Sermons & Worship from October 2021

Enriched by Christ

I Corinthians 1:1-9  I want to talk to you today about salvation which I know will immediately make some of you squirm uncomfortably.  We mainline Christians don’t like to talk about salvation much because the word has been so misused that it makes us uncomfortable.  It reeks of the street corner evangelist who suggests that all you have to do is say the words, “I accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior,” and you will get a free pass…

Humus and Humility

Philippians 2:1-11 Those who know the Buckwalters well know that we love gardening. I focus on vegetables and trees; Laurel does the flowers. This week I planted garlic and wrapped some young tree trunks to prevent winter damage, and she pulled out dying annuals and trimmed exhausted perennial stalks. We love the rewards of cooperating with nature, working within its limits to nurture plants to produce beauty and food. We can’t control the seasons, length of day, temperature, rainfall, but…

Trips and Journeys

Acts 11:19-26; Galatians 2:7-13    Introduction to scripture: I have been preaching this fall through the historical periods of the Hebrew scriptures, talking about the faith lessons the Bible wants us to learn from those periods and we are now going to turn to the Christian scriptures, the New Testament.  While the Hebrew scriptures form 2/3 of our Bible and cover a period of about 2000 years, the New Testament, the last 1/3 of our Bible, covers only about 100 years…

If You Can’t Say Something Nice

Sirach 5:9-12; James 1:19-26 Introduction to scripture: I have been preaching through the Hebrew Scriptures and the historical periods of the Jewish people, and before we turn to the New testament next week, I want to look briefly at a genre of biblical writings that don’t fit easily into a historical category and that is the genre of Wisdom writings.  The biblical wisdom writings are those writings that are less concerned about sweeping theological arguments or historical events and more…

The Blessing of the Animals

Job 12:7-8 Tomorrow, October 4th, is the Feast of Saint Francis in the Catholic Church and so today around the globe many churches are participating in the ceremony of the Blessing of the Animals dedicated to his memory.  St. Francis is one of those cross-over saints who has become popular among Protestants as well as Catholics because of his dedication to the other creatures with whom we share this planet.  Born in Italy in 1181, Francis renounced his wealth and…