Sermons & Series

Marilu Thomas
October 8, 2017

High Lonesome

High Lonesome

Today we have the Ten Commandments in Exodus and it seemed fitting to me to take a look at how these commandments have haunted us for all of our lives. You may think that this is the distant past, an archaic relic of ancient Israel, but I have found that the Law of God is […]

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September 3, 2017

God Only Knows What I’d Be Without You

God Only Knows What I'd Be Without You

This is the one. This is the sermon where I show up and prove that I don’t know what I am doing. This is where it becomes apparent that there has been a mistake- a colossal mistake in letting me into seminary, allowing me to do an internship, slipping up by ordaining me and then […]

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July 30, 2017

I’ve Been There and I’m Not Leaving

I've Been There and I'm Not Leaving

I have a confession to make—I’m tired.  I’m tired of going to breakfast meetings to talk about the assault on our city happening on August 12th.  I’m tired of talking about the Klu Klux Klan and the Alt-Right and watching videos of their view of the world.  I’m tired of trying to plan for something […]

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July 2, 2017

The Present

The Present

If you haven’t been here lately, we understand. We have been on vacation, too. I just want to catch you up on what’s been happening sermon-wise. The last two Sundays, we have had sermons about Abraham in Genesis, including Sarah laughing when she was told she would have a baby and also Ismael sent out […]

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June 4, 2017

The End of DIY

The End of DIY

We had a birthday party at our house yesterday for our 3 year-old granddaughter, Annie. It was a Paw Patrol party—which means it was about a pack of dogs. At 10am, when the guests were arriving, it was total bedlam. The ‘some assembly required’ doghouse had no directions, the hotdogs were gone, our two real […]

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April 30, 2017

To Infinity and Beyond

To Infinity and Beyond

How many of you remember the movie Toy Story from 1995- with Slinky Dog, Mr. Potato Head, Rex, and Woody? You remember the story– “Led by Sheriff Woody, Andy’s toys live happily in his room until Andy’s birthday brings Buzz Lightyear onto the scene.” Buzz Lightyear was brave, courageous, always followed the rules, and went […]

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April 14, 2017

Burning Question

Burning Question

A few years before I went to seminary, I went to a course that promised to answer all questions about Christianity. They said there was nothing that would go unanswered. My question was, “Why did God need to kill Christ to satisfy some sort of debt?” Well, the course that promised answers gave me what […]

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March 19, 2017

The Cocktail Party

The Cocktail Party

This is the hardest sermon I have ever had to write and I can’t explain why. I feel like it is so close to my heart that I have no words to express my experiences with God through Jesus Christ. When I hear the words of this Romans text, “At the right time, Christ died […]

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February 26, 2017

Surrounded

Surrounded

The Transfiguration is a very weird story. If you don’t understand what’s going on, you are not alone. Frederick Buechner called it, ”as strange a scene as there is in the Gospels.” What mountain are they on? Why does Christ have light coming from his face? What are Moses, Elijah and Jesus talking about? What’s up […]

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January 8, 2017

Sealed and Marked

Sealed and Marked

Welcome to the year of Matthew! In the liturgical church, we have a three year cycle of gospel readings and this year is Matthew. If you’ve ever looked at the gospel of Matthew, it starts with a very long list of barely pronounceable names that are the genealogy of Jesus—names like Jehoshaphat, Rehoboam, and Zerubbabel. […]

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