Seeking to be a living testimony to God's love, grace and mercy


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Context Matters 2021.03.07 audio and video

Spinning Jesus 2021.02.28 audio and video

God is Unstoppable 2021.02.21 text only
No sooner was John arrested than Jesus took over. God's life-giving is unstoppable.

God is Unstoppable 2021.02.21 audio and video

Rend Your Hearts 2021.02.17 Ash Wednesday Service audio and video

Bless Their Hearts 2021.02.14 text only
During Communion God blesses our hearts.

Bless Their Hearts 2021.02.14 audio and video

Tempted By Success 2021.02.07 text only
Even Jesus had incentives to veer off course and we do too, but prayer can set us right

Tempted By Success 2021.02.27 audio and video

Meet The Author 2021.01.31 text only
Jesus, as author of life, shows us God takes the side of the afflicted, including in mental illness.

Meet The Author 2021.01.31 audio and video

Like Fish Out of Water text only
Jesus want our lives to really change. We might even feel "like fish out of water."

Like Fish Out of Water audio and video

Tag Team Dreaming text only
Love breaks social barriers and is a dream some would like to kill. But it's a relay race that can't be stopped.

Tag Team Dreaming audio and video

God Breaks In 01.10.2021 text only
God's decisive intervention in Jesus Christ has to overcome our personal and social barriers.

God Breaks In 01.10.2021 audio and video

Living the Mystery 01.03.2021 text only
Heather Thum Gerber preached about our call into God's mystery.

Living the Mystery 01.03.2021 audio and video

Greetings, Favored Ones!  12.24.2020 text only
God's greatest gift comes as a light to all the nations.

Greetings, Favored Ones!  12.24.2020 audio and video

The Love in Our Willingness  12.20.2020
Like Mary, we can enter into God's dance of grace willingly, and learn to turn, turn, turn!

The Love in Our Willingness 12.20.2020 audio and video

The Joy in Our Witness  12.13.2020 text only
God is always faithful, so we can be certain that joy is part of our past, present and future.

The Joy in Our Witness 12.13.2020 audio and video

The Peace in God's Wilderness  12.06.2020 text only
Jesus is the one who definitively leads us through the wilderness to the promised Life. 

The Peace in God's Wilderness  12.06.2020 audio and video

The Hope in God's Wildness   11.29.2020 text only
The unvarnished Truth is worth waiting for, and stepping down for too!

The Hope in God's Wildness  11.29.2020 audio and video

From Idols to the One True God   11.22.2020 text only
There are some things to be thankful for when we see Christ as "king"

From Idols to the One True God  11.22.2020 audio and video

From Lustful Impulses to Self-Control 11.15.2020 text only
To live so God can use us, we need to nurture self-control. Science has some clues on how!

From Lustful Impulses to Self Control 11.15. 2020 audio and video

From Self-Sharing to Mutual Sharing  11.08.2020 text only

From Self-Sharing to Mutual Sharing 11.08.2020 audio and video

From Hopeless Grief to Lament-Filled Hope text only
God expects us to grieve, but we are not to mourn as do those who have no hope.

From Hopeless Grief to Lament-Filled Hope audio and video

From Pleasing Others to Pleasing God 10.25. 2020 text only
We're "protest-ants" because Luther and others went against popularity for God's sake. What about us?

From Pleasing Others to Pleasing God 10.25.2020 audio and video

From Imitating to Being Imitated  10.18.2020 text only
We find our own unique life and witness through imitating Christ.

From Imitating to Being Imitated  10.18.2020 audio and video

Grow Up! 10.11.2020 text only
Come as a child, or mature to the stature of Christ? Yes to both.

Grow Up! 10.11.2020 audio and video

The Other Palm Sunday (World Communion) 10.04.2020 text only
Eternity will be spent with believers from every part of the globe.

The Other Palm Sunday (World Communion) 10.04.2020 audio and video

Reconsideration - a tool for our times  9.27.2020 text only
We hate to be wrong but God welcomes our reconsideration when we aren't aligned with God.

Reconsideration - a tool for our times 9.27.2020 audio and video

Inclusion - a tool for our times 9.20.2020 text only
God's grace doesn't follow our rules but neither is it capricious. It's about inclusion.

Inclusion - a tool for our times 9.20.2020 audio and video

Forgiveness - a tool for our times 9.13.2020 text only
We can't show who God is without practicing forgiveness.

Forgiveness - a tool for our times 9.13.2020 audio and video

Fairness - a tool for our times 9.06.2020 text only
How and why can the church excommunicate the very sheep it exists to pursue? Answers below.

Fairness - a tool for our times audio and video

Growing Leaders  8.30.2020  text
God's compassion is behind the lifting up of good leaders. Our mission co-workers help an African denomination lift up their chaplains.

Growing Leaders 8.30.2020 audio and video

Radical Rest  8.23.2020 text
When we observe the Sabbath we can be freed from the fears that lead people to oppress each other.

Radical Rest  8.23.2020 audio and video

Hat In Hand  8.16.2020
Joseph's brothers learned something about reconciliation. We must, too.

     Guest Ed Powe Biograrphy

     Guest Ed Powe first encounter with racism

Hat In Hand  8.16.2020 video and audio

One Family 8.09.2020 text
Even when we see we are family violence still breaks out; God's grace and our humility will help.

One Family 8.09.2020 video and audio

Step Up! 8.02.2020 text
If we're willing to be willing to meet a need, God will bless that faithfulness.

Step Up! 8.02.2020 video and audio

Our Founding Bothers 7.05.2020 text
Founding stories hold us accountable. God gave us one that hold all the others accountable.

Our Founding Bothers 7.05.2020 audio and video

Longing 6.28.2020 text
Holding two ideas (heaven later, earth now) creates a longing. We can use that energy for both faith and action

Longing 6.28.2020 audio and video

The Wideness in God's Mercy 6.21.2020 text
God's mercy includes the wrong-doers, which is to say all of us.

The Wideness in God's Mercy 6.21.2020 audio and video

Come in! Come in! 6.14.2020 text
A surprising idea can arrive through hospitality and gain traction with laughter.

Come in! Come in! 6.14.2020 audio and video

Debris Removal (Repentance) 6.7.2020 text
Jesus taught us to repent. Try it. You'll clear the debris blocking God's work through you.

Debris Removal (Repentanc) 6.7.2020 audio and video

You Are An Answer To Prayer 5.31.2020 text
Moses prayed that all people would have God's Spirit. His assistant wanted something else. Where do you stand?

You Are An Answer To Prayer 5/31/2020 audio and video

Our Mission Statement 5.24.2020 text
Jesus taught that the "how" is more important than "when." There's a lesson for us about "reopening"!

Our Mission Statement 5.24.2020 audio and video

Touchstones of Truth 5.17.2020 text
Out of love, God prepares the way for every culture to hear the message of Jesus Christ

Touchstones of Truth 5/17/2020 audio and video

Remove. Repair. Rejoice. Repeat. 5.10.2020 text

Remove. Repair. Rejoice. Repeat. 5.10.2020 audio and video

Something About Jesus' Voice 5.3.20202 text
Jesus came to give fullness of life; our part is to listen to his distinct voice

Something About Jesus' Voice 5.3.2020 audio and video

Slow of Heart, then Fleet of Foot 4.26.2020 text
Heading into wounded isolation, followers are propelled back into connection by Jesus, our host.

Slow of Heart, then Fleet of Foot audio and video

In Defense of Thomas 4.19.2020 text
God is happy to provide evidence, and we have more of it that Thomas did!

In Defense of Thomas 4.19.2020 audio and video

Easter Worship 4.12.2020 text
Mary Magdalene asks "where is he"? and we all get an answer that changes everything

Easter Worship 4.12.2020 audio and video

Joy and then a Decision 4.05.2020 text
We see Jesus is great, but he also asks us to choose.

Joy and then a Decision 4.05.2020 audio and video

The Prayers - A Dress Rehearsal for Eternal Life With God 3.29.2020 audio and video

The Prayers - A Dress Rehearsal for Eternal Life With God 3.29.2020 text

The Breaking of the Bread 3.22.2020 audio and video

The Breaking of the Bread 3.22.2020 text
Being fed with truth, love, and food - and feeding others too.

Fellowship 3.15.2020 audio and video

Fellowship - even when the boat is rocked 3.15.2020 text
The church only works if there is trust and love, especially in troubled times.

Devoted to the Church's Teaching 3.08.2020 text
To show who God is, the church finds one voice without disrespecting many voices

Showing Christ's Love 3.01.2020 text
Christ's love has a quality of "laying down one's life".

Showing Christ's Love 3.01.2020 audio

On Being a Disciple 2.23.2020 text
The Church has a broad curriculum; but God is the tutor.

Savior At Work 2.16.2020 text
In Christ, God saves and re-creates; here's how.

Savior At Work 2.16.2020 audio

I AM - The LORD 2.9.2020 text
There are reasons to call God and Jesus "LORD". Will you?

I AM - The LORD 2.9.2020 audio

Renouncing Sin and Evil 2.2.2020 text
God's victory is secure and we are granted the dignity of a choice. Repent and take God's side.

Renouncing Sin and Evil 2.2.2020 audio

Trusting in God's Gracious Mercy 1.26.2020 text
Faith is trust that God's goodness is faithful and ultimate.

Trusting in God's Gracious Mercy 1.26.2020 audio

What is the Bible? 1.19.2020 text
It tells one story of God's saving love, but what is it?

What Is The Bible? 1.19.2020 audio

Baptism - what's that about? 1.12.2020 text
Baptism's meanings touch all that is sacred in life and death.

Baptism - what's that about? 1.12.2020 audio

Revealed to Fellow Heirs 1.05.2020 text
Anti-Judaism is contrary to Jesus Christ.

Revealed to Fellow Heirs 1.05.2020 audio


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Freedom 06.30.2019
Responsible freedom in Christ is a collective quest.

A Soul At Rest 06.23.2019
Life is stressful but Jesus' "yoke is easy." How?

A Living Legacy 06.16.2019
What God wanted to leave as a legacy is the same one a good parent wants to leave.

Good Reception 06.09.2019
Are you a good "receptor" for the action of God's Spirit?

The Most High God 06.02.2019
How do people outside the church understand God? Early missionaries show ways to connect.

You Prepare A Table 05.26.2019
Hospitality that counters fear mongering -- it's what God does, it's what God asks.

Who Was I That I Could Hinder God? 05.19.2019
Peter discovered the Spirit was the same for the Gentiles, and the church keeps finding God on the other side of barriers.

Be Still And Know That I Am God 05.12.2019
The Youth of SFPC showed us the difference between resting and going nonstop.

Freed to Serve 05.05.2019
Peter and Paul were freed from guilt to serve joyfully. How could that happen in your life?

Witness 04.28.2019
God came in the flesh so we could learn the message to take into the world. Church experiences are the curriculum.

Rolled Away 04.21.2019
God rolled away stones of injustice, sin, and death so that we are no longer kept from light and life.

The Day of Preparation 04.14.2019
With a whole sabbath day to think, what "were you there" thoughts occurred between Jesus's death and resurrection?

Freeze Frame 04.07.2019
In the big picture, you never get lost from Jesus's view.

Coming to One's Self 03.31.2019
The Rev. Steve Pace on the Prodigal Son

Higher Ways 03.24.2019
Jesus is willing to do the worst kind of work to make you fruitful. Just as the fig tree.

Coop Courage 03.17.2019
God wants a relationship -- to the point of risking death.

Temptation 03.10.2019
Keep your relationship with God central to resist temptation.

God Does Good Work ... in clay, in you 03.06.2019
An Ash Wednesday meditation on God the Potter

The Other Glass Ceiling 03.03.2019
God sees and cares. Are we willing to look back?

Reconciling With Dreamers 02.24.2019
Guest preacher the Rev. Steve Pace

Giver of Life 02.17.2019
The path to resurrection was cleared by Jesus.

How To Get Caught 02.10.2019
How did Peter become a disciple? Open. Act. Worship. Repeat!

Knock Knock 02.03.2019
Jesus knocks hard sometimes to wake us up.

Learned By Heart 01.27.2019
How and why should you let the Bible be written on your heart?

Judy Jones Memorial Service 01.26.2019
A celebration of the life of Judith Gail Shearer Jones.

Renewal 01.20.2019
Changing water into wine? It's about God's joy giving redemptive nature!

Your Call 01.13.2019
Listen to yourself, to God, and your friends; your calling can be found

Wise Up! 01.06.2019
The wise men had a lot to learn; so do we.


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Longing and Joy 12.30.2018
Just as we long (pray) with God, we can experience God's joy

What you want and what you need 12.24.2018
Christmas Eve at SFPC

Savior 12.23.2018
Mary's song challenges us to think about salvation for our society.

Christmas Cantata 12.16.2018
Music and Narration bring the Christmas message of God With Us on Joy Sunday

Listening for God's New Word 12.09.2018
Preparing a way for the Lord involves prayer and action.

Out Of Time 
Grief affects our view of God's timeline, but God will deliver.

 Power... For What? 
We can learn from Jesus's uses of power
The benediction... 
Rev. Taylor sang "Bless This House"

Rev. Steve Pace on Thanksgiving 11.18.2018

One God One Rule 11.04.2018
Jesus not only taught love of God and neighbor he showed it in the ultimate way.

Reoriented and Reformed 10.28.2018
Job sees God is not an idea to debate but a living LORD.

God's Otherness and Our Dignity 
Job show us the poles between which Christianity steers us.

Friends in Need and in Deed 
Three lessons from Job about being friends in a crisis.

Jesus and Job Sermon 
God wants an honest and relationship with us, and it can be eternal.

The Book of Job: a synopsis read by SFPC church members
Pastor Marian Taylor summarized this book of the Bible as a play.

Faith Rudder: Support vs. Solitude 
Sermon 09.30.2018
A faith community provides fellowship, especially prayer support.

Faith Rudder: Contentment vs. Craving 
Sermon 09.23.2018
Chaos and conflict emanate from our conflicted cravings until we submit to God.

Faith Rudder: Blessing vs. Blasting 
Sermon 09.16.2018
Words and the feelings behind them have power to heal or to harm

Faith Rudder: Neighbors vs. Nabobs 
Sermon 09.09.2018
Playing up the rich runs counter to God's "love neighbor" rule.

 For Work and for Witness" 
Sermon 09.02.2018
Religious freedom never cancels God's "love your neighbor" rule

"For Young and For Old" 
Sermon 08.19.2018
Do not forget to develop your own gifts.

"For Women, For Men" 
Sermon 08.12.2018
We all need God and can reflect God, men and women alike.

"A Place at the Table" 
Sermon 08.05.2018
We want to be and to feel included. God's hospitality is radical.

"The Turn"  
Sermon 07.29.2018
The spiritual dance begins with grace and moves to justice.

"Filling the Heart"
Sermon 07.22.2018
God's big plan has to start in individual hearts.

"Courage to Confront" 
Sermon 07.15.2018
How Christians can find the courage to speak up.

"Rejection and Mission" 
Sermon 07.08.2018
by Guest Preacher the Rev. Steve Pace

"Why Should I Share?" 
Sermon 07.01.2018
Lessons from St. Paul for social tensions in the US.

"Reconciliation: The Hard but Blessed Journey" 
Sermon 06.24.2018
Guest preacher Debbie Braaksma, PCUSA Africa coordinator

"False Charges"  
Sermon 06.10.2018
Jesus earned a sterling reputation. That helps when ours is tarnished.

"Twenty-Four Six" Sermon 
From what do you need a rest?

"Near To The Heart of God" 
Sermon 05.27.2018
We remember those we have lost by seeking reconciliation

"The Pattern of the Gospel" 
Sermon 05.13.2018
The call and the vision for one pastor and her congregation.

Sermon 04.22.2018
God's love is the one thing we can build on.

"Oil for the Fellowship Gears"  
Sermon 04.08.2018
Reminder of "love one another" helps when our gears grind.

"Tell Someone" (Easter)  
Sermon 04.01.2018
Some ways we express the meaning of that empty tomb.

"A King on a Donkey" (Palm Sunday) 
Sermon 03.25.2018
Jesus had a strong message for those who understood about the donkey. Do you?

 "God's Decision For Us" 
Sermon 03.18.2018
Partly it's your decision for Christ, but mainly God's decision for you!

"Do This One Thing Well" 
Sermon 02.25.2018
Why Jesus said "Get behind me, Satan!" to Peter

"A Good Conscience" 
Sermon 02.18.2018
The Bible's guidance on how to have a good conscience

"Deep and Wide" 
Sermon 02.04.2018
The Church has to serve in each place, and in every place

"Clarifying Power Sermon 
Jesus had a way of making choices clear.

"Persuasive Power 
Sermon 01.14.2018
Calling Disciples & "Come and See" Invitations

"Creative Power" 
Sermon 01.07.2018
The Holy Spirit and the Baptism of Jesus


"Holiest Night" Sermon 12/24/17
Christmas Eve candlelight service

 "Fourth Abigail" 
Sermon 12/24/17
Christmas Eve morning

 "Third Abigail" 
Sermon 12/17/17
Third Sunday in Advent

"Second Abigail" 
Sermon 12/10/17
Second Sunday in Advent

"First Abigail" 
Sermon 12/3/17
First Sunday in Advent