Sermon Archive (Page 2)

Sermon Archive (Page 2)

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.

Come Forth and Live

Guest Preacher: Rev. Loren McGrailDate: October 11, 2020 Text: John 17-44 Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive,and go do it because what the world needsis people who have come alive.Howard ThurmanUnbeing dead isn’t alive.e.e. cummings In our Gospel story about Lazarus, Jesus comes late to Mary and Martha’s home— four days late. Martha chastises him for not getting there sooner because he might have been able to do something to prevent their brother’s death.…

Changing the Focus

Preacher: Pastor Liz MillerDate: September 27, 2020Text: Jonah 3:10-4:11 You are welcome to disagree with me, but I state bold in the claim that the fish that swallowed Jonah is one of the most important Biblical characters, and we do not talk about that poor fish with a bad case of indigestion nearly enough. We are quick to focus on Jonah and his stubbornness, or quick to explore the change of hearts of the people of Ninevah, but why does…

God Loves Whiners

Preacher: Pastor Liz MillerDate: September 20, 2020Text: Exodus 16:2-15 This scripture of the Israelites whining in the wilderness is so validating. Who among us hasn’t been in our own wilderness, and even though we say we have faith that everything will work out, or we know from past experience we will probably get through it, have a whole lot of complaining to do along the way? If you are having trouble thinking of an example, look no further than the…

Breaking Through Apathy

Preacher: Pastor Liz MillerDate: August 30, 2020Text: Romans 12:9-21 One of my favorite games to play on road trips or with groups who are getting to know each other is the classic “Would You Rather?” To play this game you simply pose a series of questions and ask your audience to choose between two options.● Would you rather be covered in fur or covered in scales?● Would you rather know the history of every object you touched or be able…

Sacred Rest

Preacher: Pastor Liz MillerDate: July 19, 2020Text: Genesis 28:10-19 Video: Virtual Worship Service Writer poet Wendell Berry said in his novel Jayber Crow that, “Prayer is like lying awake at night, afraid, with your head under the cover, hearing only the beating of your own heart. It is like a bird that has blundered down the flue and is caught indoors and flutters at the windowpanes. It is like standing a long time on a cold day, knocking at a…

Sustainable Sowing

Preacher: Pastor Liz Miller Date: July 12, 2020 Text: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 Video: Virtual Worship Service I once met a patent agent, someone who is responsible for helping inventors go through the application process to complete the application for their new inventions. What I learned was that a lot of their work was pretty routine and kind of boring, but occasionally someone would come with an invention that was really unique and interesting. This patent agent told me that the…

Unraveled: Uprooted and Unearthed

Preacher: Pastor Liz Miller Date: June 21, 2020 Text: Luke 19:1-10 Video: Virtual Worship Service I love Zacchaeous. When I picture who Zacchaeous might represent in our world today, I picture each one of us on December 31, 2019. That was the night the world echoed with New Year’s resolutions not just for the year 2020, but for a new decade. Promises were made, many silently, some recorded in journals or shared with loved ones. Resolutions were formed to hit…

When Humans Unravel God’s Plans for Justice

Date: May 24, 2020 Preacher: Pastor Liz Miller Text: Exodus 5:1-2; 7:8-23 Video: Virtual Worship Service Part of this pandemic experience is having more extreme highs and lows, and never really being able to predict when your feelings are going to shift or what they will shift too. That alone is a little exhausting. I had a new low this week. I get the New York Times daily digest and to preserve my sanity for the rest of the day,…

Homily

Date: May 17, 2020Preacher: Pastor Liz Miller Text: Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7 Video: Virtual Worship Service We are entering out 10th week of Michigan’s Stay at Home order. 10 weeks of sleeping, eating, working, relaxing, crafting, working out, cooking, and distantly socializing in the same 1300 square feet. I have become intimate with every corner and crack of my house. I predict that the trends of open concept houses and tiny homes will soon come to an end.I have been working…

Unraveled by Uncertainty

Date: May 10, 2020 Preacher: Pastor Liz Miller Text: Matthew 14:22-33 Video: Virtual Worship Service A few years ago Beth and I went to the big island in Hawaii with my family for an amazing vacation. One day we took a leisurely drive around the island and found Ka Lae, the southernmost point of the United States. We got out of our car to explore. There was a big cliff with a setup so that ships could pull up things…

Laughter is the Best Medicine

Preacher: Pastor Liz Miller Date: May 3, 2020 Text: Genesis 18:1-15, 21:1-7 Video: Virtual Worship Service For the next several weeks our worship will be focused on stories from the Bible where someone’s life becomes unraveled and we get to see how they answer the question, “What comes next?” When the unexpected happens, how do we respond? How do we adapt? Where do we find God or hope or strength when it feels like all of our well laid plans…

By Faith Alone

Preacher: Pastor Liz MillerDate: April 19, 2020Text: John 20:19-31 Video: Virtual Worship Service Being sheltered at home is helping me read scripture in a whole new lens, bringing my new perspective to an ancient text. In the before times, whenever I read this story from the gospel John, I’d jump right to Doubting Thomas and focus on why it was that he needed so much convincing that Jesus had returned to the disciples. But this week I barely noticed Thomas.…