Category Archives: Sermons

A Major Preoccupation

Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost
Sermon: Rev. Paul M. Turner, Senior Pastor
Reading: Luke 20:27-38

Jesus said, “Marriage is a major preoccupation here, but not there. Those who are included in the resurrection of the dead will no longer be concerned with marriage nor, of course, with death.” (Verse 34)

Oh No You Didn’t!

Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost
Sermon: Rev. Paul M. Turner, Senior Pastor
Reading: Luke 19:1-10

Zacchaeus just stood there, a little stunned. He stammered apologetically, “Master, I give away half my income to the poor — and if I’m caught cheating, I pay four times the damages.” (Verse 8)

Priorities in the Time of Crisis

Fourth Sunday in Lent
Sermon: Rev. Paul M. Turner, Senior Pastor
Reading: Matthew 7:1-12

Our Pre-Occupation

Third Sunday in Lent
Sermon: Rev. Paul M. Turner, Senior Pastor
Reading: Matthew 6:19-26

If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. (Verse 25)

My God-Created Identity

Seventh Sunday after Epiphany
Sermon: Alyce Keener, Vicar
Reading: Matthew 5:38-48

In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you. (Verse 48)

Of Law and Of Love

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany
Sermon: Rev. Paul M. Turner, Senior Pastor
Reading: Matthew 5:21-37

Too many of you are using that as a cover for selfishness and whim, pretending to be righteous just because you are ‘legal.’ Please, no more pretending. (Verse 31b)

Thermostats and Thermometers

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany
Sermon: Rev. Paul M. Turner, Senior Pastor
Reading: Matthew 5:13-20

Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. (Verse 14b)

Blessed Are …

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
Sermon: Rev. Paul M. Turner, Senior Pastor
Reading: Matthew 5:1-12

Not only that — count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. (Verse 11)