Sermons Archive

Rejoice Always

Rev. Jeff Crews
Dec 11 2011

On this third Sunday of Advent, our lectionary scriptures ask us to reflect on the worship theme of joy from two very different perspectives.  The first ancient perspective is from Isaiah, writing after the Jewish exile in Babylon, and the second perspective, some five hundred years later, is from Paul’s first letter to the church in...

Comfort and Peace

Rev. Jeff Crews
Dec 4 2011

Our reading today from the prophet Isaiah is one of the most familiar passages from the ancient Hebrew prophets.  Here comfort is acclaimed for God’s people, every valley is lifted up and every mountain made low, so that we can be gathered and fed by God as his gentle lambs.  This poetic image offers gentle consolation...

Happy New Year, and Keep Awake!

Rev. Jeff Crews
Nov 27 2011

Our Gospel message recalls Jesus’ last words in Mark before he is captured and taken to be tried and crucified.  By this warning, we are introduced to the new liturgical Year and the beginning of Advent.  As Jesus’ life is coming to a close, he reminds his followers to stay vigilant, and to remain watchful.  Instead of Advent beginning with...

Christ Reigns

Rev. Jeff Crews
Nov 20 2011

Today is the last day of the liturgical year, so next Sunday is the beginning of the New Year for the Church; Advent begins.  The last day of our liturgical year ends where we will begin again next week, with Christ.  Our scriptures today are difficult, so we will approach these passages with the love and grace of the ever-living God.  Will...

Gratitude Sunday

Rev. Jeff Crews
Nov 13 2011

“At that time Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. [All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the...

The Parable of Our Talents

Rev. Jeff Crews
Nov 6 2011

Our scripture passages today represent two main posts in the story of our lives.  These two posts are wisdom, and money.  Interesting concepts to put together, but as we approach Stewardship Sunday next week, maybe there is something in these passages that will guide us toward a wise use of money as members and friends of Spring Glen Church...

The Greatest Commandment

Rev. Jeff Crews
Oct 23 2011

Our Hebrew Scripture is from the Book of Leviticus, which is the third of the five books in the Torah, or the Jewish Law.  It was written by, for and about the Jewish Levite Priests, and the name Leviticus literally means, “of the Levites.”  The first sixteen chapters of the book are the Levitical Priestly Code, and the...

You Are Known by Name

Rev. Jeff Crews
Oct 16 2011

In our two lectionary passages today, we learn that God knows us by name, but mysteriously, God cannot be fully seen by us, even as we can come to know God.  We also learn from Jesus that we are to give back to the world what belongs to the world, and give back to God what belongs to God.  How are these teachings related?  And what is in a...

Peace Surpassing Understanding

Rev. Jeff Crews
Oct 9 2011

Helen Keller famously said, “I do not want the peace that passes understanding, I want the understanding that brings peace.”  Leo Tolstoy said, “Let us forgive each other -- only then will we have Peace.”  John Fitzgerald Kennedy said, “Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers,...

Journeying from No to Yes

Rev. Jeff Crews
Sep 25 2011

For millions of years, the rock stood silent, unmercifully baked by the Sinai sun.  Each day it murmured No and sat, motionless and lifeless.  Then, one day, a fellow named Moses comes along and smacks the rock in our story with a staff, and after a million million times of saying No, the rock springs to life, shouts...