Sermons

“Conspiracy Theory” – Sermon for July 15, 2018

“Conspiracy Theory” A Sermon on Mark 6:14-29 for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B; preached July 15, 2018, by the Rev. Matthew Emery, Senior Minister   Estefany Galvez, age 18, lives in a trailer in the “Little Mexico” section of Norwalk, Ohio, a city of 17,000 just about 10 miles off the Lake…

“Creating Promise out of Pain” – Sermon for June 25, 2017

“Creating Promise out of Pain” A Sermon on Genesis 21:8-21 for the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A; preached June 25, 2017, by the Rev. Matthew Emery, Senior Minister   Most people, including—arguably—most Christians, do not understand what the Bible really is. [Have I gotten your attention?] Yes, indeed, when it comes right down…

“Spoken into Creation” – Sermon for June 11, 2017

“Spoken into Creation” A Sermon on Genesis 1:1 – 2:4a for Trinity Sunday, Year A; preached June 11, 2017, by the Rev. Matthew Emery, Senior Minister[1]   As a clergyperson, I get told things from time to time that I simply don’t know how to react to.  It’s an occupational hazard, you could say—one of those…

“I Have Seen the Lord!” – Sermon for April 16, 2017

“I Have Seen the Lord!” A Sermon on John 20:1-18 for Easter Day, Year A; preached April 16, 2017, by the Rev. Matthew Emery, Senior Minister   The link between Easter and new birth runs long and deep in our culture’s collective consciousness.  For weeks, if not months, now, the stores have been decked out in…

“Reset” – Sermon for March 12, 2017

“Boot Camp for the Soul:  Reset” A Sermon on John 3:1-17 (with Genesis 12:1-4a) for the 2nd Sunday in Lent, Year A; preached March 12, 2017, by the Rev. Matthew Emery, Senior Minister   Back while I was in college at Michigan State—a computer science major, as many of you know—I spent my summers working for…

“God’s Promise of Blessing” – Sermon for Jan. 29, 2017

“New Year, Same Promises:  God’s Promise of Blessing” A Sermon on Matthew 5:1-12 (with 1st Cor. 1:18-31) for the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A; preached January 29, 2017, by the Rev. Matthew Emery, Senior Minister   It’s hard to believe, sometimes, just how many problems can come with just one little section of…