• Consequences, Intended and Otherwise

    Date: February 3, 2019 Scripture: Luke 4:21-30 Preacher: Rev. Beth Neel Guest Preacher: Of course many of you are familiar with Isaac Newton’s third law, that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. As it is in the world of nature and scie.. readread & listen

  • How Are We Doing?

    Date: January 27, 2019 Scripture: Luke 4:14-21 Preacher: Rev. Beth Neel Guest Preacher: How are we doing, Westminster? It’s a good question to ask at least once a year. So, how are we doing? We can answer that question by looking at numbers, for those o.. readread & listen

  • What Does Peace Look Like?

    Date: January 20, 2019 Scripture: Isaiah 62:1-5 Preacher: Rev. Beth Neel Guest Preacher: The people who lived in darkness have seen a great light, Isaiah told us once, back in Advent as we were awaiting the birth of the Christ child. We’re now in the season o.. readread & listen

  • Beloved, Precious, and Powerful

    Date: January 13, 2019 Scripture: Isaiah 43:1-7; Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 Preacher: Rev Laurie M. Newman Guest Preacher: One of our deepest desires is to belong. And most of us have at some point have felt the pain of not belonging. Before I went to seminary, I studied in Chicago for a master&rsq.. readread & listen

  • Following God, Following the King

    Date: January 6, 2019 Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12 Preacher: Rev. Gregg Neel Guest Preacher: .. readread & listen

  • The Christian's New Clothes

    Date: December 30, 2018 Scripture: Colossians 3:12-17 Preacher: Rev. Beth Neel Guest Preacher: I’ve been thinking about the holidays and how they bring out the best and worst in us, don’t they? Some people bring a long list of expectations and judge the goodn.. readread & listen

  • Piercing the Darkness

    Date: December 23, 2018 Scripture: John 1:1-5 Preacher: Rev. Beth Neel Guest Preacher: If the only gospel we had was the fourth one, the Gospel According to John, things might look a lot different today. We might not be celebrating the birth of Jesus; we would ha.. readread & listen

  • Contagious Joy

    Date: December 9, 2018 Scripture: Philippians 1:3-11 Preacher: Rev Laurie M. Newman Guest Preacher: “There is a truth past knowing. There is a joy past hope.”—Tracey Miller (my dad) It’s hard to believe that twenty-one years ago, during Advent, I.. readread & listen

  • The Joy of a Promise

    Date: December 2, 2018 Scripture: Jeremiah 33:14-16 Preacher: Rev. Beth Neel Guest Preacher: Is it right to experience joy when there is so much suffering in the world? If you’re not much of a sermon listener, consider yourself done for this morning and .. readread & listen

  • In Remembrance of All of Them

    Date: November 25, 2018 Scripture: Proverbs 31:1-31; Mark 14:3-9 Preacher: Guest Preacher Guest Preacher: Rev. Eileen Parfrey We Americans get uneasy around talk of kings.The only monarchs we like are butterflies and tabloid stars. Yet, here we are on the last Sunday of the liturgical year, celebratin.. readread & listen

  • Provoking One Another

    Date: November 18, 2018 Scripture: Hebrews 10:19-25 Preacher: Rev. Gregg Neel Guest Preacher: .. readread & listen

  • Give and Take

    Date: November 11, 2018 Scripture: Mark 12:38-44 Preacher: Rev Laurie M. Newman Guest Preacher: This morning I told my colleague Melissa Olmsted that this sermon feels like it should come with a warning label.It feels like it may be too heavy.She paraphrased Mr. Rogers. Inste.. readread & listen

  • Saints Above and Saints Below

    Date: November 4, 2018 Scripture: Revelation 21:1-6a Preacher: Rev. Beth Neel Guest Preacher: It’s that time of year when melancholy can set in, as the days shorten and the rains come.Each year, our All Saints Remembrance feels like a time of melancholy too, as we.. readread & listen

  • Seeing

    Date: October 28, 2018 Scripture: Mark 10:46-52 Preacher: Rev. Beth Neel Guest Preacher: Believe me when I tell you that if you Google “how many people did Jesus heal in Mark’s gospel” you will be directed to websites that you’ve never heard.. readread & listen

  • Audacious

    Date: October 21, 2018 Scripture: Mark 10:35-45 Preacher: Rev. Gregg Neel Guest Preacher: .. readread & listen

  • The One Thing

    Date: October 14, 2018 Scripture: Mark 10:17-31 Preacher: Rev. Beth Neel Guest Preacher: So often we like to think that we can cut out a story from the gospel and plunk it down in the middle of right here, right now, and assume that the transfer will go well.We pre.. readread & listen

  • Justice and Joy

    Date: October 7, 2018 Scripture: Isaiah 25:6-10 Preacher: Rev. Beth Neel Guest Preacher: Last night in Portland, hundreds of children went to bed hungry. Last night across these United States of America, hundreds of thousands of children went to bed hungry. Right n.. readread & listen

  • For and Against and With

    Date: September 30, 2018 Scripture: Mark 9:38-50 Preacher: Rev. Beth Neel Guest Preacher: For and Against and With Mark 9:38-50 This seems like the wrong week to speak about being in community with those we disagree with. The confirmation hearing for J.. readread & listen

  • A Time to Keep Silence, and a Time to Speak

    Date: September 23, 2018 Scripture: Mark 9:30-37 Preacher: Rev. Beth Neel Guest Preacher: A while back I heard a scholar say that the gospel of Mark can be understood as a circular thing. The gospel begins with the adult Jesus in Galilee, starting his ministry, and .. readread & listen

  • Sticks, Stones, and Words

    Date: September 16, 2018 Scripture: James 3:1-13 Preacher: Rev Laurie M. Newman Guest Preacher: It happens so quickly. In anger, you text and push send. Immediately, you wonder if you should have waited. Now, you can’t take it back. Or, the words tumbled from your t.. readread & listen