Aug. 13, 2017 – Doing Faith – Rev. Jo-Ann Murphy

Where do God’s story and our story intersect?  Our more evangelical brothers and sisters might ask?  Is there a word from the Lord this morning?  How discipleship is lived out in our lives is that place where God’s story and our story meet.  It is a place full of meaning and hope. The Bible teaches…

August 6 – The Messiah is Among You – Rev. Jo-Ann Murphy

Matthew, Mark, and Luke all tell the story of the Transfiguration.  It is a very important event for the Christian community, so let’s spend a few minutes wondering why.  Equally important, what message does it hold for those of us here this morning. It’s a fantastic story – full of incredible images. It seems like…

July 30 – Pretty Good Marching Orders – Rev. Jo-Ann Murphy

“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Amen. How many times have I turned…

April 23 – Seeing with New Eyes – Rev. Jo-Ann Murphy

Draw your Church together, O God, into one great company of disciples together following our Lord Jesus Christ into every walk of life, together serving him in his mission to the world, and together witnessing to his love on every continent and island.  Amen.   This sermon was inspired by a recent conversation I had…

March 26 – A Song of Irrepressible Optimism – Rev. Jo-Ann Murphy

The earliest ancestors of the Hebrew people who gave us the Bible were nomads, owning no property, bound to no one location but traveling with their flocks and herds wherever there was pastureland for the animals to graze on.  Sometimes this involved a journey of a few miles; sometimes it meant longer trips from drought-plagued…

March 5 – The Mirror that is Lent – Rev. Jo-Ann Murphy

Lord, teach us to take our hearts and look them in the face, however difficult it may be.” Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers      What is Lent for, really?  Mirroring Jesus’ experience in the wilderness, it is a time to let the light of truth reveal our motivations, to recalibrate our spiritual lives,…

Feb. 12 – Choose Life – Rev. Jo-Ann Murphy

     When Russ and I were new young parents we registered for a parenting course – at our church, by the way.  The method of parenting that was being promoted was based on the psychological theories of Adler, one of the three great Swiss psychoanalysts of the late 1800’s,  Freud, Jung, and Adler.  The text…