Sermon May 12, 2024

To start this morning, I want to share a story with you that Rev Nora Vedress, a United Church minister from PA, shared with me this week as we were thinking about the service this morning. Nora writes: “Families are funny things” at least that is what my mother used to say.   She’d hear about …Read more

Sermon May 5, 2024 by Tricia Gerhard

Does God exist?  This is a question that has been debated for centuries – scholars, scientists, and philosophers have spent their lifetimes trying to prove or disprove the existence of God, only to have their theories discredited by other scholars, scientists, and philosophers.  We seem to be at an impasse – even Wikipedia agrees that …Read more

Sermon April 28, 2024 by Tricia Gerhard

I like to imagine that the Holy Spirit has a mischievous sense of humor.  At least that’s the feeling I get when I think about how the Spirit moves in our lives, and in the lives of our faith ancestors.  Often the Holy Spirit nudges, cajoles and pushes us into situations that are life changing …Read more

Sermon April 21, 2024 by Tricia Gerhard

Well friends I have to confess that when I sat down to plan this week’s service to mark Earth Day, the first thing I felt was a deep sense of despair… which is not really the place a preacher wants to be when writing a sermon.  In a world that can often feel like there’s …Read more

Sermon April 14, 2024 by Tricia Gerhard

Ms. Schenk, Mr.McLarty, Mrs.Marshall…do these names mean anything to you?  No?  How about if I said Dorothy Reid, Rhea Yates, Sharon Stanley, Marion and Alan McKay…those names maybe stir a little something in some?  What if I said Shirley and Walter Watts, Judy and Peter Sim, Ruth and Dan Wiwichar, Diane Riordon, …or how about …Read more

Sermon April 7, 2024 by Tricia Gerhard

Holy Humour Sunday Jesus was walking through heaven one day, a little bored, when he passes by the Pearly Gates and sees St. Peter talking with an elderly gentleman and decides to go over to hear the man’s story. “Where are you from, sir?” Jesus asks. “Well, I lived my life on the shores of …Read more

Sermon March 17, 2024 by Tricia Gerhard

“I forgive you.” We Christians are supposed to be good at this forgiveness thing.  Someone wrongs us, we forgive and move on, right?  Then why do we sometimes find it so hard to say, let alone live into?  Why do we hesitate, preferring to say “I accept your apology” rather than “I forgive you?”  Why …Read more

Sermon March 10, 2024 by Tricia Gerhard

Matthew 16:21-23 “Human Things and Wilderness Times” There are a few Bible passages that most ministers avoid at all costs…..Ephesians 5:22-23 for example, Psalm 137:8-9); pretty much anything from the book of Judges …and then there this one, Matthew 16:21-23.  Following right on the heels of Peter’s incredible confession from last week that Jesus is …Read more

Sermon February 25, 2024 by Tricia Gerhard

Jesus walks on water.  What a great story! And one that you’d think would be easy to write a sermon about.  And it would have been easy, if it weren’t for one little verse in the middle that in some Bibles is recorded in red because the words are coming from Jesus himself: “You of …Read more

Sermon February 18, 2024 by Tricia Gerhard

Lent 1 – Luke 5: 1-11 – So, why Peter? What was it about Jesus that made Simon Peter give up his way of life without, as it seems in the gospel, without a second thought.  Jesus says: “Follow me” and Simon Peter drops his nets.  Not neatly piling the nets on the boat, no, …Read more