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Sermons by Rev. Ashley Updegraff

June 6, 2021 Second Sunday after Pentecost “A coming-of-age story for the ages”

FIRST READING                 Genesis 3:8-15 Immediately after Adam and Eve eat the forbidden fruit, they hide from God. Neither takes responsibility for their sin, instead blaming each other, the snake, and even God. The curse on the snake was understood as a messianic prophecy by the early church, who associated Eve’s “offspring” with Christ. 8 They heard the sound of the Lord God…

May 16, 2021 Seventh Sunday of Easter “Testify!”

FIRST READING            Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 In the days between Jesus’ ascension and Pentecost, Peter oversees the process whereby one of the members of the community of believers is chosen to be the twelfth apostle, in order to fill the vacancy created by Judas’ treachery and death. 15In those days Peter stood up among the believers (together the crowd numbered about one…

April 18, 2021 Third Sunday of Easter “The Upside of Uncertainty”

FIRST READING               Acts 3:12-19 After healing a man unable to walk, Peter preaches to the people, describing how God’s promises to Israel have been fulfilled in Jesus. Through the proclamation of Christ’s death and resurrection, God is offering them forgiveness and restoration in Jesus’ name. 12When Peter saw it, he addressed the people, “You Israelites, why do you wonder…

March 28, 2021 Palm Sunday “The Beginning of the End”

FIRST READING              Isaiah 50:4-9a The image of the servant of God is one of the notable motifs in the book of Isaiah. Today’s reading describes the mission of the servant, whom early Christians associated with Jesus. Like Jesus, the servant does not strike back at his detractors but trusts in God’s steadfast love. 4The Lord God has given me the tongue…

February 28, 2021 Second Sunday in Lent “When Pigs Fly”

FIRST READING          Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 1When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, “I am God Almighty, walk before me, and be blameless. 2 And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.” 3 Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, 4 “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You…