Sermons by Rev. Les Ferguson

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Having the Mind of Christ – sermon for Palm Sunday 4/14/19

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Prayers for God’s grace to you as we begin our Holy Week journey. Please be blessed in your Holy Week journey. In worship, we heard the Passion Gospel from Luke – the choral reading of which is always moving. Coupled with the Passion Gospel was Paul’s request to have the mind of Christ and Isaiah’s […]

To know the power of Christ – sermon for 4/7/19

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We continue to work our way through the reflective portion of Lent, looking for God’s presence in our community and welcoming family and friends alike. In worship today there was some counterpoint between Paul and the gospel. But before we heard their conversation, Hebrew scripture engaged us in the Psalm and Isaiah. We were reminded […]

In Christ there is a new creation – sermon from 3/31/19

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In worship we heard lessons and offered prayers that highlight our need for reconciliation and for our response when we are made clean (even when that means we pass through judgment). Joshua brings to the forefront the idea that once the journey is complete we will eat the nourishment found in the promise land. And […]

Resting in God’s presence – sermon from 3/24/19

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We are reminded, no matter what, that God is still in control and calling us to a deeper relationship. Sometimes, God is in the irony of our humanity and the unplanned occurrences of our life – like slippers in Church. As we worshipped today we were reminded that the life we live, while wholly our […]

God is in our story – sermon from Mar. 10, 2019

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Lent 2019 is upon us – our annual journey of reflection, listening, and, if necessary, redirecting ourselves to the places God is leading us.The children, and all who are children of God, renew our story and the presence we bring in our community; truth in our past, our present, and our future. Lent is a […]

Now it the appropriate time – sermon from Ash Wednesday 2019

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What a phrase: “The invitation to the observance of a holy Lent.” Sometimes that phrase seems odd but when we remember that something that is holy is something that is set aside for God. As we gathered for worship, both at St. John’s and at Lake Prince Woods retirement center, we were asked to pause […]

God provides connection and hope – sermon from 2/24/19

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In worship we were blessed to be bathed by rich music and insightful scripture. Our reading from Genesis told the story of Joseph’s reconciliation with his brothers; our psalm reminded us to not fret and wait for God to show where God is leading us. Our New Testament and Gospel described the Golden Rule and […]

God is in our new normal – sermon from 2/17/19

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we live in the moment of the light of Christ come into the world. In worship, we heard the story of Luke’s “Sermon on the Plain” with its blessings and woes; we heard Paul circle about resurrection, faith, and Christ and how if we say there is no resurrection then our faith is for naught. […]