Sermon Transcripts


“What’s Your Legacy?”


Posted By on Jun 19, 2022

June 19, 2022 ~ Second Sunday after Pentecost ~ Father’s Day ~ Juneteenth Rev. Beckie Sweet   On one of the colder days of this past winter, before Lent had even begun, I engaged in worship planning for this month and season.  Not feeling led by the Spirit to use the New Revised Common Lectionary passages for this day, I moved on to other options.  Since I had already decided to use a worship series based on Mark’s Gospel...

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June 5, 2022 ~ PENTECOST ~ Rev. Beckie Sweet   25 Years ago, in May of 1997, a powerful tornado swept through parts of Texas, flattening buildings and overturning cars.  Shoppers at the Albertson’s supermarket in Cedar Park, Texas, were in a state of panic.  Then a commanding voice came over the intercom, the voice of Larry Fore, the manager of Albertson’s.  This is what he said: “Don’t leave the store or you will die . . . Your...

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“Up, Up, and Away”


Posted By on May 29, 2022

May 29, 2022 ~ Ascension Sunday ~ Rev. Beckie Sweet   Here is our Ascension Sunday Quiz, and it is a tough one!  What do the Rolling Stones, The Temptations, Dusty Springfield, Lee Michaels, Sam Brown, The Buckinghams, Elton John, and Marvin Gaye (with The Supremes singing back-ups) all have in common?  Give up?  At some point, they all recorded the song “Can I Get a Witness?”  It was a gospel-style rock song which was...

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May 15, 2022 ~ Fifth Sunday of Easter ~ Rev. Beckie Sweet   Dr. Grace Terrell’s patient called with an unusual problem: her EKG that day had ruined her vision. But wait . . . heart exams don’t hurt eyesight. Suppressing her amusement, Dr. Terrell realized her patient’s problem must be caused by anxiety. She prepared to thoroughly investigate any potential connection between anxiety and a sudden change in...

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May 8, 2022 ~ Fourth Sunday of Easter ~ Rev. Beckie Sweet   It was the summer of 1998, 24 years ago.  We were camping at our farm on vacation…no easy task with 4 year old Paul (the wanderer), 2 year old Marthalyn (who decided to start potty training that week), and infant Daniel.  Paul, being the oldest, took seriously his role of breaking me in as a parent, as he always had much to teach me.  I tended to exert my rightful place...

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“Welcome: A New Jerusalem”


Posted By on Apr 17, 2022

April 17, 2022 ~ EASTER ~ Let Justice Roll Rev. Beckie Sweet   Mark was four and 3/4 years old when his pet lizard died.  Since it was her grandson’s first brush with death, Grandma suggested that Mark and his older brother hold a “funeral” for the lizard.  Grandma explained what a funeral is in terms she thought her young grandsons would understand, “It’s a ceremony,” she said, “where...

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