Sermons by Rev. Jessica Wright
Lots of people believe in a God. Our belief in Jesus is distinctive, it’s what sets us apart.
Mark 12:38-44 Our talents, our gifts, and our resources are what God uses to bring about God’s will on earth. Not at the expense of the most vulnerable brothers and sisters, but out of the abundance that so many of us experience. God is faithful and there is enough for everyone when we learn to share. John Wesley believed that life, all of it, is a gift to be given away. He is credited with saying, “Earn all you can, save…
Scripture: Genesis 3:1-13 What could God do through us if we stopped hiding, hiding from God, hiding from each other, hiding all the bits that we don’t think are good enough? No matter what we’ve done or left undone, Jesus came to seek and to save us.
Exodus 13:17-22, 14:10-14 PT Barnum helped create what would later become the Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus, which called itself the greatest show on earth. But the greatest show means the impossible comes true: our ever-living, ever-loving, death-defying God relinquishes immortality only to take it up again to show us the way to life eternal, life in all its fullness.
Ruth 1: 1-18 Ruth abandons her people and gods to vow undying love for her mother-in-law and the God of Judah. The kind of deep, abiding love that Ruth offers Naomi is what God intends for all of us.
Genesis 37:2-11 We can’t find real, authentic depth and meaning in life based on hate. We are biologically and spiritually wired for connection; we desire life together in our bones and our souls. When we draw lines between ourselves and others, we make ourselves poorer.
Romans 7:14-25 The fear and the desire to control all the things can paralyze us; we end up holding our lives by the throat. It’s a daily practice to loosen the stranglehold–to trust God to be God–so that we have the freedom to be citizens of God’s kingdom in this fallen world.
Mark 9:2-9 We’re called to share the divine spark that dwells within us. But the world may not love us when we show up soul first. It may not be agreeable when we offer love first and leave judgment for God. When the image of God within us and through us becomes visible–when we are transformed–the systems of the world may reject us and marginalize us and seek to silence us. It doesn’t mean that the life of faith is…