Who Will Protect Us Now?

Preached June 1, 2014 in Ankeny UCC
John 17:1-11

Didymus Thomas

Preached April 27, 2014 in Ankeny UCC by Rev. Nathan Willard
Sermon Text: John 20:19–31

We see Thomas in a moment of pain, confusion, and weakness. For this, he has been judged by the west as “Doubting Thomas.” But his story was different in India, where his disciples were found by Vasco De Gama in his search for Prester John. Thomas’s story was much greater than this one anecdote. Is it not the same for all of us? We have the opportunity to provide comfort and cover for those we encounter in their moments of weakness, and Thomas’s life tells us that we always have the opportunity to write another chapter, no matter how badly we think we’ve flubbed our chances.

Running to Resurrection

Preached April 20 (Easter!), 2014 in Ankeny UCC by Nathan Willard
Sermon Text: John 20:1–18

Mary was so overcome by the disappearance of Jesus that she ran back to the other disciples, who likewise ran back to the tomb. What does the resurrection compel us to do? What are we running to?

The Pain of Resurrection

Preached in Ankeny UCC by Rev. Nathan Willard
Sermon Text: John 11:1-45

Mary and Martha both suffer in their disappointment at Jesus’s failure to save their brother. We don’t hear Lazarus’s reaction to his resurrection, but we spend a long time with his sisters’ responses to his death. What do their reactions bring out in us? We mourn the loss of the friends we have known in different phases of their lives. While they may yet live, there is still loss. We don’t know what their life will be like after their crises, but we have the opportunity to find out.

Fishing in the Fields

Preached January 26, 2014 in Ankeny UCC by Nathan Willard
Sermon Text Matthew 4:12-23

In his call to his first disciples, Jesus goes to where they are, and offers them the opportunity to continuing to work as they had been, only more so. Not only fishermen, they would be fishers of people, able to use their skills and transform themselves into new people through their new work. What are we called to do with our skills and talents?

« Previous entries Next Page » Next Page »