• The Embrace

    Date: March 23, 2008 Scripture: Isaiah 25:6-9; Matthew 28:1-10 Preacher: Dr Jim Moiso Guest Preacher: The cross is missing. Perhaps someone stole the cross. Did you notice? Its print, its shadow is still visible on the wall directly across from the main entrance to the sanctuar.. readread & listen

  • Bar - abbas

    Date: March 16, 2008 Scripture: Matthew 27:15-23 Preacher: Rev David Hutchinson Guest Preacher: So much of the Good News of the Gospel - involves - just figuring out -WHO this man is. This man Jesus. So much so that you might say - it's the main point. Who is - - Jesus .. readread & listen

  • Nor crushing, but lifting

    Date: March 02, 2008 Scripture: John 9:1-41 Preacher: Dr Jim Moiso Guest Preacher: Who taught you how to spit? Did your dad? Did he have the skill to expectorate through the little hole between his front teeth? My dad did not teach me, I suspect as much as an.. readread & listen

  • A Fork in the Road

    Date: February 24, 2008 Scripture: John 4:5-42 Preacher: Rev David Hutchinson Guest Preacher: One name for our faith is - the WAY. Christianity has been called - "the way" Jesus said, "I am the way - follow me". Have you ever thought about what that might.. readread & listen

  • Tempted

    Date: February 10, 2008 Scripture: Matthew 4:1-11 Preacher: Dr Jim Moiso Guest Preacher: What a week: Super Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, church member Gerrit Vander Mei completes his earthly life, Clinton and Obama and McCain all make it to our northern neighbors, a bi-.. readread & listen

  • Booths and crutches for transforming

    Date: February 03, 2008 Scripture: Matthew 17:1-8 Preacher: Dr Jim Moiso Guest Preacher: The writer of Matthew uses stories and images from the Hebrew scripture to communicate the good news of Jesus. Listen for them as you hear today's lectionary reading. In Exodus.. readread & listen

  • Yet to come

    Date: January 20, 2008 Scripture: Isaiah 49:1-7; I Corinthians 1:1-9 Preacher: Dr Jim Moiso Guest Preacher: The lectionary readings from the prophet Isaiah which began in Advent continue through January. Today’s is the second of four what scholars call “suffering servant .. readread & listen

  • Forbidden Favorites

    Date: January 13, 2008 Scripture: Acts 10:34-48 Preacher: Rev David Hutchinson Guest Preacher: There's a radio show on NPR called "What Do you Know", with host Michael Feldman. It's a quiz show on which callers, normally, answer questions about current events, movies, "t.. readread & listen

  • Ordinary People

    Date: December 23, 2007 Scripture: Isaiah 7:10-16; Matthew 1:18-25 Preacher: Rev David Hutchinson Guest Preacher: Do you every feel like your life is really ordinary? And by that I don't mean, without surprises, or struggle. I mean, common and unexceptional, relatively poor, or the opposit.. readread & listen

  • Dare to see

    Date: December 16, 2007 Scripture: Isaiah 35:1-10; Matthew 11:2-11 Preacher: Dr Jim Moiso Guest Preacher: In the ancient world, as today, desert wilderness consumed much of the Middle East. Around the edges existed sharp contrasts. Lebanon was heavily forested. The mountains of Car.. readread & listen

  • Imagine

    Date: December 02, 2007 Scripture: Isaiah 2:2-5; Matthew 24:26-44 Preacher: Dr Jim Moiso Guest Preacher: The prophet Isaiah of Jerusalem prophesied during the reign of four Judean kings. He began about 738 BCE, and continued his work for the next forty or so years. Isaiah was a ma.. readread & listen

  • Half-full

    Date: November 24, 2007 Scripture: Colossians 1:11-20 Preacher: Dr Jim Moiso Guest Preacher: She looked up at me from her hospital bed as I walked into her room ten days ago. At 96, Mina had been there for over a week, the result of a fall and a heart incident. The day.. readread & listen

  • The End of the Building

    Date: November 17, 2007 Scripture: Isaiah 65:17-25; Luke 21:5-19 Preacher: Rev David Hutchinson Guest Preacher: There is an organization in Des Moines, Iowa called "Orchard Place" that helps troubled youth rebuild their lives. The work they do happens on several sites throughout the city.. readread & listen

  • Mine and Thine

    Date: November 10, 2007 Scripture: Haggai 1:15b-2:9; Luke 20:27-38 Preacher: Rev Laurie M. Vischer Guest Preacher: Last month, a dear friend of ours died, after a long and fruitful life. It seemed to us that, more than most people, he embodied Christlike love, and tried his whole life to al.. readread & listen

  • Spooks and Goblins and Saints

    Date: November 04, 2007 Scripture: Luke 6:17-31 Preacher: Dr Jim Moiso Guest Preacher: The lectionary reading for All Saints Day this year is the opening portion of Luke's sermon on the plain. One fourth the length of Matthew's sermon on the mount, much of its ma.. readread & listen

  • If Even and Even If

    Date: October 21, 2007 Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5; Luke 18:1-8 Preacher: Rev David Hutchinson Guest Preacher: Henry Ward Beecher was a famous preacher - - who lived about 100 years ago. He preached at Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims - - in Brooklyn Heights - - in New York City. I serve.. readread & listen

  • Yes to materialism, sorta

    Date: September 30, 2007 Scripture: I Timothy 6:6-19 Preacher: Dr Jim Moiso Guest Preacher: Sermon titles are difficult for me. They are supposed to be clever, enticing, meant to draw you in. Well, by the time this sermon concludes, you may wonder if the title fits at.. readread & listen

  • Let Us Pray

    Date: September 23, 2007 Scripture: 1 Timothy 2:1-7 Preacher: Rev David Hutchinson Guest Preacher: Right at the beginning of the Scripture reading from 1 Timothy, there's a call to prayer. It says, "I URGE you to pray". And so I've been thinking about my prayer life. And I f.. readread & listen

  • God's mirth

    Date: September 16, 2007 Scripture: Luke 15:1-10 Preacher: Dr Jim Moiso Guest Preacher: One of the benefits of preaching from the lectionary, that three-year scripture rotation which many denominations follow, is that we hear and can be nurtured in a vast array of.. readread & listen

  • Gracious Knowing

    Date: September 09, 2007 Scripture: Psalm 139:1-18 Preacher: Dr Jim Moiso Guest Preacher: Several years ago, I began meeting regularly with a spiritual director. Valued in Roman Catholic circles, spiritual directors are relatively new to Protestantism. Highly traine.. readread & listen