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.

Again & Again: The Sun Rises

Preacher: Pastor Liz MillerDate: April 4, 2021Text: Mark 16:1-8 This time last year, as I spliced together dozens of recordings of Edgewood members from the safety of their homes proclaiming, “Christ is risen!” I thought that would be the only time I celebrated Easter outside of the church sanctuary, the only time I would be hearing a virtual choir with a virtual orchestra accompanying our singers instead of having brass spilling out of the crowded choir loft, the sanctuary radiating…

Again & Again: We are Called to Courage

Preacher: Pastor Liz MillerDate: March 28, 2021Text: John 12:1-19 Beth got her first COVID-19 vaccine this week which was great news in our household. It was not without some trepidation as she has a lifelong fear of needles and would rather do anything than voluntarily get a shot. But when the health department said it was her turn, she made an appointment. She drove herself to the MSU pavilion, and when a member of the National Guard approached her car,…

Again & Again: God Reforms US

Preacher: Pastor Liz Miller Date: March 21, 2021 Text: John 12:20-33 Beth and I went to MSU’s Broad Art Museum this week for the first time in over a year and I was reminded how often art helps me build a bridge between scripture and my life, the artist’s images and imagination to create deeper meaning and connections. I went in with the theme of reformation in mind, the idea that God is always re-forming or transforming us, our community,…

Again & Again: We Are Shown the Way

Preacher: Pastor Liz Miller Date: March 7, 2021 Text: John 2:13-22 I recently took a class on community organizing. I learned a lot about how to bring people with shared passions together to work on issues that are important to them. One of the things we talked about in the class was the qualities of a leader. When we were asked what the qualities of a leader where, all of us students responded with things like, ‘Bold! Makes decisions! Strong…

Again & Again: God Calls Us to Listen

Preacher: Pastor Liz Miller Date: February 28, 2021 Text: Mark 8:31-9:8 I have been thinking about grief lately. Grief has been a steady presence this past year in every home in some way or another as our work, school, and social lives all changed, as we missed out on important connections and moments. There has also been the grief of loss of family members and friends both to COVID and during the time of COVID, loss made bigger and harder…

State of the Church Address

Preacher: Pastor Liz Miller Date: February 7, 2021 Text: Isaiah 40:21-31 Every year on the day of our Annual Meeting I like to give a State of the Church address.There’s not a lot that inspires me in politics – mostly things that aggravate me – but I do love watching Presidents and Governors and even Mayors reflect on the past year and lay out a vision for the year ahead. It’s about more than campaign promises. It’s about bringing us…

Possessed

Preacher: Pastor Liz MillerDate: January 31, 2021 Text: Mark 1:21-28 One of the many things I love about Edgewood is that we are a Christian church filled with many beliefs. We are people who have grown up in different faith traditions, from Catholic to Charismatic and from Methodist to Mennonite. Some of us even grew up in the United Church of Christ, or the Congregational and Evangelical Reformed churches that proceeded ourdenomination, and some of us even grew up right…

An Epiphany Journey

Preacher: Pastor Liz MillerDate: January 3, 2021 Text: Matthew 2:1-12 The coinciding of Epiphany and the New Year is my favorite pairing. The New Year is all about learning from the lessons of the previous year and setting our intentions for the months ahead. The New Year recognizes that we are on a journey – that surely much of last year will spill into the next, but that we have agency about what we do with it, and we can…

Messengers of Peace

Preacher: Pastor Liz MillerDate: December 6, 2020Text: Mark 1:1-8 This weekend was the 8th anniversary of the death of Nelson Mandela. His legacy is as the great anti-apartheid and anti-racism leader, a mediator and practitioner of reconciliation, an expert at conflict resolution. But long ago, early in his life, Mandela was considered an outlier by those he confronted. He was a rebel, someone to be feared and silenced. Mandela spoke hardtruths to people who were not ready to hear them.…

Keep Awake

Mark 13:24-37Preacher: Pastor Liz MillerDate: November 29, 2020Text: Mark 13:24-37 Early this year, when I resigned myself to celebrating Easter with Edgewood in an online worship service, I never thought that we would be doing the same for Advent and Christmas. In fact, in mid-March when we first moved online, I told you all, “If we can just do this for two weeks we’ll have the biggest Easter celebration we’ve ever seen.” And then as Easter came andwent I thought,…

Justice Rolling Down

Preacher: Pastor Liz MillerDate: November 8, 2020 Text: Amos 5:18-24 I’ve spent the better part of this week wondering what a post-election sermon would look like in 2020. I assumed that I needed to know the results before I could find my inspiration, that the political climate might change the arc of what I am called to preach this week. Then I received a text message that changed my perspective, or rather, brought it back to God’sperspective.A wise woman reminded…

Love and taxes

Preacher: Pastor Liz Miller Date: October 18, 2020 Text: Matthew 22:15-22 Our church follows a calendar called the lectionary that rotates through different scripture passages each week. This calendar was created with no thought to American holidays or events, and yet, there are occasionally coincidences that just seem too good to be coincidence. The appearance of the Gospel story we heard today is my favorite example. Every three years, just two weeks before Election Day, whether it’s a presidential election…