Preacher: Elizabeth Garnsey
Date Preached: April 23, 2023
Scripture: Psalm 104, Luke 24:13-35
Synopsis: Earth's suffering due to human impact highlights our neglect, possibly due to a loss of awe; rekindling awe as a spiritual practice can mend our broken connection with God through nature, drawing on the wisdom of both to understand resourcefulness, forgiveness, and healing, ultimately mending the Earth's predicament.
Preacher: James W. Cox-Chapman
Scripture: Matthew 6: 27-34
Synopsis: Drawing from the "lilies of the field" scripture in Matthew, the sermon delves into managing anxiety and concludes by addressing the urgency of climate change, advocating for acceptance of reality and offering actionable steps for the present.
Preacher: Paul Mitchell
Date Preached: June 18, 2023
Scripture: Psalm 130, Romans 8:19-23
Synopsis: Starting from a place of suffering, genuine hope emerges as a necessity rather than a mere wish, rooted in the call to become sentinels of love and justice, symbolized by planting seeds of change that may not be harvested in our time.
Preacher: Duane Lahti
Scripture: Joel 2:21-27
Synopsis: Joel's hopeful message envisions land renewal over time, with exile providing space for Israel's metanoia, repenting for their destructive actions; similarly, Jesus urges introspection and change in habits to foster personal and societal regeneration.
Preacher: Janelle Hiroshige
Date Preached: November 20, 2022
Scripture: Luke 23:43
Synopsis: Jesus' assurance of paradise to the crucified man reflects the idea of Jesus immediately creating a garden-like paradise, suggesting the Kingdom of God is about inclusive and healing spaces like parks and gardens, embodying dignity and care rather than dominance.
Preacher: Tamara Franks
Congregation: High Country UCC
Scripture: Psalm 139
Noticing the divine in the moments of our days undergirds our resiliency. Altars are everywhere; especially, in dens underground full of snakes keeping one another alive on a cold, dark winter night. The gift of community nourishes our souls in the midst of chaos, challenges and turmoil giving us life to emerge when the sun returns.