Sunday Sermon Library

Sunday March 3, 2018 Sermon
“There’s Something in the Air,” a sermon by Lindsey Braun based on John 18:12-27.

Sunday July 30, 2017 Sermon
“What do I really believe about other religions??,” a sermon by Laura Robinson based on Acts 10: 9-15,27-28, 34-39a.

Sunday July 16, 2017 Sermon
“Fully Known,” a sermon by Valerie Miller-Coleman based on 1 Corinthians 13.

Sunday July 9, 2017 Sermon
“Who Shall Prosper?,” a sermon by Brittany Hanlin based on Luke 12:13-34.

Sunday June 25, 2017 Sermon
“Who is Jesus?,” a sermon by David Telfort based on Mark 8:27-38.

Sunday May 28, 2017 Sermon
“Bewitched,” a sermon by Lindsey Braun based on Galatians 3:1-9, 23-29.

Sunday May 14, 2017 Sermon
“Anchored in Grace,” a sermon by Valerie Miller-Coleman based on Acts 15:1-18.

Sunday April 9, 2017 Sermon
Palm Sunday sermon by LeAnn Stubbs based on Luke 19:28-41.

Sunday April 2, 2017 Sermon
“Reflections on Ubi Caritas,” a sermon by Matt Mardis-Lecroy based on Ubi Caritas.

Sunday March 26, 2017 Sermon
“A Christmas Carol for Lent,” a sermon by Lindsey Braun based on Luke 16:19-31.

Sunday February 26, 2017 Sermon
“Embracing the Cloud,” a sermon by Lindsey Braun based on Luke 9:28-45.

Sunday February 19, 2017 Sermon
“Do You See This Woman?,” a sermon by David Telfort based on Luke 7:36–50.

Sunday January 15, 2017 Sermon
“Regurgitated Rhetoric vs. Prophetic Purpose,” a sermon by Brittany Hanlin based on Luke 4:14–30.

Sunday January 8, 2017 Sermon
“Clearing the Way,” a sermon by Valerie Miller-Coleman based on Luke 3:1–22.

Sunday January 1, 2017 Sermon
“An Imani Response,” a sermon by David Telfort, based on Luke 2:21–38.

Sunday December 25, 2016 Sermon
“Rise Up, Like a Shepherd,” a sermon by Lindsey Braun, based on Luke 2:8–20.

Sunday December 11, 2016 Sermon
“Sorry, Santa,” a sermon by Matt Mardis-LeCroy, based on Isaiah 61:1–11.

Sunday November 27, 2016 Sermon
“When the Fight Picks You,” a sermon by Matt Mardis-LeCroy, based on Daniel 6:6–27.

Sunday November 20, 2016 Sermon
“Inscribed On Our Hearts,” a sermon by Matt Mardis-LeCroy, based on Jeremiah 36:1–8, 21–23, 27–28.

Sunday November 13, 2016 Sermon
“Cape and Tights Optional,” a sermon by Matt Mardis-LeCroy, based on Isaiah 6:1–8.

Sunday October 26, 2016 Sermon
Sermon by Lindsey Braun, based on 2 Samuel 7:1-17.

Sunday October 16, 2016 Sermon
“#blessed,” a sermon by Matt Mardis-LeCroy, based on 1 Samuel 1:9–11, 19–20, 2:1–10.

Sunday October 2, 2016 Sermon
“History, Written by the Losers,” a sermon by Matt Mardis-LeCroy, based on Exodus 12:1–13; 13:1–8.

Sunday September 11, 2016 Sermon
“Hide and Seek,” a sermon by Matt Mardis-LeCroy, based on Genesis 2:4b–7, 15–17; 3:1–8.

Sunday September 4, 2016 Sermon
“How to Learn from a Prophetic Encounter,” a sermon by David Telfort, based on Jeremiah 18:1–11.

Sunday August 14, 2016 Sermon
“Why Justice?,” a sermon by Matt Mardis-LeCroy, based on Isaiah 5:1–7.

Sunday July 31, 2016 Sermon
“Home is Where the Heart is,” a sermon by Brittany Hanlin, based on Hosea 11:1–11.

Sunday July 17, 2016 Sermon
“The End is Near,” a sermon by Matt Mardis-LeCroy, based on Amos 8:1–12.

Sunday July 3, 2016 Sermon
“The World Turned Upside Down,” a sermon by Matt Mardis-LeCroy, based on Galatians 6:7–16.

Sunday June 26, 2016 Sermon
“The Reason for Our Freedom,” a sermon by David Telfort, based on Galatians 5:1, 13–25.

Sunday June 19, 2016 Sermon
“Grow Up (for God’s Sake),” a sermon by Matt Mardis-LeCroy, based on Galatians 3:23-29.

Sunday June 5, 2016 Sermon
“The School of Hard Knocks,” a sermon by David Telfort, based on Galatians 1:11-24.

Sunday May 22, 2016 Sermon
“At the Crossroads,” a sermon by Valerie Miller-Coleman, based on Proverbs 8:1–4, 22–31.

Sunday May 15, 2016 Sermon
“Babel Undone,” a sermon by Matt Mardis-LeCroy, based on Acts 2:1–21.

Sunday May 8, 2016 Sermon
“Who’s the Boss?,” a sermon by Matt Mardis-LeCroy, based on Acts 16:16–34.

Sunday April 24, 2016 Sermon
“I Feel Fine,” a sermon by Corinne Ellis, based on Revelations 2:1–6.

Sunday April 17, 2016 Sermon
“Our Own Two Feet,” a sermon by Matt Mardis-LeCroy, based on Acts 9:36–43.

Sunday March 27, 2016 Sermon
“Called by Name,” a sermon by Matt Mardis-LeCroy, based on John 20:1–18.

Sunday March 20, 2016 Sermon
“Difficult Demands,” a sermon by David Telfort, based on Luke 19:28–40.

Sunday March 13, 2016 Sermon
“Rules for the Road,” a sermon by Matt Mardis-LeCroy, based on Isaiah 43:16–21.

Sunday March 6, 2016 Sermon
“Coming Home,” a sermon by Valerie Miller-Coleman, based on Luke 15:1–3, 11b–24.

Sunday February 28, 2016 Sermon
“A Pretty Good Question,” a sermon by Matt Mardis-LeCroy, based on Isaiah 58:1–9.

Sunday February 21, 2016 Sermon
“The Fox and the Hen,” a sermon by Valerie Miller-Coleman, based on Luke 13:31–35.

Sunday February 14, 2016 Sermon
“Into the Wilderness,” a sermon by Matt Mardis-LeCroy, based on Luke 4:1–13.

Sunday February 7, 2016 Sermon
“Even When It’s Not Shining,” a sermon by Corinne Ellis, based on Luke 9:28–36.

Sunday January 31, 2016 Sermon
“An Acquired Taste,” a sermon by Matt Mardis-LeCroy, based on Luke 4:21–30.

Sunday January 24, 2016 Sermon
“I Was Born for This,” a sermon by David Telfort, based on Luke 4:14–21.

Sunday January 17, 2016 Sermon
“Enough,” a sermon by Matt Mardis-LeCroy, based on John 2:1–11.

Sunday January 10, 2016 Sermon
“Spirit and Fire,” a sermon by Valerie Miller-Coleman, based on Luke 3:15–17, 21–22.

Sunday January 3, 2016 Sermon
“Epiphanies,” a sermon by LeAnn Stubbs, based on Matthew 2:1–12.

Sunday December 27, 2015 Sermon
“What Child is THIS?,” a sermon by Corinne Ellis, based on Luke 2:41–52.

Sunday, December 20, 2015
Candles & Carols Service (no sermon)

Sunday December 6, 2015 Sermon
“Disturbing the Peace,” a sermon by Matt Mardis-LeCroy, based on Luke 3:1–6.

Sunday November 29, 2015 Sermon
“Ready Ready,” a sermon by Corinne Ellis, based on Luke 21:25–36.

Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2015 Sermon
“Memory and Hope,” a Thanksgiving sermon by Matt Mardis-LeCroy, based on Psalm 126.

Sunday November 22, 2015 Sermon
“Fists Down; Forks Up,” a sermon by Matt Mardis-LeCroy, based on John 18:33-37.

Sunday November 15, 2015 Sermon
“The Testimony Lying Within the Temple,” a sermon by David Telfort, based on Mark 13:1–8.

Sunday November 8, 2015 Sermon
“Your Money or Your Life,” a sermon by Matt Mardis-LeCroy, based on Mark 12:38–44.

Sunday November 1, 2015 Sermon
“Growing in Love,” a sermon by Valerie Miller-Coleman, based on Mark 12:28–34.

Sunday October 25, 2015 Sermon
“The Faith That Makes Us Well,” a sermon by Matt Mardis-LeCroy, based on Mark 10:46–52.

Sunday October 18, 2015 Sermon
“Every Story Matters,” a sermon by Matt Mardis-LeCroy, based on Mark 10:35–45.

Sunday October 11, 2015 Sermon
“What Do You Do?,” a sermon by Corinne Ellis, based on Mark 10:17–31.

Sunday October 4, 2015 Sermon
“The Story That Really Matters,” a sermon by Kathryn Palen, based on Mark 10:2–16.

Sunday September 27, 2015 Sermon
“Other People,” a sermon by Matt Mardis-LeCroy, based on Mark 9:38–41.

Sunday September 13, 2015 Sermon
“What’s Your Story?,” a sermon by Matt Mardis-LeCroy, based on Mark 8:27–38.

September 6, 2015 Sermon
“Room to Grow,” a sermon by Valerie Miller-Coleman, based on Mark 7:24–30.

August 30, 2015 Sermon
“How Can I Live My Faith in the World?,” a sermon by Kathryn Palen, based on James 1:17–27.

August 16, 2015 Sermon
“A Confounding Answer to a Prayer,” a sermon by David Telfort, based on I Kings 2:10–12, 3:3–14.

August 9, 2015 Sermon
“Do You Worry About the Future of Plymouth,” a sermon by Matt Mardis-LeCroy, based on John 6:35, 41-51.

August 2, 2015 Sermon
“How Do I Share My Faith Without Being a Jerk?,” a sermon by LeAnn Stubbs, based on John 6:24–35.

July 26, 2015 Sermon
“Can We Really Agree to Differ in An Election Year?,” a sermon by Valerie Miller-Coleman, based on John 6: 1–21.

July 19, 2015 Sermon
“On the Importance of Guts,” a sermon by Matt Mardis-LeCroy, based on Mark 6:30–34, 53–56.

July 12, 2015 Sermon
“Raised,” a sermon by Corinne Ellis, based on Mark 6:14-29.

July 5, 2015 Sermon
“A Bittersweet Homecoming,” a sermon by David Telfort, based on Mark 6:1-13.

June 28, 2015 Sermon
“Taking the First Step,” a sermon by Kathryn Palen, based on Mark 5:21-43.

June 21, 2015 Sermon
“Getting In the Boat,” a sermon by Corinne Ellis, based on Mark 4:35-41.

June 7, 2015, Sermon
“Going Out of Our Minds,” a sermon by LeAnn Stubbs, based on Mark 3:20-35.

May 17, 2015 Sermon
“Life in the Transition,” a sermon by Kathryn Palen, based on Acts 1:15-17, 21-26.

May 10, 2015 Sermon
No manuscript is available for Matt Mardis-LeCroy’s sermon. Please look for the podcast instead.

May 3, 2015 Sermon
“Here Is Water,” a sermon by Corinne Ellis, based on Acts 8:26-40.

April 25, 2015 Sermon
“Hired Hands, Sheep and Sheepdogs,” a sermon by LeAnn Stubbs, based on John 10:11–18.

April 19, 2015 Sermon
No manuscript is available for Matt Mardis-LeCroy’s sermon. Please look for the podcast instead.

April 12, 2015 Sermon
“Stories of Our Lives,” a sermon by Kathryn Palen, based on John 20:19-31.

April 5, 2015 Easter Sermon
“Resurrection,” an Easter Sunday sermon by Matt Mardis-LeCroy, based on Mark 16:1-8.

March 29, 2015 Sermon
“Salvation,” a Palm-Sunday sermon by Valerie Miller-Coleman, based on Mark 11:1-10, 15-19.

March 22, 2015 Sermon
“Sin,” a sermon by Matt Mardis-LeCroy, based on Jeremiah 31:31-34.

March 15, 2015 Sermon
“Redemption,” a sermon by Matt Mardis-LeCroy, based on Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22.

March 8, 2015 Sermon
“Fear of the Lord,” a sermon by LeAnn Stubbs, based on Psalm 19:1-10, 14.

March 1, 2015 Sermon
“Blessing,” a sermon by Matt Mardis-LeCroy, based on Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16.

February 28, 2015 Sermon
“Blessing,” Kit Novotny’s final Saturday sermon before she moved on from the Transition into Ministry Program, based on Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16.

February 22, 2015 Sermon
“Covenant,” a sermon by Matt Mardis-LeCroy based on Genesis 9:8-17.

February 15, 2015 Sermon
“Razzle Dazzle,” a sermon by Kit Novotny based on Mark 9:2-10.

February 8, 2015 Jazz Mass Reflections, 11 a.m. Service
Chancel Choir presents Chilcott’s “Nidaros Jazz Mass,” with reflections by Matt Mardis-LeCroy as a part of Jazz Sunday’s 11 a.m. worship.

February 8, 2015 Sermon 9 a.m. Service
“The Improvisation of Faith,” a sermon by Kathryn Palen based on Mark 1:29-39.

February 1, 2015 Sermon
“You’re Not the Boss of Me,” a sermon by Matt Mardis-LeCroy based on Mark 1:21-28.

January 25, 2015 Sermon
“Leave It In The Boat,” a sermon by Matt Mardis-LeCroy based on Mark 1:14-20.

January 18, 2015 Sermon
“Samuel and Eli,” a sermon by Valerie Miller-Coleman based on 1 Samuel 3:1-20.

January 11, 2015 Sermon
“Wild,” a sermon by Corinne Ellis based on Mark 1:4-13.

January 4, 2015 Sermon
“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” a sermon by Matt Mardis-LeCroy based on Matthew 2:1-12.

December 27, 2014 Sermon
“Joy to the World,” a sermon by Valerie Miller-Coleman based on Luke 2:22-40.

December 14, 2014 Sermon
“Waiting for Joy,” a sermon by Kathryn Palen based on Psalm 126.

December 7, 2014 Sermon
“Comfort?” a sermon by Matt Mardis-LeCroy based on Isaiah 40:1-11.

November 30, 2014 Sermon
“Truth in Advertising,” a sermon by Matt Mardis-LeCroy based on Isaiah 64:1-9.

November 23, 2014, Rich Pleva Sermon
November 23, 2014, David Ruhe Sermon
“The Matter of the Mantle,” a sermon by Iowa UCC Conference Minister Rich Pleva based on 2 Kings 2:1-15, during the Service of Pastoral Transition. Also included is “A Pastoral Ending” by retiring Senior Minister David Ruhe.

November 16, 2014 Sermon
“Sacred Cow Pie Weekend,” a sermon by David Ruhe based on Matthew 25:14-30.

November 9, 2014 Sermon
“Hurry Up and Wait,” a sermon by David Ruhe based on Matthew 25:1-13.

November 2, 2014 Sermon
“The Saints Show Up,” a sermon by LeAnn Stubbs based on Matthew 23:1-12.

October 26, 2014 Sermon
Transition into Ministry Jubilee featuring a sermon by Cameron Barr, Corinne Ellis and Kit Novotny. Matthew 22:34-40.

October 19, 2014 Sermon
“Perfect Praise,” a sermon by David Ruhe based on Exodus 33:12-23.

October 12, 2014 Sermon
“Anxiety, Idolatry, Memory,” a sermon by David Ruhe based on Exodus 32:1-14.

October 5, 2014 Sermon
“Community Engagement,” a sermon by Valerie Miller-Coleman based on Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20.

September 28, 2014 Sermon
“Clear Eyes, Full Hearts…,” a sermon by Matt Mardis-LeCroy based on Matthew 21:23-32.

September 21, 2014 Sermon
“Keeping Score,” a sermon by David Ruhe based on Matthew 20:1-16.

September 14, 2014 Sermon
“Much Obliged,” a sermon by David Ruhe based on Matthew 18:31-35 and dedicating the renovated sanctuary.

August 24, 2014 Sermon
“Holy Midwifery,” a sermon by Kit Novotny based on Exodus 1:8-2:10.

August 17, 2014 Sermon
“Whole and Holy,” a sermon by David Ruhe based on Genesis 45:1-15.

August 10, 2014 Sermon
“Joseph and his Brothers: Part I,” a sermon by Valerie Miller-Coleman based on Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28.

August 3, 2014 Sermon
“The Struggle,” a sermon by Matt Mardis-LeCroy based on Genesis 32:22-31.

July 27, 2014 Sermon
“Abundant Love,” a sermon by Corinne Ellis based on Genesis 29:15-28.

July 20, 2014 Sermon
“Held Captive,” a sermon by Cameron Barr based on Genesis 28: 10-19a.

July 13, 2014 Sermon
“Named and Claimed,” a sermon by David Ruhe based on Genesis 25:19-34.

July 6, 2014 Sermon
“How I Met Your Mother,” a sermon by David Ruhe based on Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67.

June 29, 2014 Sermon
“Binding of Isaac,” a sermon by Valerie Miller-Coleman based on Genesis 22:1-14.

June 22, 2014 Sermon
“Ins and Outs,” a sermon by David Ruhe based on Genesis 21:8-21.

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