Sermons

God, may the words on these pages and the meditations of our hearts as we read and listen be acceptable in your sight.  Amen.

Some weeks our preachers will pose a question for your reflection throughout the week as a follow-up to the sermon.  Watch for this Sermon + logo.  Engage in community with the question at our Facebook page Community United Church of Christ.

November 24, 2019  Christ the King Sunday (text)  Śānti Matthews
Meditate on these photos and consider the questions in the post

November 10, 2019 A Culture of Belonging (text) Rev. Tony Hoshaw
A Culture of Belonging (audio)
?  How can you create a culture of belonging where you live and work?

October 27, 2019 The Message Fully Proclaimed (text) Rev. Tony Hoshaw
                      The Message Fully Proclaimed (audio)

September 29, 2019  How to Interpret the Bible (text)  Rev. Tony Hoshaw
How to Interpret the Bible (audio)
?  In the Bible find all the animals you can, OR look around you and observe the animals you discover this week.  What do they teach you about being human?  Email Pastor Tony who is collecting your observations.

In the sermon, Pastor Tony referenced his friend and colleague, Jared Beverly, creator of the youtube channel Furmeneutics, hosted by Katav the Bible-interpreting wolf.

September 15, 2019  The Art of נָחַם  Rev. Tony Hoshaw

?  Pastor Tony talked about the art of taking a breath. When we take a breath, we put a little space between how we feel and what we want do about it. In this way, we are more likely to take the risk of kindness. How will you take the risk of kindness this week?

August 25, 2019  Why Are We Here?  Rev. Tony Hoshaw

?  At the University of Chicago business school, there is a neon sign that reads, "What are you here rather than somewhere else?" It is a startling question--but a good one. Why are you at Community rather than somewhere else?

August 11, 2019     Keeping Hope Alive  Rev. Tony Hoshaw

?   If faith is the reality of what we hope for, what is it that WE hope for? 


August 4, 2019    Bridge Ministers  Rev. Tony Hoshaw

July 28, 2019 worship and special music   Video  Śānti Matthews, Youth and Adult Education Coordinator, with CUCC choir, quartet, and members

June 23, 2019 sermon    Sermon inspired by the scripture: Luke 8:26-39  Rev. Mandy Mizelle Norris

June 9, 2019  Ritual of Covenant Release
On June 9, 2019, together with  Rev. Jenny Shultz-Thomas we released one another from Covenant Ministry.  Pastor Jenny leaves for new ministry in Colorado.   The Ritual of Covenant Release is found on pp. 6-8 of the Order of Worship.  Reflections on Shared Ministry were presented by  Śānti Matthews, CUCC Youth and Adult Education Coordinator, and Ellen Beidler, CUCC 2019 Moderator.  [Note that Rev. Eddie Weathers was unable to be with us and was represented by CUCC's Chair of the Deacons Ministry, Louise Slate.]  The Order of Worship also contains the Commissioning of the Oaxaca Mission Team (pp. 9-10).