Being Soaked in the Spirit

The Spirit is absorbed in our being to the very core.  When we recognize and celebrate that, gratitude and joy spill out in all we do. Are we ready to jump fully into our spiritual life or are we afraid?  Are we afraid of being immersed in the love of God?  Should we experience things …

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Overhearing the Good News

Overhearing the Good News is from May 13, 2018. Have you ever felt like the foreigner, the outsider?  Marty uses a story from the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” to illustrate how people from different cultures or walks of life can feel like outsiders. .He also talks about the pressure that society puts on …

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Sex and the Bible, part 1

Introduction to the Scripture Readings: Reader beware. The Bible is sometimes presented in black and white. The Word of God is Christ; not the literal bible. Take the culture of the time into context plus the difficulties in translation. Concepts today are not the same concepts or thinking patterns of years thinking patterns of years …

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Memorial service

October 25, 2015 On this Sunday here at UPC we celebrated the first annual memorial service.  It was a time of sacred memory.  We listened to stories of people who have passed away.  We lit candles in their memory.  We observed times of silence and also listened to powerful music offered by our Choir Director, …

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Letting Go

October 18, 2015 I love the game of golf.  And I understand it a little.  Don’t play it well, but I understand it – little white ball, 18 holes.  Object is to get that little white ball into the cup 18 times taking as few strokes as possible … Sermons 2015 – Letting Go

Thank You

October 11, 2015 I did a funeral yesterday for a man who reminded me of my dad – a very, very stubborn man.  You see, as much as I love my dad, there are times when he drives me crazy.  He is so stubborn.  And there are times that my wife, Barb, in exasperation says …

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Jesus’ Response to Arrogance

October 4, 2015 We often leave it to the comedians to talk about those issues that are hard for us to talk about in ‘polite’ conversation.  Things like religion and politics and within the Christian church, the topic of divorce … Sermons 2015 – Jesus’ Response to Arrogance


September 27, 2015 Science shows us that people who live together begin to look like each other.  Perhaps there is a connection between us as human beings we don’t really understand … Sermons 2015 – Connectedness

Mirror Mirror…

September 20, 2015 A little boy went to a new church with his parents one Sunday.  The parents went into worship, the boy into Sunday School.  During the lesson, his Sunday School teacher kept talking about how important it was for children to grow up in a Christian home.  This was emphasized over and over …

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Who is Jesus?

September 13, 2015 Who is Jesus?  The writer of the Gospel of Mark tells the story of Jesus asking his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?”  The disciples responded, “Some say that you are Elijah, or one of the prophets.”  Jesus then asked them, “Who do you think I am?”  And Peter responded, …

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