Recent Sermons

Sermon- Proactive 1.8.17

Rev. Ellen Jennings Isaiah 42:1-9 Matthew 3:1-6, 13-17 When we first meet Jesus as an adult, he’s thirty years old. Thirty, unmarried as far as we know, living in the town in which he grew up, possibly in his mother’s home, practicing his father’s trade. In other words, he’s not that different, marital status aside, from most of his Nazarene peers. So, why does he leave this conventional life? What brings him to the Jordan River, miles and hours from his hometown, to be washed by his Continue Reading

Homily- Light in the Darkness 12.24.16

Rev. Ellen Jennings Our Lessons began this evening with a reading from the first chapter of the book of Genesis: Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. And they concluded with a reading from the Gospel of John, written hundreds of years later: In him was life; and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. Many of us Continue Reading

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