Sermons

Seekers recognizes that any member of the community may be called upon by God to give us the Word, and thus we have an open pulpit with a different preacher each week. Sermons preached at Seekers, as well as sermons preached by Seekers at other churches or events, are posted here, beginning with the most recent.

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Feel free to use what is helpful from these sermons. We only ask that when substantial portions are abstracted or used in a written work, please credit Seekers Church and the author, and cite the URL.

“Collected Stories from a Book Study Class” by Brenda Seat and Others

May 19, 2024

Pentecost

Collected Stories

From the Book Study Class on

This Is Why I Came by Mary Rakow

Introduction

Serendipitously, our reflection for Pentecost says, “We are the vessels of God’s voice, her words blowing through us, bidding us to tell the tales that only we can speak.” Jan L. Richardson, In Wisdom’s Path

That is exactly what we are offering this morning.

Last term in the School of Christian Growth I lead a book study on Mary Rakow’s book entitled This is Why I Came. This is a novel about an older woman who has not been to church, to confession or received the sacrements in over 30 years. We do not know what caused the rift but what we do have is a collection of stories that she wrote trying to make sense of her faith, of God and the biblicial stories.

“Calming the Tempest” by Maybelle Taylor Bennett

May 5, 2024

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Good morning, Seekers.

I want to thank the Celebration Circle for inviting me to bring the message this morning, and for my close friends who have kept me connected to this community in a variety of ways.

Moment of Silence

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, Holy One!

THEME: RESURRECTING FAITH

We live in turbulent and frightening times, and when Jeanne asked if I would bring the message, what was top of mind for me was how are we who are followers of Jesus to weather times like these.

“A Resurrection Love for Earth” by Kolya Braun-Greiner

April 28, 2024

Fifth Sunday of Easter

The Saturday of our Silent Retreat at Dayspring was bookended on either side with cloudy, gloomy days. But Saturday – Oh, springtime beauty was in full bucolic glory! What at blessing it was!  Beauty shows up especially in the Wisdom tradition of the Bible.  The Holy One is the author of beauty (Wisdom 13:3); strength and beauty is found in the sanctuary of the Holy One (Ps. 96:6). Certainly Dayspring is a sanctuary where the beauty God has created is fully evident. What if we considered the whole Earth the sanctuary of God?

“A Service in the Style of Taize for Easter 2024”

April 21, 2024

Fourth Sunday of Easter

From time to time Seekers Church apuses its regular preaching schedule for a service of chant, prayer and reflection modeled on the worship of the Taizé Community in France. This Sunday was one such time. Repeating the chants together until they die away into the silence provides rest for our world-weary spirits as well as an opportunity for individual reflection on our faith journeys. Wee joined in spirit with the monks at Taizé, we were nourished by their faithfulness as well as by their music. Our chants were accompanied and supporte by Glen Yakushiji at the piano.

“How Our Good News Became Bad News for the Jews” by Deborah Sokolove

April 14, 2024

Third Sunday of Easter

Last Sunday, the Gospel reading was the familiar one from John 20, in which Thomas said that he could not believe that Jesus was risen unless he saw the mark of the nails in his hands with his own eyes, put his own finger in the mark of the nails, and placed his own hand in the wound on Jesus’s side. This week, as we have just heard, Luke 24:36b-48 also records a scene in which Jesus invites the disciples to look at and touch his hands and feet, saying “Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And then, as if to prove that he is real and not a ghost, he asks for some fish and eats it, reminding the disciples that everything written about him “in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms had to be fulfilled.”

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