Sermons

“…and a little child shall lead them

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Sermon December 8, 2019 “… and a little child shall lead them” David Langston Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19, Isaiah 11:1-10, Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13 When I was asked to offer a meditation on how  today’s biblical passages — for this, the second Sunday in Advent — might provide a few lessons regarding the climate crisis,  my Continue reading …

Be Strong, Do Not Fear, Here is God

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Sermon December 15, 2019 Be Strong, Do Not Fear, Here is God Reverend Mark Longhurst Isaiah 35: 1-10 It’s a vision for the renewal of all things. After ancient Israelites fell and scattered first to Assyria and then to Babylon, God is returning to Zion. It is happening. The exile is ending. The ecological crisis Continue reading …

Neither Shall They Learn From Fossil Fuels Anymore

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Sermon December 1, 2019 Neither Shall They Learn From Fossil Fuels Anymore Reverend Mark Longhurst Isaiah 2: 1-5 It takes courage to dream dreams. It takes imagination to say, with the prophet Isaiah, that nations shall not lift up sword against nation. It takes courage to envision a world beyond fossil fuels. Is such good Continue reading …

In Everything, Give Thanks

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Sermon November 24, 2019 In Everything, Give Thanks Reverend Mark Longhurst 1Thessalonians 5:12-28 This passage comes from Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians. It is a tender and pastoral letter, written sometime around 40 CE, filled with gratitude for the work God is doing in their community, and exhortations to live a Christ-filled life. Think Continue reading …

The Terror of Love

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Sermon November 17, 2019 The Terror of Love Reverend Mark Longhurst 1 John 4: 16-21 James Baldwin “White Racism or World Community” James Baldwin, in 1968, is angry. Martin Luther King Jr. has been shot. Three years before, Malcolm X is shot. The 1963 murder of NAACP Mississippi Field Secretary Medgar Evers still hangs heavy Continue reading …

The Reality of Faith

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Sermon November 3, 2019 The Reality of Faith Reverend Mark Longhurst Hebrews 11:1-7, 12:1-2 It’s difficult to be real. Even in a church, it’s rare to encounter unadulterated authenticity, to peer through the veil of things not seen in a life. That’s why some of the most memorable teachers, preachers, and leaders mark themselves on Continue reading …

Love without Masks

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Sermon October 27, 2019 Love without Masks Reverend Mark Longhurst 1 John 4:7-12 There James Baldwin is, in Senegal, in 1962, and he is supposedly reporting on assignment by the New Yorker for a piece on Africa. And yet, all he can think of is the moral reckoning of race his country is facing. So, Continue reading …