Recent Sermons

Sermon “Magnify!” 12.11.16

Rev. Ellen Jennings ~ Luke 1:26-56 ~ Annunciation, by Denise Levertov We know the scene: the room, variously furnished,  almost always a lectern, a book; always the tall lily.        Arrived on solemn grandeur of great wings, the angelic ambassador, standing or hovering, whom she acknowledges, a guest. But we are told of meek obedience. No one mentions courage.        The engendering Spirit did not enter her Continue Reading

Sermon “Namaste” 12.4.16

Rev. Ellen Jennings ~ Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:8-12 ~ My colleague, Rev. Victoria Safford, wrote a poem about hope last year, and it’s helping me a lot right now.  Actually, the fact that she wrote it last year is part of what’s helping.  Because it reminds me that the world was not created four weeks ago.  The world has been around for a good long time, and, prior to this year’s election, it already had a great deal going on.  Meaning that our work remains essentially Continue Reading

Sermon “99 Years of Gratitude” 11.20.16

Rev. Ellen Jennings ~ Psalm 46, Philippians 4:4-9 ~ Last Monday was my birthday.  And while Monday is never a great day for a birthday, this one was particularly hard.  To the point where I finally thought, “Just because it’s my birthday, doesn’t mean I have to be happy.  I mean, it’s my birthday!”  So, I decided to feel however I felt.  And when my mother called and asked if I were having a great day, I said, “No.”  And when she tried to cheer me up and make Continue Reading

Sermon 11.13.16

~ Hebrews 10:24-25, Matthew 5:44-45, 22:37-39 ~ This is a sermon that has no title.  This is a sermon that has no title because there are no words.  This is a sermon that has no title because there are no words and there are so many words. This is a sermon that cries for the child who fears for his family, that stands up for the child who is taunted and bullied, that understands the child who has learned to be cruel. This is a sermon that doesn’t know whether it’s best to Continue Reading

Sermon “Bootstraps” 10.23.16

“He told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt.”  This sentence is the crux of the parable we just heard— The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector.  But why a Pharisee?  And why a tax collector? Well, Judaism at the time of Jesus viewed Pharisees as righteous.  They were the ones who knew the religious rules (and followed them), they knew their scripture, they defined what was right (and what was Continue Reading