Holding Hands

LWC May 9, 2021Essentials: Spirit (fruit)Galatians 5.16-25 Happy Mother’s Day. Today we’re talking about what we heard in the passage a moment ago: how does the produce of a life with God’s Spirit turn up in us and through us? As it’s Mother’s Day, maybe a parenting picture will help to begin. Anyone who’s gone onRead more

Endless Fall-Out

NUCLEAR This is our second talk on body in our Essentials series. Last week Rikk took us on a tour of scripture in relation to the body. What did we hear? We heard that humans are God’s refection, embodiments of God’s presence and character within creation; that every human is made in the image of God, so what weRead more

Jesus washing feet

LWC March 28, 2021John 13. 1-17Watch / Listen Here I’ve only had my feet washed by someone once. I was twenty-three, had just become a pastor and of course already knew an awful lot about what it meant to be a one. Surprisingly, I think I know much less now than I did back then.Read more

Equations of Grace

Matthew 20.1-16 (The Workers in the Vineyard) The story of the workers in the vineyard reminds me of a play I saw a number of years ago called Jesus Hopped the A Train. It’s set in Rikers Prison and surrounds a couple of characters who’ve been locked up for murder. It was a very uncomfortable play,Read more

Searching for God

Luke 9. 7-9January 3, 2021Listen to this sermon here. Happy New Year. There are two kinds of people this time of year. Those who have packed up Christmas and those who haven’t. Our church is still a little decorated for Christmas, and there is a reason for that beyond sheer laziness. We’re still a littleRead more

Christmas at Home

Ephesians 3.17-19 “…May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully…” Watch or listen to this sermon here. I spent the Christmas Eve of 2016 bundled up in my coat in a cold monastery. You might not know that a fully working monastery is just up the road inRead more

Artists & Advent

Advent means arrival and is the four-week season in the church calendar year preceding Christmas. The season is characterized by waiting and longing for God and what God assures the world through Christ: hope, peace, joy, love.  Advent is the dark before the dawn; the candle burning brightly in a deep forest; the star wayRead more

Don’t Be Afraid

The Gospel of Luke: Don’t Be Afraid Luke 8.40-56 Jerry Seinfeld has an old joke about fear. It goes that surveys show that many people’s number one fear in life is of public speaking, and that their number two fear is death. Which he says means that some people would rather be in the casketRead more

Traveling Light

Luke 8. 26-39 | Jesus heals a man under demonic possession If that story sounded dramatic and strange, then you heard it right! A big part of being a Christian is simply listening to the stories about Jesus and learning to see God through him. When our picture of God can be painted by soRead more