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“Joyful Disbelief and Still Wondering”

Sermon by Rev. Todd Weir April 15, 2017 Easter 3B  Luke 24:36-48 (In Eastertide, we have 40 days to reflect on the challenges of understanding the resurrection, and the whatever doubts and complications arrive theologically as we think about if we believe in miracles, are open to mystery, and want to have faith along with our questions.  Consider this part to of dealing with doubt, while living in faith. I believe, help me with my unbelief!)   The first Easter did not have any good music yet, no trumpets or handbells or “Hallelujah Chorus.”  Jesus arose without a sound track, no “selfies,” no PR firm coordinating Youtube videos, showing Jesus smiling with the common people of demographic significance.  (Also no Cambridge Analytica or Facebook fake news add placement to give you the Pro-Pilate point of view!)  So obviously there would be [...]

By | 2018-04-15T15:49:22+00:00 April 15th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

What Are You Waiting For?

Sermon from April 8, 2018 Rev. Todd Weir Scripture:  John 20:19-31 Jesus Appears to the Disciples and Doubting Thomas                                                            “I will believe it when I see it.”  How often have you spoken these words?  When I was a supervisor for housing case managers, my job was to check up on their work through their case notes.  My constant refrain was “If you did not write it down, it did not happen.”  I’m at the age where I trust paper trails more than my memory!  People often promise things, but when we have been through several disappointments, we might say, “We will see.”   When the disciple Thomas hears the other disciples [...]

By | 2018-04-09T08:43:26+00:00 April 9th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

Palm Sunday: How Do You Enter Jerusalem?

Sermon by Rev. Todd Weir March 25, 2018 Scripture:  Mark 11:1-11 What was it like in Jerusalem on that day we now call Palm Sunday?  Imagine -The energy level is intense as spiritual pilgrims flood into the city for the most holy Passover Festival.  People jostle in packed markets hoping to get a sufficiently large and tender lamb.  A vendor haggles with three customers to the get the best inflated price for his stock.  The Temple bustles with last minute cleaning and decorating, clinking coins are carefully counted, a cacophony of cattle, lambs and dove calls.  Roman Guards are posted, alert for pick-pockets and trouble-makers.  Scribes and rabbis are rehearsing their teachings, ready for arguments and debate on hot-button issues and the questions of pilgrims.  Both sides are aware that Jesus of Nazareth is rumored to be on his way.  [...]

By | 2018-03-26T06:53:07+00:00 March 26th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

Sermon: Time to Rearrange the Furniture

Sermon by Rev. Todd Weir Text: John 2:13-22 (Unfortunately I felt sick and went home, but you might as well share the sermon since it has several current references.  Be sure to scroll down and watch the NRA video.)   Here’s a great trick question to stump your Fundamentalist/Biblical literalist friends.  When did Jesus go to the Temple and turn over the tables of the money changers?  Most people will say “Palm Sunday” because three Gospels place the story there, but not John’s Gospel.  He has Jesus in the Temple right here in the beginning of Chapter 2.  Jesus is baptized, calls some disciples, changes water into wine at the wedding in Cana, and goes right to Jerusalem and starts knocking over tables.  Mark’s Gospel, written first around 70 CE places the Temple episode at the end of Jesus ministry [...]

By | 2018-03-04T18:49:16+00:00 March 4th, 2018|Sermons|1 Comment

Sermon: “Great Suffering”

Sermon by Rev. Todd Weir February 24, 2018 Scripture:  Mark 8:31-38 I do not like this story, but it must be told.  It is the story of turning point in the ministry of Jesus, and it has great effect on any disciple who follows him.  It is a crossroads moment, and something that we all face, often more than once in a lifetime.  Suffering brings us to this moment, and we must choose wisely what to do with it.  Pain and suffering often mean- stop doing whatever you are doing.  It is hurting you!  But other times suffering comes because we are doing something hard, yet it must still be done.  Almost any life change brings a measure of suffering with it.  So how do we know the difference between unnecessary suffering which is best to avoid, and suffering which [...]

By | 2018-02-27T07:37:22+00:00 February 27th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

Sermon: “Great Suffering”

Sermon by Rev. Todd Weir February 24, 2018 Scripture:  Mark 8:31-38 I do not like this story, but it must be told.  It is the story of turning point in the ministry of Jesus, and it has great effect on any disciple who follows him.  It is a crossroads moment, and something that we all face, often more than once in a lifetime.  Suffering brings us to this moment, and we must choose wisely what to do with it.  Pain and suffering often mean- stop doing whatever you are doing.  It is hurting you!  But other times suffering comes because we are doing something hard, yet it must still be done.  Almost any life change brings a measure of suffering with it.  So how do we know the difference between unnecessary suffering which is best to avoid, and suffering which [...]

By | 2018-02-26T10:52:00+00:00 February 26th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

Sermon “Have You Not Heard? Eagles are Coming!”

Sermon by Rev. Todd Weir Scripture: Isaiah 40:21-31                                                                       February 4, 2018 (Click on the play button to listen.  The recording missed the first few words, so you may want to read the first paragraph before listening.) Is the sky blue?  Is the Pope Catholic?  Why do people ask questions which they don’t expect to be answered?  Sometimes a question can underscore the point better than the statement of a fact.  For example: “How many roads must a man walk down before you call him a man?” The answer is blowing in the wind.  Bob Dillon’s song is a great example of how rhetorical questions probe the listener with an urgency to listen more deeply and reflect on our assumptions.   He uses nine rhetorical questions to lay bare the senselessness of war:   Yes, how many times must a [...]

By | 2018-02-06T11:03:38+00:00 February 6th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

Sermon: “Speak for Your Servant is Listening”

Sermon by Rev. Todd Weir January 14,2018 I Samuel 3:1-20 Think for a moment about the most important things that have happened in your life.  Were they researched, chosen, and carefully planned?  Did it involve check lists, deadlines and clearly defined targets?  Or did it feel more like something chose you?  On your road to one journey you were sidetracked into something that became more important.  You were in the right place at the right time.  It was fate, love at first sight.  You didn’t know what else to do so you followed the path in front of you.  Somehow, something, someone…God, or randomness, serendipity, or the Holy Spirit opened the door and you walked through it.   I am a planner and a strategist at heart, and yet most of my life has unfolded through a series of chance [...]

By | 2018-01-15T10:47:24+00:00 January 15th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

Christmas Eve: Be Not Afraid

Sermon by Rev. Todd Weir December 24 2017 Luke 1:26-38 Be not afraid.  Easier said than done, because life often scares the beejezus out of us.  Just ask Matt Lloyd, a climber who likes to scale ice sheets-for fun!  In a Climbing Magazine article Matt wrote: I was in Vail, Colorado, climbing a spectacular 90-foot curtain of ice…. It had formed a thin, fragile pillar running from the ground to the top in one continuous, beautiful blue column. An ice climber’s dream.  https://www.climbing.com/skills/the-mind-game-how-to-overcome-fear/#! That sounds breath-taking, but Matt is deranged.  Who looks at an ice-sheet the size of our church clock tower and says, “Hey, that looks fun to climb”?   I don’t even like to walk down an icy driveway.  I don’t like too much ice in my water for fear of brain freeze.   So here is Matt focused [...]

By | 2017-12-27T10:09:13+00:00 December 27th, 2017|Sermons|0 Comments

Sermon: “Separating Sheep and Goats, #MeToo #HimToo?

Sermon by Rev. Todd Weir November 26, 2017 Scripture:  Matthew 25:31-46   It is not hard to tell a sheep from a goat.  Sheep are large fluffy ones and goats are smaller with the hipster goatee.  You can herd sheep and goats together, because they tend to eat different things.  Sheep like the clover near the ground, and goats eat everything else.  It turns out they need different minerals in their diet.  Sheep and goats have different behavioral characteristics.  Sheep stay close to flock, are more likely to be startled and spooked, and are well-known for their tendency to follow the leader.  Goats are more independent and curious, don’t flock easily and are more likely to fight back.  Shepherding dogs have to be trained specifically for goats, because goats outsmart the dogs by moving around in different directions, and if [...]

By | 2017-11-27T13:52:10+00:00 November 27th, 2017|Sermons|1 Comment