Sermons by Rev. Jessica Wright

Sermons by Rev. Jessica Wright

Loving God, Loving Neighbor: Why Neighbor?

Sunday APril 24 2022Loving God, Loving NeighborWhy Neighbor?MATTHEW 22:34-40 NRSVRev Jessica Wright 34 When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, 35 and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36 “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” 37 He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the…

Shalom: The Gift of Peace Week Three

sunday february 27 2022Shalom: The Gift of PeacEPsalm 46Rev Jessica Wright Scripture 1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; 3 though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult.4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. 5…

Will The Real Jesus Please Stand Up? Week Four

Sunday January 30 2022Will The Real Jesus Please Stand Up?week FourJohn 18: 33-37Rev Jessica Wright  Scripture 33 Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” 34 Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?” 35 Pilate replied, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?” 36…

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop

Sunday august 29 2021Acts: The Adventure BeginsCan’t Stop, Won’t StopACTS 8:26-35 NRSV Rev Jessica Wright, preaching scripture 26 Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Get up and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a wilderness road.) 27 So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had…

Jonah & The Whale

This is a story about a reluctant prophet swallowed by a whale, but the rest of the story is how a Jewish nationalist was forced to extend God’s mercy to those he hates most, challenging our human understanding of justice.

Noah & The Ark

Sunday June 27 2021 The Rest Of The Story: Noah & The Ark Genesis 6:5-8, 13-14, 17-19 NRSV Rev Jessica Wright  This is a story about a chosen family tending a floating zoo, but the rest of the story is about humankind’s tendency toward corruption, sin, and violence while God chooses mercy, making the first covenant with humankind we find in our Bible. Scripture 5 The LORD saw that the wickedness of humankind was great in the earth, and that every…

ReNEW: Week Four

28 “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” MATTHEW 11:28-30 NRSV

Reflect: Week Four

Sunday March 14 2021Reflect: Week FourI Am God’s Co-Worker2 Corinthians 6: 1-13 NIVRev Jessica Wright 10 As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. 2 For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.3 We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will…

Refresh: Week Three

January 17 2021Refresh: Week ThreeNEHEMIAH 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 NRSVRev Jessica Wright 1 All the people gathered together into the square before the Water Gate. They told the scribe Ezra to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the LORD had given to Israel. 2 Accordingly, the priest Ezra brought the law before the assembly, both men and women and all who could hear with understanding. This was on the first day of the seventh month. 3 He read…

The Word of God

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 22The Word of GodJohn 1:1-5, 9-14, 18 NRSVRev Jessica Wright 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4 in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. 5 The light shines in the…

Jesus for the Outsider

Sunday September 27 202011:00am GatheringMenuetto (Bach)Ensemble: Cassidy Thomson, harpsichord; Daisy Miller, clarinet; James Miller, clarinet; Megan Miller, bassoon; Jessica Mingee, horn; Kayla Miller, violin I; Scott Horton, violin II; Campbell Jordan, viola; Kevin Quick, double bass Announcements, Welcome, and Prayer Rev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch Hymn of Praise Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven (CCLI 2646677)UMH 66, V 1-4Resonate Transition to Prayer Rev Rusty King Hymn of Prayer For the Beauty of the Earth (CCLI 43200)UMH 92, V 1-6 &…