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Unless stated otherwise in the title, Senior Pastor Curt Preston provided the sermon.


 10/13/2019 What Are You Waiting For?

Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7
A long time ago, God’s people were living in exile far away from what they considered their home. They were facing new customs and new norms. Everything around them seemed strange and joy was hard to come by. Enter the prophet Jeremiah and his word from God that the people should not wait for home before they start living again. “Plant gardens,” he says. “Get married. Enjoy your family. Don’t wait. Now is the time for living.” Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on our current experiences of exile and how God calls us to enjoy life now, even when so much around us seems strange and unfamiliar.

10/06/2019 Children of God Rev. Mollie Landers Hatt

2 Timothy 1:1-14
A service for all ages! Join us in worship on Sunday, October 6 for an All Ages worship service as we celebrate communion with our siblings in Christ around the world. This Intergenerational service will invite us to reflect on our shared humanity as children of God, and challenge us to care for each other, and especially the children. Nursery care available, no Sunday morning Faith Formation, as the worship service will be designed for all ages.

09/29/2019 Reflections from the Border

Isaiah 56:1-8
Our scripture this week comes from the prophet Isaiah. Isaiah, as a mouthpiece of God, demands justice of God’s people. He reminds the people that old categories that have brought about separation are no longer necessary. He says that God’s house shall be a house of prayer for all people. No exceptions. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt reflects on his trip to the US-Mexico border and what we can do to help God’s people struggling on both sides of the border.

 09/22/2019 Using It All For Good  Rev. Mollie Landers Hatt

Luke 16:1-13
Parables, with their layers of meaning, are meant to be explored all life long. Some parables are a little easier to understand than others. This week, we’ll unpeel a lesser-known parable, one that is a bit confusing on the first read. Together, we’ll unpack the parable of the crooked manager, and try to digest the nuggets of truth that still speak to us in this day. Join us in worship this Sunday as Rev. Mollie preaches and we explore what it means to serve God in varied life circumstances.

 09/15/2019 Lost and Found

Luke 15:1-10
This Sunday we get the familiar parables of the lost sheep and the lost coin. Both parables are told to remind us of the extraordinary lengths God will go to welcome us home when we get lost or wander off. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on being lost, being found, and how God’s grace can bring us home.

09/08/2019 Being Remade

Jeremiah 18:1-8
As a kid, I remember getting a lot of “do-overs.” If we had to stop our kickball game because a dog ran on the field, no problem, let’s have a do-over.  If I totally messed up a math test, no problem, you can have a do-over. If I hurt a friend with something I said, apologize and move on. No problem, it’s a do-over. As adults, it feels like we get a lot fewer do-overs. Our mistakes and problems seem to have a lot more sticking power than they did when we were younger. But the good news is God loves to give do-overs. In fact, sometimes even God needs a do-over. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on God as the great Potter and our opportunities to be remade.
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 09/01/2019 A Seat at the Table

Luke 14:1, 7-14
Anyone who has planned a big party knows that it gets complicated quickly. Whether you are celebrating a wedding, a birthday, or anniversary, choosing who is on the guest list is difficult. If I invite Sam I guess I have to invite Tory. Can I invite both Chris and Pat even though they are divorced? It may surprise us to learn that Jesus has some advice on how to set the guest list no matter the occasion. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches about honor, hospitality, and approaching life as if it were an open house.
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08/25/2019 Shaped For This  Rev. Mollie Landers Hatt

Jeremiah 1:4-10
This week we hear the call story of the prophet Jeremiah. Like Jeremiah, we can all come up with reasons why we are not the ideal person to do God’s work – too young, too old, too overwhelmed, wrong gender, wrong sexual orientation, wrong ability. But God reminds Jeremiah, and us all, that we are just the right ones for the work of love and liberation, because God has formed us, and God is with us in the work. Join us this Sunday as we worship outside at Prospect Park, with Rev. Mollie preaching, and as we are reminded that we are formed by God for a time such as this.

08/18/2019 The Great Relay Race

Hebrews 12:1-3
Perhaps you’ve heard the saying, “It’s a marathon – not a sprint.” But what if it’s actually a relay race? How do we receive gifts from those who have come before us in faith and how do we pass them to the next generation? Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on the great cloud of witnesses and passing the baton of faith.

 08/11/2019 Daring To Believe

Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-12
“Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen,” the author of the book of Hebrews tells us. But where does faith come from? Does God gift it to us like a warm fuzzy sweater? Do we earn it through conquering life’s challenges? Does it grow from seeds that our parents planted within us? Do we find it like a perfect sand dollar on the beach? Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on the roots and shoots of faith.

08/04/2019 Rich In God  Rev. Mollie Landers Hatt

Luke 12:13-21
We know we can’t take our possessions with us after life and we know it is good to be a cheerful giver here and now. But the reality is, when it comes to money, it is a daily struggle not to be controlled by money and possessions. In the Gospel of Luke this week, Jesus tells a parable that invites us to center ourselves in God and the richness that can come from that. Join us in worship this week as Rev. Mollie preaches on being rich in God.

 07/28/2019 Teach Us To Pray

Luke 11:1-13
How did you learn how to pray? Did someone teach you? Did you memorize certain prayers? Did you discover prayer on your own? Jesus’s followers asked him to teach them how to pray. It seems that they either didn’t know how or thought there was a “right” way to pray. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on the gift of prayer and how we sometimes make it more complicated than it needs to be.

 07/21/2019 The Main Course

Luke 10:37-42
In this week’s reading, we meet Mary and Martha. These two sisters receive and welcome Jesus into their home. But while Mary is fawning over Jesus’s every word, Martha is left in the kitchen to do all of the work. She asks Jesus to ask Mary to help her. Jesus’s response may surprise you. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on Mary and Martha and finding a balance between work and wonder.
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 07/14/2019 Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Luke 10:25-37
A recent Pew Research study finds that only 43% of white mainline Protestants believe that the US has a responsibility to accept refugees into the country. Yet our scriptures are full of statements about how we are to treat foreigners and people in need. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on the familiar parable of the Good Samaritan and how we are called to be neighbors to anyone who has a need.
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06/30/2019 Taize Service

No sermon!

06/23/2019 Sound of Silence  Rev. Mollie Landers Hatt

1 Kings 19:1-15a
The sounds of summer are in full swing – barbecues, splashing in pools and lakes, kids running around the neighborhoods, crackling of campfires. In the midst of the start of summer, we hear the story of Elijah seeking God’s presence on a mountainside. Elijah, who has experienced God in big and loud ways, now hears God in an unexpected way- in the sound of silence. How do we make space to hear God in obvious and unexpected ways? Join us as Rev. Mollie preaches on the sounds of silence and the substance we find in the pause.

06/16/19 Wisdom Calls

Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31
In this week’s reading from Proverbs, we hear a new voice—Woman Wisdom! She stakes her claim at the busiest intersection in town and shouts to the passers-by how she was present with God before creation began. What might Woman Wisdom have to say to us? What might she implore us to shout at the busiest intersections in town? Join us as Pastor Curt preaches on bold proclamation and how participating in PrideFest is a critical part of our witness to God’s unconditional love.

06/09/2019 Democratization of the Spirit  Dr. Paul Michalec

Acts 2:14, 14-18
Pentecost is more than a fiery dove descending on the heads of the Apostles and imparting the ability to speak in tongues. Pentecost is alive for us today in Lakewood UCC in the ways that invite us to act on God’s Spirit of Divine Love. We recognize that the Holy Spirit is accessible to everyone on our community. We act on that Spirit as the hands, head, and feet of God in the world.  But what expectations do we have for resolving the problems and challenges we face? Come join us this Sunday as guest preacher Dr. Paul Michalec preaches on a modern interpretation of Pentecost as a gift given to all, a call to action, and the challenge of accepting the truth that our actions may not change the world in our lifetime.

06/02/2019 That They May All Be One

John 17:20-26
This Sunday is a big day in the life of our church. We’ll have a baptism and also will receive communion. Plus, we have a congregational meeting following church. In John’s gospel, Jesus prays for his disciples “that they may all be one.” Not only is he talking about those disciples, but ALL of Jesus’ disciples, including us. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on sacraments, unity in the midst of diversity, and what oneness in Christ means to us.

05/26/2019 Faith is the Journey

Acts 16:9-15
This week we hear the story of the baptism of Lydia. At this point in the book of Acts, we have seen the Good News of Jesus spreading like wildfire. An Ethiopian eunuch, a persecutor of Christians, and a Roman soldier have all entered into a life of following Jesus. Now we learn that a wealthy woman in southern Greece is also a part of the movement. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on the wideness and wildness of God’s welcome and how good news won’t stay put for long.

05/19/2019 A Day of New Beginnings

Matthew 19:13-15
This Sunday is Confirmation Sunday. Three of our youth who have spent all year doing a deep dive into Christianity have decided to affirm their faith and become members of Lakewood UCC. It will be a joyous and celebratory day. Join us on Sunday and get a glimpse of the very present future of our church.
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05/12/2019 So I Guess We’re Sheep?

Psalm 23
The 23rd Psalm is one of the most well known and beloved texts in all of the Bible. Even folks who haven’t opened a Bible or darkened the doors of a church for decades can recite it by heart. Why are these six verses so widely embraced? What about the metaphor of God as a shepherd speaks to us and brings us comfort? In a culture that values independence above all else, why are we ok with being compared to sheep? Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on sheep, shepherds, and God’s presence in the darkest valleys.

05/05/2019 When Lightning Strikes

Acts 9:1-9
What would it take to convince you to completely reorient your entire life? For the apostle Paul, it took a flash of light from heaven and the voice of Jesus speaking directly to him. While undoubtedly this was terrifying for him, at least he was left with no doubt about what he should do. Few of us get lightning bolt experiences. Few of us audibly hear the voice of Jesus telling us we’re doing it wrong. How, then, do we know if we are on the right track or the wrong one? Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches lightning strikes, listening for God, and deepening our sense of call to serve God and our neighbors.
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04/28/2019 Are We There Yet?

John 20:19-31
On the evening of the first Easter, you would think the disciples would be celebrating. After all, the tomb was empty, angels had spoken, and some had even seen the risen Christ. Instead, the disciples were hiding in a locked room fearing for their lives. And then, Jesus shows up and that’s when things get really interesting. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on the many ways we come to faith and how living as Easter people isn’t as easy as it sounds.
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04/21/2019 Just Before the Dawn

John 20:1-18
Easter is the pinnacle of the year for Christians throughout the world as we celebrate the good news of Christ’s resurrection and what it means for us to be a resurrection people. This year we hear the story of Easter from the gospel of John where Mary encounters the risen Christ and thinks he is the gardener. How could she not recognize him? Join us this Sunday for a wonderful Easter worship and a sermon about how we sometimes blind ourselves to good news because we let our expectations get in the way.
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04/14/2019 Almost, Not Quite

Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Luke 19:28-40
Palm Sunday is the joyous celebration of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. The people were so excited to see him that they threw their cloaks before him and waved branches as he passed. And it was a very good day. But it also was the beginning of what would turn out to be a very hard week for Jesus and his disciples. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on the twin peaks of Palm Sunday and Easter and the valley that lies between them.
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04/07/2019 Space for Grace

Romans 5:1-8
What would be different if we really believed that we were enough, exactly as we are? How would our lives and our world change if we weren’t constantly striving for something? We are bombarded by messages every day that we aren’t enough and don’t have enough. But the gospel tells us something different. The Good News is that we don’t have to be anything or do anything different for God to love us. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on making space for grace and how accepting our faults, sins, and imperfections can lead us to liberation and renewal.
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03/31/2019 Weathering the Storm  Rev. Tamara Boynton

Isiah 43:1-2, Luke 18:25-43
In 1981, Rabbi Harold Kushner wrote a book called When Bad Things Happen to Good People and it instantly made it to the New York Times Bestseller list because it rang so true for so many people. Bad things DO happen and they often seem to be so indiscriminate!  We’d so prefer it if the bad things could just happen to bad people, but it doesn’t seem to work that way. Rabbi Kushner did not set out to answer the “why” question – and we will not either on Sunday –  but we will spend some time in stormy weather together and reflect on where God shows up in midst of pounding rain and terrifying wind.

03/24/2019 Prodigal Confrontation  Rev. Jerry Eslinger

Luke 15:11-32
In the Parable of the Prodigal Son we get the story of two brothers. One selfishly asks for his inheritance early, goes out in the world, squanders what he was given and returns home begging for mercy. The other brother stays put, does what he’s supposed to, and serves his father well. Yet it’s the brother who squandered his gifts who gets the party and the dutiful brother gets nothing for his efforts. Let’s just say it’s an awkward reunion. Join us this Sunday as Rev. Jerry Eslinger preaches a new take on this familiar parable.

03/17/2019 The Eye of the Storm

Psalms 46:1-11
Psalm 46 says, “Be still, and know that I am God!” While it is short, this verse says a lot. It says, “God is God and we are not.” It says, “the world will keep spinning even if we take a break for a minute.” It says, “while we may know these two truths, we often don’t live like we believe them.” Lent is a time to slow down, to be intentional, and to reflect on our relationships with God, self, and neighbor. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on finding a quiet place in the midst of the tumult and how our spiritual practices can help us “do” less and “be” more.
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03/10/2019 Welcome to the Wilderness

Isaiah 43:16-21
We’ve all had experiences of feeling lost, confused, and out of sorts. Sometimes it feels like the world is out to get us specifically. Bad news is often followed by more bad news. Broadly we can call any or all of these experiences as “wilderness.” But wilderness isn’t always bad. Sometimes, in fact, wilderness is just what we need to realign our values and our priorities. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on what gifts can be found in the wilderness and how we might even be able to offer a welcome to the wilderness.
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03/03/2019 What’s Lent

Luke 4:1-13
Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness fasting, praying, and facing temptation. This is the story is the root of our modern 40 day Lenten journey as we prepare for Easter. What is Lent? Why is it celebrated in the ways it is? What are some Lenten practices we can all participate in to get ourselves spiritually ready for Easter? Join us this Sunday for an intergenerational service all about Lent.
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02/24/2019 Expecting Nothing in Return  Rev. Mollie Landers Hatt

Luke 6:27-38
Jesus is back at it again, calling us to the seemingly impossible, of loving our enemies and not judging others. Easier said than done, especially when it seems increasingly difficult to talk with someone who has a different viewpoint, much less love an enemy.  As Jesus continues his “Sermon on the Plain,” he leaves us pondering these words: “expect nothing in return.” What happens when we expect nothing in return from a conversation, a gift given, a relationship? Could it paradoxically open us to be more generous, loving, able to truly love those we think impossible to love?  Join us this Sunday as Rev. Mollie preaches on the freedom of loving when we expect nothing in return.
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02/17/2019 On Blessings & Woes

Luke 6:17-26
Sometimes the Jesus we meet in scripture isn’t warm and fuzzy. Sometimes the Jesus we meet in scripture is angry, frustrated, and downright judgy. Which seems pretty strange coming from the person who said, “Do not judge, so that you may not be judged.” Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on both blessing and woe, and how God’s vision of how the world could be means some hard truths for a lot of us.
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02/10/2019 Deep Waters

Luke 5:1-11
When Jesus calls the disciples, he doesn’t ask them any questions. He doesn’t ask what they believe, or who they think he is, or what their thoughts are on the state of the world. He doesn’t ask how often they pray, or if they read the scriptures, or if they go to worship regularly. He simply invites them to follow him. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on fishing, following, and what God is able to do in our lives when we are willing to put out into deep waters.
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02/03/2019 What We Borrow Rev. Mollie Landers Hatt and Youth

Jeremiah 1:4-11a
Jeremiah was “only” a young boy when he was called and equipped by God to be a prophet.  Age, among many identities, is not a determining factor to be called and to serve God! Today, many challenges face our world and future, one of the most stark is Climate Change. As people of faith, our response to caring for all of creation needs to be bolder than ever. Join us this Sunday as we hear from our young people and Rev. Mollie about both the fears of the effects climate change will have on their future and the hope they are still grounded in despite an uncertain future.
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01/27/2019 Fulfilled

Luke 4:14-21
Do you have a word, a phrase, a mantra, or a scripture that inspires you? When you think about how others would describe you what comes to mind? When Jesus had the opportunity to preach his very first sermon, he chose a passage about good news for the poor, release for the captives, sight for the blind, and freedom for the oppressed. These concepts inspired and defined him and his ministry. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on failure, fulfillment, and finding just the right inspiration to keep us going.
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01/20/2019 Lessons on Serving Good Wine

John 2:1-11
Many of us are familiar with the biblical story of Jesus turning water into wine. And while this is an impressive feat, the question still remains why? What point was Jesus trying to prove? Was he just showing off, or was there a different reason he chose this miracle at this time? Join us on Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on the Wedding at Cana and why gallons of good wine isn’t the only reason to celebrate.
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01/13/2019 In Water and Holy Spirit

Luke 3: 15-17, 21-22
We tend to think of baptism in one of two ways: something we do to infants and children to bring them into the Christian faith, or as something a person chooses for themselves because they want to commit their lives to following Jesus. But Jesus was a full-grown adult when he was baptized and didn’t seem to want to follow himself. Which begs the question, “how did we get from Jesus’ baptism to our modern understandings of the sacrament?” Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on water, Spirit, ritual, and how shifting our thinking about baptism can shift our perspective on who we are and who God can be.
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01/06/2019 Return Another Way Rev. Mollie Landers Hatt

Matthew 2:1-12
Merry Christmas! This Sunday we will celebrate the last day of Christmastide and Epiphany. We will hear a beloved part of the Christmas story: the three Magi traveling to Bethlehem to meet Jesus Christ, God-with-us. But this is not just a sweet story of Three Kings bringing gifts to baby Jesus. After meeting the Christ child, the one who disrupts the established power, the Magi discern they are to return home another way. Join us this Sunday as Rev. Mollie preaches and we explore what happens when we meet and acknowledge the Christ amongst us and cannot remain the same.
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12/30/2018 A collection of Christmas stories

John 1:1-18
Merry Christmas! While many secular organizations have moved on from Christmas, churches celebrate an entire season of Christmas. The twelve days of Christmas are actually the 12 days between December 25 and January 6. So we are right in the midst of Christmas. This Sunday, Pastor Curt shares some favorite Christmas stories, readings, and poems which speak to the heart of the season. We’ll also be singing many of our favorite carols. We hope you’ll join us as we keep celebrating what the birth of the Christ child means to us in Christmas, and all year long.

12/24/2018 The Weary World Rejoices

First Lesson: Isiah 9: 2, 6-7
Second Lesson: Luke 2: 1-7
Third Lesson: Luke 2: 8-20
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12/23/2018 Bearing the Light Rev. Mollie Landers Hatt

Luke 1:39-55
On this fourth and final Sunday of Advent, we hear the story of Elizabeth greeting her cousin Mary with joy and love. Both women are in the midst of surprising and history-altering pregnancies. Out of this greeting of blessing, Mary goes on to sing a song we know as the Magnificant, a proclamation of the Gospel. Mary’s and Elizabeth’s stories remind us that we all bear light and love of Christ, and are called to sing our own magnificants. Join us in worship this Sunday as Rev. Mollie preaches and we explore what embodied love looks like in Advent and beyond.
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12/16/2018 Joy Anyway

Philippians 4:4-9
In his letter to the church in Philippi, Paul says, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.” Our heart may say “yes” to Paul’s command, but our head often says, “not so easy.” Does Paul know anything about difficulty and loss? He can’t really mean always, right? Paul, in fact, knows plenty about loss and difficulty and yet he still believes in the power of rejoicing anyway. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on the Advent theme of Joy, and how a weary world rejoices.
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12/09/2018 Do We Find It, or Make It

Isaiah 2:1-5
Most days the world doesn’t seem like a very peaceful place. Across the globe and in our own homes there is far too much violence. The prophet Isaiah spoke of a time when swords would be beaten into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks. Weapons of war would be transformed into tools for tending and growing. Nobody is against peace, but many of us struggle with what it takes to make it and to find it. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on the ways of peace and how to hold on to them is a season and world that seems anything but peaceful.
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12/02/2018 Hope Has a History

Isaiah 61:1-4, 10-11
Advent is a 4-week season of waiting and preparing for Christ’s rebirth at Christmas. It is a season rooted in the hopeful visions of the ways the world could be and should be. The prophet Isaiah had seen the worst of what the world can offer: war, devastation, division, and exile. And yet, he preached a word of hope to God’s people. Our theme for Advent this year is, “A Weary World Rejoices.” Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on hope, incarnation, and how we can continue to rejoice in the midst of a weary world.
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11/25/2018 Alpha and Omega Rev Mollie Landers Hatt

Revelation 1:4-8
This Sunday marks the end of the church year, as we’ll start a new year with Advent. Well before the ball drops in Times Square, it is a time to reflect on the ways God has been at work in our world, life, and self throughout the past year. Before we enter fully into Advent and preparing for the Christ child, this gives us a moment to pause, to prepare for what is yet to come, a time to marvel at the present. Join us this Sunday as Rev. Mollie preaches on God’s time and ways that God is with us from the beginning to end, and everything in between.
Due to copyright issues, the song selection that was part of today’s sermon has not been included in the audio file.
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11/18/2018 Thanksliving

Matthew 6:25-33
Let’s face it, most of us are worriers. We tend to fret over our jobs, our homes, even what clothes to wear. Sure, we take occasional breaks from our worry. Thanksgiving is time to relax, if only for a few hours, and give thanks for the abundance God has provided. Join us this Sunday as Rev. Curt preaches on how we can turn Thanksgiving into ‘Thanksliving’ all year round.
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11/11/2018 A Piece of the Puzzle Rev Mollie Landers Hatt

Mark 12:38-44
As our stewardship theme reminds us – we all have gifts to offer!  From the old to the young, from the working full time to fully retired, no matter how much or little we have in our savings accounts, we all have gifts to offer.  Join us this Sunday in worship as Rev. Mollie preaches on our gifts, abundance and scarcity, and the call to be givers, no matter where we are on life’s journey. Bring your pledge cards for this joyful morning worship service!
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11/04/2018 Who Is My Neighbor Rev Tamara Boynton

Mark 12:28-34
This Sunday is the second sermon in a three-week series called, “What Gifts Can We Offer?” which is our theme for 2019 Stewardship. Stewardship is a churchy word for using what we’ve been given to participate in God’s work in the world. Sometimes that means money, but it also means our gifts, talents, and time as well. In this Sunday’s scripture, Jesus tells us, “you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength,” and, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” Join us this Sunday as we explore the question, “Who is our neighbor?”

10/28/2018 Buried Treasure

Matthew 25:14-20
This Sunday we begin a three-week sermon series called, “What Gifts Can We Offer?” which is our theme for Stewardship. Stewardship is a churchy word for using what we’ve been given to participate in God’s work in the world. Sometimes that means money, but it also means our gifts, talents, and time as well. In this Sunday’s scripture, Jesus tells the story of three stewards of gifts. Two risked everything getting great results, while one buried his gifts in the ground out of fear. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on buried treasure and how we can use what God has given us to the greatest impact.
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10/21/2018 Not Even a Gold Watch Rev Jerry Eslinger

Deuteronomy 34:1-6
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10/14/2018 Doers of the World

James 1:19-25
Many people are feeling hurt and angry right now. The confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh have again raised questions about sexual assault, rape culture, and the credibility of women speaking about their own experiences. And then we get this quote from the book of James, “let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness.” My response, “neither does acceptance or silence.” Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on using our voices (and anger) to produce the kind of change we need.
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Mark 10:13-16
World Communion Sunday offers us a distinctive opportunity to experience Holy Communion in the context of the global community of faith. The first Sunday of October has become a time when Christians in every culture break bread and pour the cup to remember and affirm Christ as the head of the church. On this day, we remember that we are part of the whole body of believers.

Today’s sermon consisted of multiple sensory stations that individuals could experience. As a result, there was no sermon.

09/30/2018 Praying as Jesus Taught

Matthew 6:7-13
How often do you pray the Lord’s Prayer? Daily? Weekly? Every now and again? The Lord’s Prayer is so familiar to most of us that we sometimes can pray it without really thinking about what we are saying. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on giving new voice and new meaning to a prayer we know so well.

Due to the contemplative nature of the sermon, there is no audio of today’s sermon.

09/23/2018 Coming in Second

Mark 9:30-37
We receive messages every day telling us, “more is better.” We are told we need to buy more, consume more, and have more. The push to compete and achieve is hard to resist. But Jesus saw things from a very different perspective. He teaches that the last shall be first and that serving others is our true calling. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on the spiritual discipline of saying, “enough is enough.”
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09/16/2018 There’s a Psalm for That Rev. Mollie Landers Hatt

Psalm 19
Beloved Pastor and translator of the Bible into The Message, Eugene Peterson names the Psalms as his entry into poetry, metaphor, and prayer. From praise to lament, from despair to joy, the Psalms give us rich words to call out and cry out to God. Join us this Sunday as Rev. Mollie preaches and we are invited to bring our whole selves before God, especially through the lens of the Psalms.
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09/09/2018 Be Opened

Mark 7:24-37
Believe it or not, Jesus wasn’t actually perfect. He was fully human and that fully human part of him occasionally messed things up. In today’s reading, he calls a woman a dog, right to her face. Not exactly the warm and fuzzy Jesus we like to imagine in our minds. But what’s beautiful about this interaction is that Jesus is the one who is changed by it. Jesus is the one who learns from his mistake and shifts course. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on the humanity of Jesus, the ways we all learn from our mistakes, and the call to remain open to the movements of the Holy Spirit so we can be transformed again and again.
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09/02/2018 Open Table

Mark 7:1-8, 14-15
Some churches seem to have a lot of rules. You have to be a member before you can serve in certain leadership roles. You have to attend a training before you can read scripture in church. You have to be confirmed or a member before you can receive communion. Back in Jesus’s day, there were a lot of rules too. But he didn’t seem to be a big fan following the rules. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on Jesus’s radical hospitality and how we seek to live into that same hospitality as well.
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08/26/2018 On Holy Ground Rev. Curt Preston and Rev. Mollie Landers Hatt

Exodus 3:1-12
Join us for our annual “Worship in the Park” service, held this year at Anderson Park* (4355 Field St, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033). We’ll get things rolling with a pre-service sing-a-long, then an hour of worship followed by a picnic lunch. Rev. Curt and Rev. Mollie will be co-preaching on where we find holy ground and what makes it holy.
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08/19/2018 Dressed for Success

Ephesians 6:1-17
How do you decide what to wear on any given day? Is it based on what you have planned?  Who you are going to see? How you feel as you stare into your closet? What is the right outfit for doing battle with the cosmic forces of evil? Confronting racism? Standing firm in the face of injustice? Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on matching your shoes to your belt as we proclaim the gospel of peace.
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08/12/2018 Taizé

Taizé-style worship comes to us from an ecumenical Christian group based in France. Songs consist of simple, repeated phrases, and instead of a sermon, there’s an emphasis on contemplation and silence. Some describe it as “a massage for the soul.” Everyone is invited to join us as we quiet our minds, still our hearts, and wait for the wind of God to blow among us.

08/05/2018 No Comparison Rev. Mollie Landers Hatt

Ephesians 4:1-16
This week’s reading from the letter to the church in Ephesus starts beautifully – and with a difficult charge. “Live a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called.”  Just how do we live a life worthy of the calling that God has called us to?  Can we live out our callings without getting overwhelmed or bogged down by should-haves and could-haves? Join us in worship on Sunday as Rev. Mollie preaches on the joy of living a life rooted in God’s call to us all.
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07/29/2018 Letting It All Go

2 Samuel 6:105, 12b-19
When was the last time you felt truly free to be joyful and silly and not care about how it looked to others? Can you remember a time when you were so present in the moment you lost track of everything else? For most of us, these moments are few and far between. This Sunday is the third and final week in our series on King David. This week we find him stripped down to his skivvies, dancing in the streets before the Ark of the Covenant. Why is David so happy he doesn’t care what anyone thinks about him? Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on dancing, joy, and letting it all go when we come into God’s presence.
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07/22/2018 Five Smooth Stones

1 Samuel 17:19-40, 48-49
Most of us know the story of David confronting Goliath. It’s a classic story of the underdog winning the day. In part two of our sermon series on David, we’ll explore our own Goliaths and reflect on what tools we have within our reach that can help us stand tall, face down difficult odds, and stay hopeful in the face of tumult and strife. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on how five smooth stones and God’s presence can make all the difference.
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07/15/2018 As Seen Through God’s Eyes

1 Samuel 16:6-13
Many of us know of King David as one of the great rulers of ancient Israel. But before he was king, he was just a shepherd boy. David had a lot of older brothers who would have been the obvious choice to lead God’s people. But as is so often the case, God doesn’t go with the obvious choice. More often than not, God doesn’t call the qualified. God qualifies the called. God has a way of seeing past the surface into the hearts of humans and drawing forth the gifts we don’t even know we have. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches the first of a three-part sermon series on David and how he became the leader God knew he could be.
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07/08/2018 Take a Buddy Rev. Mollie Landers Hatt

Mark 6:1-13
At church camp and during the Western Regional Youth Event, anytime a young person needs to go somewhere away from the group, they are asked to “take a buddy!” For safety, for caring, to learn from one another, to help one another be brave, going out into the world with a buddy seems like a great idea. Jesus sent the disciples out two by two in our Gospel reading for this Sunday. Beyond keeping one another company, what do we learn from going through this life with a buddy or buddies? How does God work differently through two or more gathered in God’s name? Join us this Sunday in worship as Rev. Mollie preaches on the joys and challenges of “taking a buddy.”
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07/01/2018 Teach Us to Pray

Luke 11:1-13
Many of us feel inadequate when it comes to our prayer life. I often hear people say, “I’m not good at prayer.” What’s that about? What does being “good” at prayer even mean? Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt leads a special intergenerational service with communion, prayer stations, and a sermon on what Jesus teaches about prayer. Children will participate in the worship service rather than leaving for Children’s Faith Formation. We will have nursery care for those 3 and under.
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06/24/2018 Mr. Sessions, Please Keep Reading

Romans 13:1-10
Last week Attorney General Jeff Sessions turned to the Bible to defend the current administration’s immigration policy. Mr. Sessions said, “I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes.” If any public figure is going to quote this section of Paul’s letter to the Romans, perhaps they should keep reading, at least through verse 10. What does Romans 13:1-10 say and what does it mean when people in authority quote it? What other passages in scripture are relevant when considering how we treat immigrants and asylum seekers? Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches, “Mr. Sessions, Please Keep Reading”—a sermon about the power scripture has to harm and to heal and how we can respond to a world that seems to only have bad news.
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06/17/2018 Cultivate Rev. Mollie Landers Hatt

Mark 4:26-34
At first glance, the parable of the Mustard Seed is one of the shortest, simplest parables. Jesus tells the disciples that the Realm of God is like a small seed growing into a great shrub, providing a home for the birds of the air. The small is made great in God’s love, providing shade and rest for others. What are the mustard seeds in our lives? Whether the seeds that grow when we embrace our authentic self or the seed that grows when we live in community – how do we cultivate growth in ourselves and others? In light of Pride month and the pride parade, what messages of God’s transformative power still needs to be cultivated and grown? Join us in worship this Sunday, whether in the streets of the Pride parade or the pews of our sanctuary as Rev. Mollie preaches.
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