Sermons

Mark Seifried “Philia”

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January 17, 2021 Rev. Mark Seifried online Philia Genesis 43:26-34 I want begin my reflection today with a confession. I am feeling a bit selfish. There are some days that I just want to cry. My sense of rawness is exacerbated because of the physical distancing that is necessary to keep us all safe during Continue reading …

Mark Seifried, “Joyful Living”

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December 13, 2020 Rev. Mark Seifried online Joyful Living 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19 and Luke 1:44b-55 David and all the house of Israel were dancing before the Lord with all their might, with songs and lyres and harps and tambourines and castanets and cymbals. (Sounds!) As the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal daughter of Continue reading …

Mark Seifried, “Just a Story”

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December 20, 2020 Rev. Mark Seifried online Just a Story Luke 1:26-38 Advent and Christmas are all about seeing things differently – at least according to the biblical record. Advent is about breaking traditional images. Christmas is about getting outside the box … coloring outside the lines. Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth isn’t just Continue reading …

Mark Seifried, “Eros”

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January 10, 2021 Rev. Mark Seifried online Eros Song of Solomon 4:1-8 As I begin a reflection on romantic love, let me define what I consider eros to be and what it is not. First, what it is not. Eros is not the puppy love of adolescence, though it may begin that way. Eros is Continue reading …

Mark Seifried “Apples and Oranges”

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November 22, 2020 Rev. Mark Seifried online Apples and Oranges Psalm 80:1-7, 17-90 Harvey Milk was the first openly gay elected official[1] in the history of California politics, where, in 1977, he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Harvey Milk was assassinated for his so-called radical stand –if you can imagine – that all people should be Continue reading …

Reverend Mark Seifried “Thanks giving”

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November 22, 2020 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 Continue reading …

Reverend Mark Seifried “Back to the Future”

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November 15, 2020 Rev. Mark Seifried online Back to the Future Romans 12: 9-21 “Artists are the gatekeepers of truth. We are civilization’s radical voice.” So said Paul Robeson, the late African American singer, actor and activist. After getting to know many of the folks in this congregation, I doubt that you would argue with Continue reading …

Reverend Mark Seifried “Subjects”

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November 8, 2020 Rev. Mark Seifried online Subjects Romans 13:1-10 My first job was washing pots and pans at a barbecue restaurant in St. Louis, Missouri. Although it was hard work, it was a great place to learn about the trials and blessings of family owned business. They paid me nearly triple the minimum wage Continue reading …

Reverend Mark Seifried “Now What”

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November 1, 2020 Rev. Mark Seifried online Now What Ephesians 1:15-23 We certainly are not the same as we were a few years ago. Our world, our nation, and our communities have been through a lot. I don’t have time to list the many things we have endured and overcome. Although I am not so Continue reading …