Sermon Archive

Sermon Archive

Below you will find the audio and video recordings, as well as text, of recent sermons from Pastor Liz and guest preachers. Edgewood also has a dynamic lay preaching program that all church members are invited to participate in. Lay Preachers meet as a group to learn about the sermon writing process, workshop their ideas, and practice preaching. Each lay preacher has an opportunity to give a sermon on Sunday morning during the year. You will see some of those sermons in this archive.

Grafted by the Root

Preacher: Pastor Liz Miller Date: November 14, 2021 Text: Psalm 1:3             One of my recent joys has been conversations with people who belonged to Edgewood long ago. It’s ranged from people who found Edgewood during college 30 or 40 years ago, siblings who were baptized and grew up here before moving away as young adults, and folks who lived here while working at MSU and raising a family before careers took them out of town. Regardless of what stage…

To Be Seen Weeping

Preacher: Pastor Liz Miller Date: November 7, 2021 Text: John 11:32-44             Earlier this week when I went to prepare our banner of the Saints for worship today, the names I took off it were over two years old. The last time we worshiped in the sanctuary for All Saints day was in 2019. Looking at those names and remembering what things were like when those people each died was the thousandth way I was reminded that we have been…

Witchy Wisdom

Preacher: Pastor Liz Miller Date: October 31, 2021 Text: 1 Samuel 28:3-25 Four witches you need to make a coven. Hollywood has more, at least four dozen. Glinda posed the question so long ago: Are you a good witch or a bad witch? We really must know. Moving through time we became Bewitched Samantha and Endora, their noses twitched. About teen witches, there are quite a few Louise Miller, The Craft, and Sabrina come through. You never want to cross…

Who Knows More Than I?

Preacher: Pastor Liz MillerDate: October 17, 2021Text: Job 38:1-7, 34-41 The story of Job was written by someone who wanted an answer to the question, “Whydo bad things happen to good people?” A way, way, way, long time ago people believed that ifyou were good, God would protect you, and if you were bad, God would punish you. It’s a beliefthat still persists, despite ample evidence otherwise. When we receive a difficult diagnosis, westart to wonder if we could have…

All or Nothing

Preacher: Pastor Liz MillerDate: October 10, 2021Text: Mark 10:17-31 Last week Melinda, our wonderful liturgist this morning, received a check in the mail fora bill she had overpaid. The check was for five cents. I joked that she should remember to tithe10% back to the church, and last Sunday she arrived at worship and handed me a shiny nickel.Little did she know she was modeling today’s Gospel lesson when Jesus tells the man who wantsto inherit eternal life that he…

Getting to Know Our Neighbors

Preacher: Pastor Liz MillerDate: October 3, 2021Text: Matthew 10:13-16 There are many things that make Edgewood a unique congregation, unlike any I’ve everencountered in my very churchy life, but one of my favorite things is that Edgewood has anunusually high percentage of people who have lived in countries other than the United States.From Nicaragua to South India, Indonesia to Cuba, Kenya to Canada and beyond, we are apeople who see ourselves as global citizens, invested in politics, cultures, and languages…

Courage in God’s Absence

Preacher: Pastor Liz MillerDate: September 26, 2021Text: Esther: 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22 This summer my best friend Molly came to Michigan visited us. At night we sat down towatch tv together and did the dance of trying to figure out what shows we were both into andwhat kind of show would be enjoyable for us both. I had previously recommended the Britishshow Fleabag to Molly and she still hadn’t watched it. I was so determined that she would enjoyit that I…

Rested?

Preacher: Pastor Liz Miller Date: September 19, 2021 Text: Mark 6:30-45 All week folks have been asking me how my sabbatical was. I should have expected thisquestion. I’ve had three months to prepare for it, but every time I am asked, I find myself at aloss for words. It’s wasn’t one trip or one experience or one revelation…My sabbatical was three months of my life being turned upside down in the best possible way, completely reorienting my daily life, my…

The Church Speaks

Preacher: Pastor Liz Miller Date: May 23, 2021 Text: Acts 2:1-21 Earlier this week I was talking with an Edgewood member about the stories of our shared faith, how the stories we tell again and again are not the ones that are the most factual or proven, but are the ones we keep finding meaning in and can connect with our lives today. We tell stories from our history at Edgewood that keep shaping who we understand who we are…

Rest for Restless People

Preacher: Pastor Liz Miller Date: May 16, 2021 Text: Exodus 20:8-11             Six months ago I was in a meeting with Edgewood’s Governance Council and we started talking about my upcoming sabbatical. It is a common practice that about every five years of service in a church, pastors leave for sabbatical for a few months. My sabbatical was on the horizon and we were beginning conversations of all the logistics it would involve, all the different types of planning and…

Abide In Love

Preacher: Pastor Liz Miller Date: May 9, 2021 Text: John 15:9-17 If I had to sum up my theology in three words, I would say, “God is love.” I choose those three words because no matter which way you arrange them, it invites us into a deeper exploration and understanding of what they mean.God.God is.God is love.Love.Love is.Is love God?Love is God.We are a church that celebrates much of the diversity we hold, in our identities, in our faith backgrounds…

Roadtrip Buddies

Preacher: Pastor Liz Miller Date: May 2, 2021 Text: Acts 8:26-40 There are times in worship and in private study, when we take the Bible and we pull it apart, unpack it, isolate verses from what comes before and after so that we can understand the language, the context, the history, and the implications of what has been written and passed down. It’s an important part of our practice of studying scripture. But, there are times when it is most…