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.

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…

Called

Preacher: Pastor Liz Miller Date: January 19, 2020 Text: Isaiah 49:1-7 It seems like we just recovered from a big round of holidays, and here we are again in the midst of another holiday weekend. Just like the last round contained a multitude of holidays, so does this weekend. Of course we all know that tomorrow is Martin Luther King Jr Day. But do you know what today is? Today is National Quitters Day. It is the day that, according…

Lessons From Edgewood Camp

Lay Preacher: Jackie Himelright-Smith Date: January 12, 2020 Text: 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 I want to thank the lay preaching team for their support and feedback as I sifted through the many ideas and stories I chose to share with you today. I’ve been an active Edgewood member since 1985. I’ve participated in various leadership roles since the Monday after I joined the church and Marilyn Rentschler called and asked me to serve on the women’s fellowship committee. I remember thinking,…

Star Gifts

Preacher: Pastor Liz Miller Date: January 5, 2020 Text: Matthew 2:1-12 It is the start of a new year and a new decade. The United States is at the brink of war, yet another far-flung, never-ending war for resources and power with the threat of countless casualties on all sides. News of wildfires in Australia rage on, bringing worries of climate change to a heightened state. We are only five days into 2020 and it seems like each day there…

The Christmas Story In Poem and Song

Preacher: Pastor Liz Miller Date: December 15, 2019 Text: Lessons and Carols performed by Edgewood United Church, UCC Choir, directed by Monty Bieber Poem “We Are Called to Proclaim the Truth” Allan Boesak SONG “Every Valley” From the cantata The Winter Rose Words and music by Joseph M. Martin This energetic chorus is the fourth movement of Joseph Martin’s cantata “The Winter Rose”. Based on the prophecy of Isaiah 40:4-5, the chorus incorporates portions of O Come, O Come Emmanuel,…

Peace Can’t Wait

Preacher: Pastor Liz Miller Date: December 8, 2019 Text: Isaiah 11:1-10, Matthew 3:1-12 What can’t wait? In this season of anticipation, waiting, and preparing, what can’t wait? Last Sunday we reflected on needing hope in our world right now, not being able to wait for hope any longer. We named hope as transformative resistance of despair.  And now, at the beginning of the second week of Advent, we turn to Peace. I’m not talking about the peace that comes when…