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Rooted in Creation: What the Angels Can Show Us

  EDITORIAL NOTE: This weekend, we will wrap up our Rooted in Creation Series and hear Mary Kate Buchanan’s very first sermon at Plymouth Church! In the meantime, here is text of my sermon from the Saturday July 13 and Sunday July 14.    Revelation 22:1-5 Then the angel showed me the river of the... Read More

Rooted in Creation: For the Healing of the Nations

Martin Luther despised it. My Sunday School teachers couldn’t get enough of it. And hardly anybody calls it by its right name. Buckle up, reader. This week we are in the Book of Revelation. Revelation 22:1-5 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne... Read More

Rooted in Creation: Consider the Lilies

  “The only Commandment I ever obeyed — ‘Consider the Lilies.”                                                                                                 -Emily Dickens This week our Rooted in Creation series continues with an excerpt from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. It is, among other things, an invitation to stop, listen and learn from the creation. The lilies are trying to tell us something. Matthew... Read More

Rooted in Creation: Quenching Our Thirst (Psalm 42)

  This week, our Rooted in Creation series offers an image of our need–our thirst–for God. Psalm 42  1As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God. 2My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and behold the face of God? 3My tears have... Read More

Plymouth Seeks a New Director of Operations and Finance

Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Des Moines, Iowa—a vibrant and progressive congregation of approximately 3,200 members—seeks a full-time Director of Operations and Finance. We are looking for someone with the vision and creativity to help us become the church we are supposed to be. Working closely with the Senior Minister, the Director of... Read More

Creation: The Story So Nice They Told It Twice! (Genesis 2)

  Our “Rooted in Creation” summer series continues with the second chapter of Genesis and an entirely different creation story. Genesis 2:4-25 4 These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created. In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, 5when no plant of the field was yet in... Read More

Introducing the Summer Sermon Series: Rooted in Creation

  Creation Care? Why are we talking about Creation Care? Well, it wasn’t our idea. We are just trying to tune in to the Bible. Genesis 1:1-2:1 In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, 2the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from... Read More

God With Us (Romans 8:14-39)

  The end of the program year; the Feast of Pentecost. It all comes down to three little words: God with us. Romans 8:14-39 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. 15For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received... Read More

The Walking Dead: Paul’s Theology of Baptism (Romans 6:1-14)

  I don’t care what the meteorologists say –Memorial Day is the real start of summer. And so it seems appropriate that we turn our thoughts to water and to baptism. But for Paul, baptism is not a day at the beach. It is more like that show on AMC that I stopped watching. Welcome... Read More

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Rooted in Creation: What the Angels Can Show Us

  EDITORIAL NOTE: This weekend, we will wrap up our Rooted in Creation Series and hear Mary Kate Buchanan’s very first sermon at Plymouth Church! In the meantime, here is text of my sermon from the Saturday July 13 and Sunday July 14.    Revelation 22:1-5 Then the angel showed me the river of the... Read More

Summer Program Guide 2019 is here!

Don’t miss a single piece of programming at Plymouth Church this summer! Our Summer Program Guide 2019 includes everything happening for every age. Pick up a copy in the church’s literature racks, or download a PDF copy by clicking here.... Read More

The Preaching of Paul and a Punk Rock Song: Acts 13 and 14

  This week’s Scripture reading reminds me of a punk rock song. No, seriously. Belfast’s own Stiff Little Fingers has a song called “Nobody’s Hero.” It’s a (loud, angry) reminder that human beings have a habit of trusting too much in mere mortals. But the thing is: you don’t need a punk rock song to... Read More

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