Sermons

Counted Blessings

Preached at First Congregational Church of Wallingford, CT on 11/24/19

As we approach Thanksgiving, we reflect on Biblical generosity, taking a focused look at the widow who gave her last two coins (Mark 12:38-13:2) to the temple treasury. We also look at the surrounding text for the answers to questions like, "how did she become so poor in the first place?"

A Fond Look Back

Preached at First Congregational Church of Wallingford, CT

As First Congregational Church of Wallingford begins the Jeremiah Project - a mission and vision planning process - I take a look back on the blessings that the FCCW community has given me. We also look at Matthew 25:14-30 for inspiration as they move forward into a future that isnt fully clear but is certainly filled with creative potential!

In Remembrance of Me

Preached at First Congregational Church of Wallingford, CT

Memorial Day weekend of 2019, I recontextualize my previous sermon The Finish Line in the theme of Memorial Day weekend. This time we looked at the Numbers and Johannine text from the point of view of how we can best be the ressurected love of Christ and the ressurected love of those who gave all in service of righteousness and goodness in the world.

The Finish Line

Preached at First Congregational Church of St. Louis, Clayton, MO

On Palm Sunday 2019, after a parade of Palms into the sanctuary led by a Caledonian Pipe Band, we dive into what it was about Jesus' life that made it salvific. We look at old interpretations, their roots, and for inspiration for a reinterpretation, I take a look at a theologically rich story from Numbers 21:4-9, and a reference to that story from Jesus (John 3:14-21).

Be the Body

Preached at Lake Williamson Christian Center, to the Encounter Youth Choir

This sermon is the culmination of a youth retreat based around learning more about who Jesus is to us and to the community around us. Using the body of Christ metaphor in 1 Corinthians 12 as the primary expression of Christ in the world, I challenged students to reimagine being Christ and seeing Christ in others. There's also a fun story of an accident I had with a knife!

Whose Inscription is on You?

Preached at First Congregational Church of St. Louis, Clayton, MO

This sermon discusses God's call for Christians, drawing from Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 and Matthew 22:15-22. This sermon includes reflections and exegesis on both texts, as well as reflections from my time in El Salvador with International Partners in Mission, an organization dedicated to creating educational, cultural immersion experiences around the globe.

Mothers to Peace

Preached at Christ Church, United Church of Christ, Maplewood, MO

Mothers to Peace was born out of an urge to preach on the gendered language commonly used to describe God. I had just purchased The Inclusive Bible which had me inspired to preach about God's gender in an inclusive way. Tying together gender normative metaphors that are littered throughout the bible, I walked through each, showing how God's nature and identity in scripture defies the constraints of gendered language, rendering binary, male language an inadequate means of describing God.

Under the Law

Preached at Christ Church, United Church of Christ, Maplewood, MO

Under the Law serves was given to Christ Church UCC in Maplewood in Mid-December of 2017, and was given to The First Congregational Church of Wallingford on December 31st. Under the Law takes a look at the historical Jesus' experience in a marginalized body, tying in the narrative from Matthew 2 with Galatians 4:1-7 to highlight the humanity of his experience, comparing that marginalization to the marginalization of Alex Garcia, the immigrant in sanctuary at Christ Church at the time

Servants in Suffering

Preached at Christ Church, United Church of Christ, Maplewood, MO

Servants in Suffering was given on October 8th, 2017 to the congregation of Christ Church UCC in Maplewood MO. It followed the unimagineably deadly mass-shooting in Las Vegas, prompting a response from clergy around the country. My small response was to posit that tragedy comes as an opportunity for us to jump into the fray and live out Gods statement in Isaiah 49 that we are God's servants, called to bring light to the world.