Central United Methodist Church (Knoxville, TN)

Central United Methodist Church (Knoxville, TN)

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Weekly sermons from Central United Methodist Church in historic Fourth & Gill Neighborhood of Knoxville, TN. Current pastor is Rev. Jimmy Sherrod.Worshipping Joyfully, Growing Spiritually, Serving with Compassion and Welcoming All…


Let’s Keep Going
Jul 7 • 22 min
Matthew 28:16-20Matthew 5:13-15Matthew 4:18-22On the occasion of his fifth anniversary as an appointed pastor at Central, Rev. Jimmy Sherrod looks back on the past fives in celebrating the ministries and growth while keeping an eye t…
When Life is Scary…God is Good
May 26 • 19 min
The second in a series called When Life is Wild…God is Good. We are riffing off our summer VBS theme with the same name. This week, Pastor Jimmy shares a word about when life is scary, what does it mean for God to be good? Acts 16:16-…
When Life is Unfair…God is Good
May 19 • 19 min
The first in series called Life is Wild…God is Good. Pastor Jimmy explores the idea of fairness, not only as it relates to systemic injustice, but also in our own personal lives. How do we approach fairness and justice? Matthew 20:1-1…
Tabitha - The Heart of the Community
May 12 • 16 min
Rev. Stephanie Parrott reminds us of our calling to move outside the walls of our church to be the heart of the community - -through acts of compassion and mercy. Acts 9:36-43
The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Us
May 5 • 14 min
Confirmation Sunday. Acts 1:6-14 Luke 4:14-22
Six Words (An Easter Sermon)
Apr 21 • 19 min
In claiming the resurrection, what do we say with our lives? What is Jesus is risen from the dead are the most important words?
The Gift of Getting Lost (Part 3 of 6)
Mar 24 • 20 min
We continue our series called Gifts of the Dark Wood reflecting on the power that is in getting lost in the Dark Wood because of how it draws us to realize our need to be found. Luke 15:11-32
The Gift of Being Thunderstruck (Part 2 of 6)
Mar 17 • 23 min
Continuing the series Gifts of the Dark Wood, Pastor Jimmy explores the idea of hearing God’s voice — or being thunderstruck in a way that reveals something we never knew before. Scripture Job 37:1-5John 12:27-26
The Gift of Uncertainty (Part 1 of 6)
Mar 10 • 20 min
Pastor Jimmy opens up our Lenten sermon series called Gifts of the Dark Wood, using the Bible as our guide and Rev. Eric Elnes’ book The Gifts of the Dark Wood as our resource. Scripture John 5:1-18
An Ethic of Love
Feb 17 • 28 min
I Corinthians 12John 17:20-26In today’s sermon, Pastor Jimmy addresses the upcoming special called General Conference in St. Louis. This conference will bring the proposals from the Commission on the Way Forward regarding human sexuality…
The Good Life: Less is More
Feb 10 • 16 min
To close out the series called the Good Life, Pastor Jimmy recalls the story where Jesus reminds us that where our treasure is, there our hearts will also be.
The Good Life: Attending to Anger
Feb 3 • 20 min
Matthew 5:21-22
The Good Life: Peace With Others
Jan 27 • 25 min
Colossians 3:12-17 and Matthew 18:21-35
The Good Life: Peace With Ourselves
Jan 20 • 18 min
Philippians 4:4-13
The Good Life: A Good Name
Jan 13 • 18 min
Partly inspired by Rev. Amy Butler (Riverside Church, NYC) sermon called A Good Name, Pastor Jimmy continues a series called The Good Life. This week’s scripture is Proverbs 22:1-16.
The Good Life
Jan 6 • 21 min
John 10:1-10We open up a new series exploring the idea of “the good life?” Most people want a good life, right? What is the good life? What are the parts and pieces that give us an opportunity to have a good life? Over the next …
Christmas Without a Stable
Dec 24, 2018 • 12 min
Luke 2:1-21
God’s Presence Brings Light
Dec 23, 2018 • 17 min
John 1:1-18On this final Sunday Advent, we bring to a close our series on God’s presence as it is revealed through Emmanuel, the light of the word.
God’s Presence Brings Peace
Dec 9, 2018 • 14 min
Second Sunday of Advent
God’s Presence Brings Hope
Dec 2, 2018 • 18 min
On this first Sunday of Advent, once again we turn to HOPE. Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” Live hope. Be hope. Rest in hope. Ezekiel 37:1-14 and Luke 21:25-36
Let’s Play and Pray: Telephone
Nov 11, 2018 • 15 min
Psalm 19:1-4; James 3:1-6
Death and Resurrection (All Saints Sunday)
Nov 4, 2018 • 19 min
Hebrews 12:1-2; Revelation 21:1-6 and John 11:32-44
Let’s Play (and Pray): Follow the Leader
Oct 28, 2018 • 16 min
Continuing the series called Let’s Play (and Pray), Pastor Jimmy draws upon popular children’s games to illustrate the teachings of Jesus. Psalm 25 and Luke 6.
Choose Life
Oct 14, 2018 • 14 min
Mark 10:17-31
Confessions of a Church Pastor: We is Greater than Me
Oct 7, 2018 • 18 min
Ephesians 4:1-16
Confessions of Church Pastor: Living in the Gap
Sep 30, 2018 • 21 min
2 Corinthians 4:5-12 and John 16:25-33
The Jesus in Me- Sermon for funeral of Kenny Ferguson
Sep 29, 2018 • 16 min
Mark 2:1-12
Confessions of a Church Pastor: Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing
Sep 23, 2018 • 22 min
Romans 14:17-18 & Matthew 24-34
What Do These Stones Mean?
Sep 16, 2018 • 29 min
Joshua 4:1-7; 20-24
The Necessity of Gratitude
Sep 2, 2018 • 22 min
Psalm 100, 1 Thessalonians 5:12-24
Hello, Stranger
Aug 26, 2018 • 29 min
Matthew 16:31-40
No More Time to Wait
Aug 19, 2018 • 25 min
Mark 7:24-30
Suffer WHO?
Aug 12, 2018 • 20 min
Questions God Ask Us_Do You Know What I Have Done For You?
Aug 5, 2018 • 18 min
Questions God Asks Us: Do You Want to Be Made Well?
Jul 29, 2018 • 18 min
Questions God Asks Us: Why Are You Crying?
Jul 22, 2018 • 18 min
Questions God Asks Us: What Are You Looking For?
Jul 8, 2018 • 15 min
John 1:29-42. Jesus asks the disciples who start to follow him — “What are you looking for?”
Questions God Asks Us: What Are you Doing Here?
Jul 1, 2018 • 18 min
I Kings 19:1-15
Questions God Asks Us: What Is Your Name?
Jun 24, 2018 • 19 min
Drawing from Genesis 32:22-32 and I John 3:1-3, Pastor Jimmy focuses in on the question the “stranger” asks Jacob after they wrestle all night. “What is your name?”
Questions God Asks Us: What Is In Your Hand
Jun 17, 2018 • 20 min
Pastor Jimmy offers his thoughts on Romans 13 and also continues the sermon series Questions God Asks Us. Exodus 4; I Peter 4:8-11 and Matthew 5:13-16
Questions God Asks Us: Where Is Your Brother?
Jun 10, 2018 • 25 min
In this second in the series, we look at the question that is asked of Cain in Genesis 4, “Where is your brother?” We will wrestle with the “sin of indifference.”
Questions God Asks Us: Where Are You?
Jun 3, 2018 • 19 min
Summer sermon series based on a book by Trevor Hudson. Drawing from scriptures, we will explore the questions that God asks us. This week: Genesis 3:1-9 and Luke 15:8-10
Found!
May 27, 2018 • 17 min
Luke 15:1-10
Pour Out Your Spirit
May 20, 2018 • 15 min
Acts 2:1-21 (Pentecost Sunday)
Beyond Denial: A Response to Love
May 14, 2018 • 15 min
John 21:1-19
Beyond Denial: A Response to Love
May 13, 2018 • 15 min
John 21:1-21
Beyond Denial: Healing Agents
Apr 29, 2018 • 18 min
Acts 3:1-10
Beyond Denial: Fighting Through the Failure
Apr 23, 2018 • 17 min
Continuing to look for our own stories in the stories of the Apostle Peter, we turn to his greatest failure…when he denied Jesus. What does Luke intend to convey in his version of this story? Luke 22:52-64
Beyond Denial: Doubling Down
Apr 15, 2018 • 17 min
The Second in a series called Beyond Denial. Looking at the journey of discipleship through the eyes of Peter. Matthew 16:13-20
Beyond Denial: You Want Me to Do What?
Apr 8, 2018 • 23 min
Beyond Denial: You Want Me To Do What? Sermons series for Easter Season (The Great Fifty Days) between Easter and Pentecost. During this time, we’re going to explore the great task of following Jesus. We will dig into what it means to be a disciple…
Come Alive!
Apr 1, 2018 • 20 min
Pastor Jimmy draws upon the hit movie The Greatest Showman to bring to life the Easter message. Christ is Risen! John 20:1-18
Journey Towards Joy: Learning to Lean (Part 3 of 5)
Mar 4, 2018 • 16 min
A Journey Towards Joy: Testing the Limits (Part 2 of 5)
Feb 25, 2018 • 19 min
A Journey Towards Joy: Learning the Hard Way (Part 1 of 5)
Feb 18, 2018 • 18 min
In the Beginning: Making sense of It All (part 6 of 6)
Feb 11, 2018 • 16 min
Selected readings from Genesis 37 and 50
In the Beginning: Brotherly Love (Part 5 of 6)
Feb 4, 2018 • 18 min
In the Beginning: Abraham and Isaac (part 4 of 6)
Jan 28, 2018 • 19 min
In the Beginning: The Great Unknown (Part 3 of 6)
Jan 21, 2018 • 24 min
The story of Abram’s call.
In the Beginning: The Promise (Part 2 of 6)
Jan 14, 2018 • 19 min
The Second in a series called In the Beginning. This week, we take a look at the ancient story of Noah and the flood and the promise God made. Genesis 6:5-22; 8-9
In the Beginning (part 1 of 6)
Jan 7, 2018 • 5 min
In this first sermon of the series “In the Beginning” we take a look back at one of the oldest stories recorded — the Genesis account of creation. Genesis 1-3:8. The first part of the sermon is missing, but if you want a copy of the manuscript, cal…
The Work of Christmas Begins
Dec 31, 2017 • 16 min
The Story Behind the Story
Dec 24, 2017 • 10 min
Christmas Eve
Let the Children Come to Me
Sep 24, 2017 • 17 min
In our second of a series called For All Generations, Pastor Jimmy talks about the power of investing in our young people. He reminds us of Jesus’ words to let the children come as well as the call from Deuteronomy to write the word of God on their hea…
We Bulls May Wobble
Aug 20, 2017 • 21 min
Ephesians 4:1-16
Power the World Has Never Seen Before
Aug 13, 2017 • 19 min
Drawing from Ephesians 2:11-22, Pastor Jimmy looks at reconciliation through the eyes of Paul and his call to make Christ be the cornerstone of our faith and life — not walls of hostility. The sermon was given a day after the events in Charlottesville…
The People of God.m4a
Aug 7, 2017 • 10 min
The Kingdom of God is like….
Jul 30, 2017 • 16 min
Matthew 13:31-33; 44-52
Come to Jesus
Jul 24, 2017 • 3 min
from the celebration of life for Jean Akers Ellis
God Unbound: Spiritual Friendships
Jun 25, 2017 • 16 min
Drawing from Ecclesiastes, Proverbs and Paul’s letter to the Galatian church, Pastor Jimmy proclaims the importance of gospel driven spiritual friendships. Part of our spirit-filled mysticism (does God still speak - practicing the presence of God, etc….
God Unbound: Veni Sancte Spiritus
Jun 18, 2017 • 18 min
In the second sermon in the series called Spirit-Filled Mysticism, Pastor Jimmy calls us to spend time cultivating spiritual awareness. To listen to God for revelation and what God is up to. He asks the question, “Does God still speak?” and “How will y…
The Widow’s Might
Jun 11, 2017 • 30 min
Guest Preacher Emalie Dockery uses the story of the Widow’s Mite to illustrate Peace with Justice Sunday.
God Unbound: Snakes, Guitar Pickers and the Holy Ghost
Jun 4, 2017 • 20 min
Pastor Jimmy kicks off a new series called God Unbound. This Pentecost sermon encourages us to not let reason and intellect to suppress the Spirit, but to allow the Spirit to infuse these. Acts 2:1-21 and John 737-39
Awakening: Becoming One With Christ
May 21, 2017 • 12 min
John 14:1-7
Awakening to the Mystery of Presence
May 14, 2017 • 16 min
Luke 24:13-35
Awakening: It All Started with a Kiss
May 7, 2017 • 16 min
John 20:19-31
Awakening to Others
Apr 30, 2017 • 17 min
Pastor Jimmy continues the series called Awakening by calling us to awaken to others. This Sunday, caregivers were especially recognized for the many ways they bring to life possibilities in those they care for. The text chosen was Mark 2:1-12.
A Great Awakening
Apr 16, 2017 • 12 min
On this Easter Sunday, Pastor Jimmy invites us to be people who cultivate a resurrection perspective. To see resurrection as an awakening…and Easter as an opportunity to be awakened each year — reminded of how God is at work in the world.
Hosanna!
Apr 9, 2017 • 12 min
Palm/Passion Sunday Sermon
Rearrange: Believing Into
Apr 2, 2017 • 11 min
John 11:1-45 - the story of Lazarus’ resurrection
For All Generations
Mar 26, 2017 • 13 min
Pastor Jimmy’s sermon from our 90th anniversary celebration on Sunday, March 26, 2017. Ephesians 1:15-22.
Rearrange: Accepting Freedom
Mar 12, 2017 • 15 min
“Do you accept the freedom and power God gives us to resist evil, injustice and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves?” Scripture: John 3:1-21
Only Grace
Mar 5, 2017 • 3 min
Song used to open worship on Sunday, March 5
Rearrange: Reframing Temptation
Mar 5, 2017 • 13 min
Space-Making in a Crowded World
Feb 26, 2017 • 18 min
The story of Jesus’ transfiguration is a hard one. We’ve heard, “you can’t stay on the mountain!” Which is true. But, was Peter right when he said, “It is good for us to be here!” Where are those places you can say, “It is good for us to be here.”
Extravagant Love
Feb 19, 2017 • 17 min
Austin Byerly challenges us to do what God does — to offer grace and not revenge. Matthew 5:38-48.
Room For Us All
Feb 19, 2017 • 3 min
Song featured in worship today. Lyrics by Lenora Rand. Music by Gary and Hannah Rand.
The Faith We Sing: Here I Am, Lord
Feb 12, 2017 • 19 min
Drawing from Isaiah 6:1-8 and the hymn Here I Am, Lord, pastor Jimmy closes out the Faith We Sing series by looking at the ways God’s calls us. With stories from Emalie, Tiffany and Torrie, we allow the question to permeate our spirits — “Whom shall I…
The Faith We Sing: Amazing Love
Feb 5, 2017 • 21 min
Drawing upon the great Charles Wesley hymn, And Can it Be, Pastor Jimmy continues the series called the Faith We Sing.
The Faith We Sing: Come Thou Fount
Jan 29, 2017 • 20 min
Continuing the series, The Faith We Sing, Pastor Jimmy looks at the hymn Come Thou Fount of Every Blessings and how it speaks to the personal witness part of our faith.
The Faith We Sing: In the Garden
Jan 22, 2017 • 18 min
Drawing on the John’s version of the resurrection story (John 20), C. Austin MIles captures the personal nature of faith in this song written from Mary’s perspective. Pastor Jimmy continues the series called The Faith We Sing by exploring the theology,…
The Faith We Sing - How Firm a Foundation.m4a
Jan 15, 2017 • 26 min
The Faith We Sing: Above All, Sing Spiritually
Jan 8, 2017 • 20 min
Pastor Jimmy lays the groundwork for a new series called The Faith We Sing. A five-week worship series aimed at looking deeper at some of the great hymns of faith we sing together. What are their history. What do they say. A guiding thought through thi…
The Big Reveal
Jan 1, 2017 • 15 min
A sermon for Epiphany Sunday. Matthew 2:1-12. We know very little about the visitors from the east in today’s story from Jesus’ birth. We do know they looked for signs of God’s presence, stretched their boundaries, and took risks. Things we can challen…
A Love Revealed: So What?
Dec 11, 2016 • 16 min
Advent 3
A Love Revealed: Judgement Be Damned
Dec 4, 2016 • 19 min
Advent 2 Isaiah 11:1-10 & Matthew 3:1-12
A Love Revealed: Much Ado About Waiting
Nov 27, 2016 • 18 min
Advent 1 Matthew 24:36-44
The Grown-Up Jesus
Nov 20, 2016 • 15 min
Colossians 1:11-20 and Matthew 23:33-43 Reign of Christ Sunday How is the Kingdom of God set apart from the kingdoms of this world?
The Morning After…
Nov 13, 2016 • 19 min
Coming at the end of a long and tense week in the United States, Pastor Jimmy’s sermon focuses on how we can attempt to move forward, find places of healing and forgiveness, while at the same time remembering our call as a people of faith to hold those…
A Church Made for Saving: The Legacy We Leave
Nov 6, 2016 • 11 min
In the final sermon of this series, our focus turns to All Saint’s Sunday and the legacy that those who have gone before us leave to us. We also reflect on how our lives are changed in remembering and reflecting.
A Church Made for Saving: Cultivating True Riches
Oct 30, 2016 • 23 min
The Apostle Paul encourages Timothy to remind those with much to grab hold of life that is really life. On Commitment Sunday, we remember Jesus call to focus on what is most important.
A Church Made for Saving: Honoring One Another
Oct 23, 2016 • 18 min
Continuing the series “A Church Made for Saving”, Pastor Jimmy invokes the words of Paul in Romans 12:1-3;9-21 and Jesus in Matthew 5:43-48 when he encourages us to bear the marks of a Christian and honor one another — even in the midst of a disagreem…
A Church Made for Saving: Setting People Free
Sep 25, 2016 • 16 min
Using the story of Philemon and Onesimus in the New Testament, we kick off our fall stewardship series by talking about how God works through the church to set people free.
God’s Mysterious Ways
Sep 18, 2016 • 26 min
Using the story of Joseph and his topsy-turvy journey, we explore the mysterious ways in which God works.
From Generation to Generation
Sep 14, 2016 • 18 min
Following the narrative lectionary, we come to our next story of faith: Abram. Often, we’ve thought about Abram’s faithfulness in this passage. But what does it really say about who God is, and so what?
In the Beginning
Sep 4, 2016 • 17 min
Using the narrative lectionary, we’ll take three weeks in September to look at some of the earliest faith stories. This week, creation and fall from Genesis 2 and 3.
Hope for the Weary Soul: Finding Rest in Play
Aug 28, 2016 • 17 min
We bring our series Hope for the Weary Soul to a close by thinking about how wisdom/the Holy Spirit danced with delight at creation — how our sabbath play (holy play) can help renew, energize, recreate and sustain us in weary times. Provers 8:27-31 an…
Hope for the Weary Soul: Rest for the Restless
Aug 14, 2016 • 19 min
Continuing in our series, Pastor Jimmy looks at rest — and how our spirits, minds, bodies —- ALL of us needs rest and what that looks like in light of God’s work/rest rhythm in creation.
Do You Love Me More Than These?
Aug 10, 2016 • 15 min
Rev. Nathan Malone reminds us of Jesus question to Peter, “Do you love me?”
Faith and Film_Finding Hope in Loss.m4a
Aug 10, 2016 • 19 min
Faith and Film: Sacred Worth
Aug 10, 2016 • 24 min
Using Psalm 139 and the Pixar film Finding Dory, we’ll explore how we are each made in the image of God. Because of that, we are all people of sacred worth.
Hope for the Weary Soul: Come to Me
Aug 8, 2016 • 15 min
In the first of four sermons, Pastor Jimmy focuses on Jesus’ call to put aside differences, rivalries and legalistic nonsense and simply come to him. Matthew 11:28-30
Big River: Waitin’ for the Light to Shine
Jul 10, 2016 • 17 min
We begin our faith and film series actually drawing from the musical Big River. The images and songs from the show help to illustrate the sin of racism and how, as people of faith, might approach this issue. **Due to technical difficulties, the first t…
Discipleship and Failure
Jun 26, 2016 • 19 min
Rev. John Slater encourages to learn to be a disciple — to study Jesus and follow him.
Be Who You Are
Jun 19, 2016 • 16 min
Austin Byerly reminds us that salt loses it’s flavor if it isn’t used and light cannot be light if it is hidden away.
Season of Growth: A Most Challenging Question
Jun 5, 2016 • 17 min
The third in our series called A Season of Growth focuses on the question Jesus asked his disciples and still poses to us today: Who do you say that I am?
Season of Growth: Leaving the Comfortable
May 29, 2016 • 17 min
Pentecost kicked off a series called Season of Growth. This is the second in that series called Leaving the Comfortable. The scripture is Romans 12:1-8 and Matthew 4:18-23
Pentecost: Animated by the Spirit
May 15, 2016 • 17 min
Celebrating Pentecost by exploring how the Spirit brings us and our faith alive.
Christian Mindfulness: Nurturing Simplicity
May 9, 2016 • 20 min
Our last in the series called Christian Mindfulness. An invitation to nurture simplicity in our lives. Matthew 6.
Christian Mindfulness: Self-Compassion
Apr 17, 2016 • 19 min
Our third in the series called Christian Mindfulness. This week, the focus is on self-compassion and it’s importance in our journey as people of faith.
Christian Mindfulness: Platitude of Gratitude
Apr 10, 2016 • 22 min
The second our series focuses on the virtue of gratitude. Particularly, how often we turn it into a platitude rather than a discipline. We use it, at times, in ways that are not helpful. Give a listen.
Christian Mindfulness: Being Present in the Moment
Apr 3, 2016 • 21 min
The first in our series called Christian Mindfulness focuses on the foundation of all mindfulness teaching: awareness of the present moment. The gospel lesson is from Matthew 6:25-34.
Come out of the Cave Walking On Your Hands
Mar 28, 2016 • 20 min
Christ is Risen! Easter is new life…resurrection…transformation. That happens when we are willing to see things from a different perspective. Perhaps, even seeing the world upside down.
Words for Lent: Submit to Love
Mar 20, 2016 • 14 min
The final sermon in the Lenten series called Words for Lent focuses on Jesus humbling himself to the point of death on a cross. His submission was not out of weakness, but out of a mysterious love. Philippians 2:5-11
Words for Lent: Confess and Trust
Mar 13, 2016 • 20 min
Mary lets her hair down, and we’re invited to confess our faith in Jesus and put our whole trust in his grace. John 12:1-8
Words for Lent: Repent
Mar 7, 2016 • 22 min
On this fourth Sunday of Lent, we look at the part of our baptismal covenant that calls us to repent. We are invited to look at this word and it’s meaning for our lives in a fresh way using Luke 13:1-9.
Prodigal Mercy
Feb 29, 2016 • 15 min
Austin Byerly, our ministry intern, preaches from Luke 15:1-2; 11-32, the story of the prodigal son. This is the third in our series called Words for Lent: Living our Baptismal Covenant.
Words for Lent: Accept and Resist
Feb 21, 2016 • 15 min
Words for Lent: Renounce and Reject
Feb 14, 2016 • 12 min
During Lent, we’re looking at our journey to the cross through our baptismal covenant. Today, we begin with, “Do you renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness and reject the evil powers of this world?”
Going up AND Coming Down
Feb 7, 2016 • 17 min
Today’s sermon focuses on the Transfiguration of Jesus on the mountain. Well, the focus, rather, is on God’s words from the cloud: “This is my beloved son. My chosen one. Listen to him.” As we move into Lent, how are we listening to the one we follow?
Time of our Lives: Under the Sun
Jan 24, 2016 • 20 min
This is the last installment of our series called Time of Our Lives. This week, we take a look at the first chapter of Ecclesiastes and we hear from three of our wise elders, including our own centenarian, Jean Ellis.
Time of our Lives: Capacity
Jan 10, 2016 • 17 min
What’s important to us? How do we prioritize our life? What is a big rock and what is a small rock and how do we fit them into our lifetime?
Our Days Are Numbered
Jan 3, 2016 • 14 min
As we begin a new year, we make resolutions, we prioritize, and we set goals. What if we lived with the though in mind that no only are our lives quick, but that they can be filled with meaning.
Tapestry of Light: Blinded by the Light
Dec 13, 2015 • 18 min
It’s easy to get distracted by all that is around us during this season of Advent and Christmas. Today’s sermon guides us toward the manger by way of Mary’s song and reminds us of what’s important: our relationships with each other, with God, and justi…
Witnesses to the Light
Dec 6, 2015 • 15 min
Second Sunday of Advent.
Longing for the Light
Nov 29, 2015 • 19 min
First in our Advent series called Tapestry of Light. Drawing upon readings from Jeremiah and Luke, we seek to make sense of Jesus’ words about signs of the Son of Man coming back. What are we really longing for?
Hallelujah!
Nov 22, 2015 • 16 min
On this last Sunday of the church year, we focus on the question what does it mean to say that Jesus is Lord? Who is in charge? What is our response? The scripture is Revelation 1:4-8 and John 18:33-37
End of the World as We Know It
Nov 15, 2015 • 18 min
The first of two sermons talking about the end times, and especially the return of Jesus and what it means for the community of faith. This week’s text is Mark 13:1-8 and Revelation 21: 1-6
End of the Story
Nov 15, 2015 • 3 min
This song was originally written and recorded by Aaron Niequist. Pastor Jimmy sang a version in worship on November 15, 2015 to connect with his sermon.
How Will We Measure Our Lives? By How You Define Contentment
Oct 25, 2015 • 14 min
We close out the series by looking at how Jesus invites us to embrace contentment and how that looks different from how society measures our satisfaction.
How Will You Measure Your Life? By Whom and How You Serve
Oct 18, 2015 • 26 min
This week, we ask the question how will you measure your life by looking at the concept of serving other as opposed to the concept of having power over others. The text is Mark 10:35-45.
How Will You Measure Your Life? By Whom and How You Love
Oct 4, 2015 • 20 min
Our October series begins by looking at the parable of the soil and asking ourselves the question, “How Will You Measure your life?” Where and how do you invest your time, energy, talents and money? Scripture is from Matthew 13:1-9
The Way of Wisdom
Sep 27, 2015 • 16 min
How does God’s wisdom guide us? What is our role in listening, hearing and receiving that wisdom? Where do we find wisdom calling out to us today?
Pursuit of Happiness
Sep 20, 2015 • 18 min
Using Psalm 1 as our guide, we explore the concept of happiness and whether or not it is something to be pursued, and what our faith might have to say about being happy.
Abandoning Ourselves
Sep 13, 2015 • 14 min
This week Austin Byerly, our pastoral intern, looks at our call to abandon ourselves to the one who loves us so much. The text is Mark 8:27-38.
The Lord’s Prayer: Amen!
Aug 30, 2015 • 16 min
The final sermon in our series on the Lord’s Prayer. We focus on the closing statement, paying particular attention to the Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer: Save us From this Time of Trial
Aug 23, 2015 • 17 min
This week, we look at the phrase, “save us from this time of trial and deliver us from evil” in the Lord’s Prayer.
The Lord’s Prayer: Our Daily Bread
Aug 16, 2015 • 16 min
The third in our series on the Lord’s Prayer. We look at the physical and spiritual dimensions of the phrase, “Our Daily Bread.”
The Lord’s Prayer: Your Kingdom Come
Aug 9, 2015 • 10 min
The second in our series on the prayer that shapes the Christian life. Today, we look at the Kingdom of God and ask the question, “What does it look like?”
The Lord’s Prayer: Our Father
Aug 2, 2015 • 16 min
We begin our August series on the Lord’s Prayer. Drawing on the famous prayer handed down by Jesus in Matthew and Luke, we will break down each part of the prayer over the next five weeks. Today: Our Father in heaven….
Faith and Film: The Hardest Thing
Jul 26, 2015 • 16 min
The final sermon in our faith and film series focuses on forgiveness, a basic tenet of the Gospel. The scripture is Colossians 3:1-4:12-17 and Matthew 6:9-15
Faith and Film: Peace and Reconciliation
Jul 19, 2015 • 23 min
Continuing our series called Faith and Film. This week, we explore Jesus’ announcement that the Kingdom of Heaven has come near in his proclamation of being anointed in Luke 4. We use the movie Selma as a backdrop to today’s sermon. Some of today’s ser…
Faith and Film: The Power of Fear
Jul 12, 2015 • 24 min
Our second in the series uses the movie the Hunger Games as our illustration of the power of fear and the triumph of hope. The scripture is Matthew 14:22-33
Faith & Film: An Unexpected Journey
Jul 5, 2015 • 19 min
Our first in the series called Faith and Film. This week we look at our invitation to live into our baptismal vows and to follow Jesus using the Hobbit as our illustration. The scriptures are John 15:11-17; Genesis 12:1-9; Hebrews 10-23.
Making Christ Known: Embracing All
Jun 28, 2015 • 20 min
The final sermon in our three-week series called Making Christ Known. This week, we close out using our the final part of our vision, embracing all. We reflect on God’s love for us and how we are called to expand the circle to include people in God’s l…
Making Christ Known: Serving the Community
Jun 21, 2015 • 15 min
In the second of three sermons on Centrals’ new vision, we explore the imperative to serve and bless others. Using the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) as our foundation.
Making Christ Known: Extending Hospitality
Jun 14, 2015 • 15 min
Drawing from Romans 12:9-13 and Luke 24:13-35, we begin our three-week series unpacking our vision. This week’s focus is on Extending Hospitality.
Dancing in the Streets (Pentecost)
May 24, 2015 • 12 min
Celebrating Pentecost Sunday.
Now What? Finding the Right Seat on the Bus
May 17, 2015 • 20 min
Closing out our series called Now What by exploring how we specifically use our gifts to be resurrection people. I Corinthians 12:12-31
Now What? Living Into Our Giftedness
May 10, 2015 • 18 min
As we near the end of our post-Easter series called Now What, we will spend two weeks exploring our specific gifts. This week is a call to search, explore, and find those specific gifts and to remember that living fully into them is living as resurrect…
Now What? Staying Connected
May 3, 2015 • 18 min
We cannot really live as resurrection people apart from the vine, which is Jesus. As branches that are called to do the work of God and to bear fruit, then we need to be nourished by our relationship with God through Jesus. In this sermon, we will expl…
Now What? A Call to Serve
Apr 19, 2015 • 14 min
Using John 13:3-15 as our guide, we dig further into the question — now what? How do we live in a such a way that reflects our call to be resurrection. It begins with a call to serve.
Now What? Bold Talk and a Bold Walk
Apr 12, 2015 • 16 min
This first sermon in a series called Now What focuses on our challenge/call to discipleship and to live as resurrection people. Did Thomas not believe that Jesus was raised from the dead or was it perhaps that he didn’t believe because the disciples we…
Now What?
Apr 5, 2015 • 18 min
Easter 2015! Mark 16:1-8. Mark’s Gospel (the shorter, most likely original version) does not include an encounter with Jesus in the garden or at the tomb. It ends rather abruptly, leaving the women with the question, “Now What?” It leaves us with the s…
Letting Go of Our Unbelief
Mar 17, 2015 • 20 min
Jesus shared with Nicodemus that the crux of why he is there is to save and heal the world only through giving up his life. Then he shares, “For God so loved the world that whoever believes…” This week, we talk about letting go of our unbelief.
Letting Go of our Comfortable Jesus
Mar 8, 2015 • 16 min
John 2:13-22. The story of Jesus clearing the Temple of the moneychangers brings us face to face with how we may have created Jesus in our own image. In this week’s sermon, we will look at how we have created God in our own image, rather than seek the …
Letting Go of the World
Mar 2, 2015 • 16 min
Second in the Lenten series called Letting Go. The gospel is not comfortable. It’s not something that will guarantee us happiness. There is no other passage that demonstrates that more than when Jesus calls those who follow him to deny themselves and p…
Letting Go of the Easy Road
Feb 22, 2015 • 18 min
The first in our Lenten Series called Letting Go. The scripture is Mark 1:9-15.
Ash Wednesday Meditation
Feb 18, 2015 • 8 min
Lent begins with Ash Wednesday. A day where we face our own brokenness and mortality. A day where we acknowledge our dependency on God’s grace and move into a season of examination and preparing of our hearts for Easter.
The Myth of Private Spirituality
Feb 15, 2015 • 16 min
Mark’s story of Jesus’ transfiguration is a story of the revealing of Jesus as the divine Son of God. In today’s sermon, we look at it from the perspective of how we try to make faith something is private, when it is the complete opposite of that.
Drama at the Well (Part II)
Feb 8, 2015 • 18 min
The second and final sermon in our series called Drama at the Well. We look at the power of story, particularly the impact our stories have on others and vice versa. We also take a look at the Woman at the Well in a different way. The scripture is fro…