on the throne of David, a man of power and wealth. And yet, scripture repeatedly describes him as one...

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