Sermons by Rev. Chris Fickling

Acceptance, Courage, Wisdom

Readings from Scripture (CEB) Jonah 3:1-5,10 The Lord’s word came to Jonah a second time: 2 “Get up and go to Nineveh, that great city, and declare against it the proclamation that I am commanding you.” 3 And Jonah got up and went to Nineveh, according to the Lord’s word. (Now Nineveh was indeed an enormous city, a three days’ walk…

Yet

Readings from Scripture (CEB) 1 Samuel 3 Now the boy Samuel was serving the Lord under Eli. The Lord’s word was rare at that time, and visions weren’t widely known. 2 One day Eli, whose eyes had grown so weak he was unable to see, was lying down in his room. 3 God’s lamp hadn’t gone out yet, and Samuel was lying…

Baptism of Jesus: Defiant Love

Readings from Scripture (CEB) Mark 1:1-13 The beginning of the good news about Jesus Christ, God’s Son, 2 happened just as it was written about in the prophecy of Isaiah: Look, I am sending my messenger before you.He will prepare your way,3 a voice shouting in the wilderness:        “Prepare the way for the Lord;        make his paths straight.” 4 John the…

Christmas Eve Family Service

Our two Christmas Eve services are a little different– the first being the one where we tap into thatChristmas joy from our childhood and celebrate withcarols like Joy to the World and Hark the HeraldAngels Sing – a big boisterous celebration. And oursecond service is a little quieter – as I imagine thequiet descending on…

Advent IV: Love

Luke 1:39-56 In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.  When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry,…

Advent II: Peace

Welcome to our online worship service! This morning we will celebrate communion. You are invited to gather whatever you have available for your communion elements. For the ‘bread’: a bun, crackers (yes, Goldfish crackers are perfectly ok!), bread, etc. For the wine: juice, milk, water, wine, ice tea, etc.

Hanging of the Greens

Introduction to “Hanging the Greens” This is the start of the new year, the start of our preparations for welcome the Christ child into our lives.  The Prophet Isaiah imagined this time of preparations: in the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert, a highway for our God.  Every valley…

Be a Light

Matthew 25:1-13 25 “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten young bridesmaids who took their lamps and went out to meet the groom. 2 Now five of them were wise, and the other five were foolish. 3 The foolish ones took their lamps but didn’t bring oil for them. 4 But the wise ones took their lamps and…

All Saints and Communion

Welcome to our online worship service! This morning we will celebrate communion. You are invited to gather whatever you have available for your communion elements. For the ‘bread’: a bun, crackers (yes, Goldfish crackers are perfectly ok!), bread, etc. For the wine: juice, milk, water, wine, ice tea, etc.
This week Rev. Chris has chosen a rice cracker, helping us to consider what it means to open our table for everyone, and as a drink, the precious gift water.