Sermon for Christ the King Sunday November 20, 2016

Duane LarsonBased on Luke 23: 33-43

This is Christ the King Sunday, when we put an exclamation point on the church year’s end. We do this because Christ alone is before all things; because through him all things came to be, and in him all things are held together. It is the day when we lift up the promise that we are held together even when our world looks fractured all around. Continue reading

Sermon for the 26th Sunday after Pentecost – November 13, 2016

Duane LarsonDearest Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Grace and Peace to you from God our Origin and our Destiny.

I’m betting you are very curious about what I will say today. Well, first I want to say this. You have noticed that I do not begin my sermons with the usual biblical words from St. Paul, “Grace to and peace, from God our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.” I do believe and quote those words. Here, however, I use the words about God as our origin and destiny because they reflect your practice of sharing God’s love in a “big tent” way; you are wonderfully different that way. Continue reading

Sermon for All Saints Sunday – November 6, 2016

Duane Larson(Lessons based on the 25th Sunday after Pentecost)

Today we celebrate All Saints Sunday. We re-member the beloved communion of saints and learn anew from what they taught clearly in word and example. And how more tangible our re-membrance will be when we conclude our indoor worship by consecrating the new columbarium where saints personally known to us will rest from their labors. Continue reading

Sermon for the 20th Sunday after Pentecost October 2, 2016

Duane LarsonThe Rev. Dr. Duane Larson, Interim Pastor

Based on Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 and Luke 17:5-10
And the Lord said, “Write the vision. Make it plain for all to read. There is still a vision for its appointed time; it does not lie. If it seems to tarry, wait for it; it will, it will not delay. Look at the proud! Their spirit is not right in them, but the righteous live by their faith. Continue reading

The Love That Always Finds and Frees – September 11, 2016

Duane LarsonThe Rev. Dr. Duane Larson, Interim Pastor
Today is September 11. Most of us are well aware of the significance of this day. Fifteen years have passed through our minds, hearts, and hands. Fifteen years after such a horrific attack; fifteen years of grief, continued suffering, and volumes of true stories told and untold; fifteen years of an opened Pandora’s box of violent spirits let loose into all the world and fifteen years of some clearly identifiable defenders of the flesh and spirit of humanity rushing into the conflagration so to close that awful lid. Continue reading