The heart of Collingswood Presbyterian Church is our worship. We exist to build and nurture a community that embraces Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Everything we do springs from our worship because worship both renews us and empowers us to go out into the world to witness to the Lord in all we say and do.
In the Presbyterian tradition, the sermon is an essential part of worship. Typically 20 minutes or so in length, the sermon reflects the preacher’s prayerful and studious understanding of each week’s scripture. Preachers may spend 8 hours or longer preparing the sermon. They try to understand the historical background of when the passage was first written as well as contextual clues provided by the passages before and after. At times, it is useful to read the passages in their original language of Greek or Hebrew. Preachers often consult commentators, scholars who research the Bible to provide further insights.
All this is to say that the sermon is not the opinion of one person or something that just emerges suddenly. Rather it is the culmination of a process that will transform listeners by making the ancient texts apply to their reality.
August 6. 2022 – “Signs of the Times: Caring for Creation” – Ezekiel 34:1-10 – even as we are alarmed at the heatwaves bearing down on us, we should remember God specifically charged humanity to care for our glorious world. We cannot ignore our responsibility.
July 31. 2022 – “Signs of the Times: What is Wealth?” – Luke 12:13-21 – Jesus tells the story of the rich farmer who had so much, he tore down his barns to build bigger ones. Then he died the next day! Yes, we know wealth is not life, but is wealth only having money and possessions?
July 24. 2022 – “Signs of the Times: What are Humans?” -Psalm 8 – We continue our sermon series entitled “Signs of the Times” reflecting on CPC’s “sign ministry” testifying about social issues facing our community. Scripture tells us the God demands Social Justice and offers guidance on how we can treat each other and ourselves justly. But why should God care? What is so special about human beings anyway? What role do we play in God’s plan?
July 17. 2022 – “Signs of the Times: Church and Morality” – 2 Timothy 3:1-5 – We continue our sermon series entitled “Signs of the Times” reflecting on CPC’s “sign ministry” testifying about social issues facing our community. One of the things we as the church have struggled with is how to lead on moral issues. How should we use scripture to help our understanding? How should we listen to God? Does the Church have the credibility to offer guidance to Christians and to the World? The answers are not simple yet we are not left to founder.
July 10. 2022 – “Signs of the Times: Social Justice” – Luke 10:25-37 – This week, Rev. Higgs begins a sermon series entitled “Signs of the Times” reflecting on CPC’s “sign ministry” testifying about social issues facing our community. We begin by showing how Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan powerfully encourages us to take action to help anyone and everyone in need — the foundation of social justice.
June 19, 2022 – “Children of the Promise” – Galatians 3:23-39: – According to Paul’s letter to the Galatians, Jesus brings an entirely different way of looking at life and our relationships. Suddenly, we are all equal. The distinctions that seem to obsess so many people are irrelevant. Do we agree with Paul or not?
June 12, 2022 – “God’s Playing Field” – Genesis 1:1- 2:4 -The creation story which begins the Bible is the foundation for all that follows. God created a wonderful, diverse universe in which all people were created equally in God’s image. What went wrong?
June 5, 2022 – “And the Slaves will Prophesy” – Acts 2:1-21 – Pentecost is the birthday of the church. It is a time of celebration. But what are we celebrating? We are voice of Christ in a totally messed up world. Will we choose to speak, or will we stay silent?
May 29, 2022 – “Where are You Looking?” – Acts 1:1-11 -On this Ascension Sunday, Jesus concludes his earthly ministry and in the process, makes himself available to everyone. His followers, back then and today, are equipped with the Holy Spirit to share the good news everywhere!
May 22, 2022 – “So You May Believe” – John 14:23-29 – Jesus is about to leave his earthly ministry in the hands of his followers — and they are afraid. How can he assure them that he will always be with them?
May 15, 2022 – “Christ for All” – Acts 11:1-18 – Peter has a revelation from God that changes the direction of the Church forever. Jesus did not come just for the Jewish people, he came for the sake of everyone! Who is in, who is out. In Jesus’ world, all are welcome, whether we like it or not!
May 8, 2022 – “Unsnatchable” – John 10:22-30 – Jesus explains that while he is the Good Shepherd of all, only some really understand and believe what that means. But for those who understand, Jesus is with them forever.
May 1, 2022 – “The Burden of Shame” – John 21:1-19 – Jesus meets his disciples for a third time, but rather than being joyful, they are ashamed. How does Jesus change their attitudes?
April 24, 2022 – “Believing without Seeing” – John 20:19-31 – Jesus is risen and begins to appear to his followers, just as he said he would. Now they have to figure out what to do with their lives moving forward. Just as we do!
April 17, 2022 – “What are You Looking for?” – John 20:1-18 – On that first Easter, Mary Magdeline, Peter, and John all came to the empty tomb, but not one of them understood what they were looking at. What did resurrection mean for them? What does resurrection mean for us?
April 10, 2022 – “The Story of the Passion” – John 12:1-8 -Today we hear the story of Jesus’ last days. His last supper with his disciples, his arrest, trial, and crucifixion. In everything we see how special how Jesus’ way of living and Jesus’ way of dying truly is.
April 3, 2022 – “Leave Her Alone” – John 12:1-8 – What is extravagant? What is excessive? Mary Magdeline anoints Jesus with an expensive bottle of perfume as he prepares to face his death in Jerusalem. Was it right or too much?
March 27, 2022 – “The Problem of New Beginnings” – Joshua 5:9-12 – We find Israel on the cusp of entering the Promised Land. For them everything was about to change in a new beginning. How did they feel about it? How do we feel about our own new beginnings?
March 20, 2022 – “Nor are Your Ways My Ways” – Isaiah 55:1-9 – To follow Christ is to accept a new way of thinking, being, and acting. We trust in a God who does not and will never conform to our expectations.
March 13, 2022 – “The City that Kills” – Luke 13:31-35 – During Lent, we witness Jesus moving ever closer to his sacrifice on the cross. For speaking the truth and proclaiming the unceasing love of God, he was killed. We are his successors and the Christian message has not changed. With all that is going on in the world, do we dare follow him?
“He Hears Me When I Call”
March 6, 2022 – “Who to Trust” – Luke 4:1-13 – As Jesus began his ministry, he was confronted with the question that defined his actions from that point forward: In whom would he trust? God or Satan? While we know there was no question of Jesus’ total devotion to God, what about our own? How much do we trust in God and how much do we trust in ourselves?
February 27, 2022 – “Back to Work” – Luke 9:28-43 – It was easy for the disciples of Jesus to be impressed, even terrified by the spectacle of watching Jesus reveal his glory to them. They in fact nearly forget that their purpose was not to sit on a mountaintop, but to be with the people. Jesus allowed himself to be humiliated, suffer, and die just to be with us. Being a Christian is fundamentally a call to love and serve each other.
February 20, 2022 – “Nothing in Return” – Luke 6:27-38 – To follow Jesus is to adopt a whole new way of thinking about life. Jesus asks that we give, help, and encourage each other not because we will receive some kind of reward, but because Christians give without counting the cost. Can we accept this teaching?
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February 13, 2022 – “Trust is Trust” – What does it mean to trust in God? In the good and bad times, the prophet Jeremiah spoke of God and constantly urged the people of Israel to trust in God. But what does that mean for us today?
February 6, 2022 – “Get Away from Me” – When Peter realized that Jesus was no ordinary man, his first reaction was not of joy, but shame. He wanted nothing to do with Jesus, because he realized Jesus knew him inside and out. How do we react when we realize how well our God knows us?
January 30, 2022 – “Making Waves” – Luke 4:21-30 – When Jesus gave his first sermon to his hometown friends and neighbors, it didn’t go over very well. He set the tone for his ministry: speaking the truth and making waves wherever he went. As his followers, are there times when we should do the same?
January 23, 2022 – “Reviving the Soul” – Luke 4:14-21 – When Jesus begin his earthly mission, he quoted from the prophet Isaiah. In other words, he used scripture as the foundation for his ministry. When we do the same, may our souls be revived and prepared for the work God is giving to us.
January 16, 2022 – “God’s Party” – John 2:1-11 – How appropriate that Jesus’ first recorded miracle is at a wedding feast. We are all invited to God’s Party, a place of true fellowship and love. The question is will we accept the invitation?
January 9, 2022 – “Of Floods and Fires” – Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 – Today we remember the Baptism of the Lord and our own baptisms. Baptism is something we can take for granted and forget about its significance. However, it is Baptism that reminds us how closely we are bound to God and that God dwells in us as we dwell in God.
January 2, 2022 – “In the Beginning” – John 1:1-18 – The Gospel of John begins with the same words as the Book of Genesis: In the Beginning. Jesus is a new beginning for humanity and the best news of all is that we can always begin again with Him, any time!
December 26, 2021 – Nine Lessons and Carols – Join us as we read from scripture and sing the familiar songs as we tell the story of Jesus’ birth, based on the Church of England’s traditional Nine Lessons and Carols worship service.
December 24, 2021 – Christmas Eve – Join us as we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ as we go through the “ABC’s of Christmas”
December 19, 2021 – “Why has this Happened to Me?” – Luke 1:39-55 – This was the question Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptizer, asked of God. The answer is as sure as it is beautiful. Elizabeth, like all of us, was chosen by God to receive the blessings of Jesus Christ and the wonderful life he offers. All we have to do is believe the good news.
December 12, 2021 – “What Shall We Do?” – Luke 1:68-79 – John the Baptizer based his ministry not just on repentance and preparing for the Lord, but on action. John expected us to demonstrate changed lives in everything we say and do.
December 5, 2021 – “The Dawn from Above” – Luke 1:68-79 – As we prepare for the coming of Jesus, we remember that the peace he brings us is rooted in the sense of community and mutual support God desires for all of us. The world preaches we should be fighting against each other. Jesus calls us to work together. What a difference!
November 28, 2021 – “The Lord is our Righteousness” – Jeremiah 32:33-35 – At different times in our lives we face problems and challenges that we despair of ever solving. Whether on a personal, national, or global level, we find that we are not in control of our worlds. But the Good News is that God is in charge and God will bring healing and restoration. Jesus Christ is the ultimate example of God’s forgiveness and restoration at work. Because of him, we can confidently believe God is in control.
November 21, 2021 – “What is Truth?” – John 18:33-37 – Today is “Christ the King” or “Reign of Christ” Sunday. It is the last day of the Christian year as we enter the time of preparation called Advent and Jesus’ coming into the world. Today’s question is the the one Pontius Pilate asked Jesus as Jesus stood before Pilate on trial. What is Truth? As Christians, we believe that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life? But what does that mean?
November 14, 2021 – “The End of Everything” – Mark 13:1-8 – Since the time of Jesus, Christians have been fascinated, even obsessed with the end of the world — whatever that means. Interestingly, Jesus isn’t.
November 7, 2021 – “Everything She Had” – Mark 12:38-44 – Many of us are familiar with the story of Jesus contrasting the offering of the poor widow who gave all she had with the offering of the rich man who gave from his abundance. But the story is more than just about money. What do we choose to give to God not just financially, but in terms of faith, love, and service?
October 31, 2021 – “A Celebration of Life” – Revelation 7:9-17 -Through our faith in Jesus Christ, we know that life does not end with our final breath but continues forever with God. However, we may forget that the resurrection power that gives us eternal life is also present in our daily lives, restoring us exactly at those time when we feel completely empty.
October 24, 2021 – “Who Is Blind?” – Mark 10:46-52 – The stories of Jesus’ healings are far richer than just his interaction with one person. In the healing of the blind man, Bartimaeus, Jesus challenges not only his physical blindness, but perhaps our spiritual blindness too!
October 3, 2021 – “Good and Bad” – Job 2 – What does it mean to truly and fully trust in God? One path is that of Job, a man who had it all, lost it all, yet persisted in his faith throughout it all.
September 26, 2021 – “Asking for Help” – Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29 – Moses had to reach a point in his life that he wanted to die before he asked God for help. He never had to, nor do we.
September 19, 2021 – “Who’s the Greatest” – Mark 9:30-37 – Why does Jesus call children the greatest in the Realm of God? Such a contrast with our money-driven, material-possession oriented society!
September 12, 2021 – “ The Untamable Tongue” – James 3:1-12 – What is the most powerful organ in the human body? The tongue. Our power to speak and communicate literally transforms the world for better and for worse. The question facing us is how do we use this awesome power?
September 5, 2021 – “A Time for Change” – Mark 7:24-37 – Jesus learns a mission changing lesson about bringing the good news to not just Israel, but to entire world!
August 1, 2021 – “I Would Have Given You Much More”– 2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a – David’s sin becomes public knowledge as the prophet Nathan accuses him of both rape and murder. David will carry that burden all his life but at least does not deny what he did and seeks to repent.
July 25, 2021 – “The Cost of Exploitation” – 2 Samuel 11:1-15 -Today we discover the dark side of King David. He steals Bathsheba, the wife of his loyal soldier Uriah and makes her pregnant. Then he arranges to have Uriah killed! This is monstrous evil as the powerful king exploits two poor subjects. Yet exploitation permeates society and even affects us.
July 18, 2021 – “Jesus on Vacation” – Mark 6:30-34; 53-56—Jesus and his disciples were working hard to spread the Good News to all the people! Jesus told them that they needed to rest. If Jesus recognizes the need us to rest, shouldn’t we rest also?
July 11, 2021 – “Dancing for Joy” -2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19—When David became King of Israel, he danced as he brought the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem, something which even his wife didn’t understand. But David’s dance of joy should be our dance as well, regardless of whom it offends!
July 4, 2021 – “Is God With US” -2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10 —The coronation of King David reminds us of what God can do with leaders and people who are faithful. On this 4th of July Sunday, can we say the same thing?
June 27, 2021 – “Rejection and Acceptance” – Mark 5:21-43 — Jesus offering healing to all who come to him. The question is whether we will accept healing on his terms or reject it because it’s not what we expected.
June 20, 2021 – “Real Answers” – Job 38:1-11— Throughout his suffering, Job never renounces God, but he does question why such terrible things are happening to him (as most of us probably would). Now, Job gets some real answers from God. We may not like the answers, but they are nonetheless real and true.
May 30, 2021 – “Unity in Three” – Isaiah 6:1-8 — We celebrate the Holy Trinity, a way Christians have of reminding us of how important community is for God and each other. For a link to today’s recorded service, click here. For a link to the written sermon, click here.
May 23, 2021 – “Embracing the Holy Spirit” – Acts 2:1-21— It’s hard to believe, but Pentecost is the third celebration of the Christian Year. It is of equal important to Christmas and Easter, yet we tend to ignore it. Perhaps if we better understood the Holy Spirt and how it works in our lives, Pentecost would have its proper place. For a link to today’s recorded service, click here. For a link to the written sermon, click here.
May 16, 2021 – “In not Of” – John 17:6-19 — In the last prayer Jesus offered on behalf of his followers, he declared that they were in the world but not of the world. It means that while they lived alongside their fellow human beings, they did not necessarily share their ideals and values. The question is for us whether we as Christ’s followers share Jesus’ values or those of the world? For a link to today’s recorded service, click here. For a link to the written sermon, click here.
May 9, 2021 – “Abiding In Love” – John 15:9-17 — One of the last acts of Jesus was to command, not request his followers to love each other. The best analogy we have is the love most mothers and fathers have for their children, But Jesus asks us to consider an even higher level of love — love for strangers, even people we may not like. It’s a hard teaching, but consider how the world could be if we followed it. For a link to the worship service, click here. For a link to the written sermon, click here.
May 2, 2021 – “A Time for Pruning” – John 15:1-8 — Jesus tells us the he is the true vine and we are the branches, apart from him, we can do nothing. We know that for plants to grow and be healthy, it is important to prune them from time to time, taking away what is unnecessary in order to focus on those things that give growth and life. We in our own lives need to periodically examine ourselves and prune away whatever is holding us back. For a link to the worship service, click here. For a link to the written sermon, click here.
April 25, 2021 – “One Flock, One Shepherd” – John 10:11-18 — When Jesus tells us he is the Good Shepherd, he is telling us he is the Good Shepherd of all of us. Jesus refuses to see the differences among us that most think are so important — distinctions that we should celebrate instead of fear. As events have shown us once again the sinful idea of White Supremacy has only generated hatred, violence, and even death. For a link to the worship service, click here. For a link to the written sermon, click here.
April 18, 2021 – “You Are Witnesses” – Luke 24:36b-48 – The Risen Christ appeared to his disciples and they greeted him with a strange mix of joy, but also fear. They had no idea how to handle his return to life because it meant that New Life for all is possible, forgiveness is real, and God’s love truly changes everything. They were the first witnesses, but we are also witnesses. What will we do to share the good news of Jesus? For a link to the worship service, click here. For a link to the written sermon, click here.
April 11, 2021 – “Healing Wounds” – John 20:19-31 — A fact of life is that when we are hurt, we remember. The physical, mental, and spiritual scars just don’t vanish. One of the fascinating things about our resurrected Lord Jesus is that he continues to carry with him the wounds inflicted on him as he suffered. That means he knows our pain and continues to suffer with us. For a link to the written sermon, click here.
April 4, 2021 – Easter Sunday – John 20:1-18 – “Hunting Easter Eggs” – The paradox of Easter is that we celebrate nothing! Nothing in that we celebrate an empty tomb with nothing inside. Jesus Christ has left the grave and his absence from the tomb signals new life and new beginnings in all the empty places in our lives. For a link to the online service, click here. For a link to the written sermon, click here.
March 28, 2020 – Palm/Passion Sunday – Mark 14:1-15:47 — Today we read from Mark’s gospel about the world-changing events of Holy Week. How — in the course of just 5 days, Jesus went from overwhelming popularity, to overwhelming rejection by even his disciples, to trial, to crucifixion, to suffering and to death. Click here for a link to a recording of the service.
March 21, 2020 – Dying Seeds -John 12:20-33 — As Jesus prepares for his final confrontation with the Temple Authorities which will result in his death, he reminds us about the nature of seeds. Unless seeds die, they cannot produce and generate new grows. As Spring has begun, dying seeds are an appropriate metaphor for how we can transform the death and despair in our own lives into new growth and renewal! Click here for a link to a recording of the service. Click here for a link to the written sermon.
March 14, 2020 – Does God Love the World?– John 3:14-21 — The most visible verse in scripture is probably John 3:16: For God so loved the world… But for people who have doubts about God or whose faith has been challenged, the verse can sound like a threat. Love God or else! Is that how God’s love works? Or is there another way of understanding John 3:16? Click here for a link to a recording of the service. Click here for a link to the written sermon.
March 7, 2020 – Turning Our Tables – John 2:13-22 — When we hear about Jesus cleansing the Temple of moneychangers and sellers of sacrificial animals, we may say, “You go, man!” But what if he looks inside the temples of our bodies? Does Jesus need to cleanse us as well? Click here for a link to a recording of the service. Click here for a link to the written sermon.
February 28, 2020 – Bearing our Crosses? – Mark 8:31-38 — What does it mean when Jesus calls us to bear our cross like he did? Does that mean we suffer in silence, or is it something else? Click here for a link to a recording of the service. Click here for a link to the written sermon.
February 21, 2020 – Forgiveness Revisited – Genesis 9:8-17 — After the flood, God promised never to destroy humanity again. Instead, God chooses to pursue the more difficult, yet ultimately more successful, path of radical forgiveness. Click here for a link to a recording of the service. Click here for a link to the written sermon.
February 14, 2021 – Full Participation – Mark 1:40-45 — Early in his ministry, Jesus proved that he came to radically change the way we related to God and each other. By healing a leper, he actually violated the customs of his day. As his followers, we also are challenged to reexamine how our society is doing things. Click here for a link to a recording of the service. Click here for a link to the written sermon.
February 7, 2020 – On Eagles Wings – Isaiah 40:21-31 — At a time when the children of Israel were fearful their future and surrounded by many strange gods and ideologies — much like today — the prophet Isaiah reminds us that there is one and only one God who raises us up on Eagles wings when we choose to follow. Click here for a link to a recording of the service. Click here for a link to the written sermon.
January 31, 2021 – Exposing the Big Lie – Mark 1:21-28 — Jesus begins his ministry demonstrating God’s power in both his words and actions. By changing one man’s life, he changed all our lives by proving he has come to drive out evil. Click here for a link to a recording of the service. Click here for a link to the written sermon.
January 24, 2021 – Crazy Love – Jonah 3:1-5, 10 – We’re going to meet an angry prophet. He was angry not because the people wouldn’t listen to him, but because they did! Click here for a link to a recording of the service. Click here for a link to the written sermon.
January 17, 2021 – Called and Found – This week we are lifting so many challenges to God facing our nation and our world. We do well to remember in the midst of all these crises we have been found by Jesus Christ and when we choose to follow him, everything falls into place. Click here for a link to a recording of the service. Click here for a link to the sermon.
January 10, 2021 – The World Shattered – The events of this week may have caused some to realize how fragile our human institutions are and how what happened might have been much worse. Yet the cataclysm we endured this week is surely overshadowed by the most cataclysmic event in human history: The Baptism of Jesus. Click here for a link to a recording of the service. Click here for a link to the sermon.
January 3, 2021 – Spiritual Imagination – We celebrate Epiphany, the visit of the Wise Men to the toddler Jesus. They followed a star, not knowing what to expect and happily adapted themselves to gifting a baby living in poverty. The new year will be a blessing to us the when use our Spiritual Imaginations to see God in all that is happening around us. Click here for a link to a recording of the service. Click here for a link to the sermon.
December 27, 2020 – Service of Nine Lessons and Carols – We remember the way scriptures from the Old and New Testaments point their way to the coming of Jesus Our Savior as we sing some of our favorite Christmas Carols. Click here for a link to a recording of the service.
December 20, 2020 – The ABC’s of Christmas – Join us as we explore with the children the “ABCs of Christmas” – telling the story of the birth of Jesus. All Shepherds, Angels, and Wise Ones are invited! Click here for a link to a recording of the service.
December 13, 2020 – A Question of Authority – John 6-8, 19-28 – When John the Baptizer call the people to repent and prepare for the Messiah, he was questioned by the authorities about what he was doing and saying. During this Advent season, we are called to decide whether Jesus will be the authority in our lives. Click here for a recording of the service.
December 6, 2020 – Out of Our Wilderness – Isaiah 40:1-11 – The prophet Isaiah tells us that the Messiah comes out of the wilderness to meet us where we are. But many of us dwell in our own personal wilderness and the good news is that Jesus meets us there so we can revive ourselves during this Advent season. Click here for a recording of the service.
November 29, 2020 – God’s Clay – Isaiah 64:1-9 – As we begin the season of Advent, it is good to reflect on why we need a Savior in the first place. Christmas is not just for fun, presents, and parties (small ones this year). Christmas is about reestablishing our relationship with the God who made us and loves us and simply asks that we love each other in return. Click here for a recording of the service.
November 22, 2020 – The Upside Down Kingdom – Today we conclude the Christian Year by celebrating the Reign of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Let us remember that the “Kingdom” Jesus rules over is almost completely opposite most of us live and think. Jesus gives only love — not power, not money, not status. Something to consider in the very upside down world we’re living in. Click here for a recording of the service.
November 15, 2020 – Holy Teamwork – God created us not to be alone but to act together to fulfill God’s purpose for the world. Today we meet three people who which God’s help, saved the people of Israel from a terrible situation. God can use us today to change the world, but only if we do it together! Click Here for a recording of the service.
November 8, 2020 – Choosing the Lord – We have just concluded a contentious time of choosing our leaders in the US. We still aren’t sure of all the results. However, our choices for them pale in comparison to the choice Israel made 3500 years ago: whether to choose to follow the Lord. Click Here for a recording of the service.
November 1, 2020 -Good Trouble – The “Beatitudes” or blessings Jesus offers us in Matthew’s gospel portray an “upside down” way of looking at the world. He blesses the so-called “losers” of this world and especially encourages those who get into trouble for his sake. A different way, indeed! Click Here for a recording of the service.
October 25, 2020 – Giving our Very Selves – As the church was getting started 2000 years ago, the most famous evangelist was a man named Paul. Paul travelled extensively around the Middle East, staying in various towns for months at a time. He succeeded not only by telling about Jesus but also building close friendships with the people he met — a lesson still valuable today! Click Here for a recording of the service.
October 18, 2020 – Giving to the Emperor – How do we look at the world? Is there a “religious” side and a “secular” side? If so, how that that influence our thoughts, words, and choices? More importantly, does Jesus see the world that way? Click Here for a recording of the service.
October 11, 2020 – I Shall Not Want – The 23rd Psalm is one of the most well know poem in the world. It speaks of a total trust in God as being the shepherd who can care for us in all our needs. But first, we have to admit that we are indeed sheep. Click Here for a recording of the service.
October 4, 2020 – Truth to Power – Once again we find Jesus teaching when various religious leaders of the Jewish community were present. At the core of Jesus’ debate with these leaders was how we human beings are to understand God’s Law and how it should apply to us. Click Here for a recording of the service.
September 27, 2020 – Actions, Not Words – Matthew 21:23-32 – Hypocrisy is nothing new. Jesus spent much his ministry exposing leaders who were hypocrites about following God’s Law. However, when we say that we follow Jesus, we too must be equally willing to speak out against the hypocrisy of our day, regardless of the cost. Click Here for a recording of the service.
September 20, 2020 – Upside Down Justice Matthew 20:1-16 – Jesus tells a parable which makes clear that God’s notion of justice is not the same as most human notions of justice. The topic of justice is especially poignant as we remember the life and legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Click here for a recording of the service.
September 13, 2020 – How Often is Enough? – Matthew 18:21-35 – Forgiveness can often be the hardest thing for any human being to do. The hurts and pains of the past never quite go away. Yet Jesus urges us to forgive, not once, or seven times, but uncountable times. Only then will we be truly free. Click here for the recorded service.
September 6, 2020 – God’s Truth in a Time of Chaos – Exodus 3:1-15 In a time where everyone is proclaiming truth, but none of it is ringing true, we Christians have the real truth: Jesus Christ. Christ’s life, teaching, and examples are the only standard we need to separate God’s Truth from Human Lies. Click here for the recorded service.
8-30-20 “I AM Who I AM” – Exodus 3:1-15
Moses was called out his peaceful life to return to the chaos of Egypt to undertake the impossible task of freeing the slaves. He, of course, could not do it alone. But through faith in God, the great I AM, Moses succeeded. We are no different from Moses because God has a call for each of us, too. Click for a video of the service.
8-23-20 “Grateful!” – Psalm 138 – Tara Klemash shares her faith journey with us, strengthened by her faith, the love of her wife Amanda, and the support of her Collingswood family. Click for a video of the service.
8-16-20 “Acts of Faith in Times of Trouble” – Matthew 15:21-28 Faith means the willingness to accept God’s plan for our lives, even when we don’t always understand it. Trust sees us through. Click for the video
8-9-20 “Hymn Sing” – Various Scriptures This week, we feature a hymn sing mixing scripture with familiar songs from a variety of sources. Please forgive a few technical issues during the first part of the service. Click for the video,
8-2-20 Be Scared and Do it Anyway – Matthew 14:13-21 When Jesus performed one of his most famous miracles, feeding over 5000 people, few knew that he had just learned that his cousin, friend, and mentor, had just been killed for speaking against the king. Jesus wanted to have some time by himself to pray about this tragic event which undoubtedly shook him. Nevertheless, he overcame his fear because of his endless compassion for people. Click for the video sermon.
7-26-20 Wise Leadership – This week we discuss the story of King Solomon asking God for wisdom to rule his people of Israel. It is an example anyone in a position of leadership should follow. However Solomon, like so many of us, started with good intentions but ended up going from wisdom to foolishness.
7-19-20 Wheat and Weeds – One of the things nearly all of us have in comment, regardless of beliefs, physical appearance, or status in society, is our tendency to want to judge each other. Jesus reminds us that because there is much more to us than means the eye, only God is in the position to decide who and what is wheat and who and what is weeds. Click for abbreviated service.
7-12-20 Falling into Place – Human beings are much, much more than our physical bodies. We are creatures not only of flesh, but of God’s spirit. Life often finds us in conflict between the two. Click for abbreviated service.
7-5-20 Rest for the Weary – In this complicated time, more than a few of us are beyond tired, beyond exhausted. We are weary. The good news of our faith is that Jesus knows this and offers us the opportunity to cast our burdens on him. Why don’t take him up on his offer? Click for abbreviated service.
6-28-20 The Joy of Welcoming – Truth tellers of every era have been attacked, fired, and even killed because they said what needed to be said. That is as true today as it was in the time of the prophet Jeremiah, whose unenviable task it was to warn Israel of its coming destruction unless they returned to God. A message for today. Click for abbreviated service.
6-21-20 The Pain of the Truth – Truth tellers of every era have been attacked, fired, and even killed because they said what needed to be said. That is as true today as it was in the time of the prophet Jeremiah, whose unenviable task it was to warn Israel of its coming destruction unless they returned to God. A message for today. Click for abbreviated service.
6-14-20 Hope Rising – One thing visionary leaders have in abundance is hope. But hope, according to Paul, can only endure when it has been built on a foundation of Suffering, Endurance, and Character rooted, of course, in God. Without the example of Jesus, it is rather hard to sustain hope especially in these troubled times. Click for abbreviated service.
6-7-20 The Trinity in Times of Trouble – The Holy Trinity represents God’s ultimate intention for creation: perfect community working in perfect harmony. It is a timely reminder for what we should be striving for in these troubled times. Click for abbreviated service.
5-31-20 And we’re off! – Pentecost is the “birthday of the church.” However, unlike typical birthdays when we receive gifts, the church’s birthday is all about reminding us to give the world the greatest gift, the good news of the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ Click for abbreviated service.
5-24-20 Start Your Engines – This day is Ascension Day, when Jesus concluded his physical time on earth. It was a time of challenge for his disciples who were now in charge of spreading the good news all over the world — just as we are today! Click for abbreviated service.
5-17-20 The Advantages of Knowing God – The beauty of Spring often leads us to contemplate the wonder and mystery of God. However, it is one thing to acknowledge God, it is quite another to know who God is and what God wants for us. Click for abbreviated service.
5-10-20 Taste and See – Following Jesus and how his emphasis on human dignity and love was and remains very different from the accepted wisdom that life is all about money and power. Quite appropriate as we honor the women in our lives who originally taught us what human dignity and love are about! Click for abbreviated service.
4-26-20 The Unknown Christ – Just when you think you are most alone, the risen Christ is with us. Look at one of the earliest examples, Jesus’ followers on the road to Emmaus Click for abbreviated service.
4-19-20 In Praise of Doubt – It may seem surprising, but even some of Jesus’ disciples, specifically a man named Thomas, did not at first believe the resurrection was for real. That’s very OK! Click for abbreviated service.
4-12-20 Hope Rising – This is the day of resurrection and for Christians, resurrection means hope! Jesus’ disciples had no hope after he died, sometimes may feel the same way. But the Good News is the Christ is Alive! Click for abbreviated service.
4-5-20 What a Difference a Week Makes – As we begin Holy Week, we are reminded how quickly things changed for Jesus. Loved by the crowds on Palm Sunday. Dead on Good Friday. Click for abbreviated service.
3-29-20 A Season of Dryness – The national pandemic has exposed not only fears for the health of loved ones and ourselves, but a certain dryness in our own lives as we reflect on what is going on. Click for video sermon.
3-22-20 Children of Light – In these challenging days, it is easy to do what is easy, avoiding anything that threatens us. Jesus calls us to be Children of Light, living in honesty, striving for justice, and seeking goodness in our lives.
3-15-20 With Us or Not? – The Israelites after their escape from Egypt constantly challenged and tested God through their leader Moses. They were always wondering if God was with them in their struggle to stay alive. We think the same way. However, are we asking the right question?
3-8-20 Again and Again – A uniquely Christian concept is that of being “born again.” However, there is little agreement to exactly what that means. A better translation of the original New Testament words “born again,” which were written in the Greek language, are “born from above,” a very different way of looking at things.
3-1-20 Temptations – Before Jesus set forth on his mission of bringing the Good News to the world, he put himself through a time of testing and temptation to prove to himself that he was worthy of the challenge. We face the same temptations today and we can only resist them by rooting ourselves in Jesus’ message of love and servanthood.
2-26-20 From Ashes to Resurrection– We mark the beginning of the season of Lent with Ash Wednesday. Receiving the imposition of Ashes reminds us that God formed our bodies from dust and our bodies shall indeed return to dust. However, instead of bemoaning that fact, let us celebrate the goodness of our God, whose love for us extends beyond this life for all eternity.
2-23-20 Fearless – When Peter, John, and James ascended the mountain and watched the Transfiguration of Jesus, the naturally reacted with fear and confusion. But Jesus recognized their fears, just as He recognized our fears, and enouraged them to walk back into life equipped with the knowledge of his presence.
2-16-20 Choosing Life – Are you alive, or are you just another Zombie wandering around? As the children of Israel were about to enter the Promised Land, Moses urges them to “Choose Life” by following God’s way.
2-9-20 Action – What we call “Spirituality” and what we call “Religion” are simply two sides of the same coin. Our spiritual relationship with God, should translate in to positive action on earth guided by the knowledge of God informed by our religion.
2-2-20 Blessings – God’s blessings do not always come in the form we expect. Jesus teaches that we are blessed by God not in times of prosperity, but in times of adversity because that is when we draw spiritually close to the Lord.
1-26-20 Beginnings – Jesus begins His earthly ministry by calling four men to be His first disciples. He did not call them to “do” anything. Rather He called them, as He calls us, into an individualized, special relationship. Whatever we do afterwards springs from that.
1-19-20 Chosen – What does it mean to be chosen by God? When Israel was at their very lowest, the prophet Isaiah told them that they were and remained chosen by God to be the light to the world. Sometimes, we may feel that we are at our lowest. Do not fear, God still loves us and God still chooses us.
1-12-20 God with Us – Jesus was baptized. So what? We explore the meaning of the sacrament of baptism in our own lives and the significance of Jesus getting baptized just like us. Emmanuel! God with Us.
1-5-20 The Power of Visions – Throughout the Bible, women and men of courage have heard the voice God in many forms and have taken world changing action. God is still speaking to us today and with faith, we can hear God, obey God, and thereby change the world!
12-24-19 What Child is This? – Who is Jesus Christ? Why could a baby born to poor parents in an obscure village still influence the world today? How? by turning the way we think about the world upside down.
12-15-19 Are You the One?– We find John the Baptizer in prison, questioning whether he wasted his life proclaiming the wrong Messiah. So he asks Jesus if he is the one. The answer is surprising.
12-8-19 Glimpses of the Future– John the Baptizer begins his ministry announcing the arrival of Jesus. He calls all of us sinners who need to repent and accept God’s forgiveness — then put it into action.
12-1-19 Wake Up! – The arrival of Jesus was totally unexpected. Yet Jesus continues to come to us, often at the times when He is totally unexpected yet most needed.
11-24-19 In Paradise – The Christian Year concludes with Jesus dying on a cross, a loser by the world’s standards. Yet even in death, Jesus forgives the people who put him there. Is that what losers do, or winners?
11-17-19 By Your Endurance – Our worlds may shatter at any time, not just once, but many times in our lives. The suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus gives us the faith to endure even the worst.
10-27-19 The Blessed Life – What does it mean to live a truly blessed life. Hint: it’s not what you think.
10-20-19 Justice Rising – Jesus discusses what He means by praying constantly.
10-13-19 Exceeding Expectations – Jesus answers the main question about faith: quantity or quality
10-6-19 The Victory of the Last – Contrary to the ways of this world, Jesus Christ rewards the true heroes of the world, not the wealthy, powerful, or strong
9-29-19 The Audacity of Hope – Having hope is absurd, yet throughout the Bible, God is always inspiring people to do ridiculous things in the hope for a better future
9-15-19 Welcome Back – No matter what we have done in life, God is more than willing to drop everything to welcome us home
9-8-19 The Harbor – The Church is like a harbor, receiving people, restoring them, and sending them back out into the world
8-25-19 Three Strikes and You’re In – The first person to whom Jesus revealed he was the Messiah was a foreign woman with a questionable past
8-18-19 The Ungrateful Invalid – God expects us to use our abilities, whatever they may be, not ignore them or deny them
8-11-19 Karen’s Dilemma – Having a knowledge of the love of God makes it easier to deal with the unexpected issues of life