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Sermons by Rev. Ashley Updegraff

August 14, 2022 Tenth Sunday after Pentecost “Faith: Don’t Leave Home Without It”

FIRST READING           Jeremiah 23:23-29 Because Jeremiah preaches the unpopular message of God’s judgment, he suffers rejection. Today’s reading 23Am I a God near by, says the Lord, and not a God far off? 24Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them? says the Lord. Do I not fill heaven and earth? says the Lord. 25I have heard what the prophets have said…

July 10, 2022 Fifth Sunday after Pentecost “Make it Small”

FIRST READING                  Deuteronomy 30:9-14 Moses calls the people who are about to enter the promised land to renew the covenant God made with their ancestors. Through this covenant God gives life and asks for obedience. God’s commandment is neither burdensome nor too far off, but dwells in the people’s hearts. 9and the Lord your God will make you abundantly prosperous…

July 3, 2022 Fourth Sunday after Pentecost “Lambs and Wolves”

FIRST READING                   Isaiah 66:10-14 Those who returned from the exile found that the hopes for the glorious restoration of Judah were not completely fulfilled. For these disappointed people, the prophet envisions salvation in the image of a nursing woman. Mother Jerusalem and a mothering God remind the community how they are sustained and supported. 10Rejoice with Jerusalem, and…

June 19, 2022 Second Sunday after Pentecost “Possessed”

FIRST READING                   Isaiah 65:1-9 The prophet announces God’s impatience. The people’s self-absorption is idolatry, and images of practices that displease God fill this reading. Like a vintner who crushes the grape to release the wine, God will use Israel’s exile to establish a new community of the faithful. I was ready to be sought out by those who…

June 5, 2022 Day of Pentecost (Pastor Ashley with Adrianna Nichols, High School Graduating Senior)

FIRST READING               Acts 2:1-21 Before Jesus ascended into heaven, he told his disciples they would be filled with the Holy Spirit. Now, amid signs of fire, wind, and a variety of languages, the people were amazed and astonished at Jesus’ promise coming true. When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2And suddenly from heaven…

May 1, 2022 Affirmation of Baptism & Third Sunday of Easter “Fuel to Follow”

FIRST READING            Acts 9:1-20 Saul (later called Paul) was an ardent persecutor of all who followed the Way of Christ. This reading recounts the story of his transformation beginning with an encounter with Jesus Christ on the way to Damascus. 1Meanwhile Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2and…