Sermons

Mark Seifried, “Paradise”

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January 30, 2022 Rev. Mark Seifried online Paradise Ecclesiastes 2:1-16, 22-25 It’s a miracle that we can worship together and yet not be together in the same physical space. Technology is a miracle. Life is a miracle. You are a miracle. The recently deceased Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh believed in miracles, writing: “People usually Continue reading …

Mark Seifried, “Ascending”

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January 23, 2022 Rev. Mark Seifried online Ascending Exodus 24:12-18 I don’t think I have shared with you something about myself that is very personal. I wondered if I should disclose this intimate detail about my life. I decided to do so. I should warn you that when one of my former church administrators discovered Continue reading …

Mark Seifreid, “The Flood”

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January 16, 2022 Rev. Mark Seifried online The Flood Genesis 9:8-17 Beloved, I have good news and not so good news to share with you today. First a bit of not so good news which you probably already know: the universal church is in crisis. It has been in free-fall for years, with decreased trust Continue reading …

Mark Seifried, “The Fall”

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January 9, 2022 Rev. Mark Seifried online The Fall Genesis 3:1-7, 20-24 What age were you when your parents told you that you were white? I ask that with the knowledge that most of this community is of Anglo-Saxon stock. I ask that with the realization that most of you, like me, grew up in Continue reading …

Mark Seifried, “In the Beginning”

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January 2, 2022 Rev. Mark Seifried online In the Beginning Genesis 1:1-13 I love speculating about the beginning of creation. I imagine desolate nothingness exploding to become somethingness. I wonder what caused the explosion. I wonder how all this happened: nothingness becoming rocks that soared through space, generating energy and life. That life force is Continue reading …

Mark Seifried, “More Light”

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December 19, 2021 Rev. Mark Seifried online The Truth John 8:12-19 Light. We’d die without it! This time of year, we crave it. As the pandemic drags on, the world needs more light than ever. When Goethe was on his deathbed, his last request was, “More light.” When the window shades were raised, he was Continue reading …

Mark Seifried, “The Truth”

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December 12, 2021 Rev. Mark Seifried online The Truth John 14:1-7 “You can’t preach that!” I’ve been told dozens of times that I cannot preach about our Bible lesson for today. They’ve said that it’s exclusionary. They’ve said that it’s wrongheaded. They’ve said that it does harm. I’ve heard all this from good liberals who Continue reading …

Mark Seifried, “The True Vine”

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December 5, 2021 Rev. Mark Seifried online The True Vine John 15:1-12 There are names for what binds us: strong forces, weak forces. Look around, you can see them: the skin that forms in a half-empty cup, nails rusting into the places they join, joints dovetailed on their own weight. The way things stay so Continue reading …

Mark Seifried, “Thanks giving”

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November 21, 2021 Rev. Mark Seifried online Thanks giving Luke 17:11-19 “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.”  So said Meister Eckhart, the German theologian, philosopher and mystic from the late 13th and early 14th Century. Listen to that again!  “If the only prayer Continue reading …

Mark Seifried, “Pilgrimage of Thanks”

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November 14, 2021 Rev. Mark Seifried online Pilgrimage of Thanks Deuteronomy 26:1-10 Where were you on your faith journey 20 years ago? This week, I thought a lot about the last twenty years as I celebrated the anniversary of my ordination. Where were you on your faith journey 20 years ago? Where are you on Continue reading …