Sermon Transcripts

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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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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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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Beloved Community

Posted By on Jan 24, 2021

January 17, 2021 – Pastor Teressa SiversActs 10:1-3, 34-43 (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) “I really am learning that God doesn’t show partiality of one group over another.” That sentence, the beginning of Peter’s sermon in chapter 10, is the center of the book of Acts on which the whole narrative turns. “God doesn’t show partiality…”...

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