Sermons by Rev. Les Ferguson

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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. […]

Hearing God’s assurance again – sermon from 2/10/19

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As we approach the end of the season after the Epiphany, we hear stories in worship about how God calls and reaffirms the calls placed on our lives. Sometimes God comes to us like the story of Isaiah – with great pomp and grandeur that takes our breath away. Sometimes God comes to us in […]

Love overcomes discord – sermon from 2/3/19

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Today in worship we heard readings and a reflection on the fractured church and lack of tolerance in Jesus’ time and in the new Church in Corinth. The cross section of readings today spoke to our calling to be witnesses and prophetic for God in the world (Jeremiah) and the assurance that God alone is […]

Reflecting God’s light to see God – sermon from 1/20/19

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In worship we considered what we think it means to be bathed in God’s light and sacrament. But not just to be bathed in, but to actively share God’s light and sacrament. Our scripture reminded us today that we need both space and independence to function in the way God calls us to function; but […]

We are God’s beloved – sermon from 1/13/19

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Through our worship and the practices observed this Epiphany season, we are reminded of the grace we have received and God’s providence. We hear about the act of an epiphany – becoming aware of the presence of something already present. The Psalmist reminds us of both the immenseness of God – the ability to make […]