Sermon Archive (Page 3)

Sermon Archive (Page 3)

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.

Empty Tombs

Preacher: Pastor Liz Miller Date: April 12, 2020 Text: John 20:1-18 Video: Easter Worship At the beginning of Lent, 40 days ago, we started a worship series on prayer practice. On that first Sunday I confessed that I was terrible at praying that involved silence, extended periods alone, and feeling separate from the world around me. 40 days later it feels like I issued a challenge to the universe who created all the perfect conditions to give me a once…

Hosanna

Preacher: Pastor Liz Miller Date: April 5, 2020 Text: Matthew 21:1-11 Video: Palm Sunday Worship

Breaking New Life

Preacher: Pastor Liz Miller Date: March 29, 2020 Text: Ezekiel 17:1-14 Video: Worship Last October I was in Phoenix with a small group of writers. We turned the city into a writing retreat and spent time in different places around the city reflecting, sharing, and practicing different writing exercises. One afternoon we went to the Phoenix Art Museum. We were told to spend time walking around the museum alone, to find a painting that stood out or connected with you,…

The Comfort of Familiarity

Preacher: Pastor Liz MillerDate: March 22, 2020 Text: Psalm 23 Video: Virtual Worship Service It took me most of this week but I finally settled on a metaphor that speaks to what the past nine days have felt like for me. Do you remember the first time you were in a place where you didn’t speak the same language as the people around you? Perhaps it was your first time traveling across the ocean to another country or even your…

The Collective Wilderness

Preacher: Pastor Liz Miller Date: March 15, 2020 Text: Exodus 17:1-7 Video: Virtual Worship Service Wilderness is a frequent theme that comes up in our worship life throughout the year. This is especially true during Lent when, as we mentioned last week, we honor Jesus’s forty days in the wilderness and use this season to explore our own understanding and experiences of being lost in the wilderness. But we often talk about wilderness as an individual experience. We treat it…

God’s Nickname

Preacher: Pastor Liz Miller Date: March 8, 2020 Text: Genesis 16:8-15, 21:9-19 On my personal journey to incorporating prayer in my life, one of the turning points was when I started to feel comfortable praying on my own. Prayer transformed from something I passively did in church, or others did and I listened in, to something that I could do by myself, any time I wanted to. Listening for God, or having a conversation with God, became a tool that…

Finding God, Finding Ourselves

Preacher: Pastor Liz Miller Date: March 1, 2020 Text: Psalm 46:10 and Mark 4:39 When I lived in New England, I was close to an incredible yoga retreat center called Kripalu. Kripalu is tucked into the Berkshires in Massachusetts surrounded by mountains, overlooking a lake, and serving the best plant-based food in the region. Everything about Kripalu is designed to help you tune into your body and spirit. In addition to the wide variety of yoga that you would expect…

Growing From God

Preacher: Pastor Liz Miller Date: February 16, 2020 Text: 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 There was a time when I was a kid that I was really into cults. It should not surprise you that I was kind of a weird kid. It was 1997, the year that Heaven’s Gate made the news, the cult founded by Marshall Applewhite. They were based in San Diego, California, just four hours from where I lived, when 39 of its members lost their lives. I…

The State of the Church

Preacher: Pastor Liz Miller Date: February 9, 2020 Text: Matthew 5:13-16 I’ve watched a lot of State of the Union speeches this week in anticipation of our Annual Meeting and my self-proclaimed State of the Church address. From the President to Governor Whitmer to Billy Porter’s LGBTQ State of the Union to Mayor Andy Schor’s State of Lansing address, there has been one shared theme: they are all very, very serious. No time for laughter. No time for joy. Even…

Blessings

Preacher: Pastor Liz Miller Date: February 2, 2020 Text: Matthew 5:1-12 When I think about what it would have been like to live in the same time as Jesus did and have the opportunity to meet him or hear him speak, I think about being a part of the crowd. I’m talking about the generic crowd we always read about: “Jesus got out of the boat and a crowd was waiting…Jesus began to teach and a crowd listened…When Jesus saw…

Changing the World – Be the Change

Preachers: Olivia Madaski & Hanaa Yoo Date: January 26, 2020 Text: Psalm 104:10-15 The youth led worship lay preachers, Olivia Madaski and Hanaa Yoo, asked the congregation ways that we can be agents of change in the growing climate change crisis. Below is a list of ways members of Edgewood suggested to help reduce our carbon footprints; Carpool to events Bike to work, if possible Recycle & Reuse products Drive less, combine outings from home to one trip Plant trees…