Joy in the dark
Preached to Center Church Meriden CT 12/13/20
When turbulent times are at hand, it can be easier to find comfort and contentment in life's anchors. Sometimes though, God calls us to cut loose from those anchors and trust that God will guide us toward a place of joyful, spiritual prosperity.
Daring Right relationship
Preached to Center Church Meriden CT 12/6/20
When fear threatens to throw us off course, God is waiting to give us a sign. And when all else fails, the sign of a child called Emmanuel reminds us to move from fear to love.
Hope for Tomorrow
Preached to Center Church Meriden CT 11/29/20
On the first week of Advent, we reflect on the relationship between hope and fear and how we can move ourselves and others into a hopeful state of mind.
Meet them where they are
Preached to Center Church Meriden CT 11/22/20
As we approach the season of Advent, we reflect on Incarnation and why God chose the life experience of Jesus instead of another where God may have had more political and social influence.
Preached to Center Church, Meriden CT 11/8/20
On pledge Sunday, we reflect on all the ways we've learned to be a good steward, and take a look at why all humanity has the greatest potential to create and do good in the world.
Love of Neighbor
Preached to Center Church, Meriden CT, 11/1/20
The famous story of a merciful Samaritan gives us a guide in the way of showing love to our neighbor. We reflect on what that means in a time where divisions are wider than ever, especially during an election season.
Love of children
Preached to Center Church, Meriden CT, 10/25/20
Center Church's Three Great Loves inspired Stewardship worship series continues. We take a look at our relationship between children and stewardship, and what tending to our children looks like.
Love of Creation
Preached to Center Church, Meriden CT, 10/18/20
Center Church embarks on its stewardship campagin for 2021. We reflect on what being a steward means, through the lens of the United Church of Christ's Three Great loves: Creation, Children, and Neighbor. This sermon tackles our relationship to creation.
Who We Leave Behind
Preached to Center Church, Meriden CT, 10/11/20
On Accessibility Sunday in the United Church of Christ, we take a popular story and view it through the lens of anti-ableism, and reflect on how inaccessibility leaves those in need behind.
The Gift of Love
Preached to Center Church, Meriden CT, 10/4/20
In a world where love seems to be in short supply, we reflect on the foundations of love, and why its such a hard thing to give...but such an amazing gift to receive.
Preached to Center Church, Meriden CT, 9/27/20
Our actions have ripple effects across generations. We still feel the effects of the sins of our ancestors in this country. Can we strive to make sure we grow good fruit for the future instead of sour grapes?
Preached to Center Church, Meriden CT, 9/20/20
When we recall our memories of God and share those stories, we pass down praise filled inspiration for the future. But we do so in the expecation of God's new ways.
Preached to Center Church, Meriden CT, 9/13/20
The world is filled with harmful situations, where harmful resolutions are considered "justice". How do we offer solutions of loving accountability that are constructive and work to break the cycles of harm in our world?
I Will be who god will be
Preached to Center Church, Meriden CT, 8/30/20
We are the hands and feet of God in this world. God depends on us to use those hands and feet for righteous purposes, in order for God to be who God will be in this world.
Invest in hope
Preached to Center Church, Meriden CT, 8/23/20
How we approach uncertainty will effect the outcome. Will we approach the unknown with bravery and invest in hope? Or will we succumb to fear?
Preached to Center Church, Meriden CT, 8/16/20
The Bible is filled with examples of people making "good trouble, necessary trouble." We reflect on one of those moments in the book of Exodus.
Aspiring to God's Righteousness
Preached at Center Church, Meriden CT, 8/9/20
When we root our hopes and aspirations in the righteousness of God, change can happen indeed. It all boils down to how we bend our own willpower. Will we make the choice to view the world through a positive light?
Preached at Center Church, Meriden CT, 8/2/20
Just like water into wine, God is repurposing the church to meet the needs of creation. What does this mean for Christians in a transforming world where mainline churches are declining?
Preached at Center Church, Meriden CT, 7/26/20
Even within our faith communities, we speak many different languages. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we are empowered to speak these different languages and cross dividing lines that once were barriers.
Oh the Places You'll Go
Preached at Center Church, Meriden CT, 7/19/20
As Jacob flees the wrath of his brother Esau, he heads into the wilderness. It is there, in the unfamiliar places, that God comes and meets Jacob.
Seeds Without Good Soil
Preached at Center Church, Meriden CT, 7/12/20
For a spiritual garden to grow within us, we must first do the gardening work of preparing the soil. The parable of the sower offers us guidance as to what things we might find in our garden that need attention.
A Prophetic EarPreached at Center Church in Meriden, CT on 7/5/2020
For Christians to be moved to prophetic witness and the pursuit of justice in our communities, we must first understand the injustices at hand through those who experience them. "A Prophetic Ear" frames the type of 'prophetic listening' that is needed before we can jump to prophetic and transformative action.
If I Don't Have LovePreached at Center Church in Meriden, CT on 6/28/2020
We reflect on love, and how wider societal change starts from within. When we aren't making all our decisions from a place of outward love, we find that the results of those decisions don't have the solid foundation they need to survive.
With Great AnticipationPreached at Center Church in Meriden, CT on 6/21/2020
In celebration of pride month and in expectation of the UCCs Open and Affirming Sunday, we reflect on progress, change, and how much more needs to be done, while those waiting for justice do so with great anticipation.
An Incomplete FlockPreached at Center Church in Meriden, CT on 6/7/2020
In response to nationwide racial tensions boiling over, we take a look at the parables of Luke 15, and how in tandem, they side with those neglected by society, and call for collective accountability in the fight against racism.
Counted BlessingsPreached 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 BackPreached 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 MePreached 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 LinePreached 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 BodyPreached 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 PeacePreached 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 LawPreached 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 SufferingPreached 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.