Faith & Film: Harry Potter – May 7, 2017

My sermon series for these next few weeks is “Faith & Film.” I’m inviting us to use secular film as a medium to study our faith…to watch for places where our own stories are echoed in the stories of the characters; to see where there is a moral or social lesson to be learned; and –most importantly—to find those places where we see glimpses of God’s story—the greatest story ever told—reflected in the experiences and actions of the characters.  Click 20170507 Film & Faith Harry Potter to read/download.

Film & Faith: The Chronicles of Narnia—Do you believe? – May 21, 2017

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe is one of my all time favorite stories, one that connects deeply to the child within. I first read this book when I was 12, and I’ve experienced the story via book and film dozens of times since then, most recently this past week. Every time I read it or watch the film, I am able to find myself, my own dreams, hopes, expectations, worries and insecurities in the adventures of particularly the four main characters: Peter, Edmund, Susan and Lucy. Click 20170521 Film and Faith Narnia to read/download the sermon.

April 23 2017 Sermon

Pastor Becca’s sermon series this season is “Film and faith” and we’ll be exploring certain secular (meaning non-faith based) movies and their ability to inform us and shape our faith, even though they are made by people who do not share our worldview. Entertainment is a very important part of popular culture—movies, books, music. We enjoy these media not just for their entertainment value, however, but also for their ability to teach us and inform us. Even for Christ-followers, secular things teach us a lot about the world, about faith and discipleship, and even about ourselves, even if they are not church or Bible based. Click on April 23 2017 Sermon to read/download the sermon.

Giving up Death – Easter Sunday, 2017

I have never liked butterflies. That sounds crazy, right? Everyone loves butterflies. Not me. They creep me out. Beautiful or not, they’re still insects, and while I can appreciate their beauty and value from a distance, I’d rather them not invade my personal space. Click on 20170416 Giving Up Death to read/download this sermon.

Giving Up Popularity: Palm Sunday 2017

If you have been anywhere near a kid in the past few years, it is likely that you have heard the song “Let it Go” from the Disney animated film, “Frozen.” Frozen quickly became one of the top Disney films every released, and theme song, “Let it Go,” won an Oscar that year.

I love the song because I feel like I can relate to this fictional character, Elsa, who sings it as she’s “letting go” of conforming to the repressive expectations of others, and releasing her powers to create an ice castle. Now, it’s true, I don’t have any special powers and I don’t live in an ice castle, and… I’m not going to be Queen anytime soon. But, I love the theme of this song.

It is a powerful message. Elsa decides at this moment to stop trying to conform, and in a sense, she “gives up popularity” as she embraces her identity and begins to discover her real purpose. Click 20170408 Give it up popularity  to read/download the sermon.

Giving Up Enemies – April 2, 2017

There’s a Spanish story of a father and son who had become estranged. The son ran away, and the father set off to find him. He searched for months to no avail. Finally, in a last desperate effort to find him, the father put an ad in a Madrid newspaper. The ad read: Dear Paco, meet me in front of this newspaper office at noon on Saturday. All is forgiven. I love you. Your Father. On Saturday 800 men named Paco showed up, looking for forgiveness and love from their fathers. Click on 20170402 giving up enemies to read/download the sermon.

Giving Up Our Lives March 26, 2017

On January 1, 1863, the President of the United States signed a controversial executive order. Our country was in a precarious place socially, economically, and politically. We were in the midst of a Civil War, and Abraham Lincoln had been president for two years. The executive order was known as the “Emancipation Proclamation” and officially, it ended the practice of slavery in the United States. Click 20170326 Giving up our lives to read/download the sermon.

Giving Up Superiority March 19, 2017

There once lived a lion who believed he was superior to all others. He was so proud of his mastery over the animal kingdom that he decided to make sure all of the other animals knew that he was, indeed, the king of the jungle.

So sure of his superiority was this lion that he skipped all of the smaller animals and went straight to the bear. “Who is the king of the jungle?” The lion asked the bear.

The bear stuttered and stammered a little as he said, “Well, y-y-you are, Mr. Lion.”  Click on 20170319 Giving up superiority to read/download the sermon.