Sermons

"The Last Laugh"

"Easter is God's joke: Death thought it had won, but life and love have the last laugh!" 

Holy hilarity from Pastor John Nelson for the second Sunday of Eastertide.

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"In the Garden of the Empty Tomb"

"Our story gives us the mystery of life that rises out of death, the wonder of life that rises out of death, the power of life that conquers death once and for all. Those belong to all of God’s children." 

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"A Song of Deep Waiting"

Pastor John's sermon for the fifth Sunday in Lent (2 April 2017)

"Watch the verbs belonging to God. “God … hear my voice.” For this, we cry out. Not into nothingness, but to God. To God who is waiting with an open ear, listening for the crying voices of creatures and creation."

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"A Song of Safe Harbor"

Pastor John's sermon for the third Sunday in Lent (19 March 2017)

"Thirsty for affirmation of who you are? Give the sustaining drink of affirmation to the Christ in every person you meet."

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"A Safekeeping Song"

Pastor John's sermon for the second Sunday in Lent (12 March 2017)

"Perhaps some of our sisters and brothers who are refugees, people for whom there is no safe place on the planet, are also praying Psalm 121, the safekeeping song...."

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"If – Then"

Pastor John's sermon for the first Sunday in Lent (5 March 2017)

"God recognizes your vulnerabilities, and responds by giving enough compassion and strength to move you into companionship with others who are vulnerable: that’s how you know it is God." 

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"More Than You Imagined"

Pastor John's sermon for the seventh Sunday after the Epiphany (19 February 2017)

"If you would be faithful to God, you will choose to set yourself apart from the ways of the world, as God is set-apart. How you and I pull that off is less important than why: because we belong to the God who created shalom — wholeness and harmony, justice and joy — and keeps inviting us to extend that blessing."

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"A Call from the Heart"

Pastor John's sermon for the sixth Sunday after the Epiphany (12 February 2017)

"Perhaps this time, just like Moses’s time, is choosing time. And the great Mystery from which we come is calling from the heart: choose me!"

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"God's Gumshoe"

Pastor John's sermon for the fifth Sunday after the Epiphany (5 February 2017)

"It’s almost like St. Paul is a detective, treading his way through the streets of the city especially alongside the downtrodden and desperate, striving to get through our hard heads and broken hearts to reveal the gift intended for us all along." 

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"Answering Truth Decay"

Pastor John's sermon for the fourth Sunday after the Epiphany (29 January 2017)

In the Beatitudes, Jesus answers the "alternative facts" of this world with the truth of God's realm.
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"Fulfilling Promises"

Pastor John's sermon for the third Sunday after the Epiphany (22 January 2017)

"What You See and Hear"


Pastor John's sermon for the second Sunday after the Epiphany (15 January 2017)


"The Secret of the Gifts"

On Epiphany Sunday at Church on the Hill: a telling of Matthew's gospel, of T.S. Eliot's "Journey of the Magi," and of Paul Flucke's "Secret of the Gifts."


"God on the Run"

Pastor John's sermon for the first Sunday in Christmastide (1 January 2017)

God's story and ours meet in Joseph's dreams. 
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