Sermons Archive (2006-2008)

The sermons listed below, delivered by Rev. McColl or an associate minister, are available upon request.

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December 21, 2008
Scripture: Luke 2: 1-20
Title: “Glory to God”

December 14, 2008
Scripture: John 1: 6-8, 19-28
Title: “The True Light”

December 7, 2008
Scripture: Mark 1: 1-8
Title: “Prepare the Way of the Lord”

November 23, 2008
Scripture: Matthew 25:31-46
Title: "Separating the sheep from the goats"

November 16, 2008
Scripture: Matthew 25: 14-30
Title: 'The Parable of the Talents"

November 9, 2008
Scripture: Matthew 25: 1-13
Title: "The Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids"

November 2, 2008
Scripture: Matthew 5: 1-12
Title: “Blessed are those…”s

October 26, 2008
Scripture: Matthew 22: 34-46
Title: “What is the Greatest Commandment?”

October 19, 2008
Scripture: Luke 16: 19-31
Title: “Compassion Towards the Poor”

October 12, 2008
Scripture: Matthew 22: 1-14
Title: “The Parable of the Wedding Banquet”

October 5, 2008
Scripture: Matthew 21: 33-46
Title: “The Parable of the Wicked Tenants”

September 28, 2008
Scripture: Matthew 21:23-32
Title: "Actions Instead of Empty Words"

September 21, 2008
Scripture: Matthew 20:1-16
Title: "The Last Will Be First ..."

September 14, 2008
Scripture: Matthew 18:21-35
Title: "Forgiveness and Mercy"

September 7, 2008
Scripture: Matthew 18:15-20
Title: “Listening and Regaining”

August 24, 2008
Scripture: Matthew 16: 13-20
Title: “Built on the Rock”

August 10, 2008
Scripture: Matthew 14: 22-33
Title: “Come out on the Water”

August 3, 2008
Scripture: Matthew 14: 13-21
Title: “Five Loaves and Two Fish”

July 27, 2008
Scripture: Matthew 13: 31-33, 44-52
Title: “The Kingdom of Heaven”

July 20, 2008
Scripture: Matthew 13: 24-30, 36-43
Title: “The Parable of Weeds Among the Wheat”

July 13, 2008
Scripture: Matthew 13: 1-9, 18-23
Title: “The Parable of the Sower”

June 29, 2008
Scripture: Genesis 22: 1-14
Title: "The Lord will provide"

June 15, 2008
Scripture: Genesis 18: 1-15
Title: "Sarah laughed"

June 8, 2008
Scripture: Genesis 12:1-9
Title: "I will make of you a great nation"

June 1, 2008
Scripture: Genesis 6: 9-22, 7:24, 8: 14-22
Title: "It Rained and Rained"

May 25, 2008
Scripture: Matthew 6: 24-34
Title: “Continually in the Temple

May 18, 2008
Scripture: Genesis 1: 1-2:4a
Title: “I Have Given You Everything”

April 27, 2008
Scripture: Psalm 104: 1-24
Title: "The Earth is Full of God's Creatures"

April 20, 2008
Scripture: John 13: 1-14
Title: "The Way and the Truth"

April 13, 2008
Scripture: John 10: 1-10
Title: "The Voice of the Shepherd"

April 6, 2008
Scripture: Luke 24: 13-35
Title: "Continuing the Journey"

March 30, 2008, Amanda Hatfield preaching
Scripture: John 20: 19-31
Title: "That You May Believe"

March 23, 2008
Scripture: Matthew 28: 1-10, 16-20
Title: "WELCOME - Evangelism"

March 16, 2008
Scripture: Matthew 21: 1-11
Title: "WELCOME - Missions"

March 9, 2008
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 11: 23-26
Title: "WELCOME - Open Table"

March 2 , 2008
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12: 12-27
Title: "WELCOME - Community"

February 24, 2008
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13: 1-13
Title: "WELCOME - Love"

February 17, 2008
Scripture: Psalm 78: 1-8
Title: "WELCOME - Education"

February 10, 2008
Scripture: Psalm 100
Title: "WELCOME - Worship"

February 3, 2008
Scripture: Matthew 17: 1-9
Title: "Coming Down the Mountain"

January 27, 2008
Scripture: Matthew 4: 12-23
Title: “Fishing for people”

January 13, 2008
Scripture: Matthew 3: 13-17
Title: “I need to be baptized by you”

January 6, 2008
Scripture: Matthew 2: 1-12
Title: “Pay him Homage”

December 24, 2007
Scripture: Luke 2: 1-20
Title: “Expecting a child”

December 23, 2007
Scripture: Matthew 1: 18-25
Title: "Dismissed quietly"

December 16, 2007
Third Sunday of Advent
Scripture: Isaiah 35: 1-10
Title: “Sing for Joy”

December 9, 2007
Second Sunday of Advent
Scripture: Isaiah 11: 1-10
Title: “Standing as a signal”

December 2, 2007
First Sunday of Advent
Scripture: Isaiah 2: 1-5
Title: “In days to come”

November 25th 2007
Twenty Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Scripture: Luke 1:68-79
Title: “Serving without fear”

November 18, 2007
Twenty fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Scripture: Luke 21: 5-19
Title: “Gaining Souls”

November 11, 2007
Scripture: Luke 20: 27-38
Title: “Children of the Resurrection”

November 4, 2007
Scripture: Ephesians 1: 11-23
Title: “The Pledge of Our Inheritance”

October 28, 2007
Scripture: John 16: 4b-15
Title: "Holy Spirit"
For Walter Scott, there were three gifts that God gives: the forgiveness of sins, the Holy Spirit, and eternal life. According to Scott, the Holy Spirit is the gift given to the church to enliven its sharing of the gospel.

October 21, 2007
Scripture: Colossians 1: 3-14
Title: "Forgiveness of Sins"
The [forgiveness] of sins is something only God can do. It is a gift from God. Walter Scott believed that once people confessed their faith in Jesus Christ, repented, and were baptized then they were assured of God’s forgiveness.

October 14, 2007
Scripture: Romans 6: 1-11
Title: "Baptism"
Walter Scott believed that baptism offered persons who believed in the good news of Jesus Christ and who repented of their sins, the assurance of the forgiveness of their sins and the beginning of a new relationship with God.

October 7, 2007
Scripture: Luke 19: 1-10
Title: "Repentance"
In direct opposition to the teaching of most churches of the day, Walter Scott believed that people had to believe in Jesus’ message about God’s love for sinners before they repented of their sins. Walter Scott believed that only after confessing faith in the message of God’s love could people then take the next step to salvation, that of repentance. For Scott, an understanding of God’s love would reveal to people the error of their ways and motivate them to change.

September 30, 2007
Scripture: Luke 17: 5-10
Title: "Faith"
Walter Scott believed that people had to have faith in Jesus’ message of God’s love before they could repent of their sins and be baptized.

September 23, 2007
Scripture: Luke 18: 1-8
Title: "Losing Heart"

September 16, 2007
Scripture: Luke 15: 1-10
Title: “Leaving the Ninety-Nine”
This is the Parable of the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin.

September 2, 2007, Amanda Hatfield preaching
Scripture: Luke 14:1, 7-14
Title: "When You Give A Banquet"

August 19, 2007
Scripture: Luke 12: 49-56
Title: “The Present Time”
Jesus explains that he did not come to bring peace but division to earth. By our very own human nature, we cannot agree to disagree. We can interpret the signs of nature to predict rain and heat but we fail to recognize the signs of Jesus’ coming.

August 12, 2007
Scripture: Luke 12: 32-40
Title: “An Unexpected Hour”
Jesus explains to the faithful that they should make preparations for the coming of the Kingdom even if they don’t when or where. Jesus also explains that the coming of the Kingdom will turn the tables on what we think is normal.

July 15, 2007
Scripture: Luke 10: 25-37
Title: “Go and Do Likewise”
This is the story of the Good Samaritan.

July 8, 2007
Scripture: Luke 10: 1-11, 16-20
Title: “The Harvest is Plentiful”
Jesus appoints seventy “new disciples” and commissions them to go out to test the waters for receiving the Gospel message. He doesn’t promise a pretty picture for their journey. The seventy return and share that they were well received and were able to chase away demons. Jesus responds that they shouldn’t really be thankful for that but for that fact that their names are written in heaven.

July 1, 2007
Scripture: Luke 9: 51-62
Title: “Freedom to Follow”
Jesus has begun his journey to Jerusalem and encounters people along the way who have closed their hearts to Jesus in various ways. They have the freedom to follow Jesus, but have become “slaves” to various parts of their lives which prevents them from following Jesus.

June 24, 2007
Scripture: 1 Kings 21: 1-21
Title: “Possession of the Vineyard”
King Ahab decides that he wants his neighbor’s vineyard for his own and asks for this vineyard but is refused. His wife, Jezebel, develops a plot to “acquire” this vineyard which leads to the neighbor’s death. Elijah accuses Ahab of his crimes and predicts Ahab’s death and demise.

June 17, 2007
Scripture: 1 Kings 19: 1-4, 8-15
Title: "The Sound of Silence"
Jezebel has threatened Elijah with taking his life in retaliation for killing the prophets of Baal. Elijah runs away but God comes to Elijah. There is a strong wind, but God is not in the wind. There is an earthquake, but God is not in the earthquake. There is a fire, but God is not in the fire. God comes to Elijah in the silence.

June 10, 2007
Scripture: 1 Kings 17: 8-16
Title: “The jar will be not emptied”
This is the story of Elijah who has been commanded by God to travel to Zarephath and to await for a widow to feed him. Elijah travels to this city and does meet the widow. The widow explains that she does not have enough food for him and her family. Elijah gives her the good news of the promises of God.

June 3, 2007
Scripture: Psalm 8
Title: “How majestic is your name!”
This hymn is a hymn of praise. It describes the goodness of God’s creation and the role of humans as caretakers of God’s creation.

May 27, 2007
Scripture: Acts 2: 1-21
Title: “I will pour out my spirit”
This is the story of Pentecost.

May 20, 2007
Scripture: Acts 16: 16-34
Title: “Chains were unfastened”
This is the story of Paul and Silas. Paul sees a young slave girl who has the spirit of divination. Paul tells the spirit to leave her and her masters bring Paul and Silas up on charges. They are taken to prison and set free by an earthquake. The jailer almost kills himself because he believes that the prisoners have escaped. Paul tells him that everyone is still there and the jailer is brought into faith.

May 13, 2007
Scripture: Acts 16: 9-15
Title: “Opened her heart”
This is the story of Lydia. Paul has a dream one night to go to Macedonia and to proclaim the good news to them. When they arrive at the city gates, they meet Lydia, a woman who worships God. God opens her heart to the word of God and she in turns opens her home to Paul and his followers.

May 6, 2007, Amanda Hatfield preaching
Scripture: John 13: 31-35
Title: “How to know”

April 29, 2007
Scripture: Acts 9: 36-43
Title: “To Be Alive”
This is the story of Tabitha or Dorcas in Greek. She was devoted to good works and charity. She became ill and died. The disciples are sent to bring Peter back to where Tabitha is. Peter raises Tabitha from the dead and many believed in the Lord.

April 22, 2007
Scripture: John 21: 1-19
Title: “Do you love me?”
Jesus appears to seven disciples once again by the Sea of Tiberias and invites them to cast their net on the other side of the boat. They realize that this person is Jesus. They come ashore and have breakfast with Jesus. Jesus asks Peter three times “Do you Love Me?” and for three times, Peter answers yes.

April 15, 2007
Scripture: John 20: 19-31
Title: “Peace be with you”
Jesus appears to the disciples after the resurrection and he shows them his hands and his side. Thomas is the only disciple who is not there with the group. This story is about the new creation through the Holy Spirit and moving all the disciples from unbelief to belief.

April 8, 2007
Easter Sunday
Scripture: John 20: 1-18
Title: “I have seen the Lord!”
This is John’s account of the resurrection. Mary Magdalene comes to the tomb early in the morning and sees that the stone has been rolled away. She runs to Simon Peter and the other disciple and brings them back to the tomb. They discover that the tomb is empty and leave. Mary stays behind and encounters the risen Lord and shares the Good News with the disciples.

April 1, 2007 (Palm Sunday)
Scripture: Luke 19: 28-40
Title: “Blessed is the King”
This is Luke’s account of Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem. Jesus enters the city on a colt and met by a crowd of people who spread their cloaks on the road. The disciples begin to say, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” Some of the Pharisees wanted Jesus to tell his disciples to be quiet, but Jesus says that even if they were quiet, the stones would shout out.

March 25, 2007
Scripture: John 12: 1-18
Title: "An Act of Love and Grace"
Jesus has come to Bethany to the home of Lazarus whom he has already risen from the dead. Jesus is greeted by Mary who anoints and washes Jesus’ feet. Judas, who is unhappy with such waste of rich perfume, speaks out against this act. Jesus reminds the disciples that his time is drawing near.

March 18, 2007
Scripture: Luke 15: 1-3; 11-32
Title: "The Lost Ones"
Jesus hears the grumblings of the Pharisees and the scribes about how Jesus is welcoming the tax collectors and sinners. He shares the Parable of the Lost Sheep and the Parable of the Prodigal Son.

March 11, 2007, Amanda Hatfield preaching
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 10: 1-13
Title: "Beyond Strength"

March 4, 2007
Scripture: Luke 13: 31-35
Title: “The Fox and the Hen”
On his way to Jerusalem, Jesus is stopped by some Pharisees who share that Herod wants to kill Jesus. Jesus speaks out against this “fox” and cries for the city Jerusalem, understanding that even Jesus cannot prevent the death of the protective “hen.”

February 25, 2007
Scripture: Luke 4: 1-13
Title: “The Fine Print”
Jesus is out in the desert for forty days and he is tempted by the devil. There are a series of three temptations that establish Jesus’ commitment and competence to begin his ministry.

February 18, 2007
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2
Title: "Lights On!"
Paul responds to the Corinthians’ request for a “letter of recommendation” stating that the community at Corinth is its own letter of recommendation for how God works in people’s lives.

February 11, 2007
Scripture: Luke 6: 17-26
Title: “Blessings and Woes”
This is sometimes called the Sermon on the Plain. Jesus begins his public teaching and healing ministry. He sets out his vision for the new world and how things are in the Kingdom of God.

February 4, 2007, Amanda Hatfield preaching
Scripture: Luke 5:1-11
Title: “From Now On”
Jesus boards Simon’s boat and begins to teach the crowd that has gathered around the lake Gennesaret. Jesus tells Simon to put his nets down in the water again, but Simon explains that they have been fishing all night and didn’t catch anything. Simon follows Jesus’ command and their nets begin to break because there are so many fishes. This is the beginning of the disciples’ ministry with Jesus.

January 28, 2007
Scripture: John 2: 1-11
Title: “Do whatever he tells you”
This is the story of the wedding at Cana. Mary comes to Jesus and says that the family is out of wine. Jesus tells Mary that it is not time but he proceeds to turn water into wine.

January 21, 2007
Scripture: Luke 4: 14-30
Title: “Run out of town”
Jesus comes to his home region of Nazareth and begins his “preaching” ministry. Needless, his synagogue was not too thrilled at his sermon and his claiming to fulfill the prophecy from Isaiah. So they run him out of town.

January 14, 2007
Scripture: Luke 3: 15-17, 21-22
Title: “Baptism by Water and by the Spirit”
This is the story of the baptism of Jesus according to the Gospel of Luke. John the Baptist begins his ministry of pointing the way to Jesus. And all the Gospel of Luke shares about Jesus’ baptism is that he was baptized and the Holy Spirit descended upon him like a dove.

January 7, 2007
Scripture: Matthew 2: 1-12
Title: "The Star at its Rising"
This is the journey of the wise men. The wise men set out on their journey, searching for the Christ Child.

December 31, 2006
Luke 2:41-52
"Increased in Wisdom and Years"

December 24, 2006
Christmas Eve Meditation
"The Sound of Silence"

December 24, 2006
Luke 1: 39-56
“My Soul Magnifies The Lord”
Mary has set out to visit Elizabeth and immediately, the babe in Elizabeth’s womb recognizes the child that Mary is carrying. Elizabeth calls Mary blessed among women and Mary responds in what is now known as the Magnificat.

December 17, 2006
Luke 1: 26-38
“Nothing Is Impossible With God”
This is the story of the birth of Jesus foretold. The angel Gabriel comes to Mary and says that she will have a son.

December 10, 2006
Luke 1: 5-25
“What the Lord has done for me”
This is the foretelling of the birth of John the Baptist. Zechariah is a priest in the Temple and receives a visit from Gabriel who tells him that Zechariah and Elizabeth will have a son. Zechariah does not believe him and becomes mute.

December 3, 2006
Jeremiah 33: 14-16
"The Days are Surely Coming"
The prophet Jeremiah foretells of the restoration of the Davidic monarchy. This new king will bring justice and righteousness for all.

November 26, 2006
1 Samuel 2: 1-10
“With Thanksgiving”
Hannah takes Samuel to the temple as she promises God. This is her prayer of thanksgiving for God’s many blessings for her and her family. Hannah’s prayer is reminiscent of Mary’s prayer when she hears the good news from the angel.

November 19, 2006
1 Samuel 1: 4-20
“The power or prayer”
This is the story of Hannah. She is a wife with no sons. She continues to pray for a son but there is no hope. One day while visiting the temple, Eli, the priest, noticed Hannah and scolded her for being drunk in the House of the Lord. Hannah explains that she is not drunk but praying for a son. Eli tells her to go because God had heard her prayer.

November 12, 2006
Ruth 3: 1-5; 4: 13-17
"The Beginning of Something Great!”
This is the continuation of the story of Ruth and Naomi. We learn that Ruth and Boaz marry and have a child. This child is the beginning of something great. Descendents of this family include David and Jesus.

November 5, 2006
Ruth 1: 1-18
“Your people shall be my people”
This is the story of Ruth and Naomi. Naomi’s husband and two sons have died and Naomi tells the two daughter-in-laws to go back to their homeland. Ruth refuses and declares that she will stay with Naomi. Her declaration must be understood as an act of khesed (showing love and loyalty over and beyond what is considered normal or expected).*
*New Interpreter’s Bible, p. 386.

October 29, 2006
Mark 10: 35-45
“Not to be Served But to Serve”
James and John ask Jesus to sit at Jesus’ side in his glory. Jesus asks them if they truly understand what they are asking. They answer yes but Jesus knows that they do not understand what he is really asking of them. Jesus reminds them again of his vision and mission for his ministry on earth.

October 22, 2006
Mark 10: 46-52
“What do you want me to do for you?”
Jesus and his disciples came to Jericho as a large crowd was leaving the city. A blind beggar named Bartimaeus calls out to Jesus for healing. Jesus tells some in the crowd to bring Bartimaeus to him and asks what he wants. Bartimaeus asks to be able to see again. Jesus sends him on his way, sight regained and healed.

October 15, 2006
Mark 2:1-12
"Faith in Action"
Jesus returns to Capernaum and people begin to gather. Some people brought a paralyzed man to Jesus to be healed but they were unable to reach Jesus. They decided to cut a hole in the roof and lower the man in to Jesus. Jesus tells the man to stand up and take his mat but there were many in the crowd who questioned Jesus’ technique.

October 8, 2006
Mark 10:17-31
"Then Who Can be Saved?"
A young man approaches Jesus and asks what he must do to inherit eternal life? Jesus explains that he must obey the commandments and the young man explains that he has done all that. Then Jesus continues to explain that he must sell all his possessions and follow Jesus. The young man goes away, sadden by what Jesus says. Jesus explains to his disciples that through God all things are possible.

October 1, 2006
Mark 9:38-50
"Stumbling Blocks"
The disciples stop someone from casting out demons is Jesus’ name and Jesus rebukes their actions. He proceeds to explain what will happen when one does not welcome the “little ones".

September 24, 2006
Children's Worship & Wonder Dedication, no sermon

September 17, 2006
Mark 8:27-37
"Good Intentions"
Jesus begins to tell the disciples about what will happen to the Son of Man because he will be rejected by the elders and priests. Peter pulls Jesus aside to rebuke Jesus and Jesus rebukes Peter! After this, Jesus continues to teach the crowd about what followers of the Son of Man must do to be saved.

September 10, 2006
Mark 7:31-37
“Be Open"
This is a story about faith and healing. Jesus heals a man who is deaf and mute. He opened up possibilities for this man through this healing but Jesus tells the man to tell no one. However, the word gets out and opens up possibilities for the world!

September 3, 2006
James 1:17-27
"Generous Act of Giving"
God is the source of all that we are and all that we have. In this letter, we as a community of faith are encouraged to remember this point as we live out our Christian lives. We respond and give to the world because God first responded and gave to us.

August 27, 2006
John 6:56-69
"Do You Also Wish to Go Away?"
A few of the followers of Jesus were having trouble with what Jesus was teaching and decided to leave. Jesus asks his disciples, “Do you also wish to go away?” How would we answer that question if asked?

August 20, 2006
1 Kings 2:10-12, 3: 3-14
"An Understanding Mind"
King David has died and now Solomon is the King of Israel. In a dream, God asks Solomon what God should give him and Solomon asks for wisdom to govern the people. Did Solomon make the right choice?

August 13, 2006
John 6:35, 41-51
"Bread of Life"
Jesus says that he is the "Bread of Life". He is not talking about the loaves of bread that we buy at the grocery store. This "Bread of Life" will satisfy the hunger of our spirits.

August 6, 2006
Ephesians 4:1-16
"Gifts of Grace"
The author urges the community of Ephesus to maintain Christian unity and to embrace the gifts that God has given the people in the community because each gift is unique and different. Once the church lives out these teachings, it will begin its journey to becoming a growing and vital community.



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