We invite you to listen to, or view manuscripts from select sermons from our pastor, Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett; our Associate Pastor, Rev. Courtney Jones; and from our community ministers, student ministers, and guest speakers.

We would like to thank Jeanne Lucas for transcribing our Sermons.


September 17, 2017
Rev. Laura Ruth Jarret
A Love Letter: Laura Ruth Goes on Sabbatical

This week’s readings: Psalm 103:1-14 & 1 John 4:7-8
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September 3, 2017
Ash Temin
Stillness

This week’s readings: Psalm 46 & Matthew 6:1-8
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August 6, 2017
Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
The Disciple of Prayer

This week’s readings: Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21 & Matthew 14:13-21
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July 16, 2017
Rev. Courtney Jones
Parable of the Sower

This week’s readings: Psalm 119:105-112 & Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

July 12, 2017
Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
The Joyful Disciple of Wisdom

This week’s readings: Psalm 145:8-14 & Matthew 11:28-30

June 25, 2017
Seth Robinson
When Conflict Comes, Let Go for Dear Life

This week’s readings: Psalm 69:7-18 & Matthew 10:27-39
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June 18, 2017
Rev. Benjamin Perkins
Hymn to Him

This week’s readings: Psalm 68:1-5 & Matthew 6: 9-13

June 11, 2017
Rev. Courtney Jones
Children’s Sunday

This week’s readings: Psalm 113 & John 19:25-27

May 28, 2017
Rev. Courtney Jones
Ascension

Due to technical difficulties, the first 20 seconds of this recording are missing.
This week’s readings: Acts 1:1-11 & Luke 24:44-53

May 21, 2017
Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Class: Race and Class

This week’s readings: Psalm 66:8-20 & John 14:12-23

May 14, 2017
Rev. Courtney Jones
Class: Class Dysphoria

This week’s readings: Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16 & Luke 18:9-14

May 7, 2017
Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Class: A Sermon that is a Class on Class

This week’s readings: Psalm 23 & John 10:1-10
For more information about this dynamic sermon, please take a look at Laura Ruth’s notes on class
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April 30, 2017
Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Class: A Story for the Walking Together

This week’s readings: Psalm 116 & Galatians 5:22-25

April 23, 2017
Rev. Courtney Jones
Doubting Thomas

This week’s readings: Psalm 16 & John 20:19-31
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April 16, 2017

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Easter Sunday: We Are Alive

This week’s readings: Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 & Matthew 28:1-10

April 2, 2017

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Offering and Receiving Mercy

This week’s readings: Psalm 130 & Luke 6:31-41
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March 26, 2017

Rev. Benjamin Perkins
Mercy, Mercy, We

This week’s readings: Psalm 23 & Luke 23:32-34

March 19, 2017

Rev. Courtney Jones
Truth as an Act of Mercy

This week’s readings: Psalm 95 & John 4:5-29
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March 12, 2017

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Giving and Receiving Mercy

This week’s readings: Psalm 121 & Matthew 4:1-11

March 5, 2017

Chaplain Clementina (Tina) M. Chéry
of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute
Dignity and Compassion

This week’s readings: Psalm 32 & Matthew 5:2-12
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March 1, 2017

Rev. Courtney Jones
Ash Wednesday

This week’s readings: Psalm 51 & Matthew 6:1-21
Click here to read a manuscript of the Ash Wednesday Sermon

February 26, 2017
Sara Holland
Get Up

This week’s readings: Psalm 99 & Matthew 17:1-9

February 19, 2017

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Healing the Effects of Imperialism

This week’s readings: Psalm 119:33-40 & Matthew 5:38-48

February 12, 2017

Rev. Courtney Jones
Love at the Center

This week’s readings: Psalm 119:1-8 & Matthew 5:21-37

February 5, 2017

Cheryl Llewellyn
Turning Fear into Action

This week’s readings: Psalm 112 & Matthew 5:13-20
This week we were honored to have members of the LGBT Asylum Support Task Force from Hadwen Park Congregational Church come to talk to our congregation. Here are the opening remarks:

January 22, 2017

Lindsay Popper
Where You Lead, We Will Follow

This week’s readings: Psalm 15 & Matthew 4:12-23
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January 22, 2017

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Shell of Understanding

This week’s readings: Psalm 27 & John 1:29-42
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January 15, 2017

Barbar Walnut, Patti Ryan, & Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
We are Disconsolate

This was for a special Sunday remembrance service for those who had passed in 2016.
This week’s readings: Psalm 23 & Ecclesiastes 3: 1-15

January 8, 2017

Rev. Courtney Jones
The Baptism of Jesus

This week’s readings: Psalm 29 & Matthew 3:13-17
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December 11, 2016

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
The Strength of Community

This week’s readings: Psalm 8 & Luke 2:15-21

December 11, 2016

Rev. Benjamin Perkins
Advent, Love in the Age of Purell

This week’s readings: Psalm 80 (1-7, 17-19) & Matthew 1:18-25

December 11, 2016

Rev. Courtney Jones
Advent, The Hope We Are Called to Embody”

This week’s readings: Isaiah 35:1-10 & Matthew 11:2-11
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December 4, 2016

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Advent, What Will We Wear for the Revolution”

This week’s readings: Isaiah 11:1-10 & Matthew 3:1-12

November 27, 2016

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Advent, “There is a Crack in Everything (That is How the Light Gets In)”

This week’s readings: Isaiah 2:1-5 & Matthew 24:36-44

November 20, 2016

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Christ Our Sovereign, The How

This week’s readings: Psalm 46 & Luke 22:33-43
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November 13, 2016

Rev. Courtney Jones
All Saints, The Week of the Election

Scripture for this week:Psalm 98 and Luke 21:5-19
If you would like to read a Transcript of this sermon, it can be found here

November 6, 2016

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
All Saints, The Week of the Election

If you would like to read a transcript of this sermon, it can be found here

October 30, 2016

Rev. Nina Swift
Stewardship and Zombies

October 23, 2016

Rev. Benjamin Perkins
The Dharma & Dao of the Pharisee & the Tax Collector

October 16, 2016

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Just Us Chickens

If you would like to read a transcript of this sermon, it can be found here

October 9, 2016

Rev. Courtney Jones
Capacity Within the Body of Christ

October 2, 2016

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Spiritual Gifts

If you would like to read a transcript of this sermon, it can be found here

September 25, 2016

Rev. Benjamin Perkins
Jesus Raised an Able

If you would like to read a transcript of this sermon, it can be found here

September 18, 2016

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Joyful Participation
If you would like to read a transcript of this sermon, it can be found here.

September 11, 2016

Rev. Courtney Jones
Stopping to Encounter God

September 4, 2016

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Preparing Ourselves

August 28, 2016

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Everyday Mercy
If you would like to read a transcript of this sermon, it can be found here.

July 24, 2016

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Dignity: Sex: 50 Shades of Holy

If you would like to read a transcript of this sermon, it can be found here.

July 17, 2016

Rev. Nina Swift
Dignity: Food

If you would like to read a transcript of this sermon, it can be found here.

July 10, 2016

Rev. Benjamin Perkins and Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Good Morning, Again, Heartache: Responses to the shooting of Alton Sterling, Philander Castile, and the Five Police Officers in Dallas

July 3, 2016

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Liberty

June 19, 2016

Rev. Nina Swift
We Are Legion

June 12, 2016

Rev. Courtney Jones
Children Bless and Teach Us
If you would like to read a transcript of this sermon, it can be found here.

June 5, 2016

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
The Lives of our Children or Why Do You Love Us So Much?

May 29, 2016

Rev. Steve Vandergrift
Sing to God a New Song

May 22, 2016

Rev. Courtney Jones
Trinity Sunday: Questioners, Believers, and Questioning Beleivers

May 15, 2016

Rev. Benjamin Perkins
Pentecost: Disruptive, Unruly, Wild & Free….or Why Pentecost Matters

May 8, 2016

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Ascension: When A Loved One Dies

May 1, 2016

Katie Ernst
The Love, Hope, and Courage found in Jesus

April 24, 2016

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
God’s Claim on Us

April 17, 2016

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
How We Trust

April 10, 2016

Rev. Courtney Jones
Breakfast on the Beach

March 13, 2016

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Easter 2016

March 13, 2016

Rev. Benjamin Perkins
Found in Translation

March 6, 2016

Rev. Courtney Jones
The Prodigal Son

February 28, 2016

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
The Fig

February 21, 2016

Rev. Benjamin Perkins
The Sin is Not the Thing

February 14, 2016

Rev. Courtney Jones
Survival of the Weakest
If you would like to read a transcript of this sermon, it can be found here.

February 7, 2016

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
The Illumination of Confirmation

January 31, 2016

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
If Love is the Tool

January 17, 2016

Student Minister Katie Ernst
Hope is in the Holler

January 10, 2016

Rev. Courtney Jones
Presentation of Jesus at the Temple

January 3, 2016

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Epiphany!

December 20, 2015

Rev. Courtney Jones
Advent 4: The Body Big an Small
If you would like to read a transcript of this sermon, it can be found here.


December 13, 2015

Rev. Benjamin Perkins
Advent 3: The Black Body Matters
If you would like to read a transcript of this sermon, it can be found here.

December 6, 2015

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Advent 2: The Body in the Wilderness: Trauma, Healing and Holy Space

November 29, 2015

Rev. Benjamin Perkins
Advent 1: And the Word Became Flesh!
If you would like to read a transcript of this sermon, it can be found here.


November 22, 2015

Student Minister Katie Ernst
Christ the King

November 15, 2015

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Telling Our Stories

November 8, 2015

Rev. Courtney Jones
Seeing the Unseen

November 1, 2015

Rev. Nina Swift reading for Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
I. Choose. Love.

October 25, 2015

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
The Bible and Money
Parade of Pledges Sunday

October 18, 2015

Rev. Benjamin Perkins
There will be blood?
Violence in the bible

October 4, 2015

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Blessing of the Animals
Sermon for the Feast of St. Francis

September 27, 2015

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Book
Bible Sunday sermon,Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Book and the Commissioning of Student Minister Katie Ernst.


September 20, 2015

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Why we go to Church
If you would like to read a transcript of this sermon, it can be found here.

September 13, 2015

Rev. Courtney Jones
Act 2

August 16, 2015

Rev. Courtney Jones
Bodies of Christ

August 9, 2015

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Bread of Life

August 2, 2015

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Where Everything Comes From

July 26, 2015

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Eat, Pray, Walk on Water

July 19, 2015

Rev. Courtney Jones
Called to be Fed, Called to Feed Others

July 12, 2015

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
The Wisdom of the Good Samaritan: The Ordination of Nina Swift

July 5, 2015

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Confidence, then Rest, then Leadership

June 28, 2015

Rev. Courtney Jones
Between Two Miracles

June 21, 2015

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
We Belong to One Another: The Ordination of Benjamin Perkins

June 14, 2015

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
The Seed’s Coming Out

June 7, 2015

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Wrestling and Releasing

May 31, 2015

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
The Spirit Blows Through

May 24, 2015

Rev. Courtney Jones
Playing with Fire

May 17, 2015 (PM – Installation of Rev. Courtney Jones)

Rev. Reebee Girash
Standing and Kneeling

May 17, 2015 (AM)

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Not Clinging

May 10, 2015

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
If I Were Brave

May 3, 2015

Andree Zaleska
Cod Forgive Us

April 26, 2015

Rev. Courtney Jones
Good shepherd, Good Sheep

April 19, 2015

Nina Swift
I Believe in the Bodily Resurrection of Jesus

April 12, 2015

Rev. Traci Blackmon

April 5, 2015

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Easter Sunday

March 22, 2015

Ben Perkins
Lent 5: Fear of Death

March 15, 2015

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Lent 4: Fear of Condemnation

March 8, 2015

Rev. Courtney Jones
Lent 3: The Fear of Losing All We Know

March 1, 2015

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Lent 2: Our Fear of Evil

February 18, 2015

Nina Swift
Ash Wednesday


February 15, 2015

Rev. Courtney Jones
Transfiguration


January 25, 2015

Rev. Courtney Jones
Entangled

January 18, 2015

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Black Lives Matter: Then, Still, Now

January 11, 2015

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
To Be Baptised

January 4, 2015

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Up Off the Spiritual Couch

December 28, 2014

Rev. Courtney Jones
Two Turtledoves and a Baby

December 21, 2014

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
The Tipping Point

December 14, 2014

Rev. Courtney Jones
Mining For Joy

December 7, 2014

Ben Perkins
And the Word Was Weak. . .

November 30, 2014

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
What to Do While We’re Waiting: Advent I

November 16, 2014

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Yelling at God, and Lamentation

November 9, 2014

Megan Jewett and Jill Seaman
I Pray, Me Too, Me Too

November 2, 2014

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Ways To Pray

October 26, 2014

Rev. Courtney Jones
What We Mean When We Pray

October 25, 2014

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
The Baptism of Nevaeh Guillerey Chambliss


October 19, 2014

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
How to Pray

October 12, 2014

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Who Is We?


October 5, 2014

Ben Perkins
Whose Coming Out Is It, Anyway?

September 28, 2014

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
The Main Reason: A Sermon for Courtney’s Ordination

September 28, 2014

Courtney Jones
Free Obedience

September 21, 2014

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
The Plane Has Landed: The Opportunities Ahead

September 14, 2014

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Getting Free

September 7, 2014

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Use Your Words, Beloved, and Your Hearts

August 31, 2014

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
The New Wide, Deep, Golden Place of Peace

August 17, 2014

Ben Perkins
Praising the Devil?

August 3, 2014

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Reflected in God’s Eye

July 27, 2014

Courtney Jones
A Small Seed, A Great Pearl, and Love’s Wide Net

July 13, 2014

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
The Dirt on Composting the Soul

June 29, 2014

Courtney Jones
What’s In a Name

June 22, 2014

John Brock
Deep Calls to Deep

June 15, 2014

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Baptism Sunday

June 1, 2014

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
The Ascension of our Furnace Into Heaven


May 25, 2014

Nina Swift
By the Rivers of Babylon

May 18, 2014

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Forty Years of Brown vs. Board of Education, Ten Years of Marriage Equality

May 11, 2014

Courtney Jones
Love Never Fails

May 4, 2014

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Becoming Who We Are

April 27, 2014

Jill Seaman
God Doesn’t Do Delivery

April 20, 2014 – Easter Sunday

Courtney Jones
Life is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

April 6, 2014

Courtney Jones
 Too Big To Forgive

March 30, 2014

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
The Last Stone (AM)


Ben Perkins
God is Not An American, Act 2: Reflections on being Forgiven  (PM)

March 23, 2014

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
An Assumption of Goodness  (AM)

March 16, 2014

Benjamin Perkins
God is Not An American, Act 1: Reflections of Forgiveness as a Communal Act (AM)

March 9, 2014

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
The Slow Work of Forgiveness  (AM)

March 2, 2014

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Letting the Glory Out  (AM)

February 23, 2014

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Creative Defiance of Oppression, Even Joyful (AM)

February 16, 2014

Courtney Jones
You’ve Heard It Said….

February 2, 2014

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
A Blessing, A Mission, and the Diversity of Us

January 26, 2014

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
The Spiritual Gift of Ananias and the Mystical Experience of Paul (AM)


Gina Boisse
The Consequence of Prayer (PM)

January 19, 2014

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett 
Dr. King, President Mandela & You  (AM)

January 12, 2014

Courtney Jones
Yes, and…   (AM)

January 5, 2014

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett 
The Guest House (AM)

December 29, 2013

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett  (AM)
Fleeing for the Sake of the Children

Robin Joyce (PM)

December 22, 2013

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Advent 4  (AM)

December 15, 2013

Courtney Jones
The Stories We Tell  (PM)

December 8, 2013

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
The Spiral Journey: To Turn Again  (AM)

December 1, 2013

Benjamin Perkins
Just Because We Breathe: The Advent of Worthiness  (AM)

November 24, 2013

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Bread of Life  (AM)

November 17, 2013

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
All On Loan  (AM and PM versions)

November 3, 2013

Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Presence

October 27, 2013
Courtney Jones
Enoughness

 

October 13, 2013
Courtney Jones
Practicing Gratitude

September 29, 2013
Courtney Jones
St Francis Sermon


June 23, 2013
Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
To Be Transformed

June 16, 2013
Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Repair the World:One School, Once Agency, One Mutual Fund

June 9, 2013
Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Pride Sunday

May 12, 2013
Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Mother’s Day

April 28, 2013
Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Code Switching, Resilient

April 21, 2013
Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
After the Bombs

April 14, 2013
Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Jesus Cooks Breakfast

April 7, 2013
Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Doubters Here

March 31, 2013
Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Hallelujah


March 3, 2013
Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Coming Home


February 24, 2013
Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Beyond Right and Wrong

February 17, 2013
Courtney Jones
All Who Wander


February 3, 2013
Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Poetry, A Response to Seeing God


January 13, 2013
Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Becoming Free

January 6, 2013
Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Following the Star

December 30, 2012
Courtney Jones
Unexpected Places