Sermons

2022 & 2023

Jesus and Temptation [text]

The First Sunday of Lent, February 18, 2024, a sermon, the second of nine in the sermon series “Jesus” by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister. 

Jesus and Forgiveness [text]

Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2024, a sermon, the first of nine in the sermon series “Jesus” by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister. 

Greater than can be Thought [text]

The Last Sunday after Epiphany, February 11, 2024, a sermon by The Rev. Sarah Reed, Preacher.

The Fifth Stream [text]

The Fifth Sunday after Epiphany, February 4, 2024, a communion meditation by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister.

Pay Attention to the Prophet [text]

The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany, January 28, 2024, a sermon by The Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister.

The Fierce Urgency of Now [text]

The Third Sunday after Epiphany, January 21, 2024, a sermon by The Rev. Joanna Samuelson, Designated Minister.

This is the Highway of our Lord [text]

The Second Sunday after Epiphany, January 14, 2024, a sermon by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister.

Water AND Spirit [text]

The Baptism of Christ, January 7, 2024, a communion/baptismal sermon by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister.

Our Soul Waits [text]

The First Sunday after Christmas, December 31, 2023, a meditation by The Rev. Joanna Samuelson, Designated Minister.

All Things Came into Being Through Him [text]

The Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 24, 2023, 11 p.m. service and the Sixth of Six in the sermon series “How Does a Weary World Rejoice?” by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister.

How Do We Speak Without Words? [text]

The Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 24, 2023, 7:30 p.m. service and the Fifth of Six in the sermon series “How Does a Weary World Rejoice?” by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister.

How Can This Be? [text]

The Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 24, 2023, the fourth of six in the sermon series “How Does a Weary World Rejoice?” by The Rev. Joanna Samuelson, Designated Minister.

Who Are You? [text]

The Third Sunday of Advent, December 17, 2023, the third of six in the sermon series “How Does a Weary World Rejoice?” by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister.

How Shall We Prepare? [text]

The Second Sunday of Advent, December 10, 2023, the second of six in the sermon series “How Does a Weary World Rejoice?” by The Rev. Joanna Samuelson, Designated Minister.

How Do You Wake Up in a Weary World? [text]

The First Sunday of Advent, December 3, 2023, the first of six in the sermon series “How does a Weary World Rejoice” by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister.

What Can be Done about Israel and Palestine? [text]

The Reign of Christ Sunday, November 26, 2023, a baptismal meditation by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister.

Pilgrims All [text]

The Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost, November 19, 2023, a sermon by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister.

A Faith that Discomforts [text]

The Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost, November 12, 2023, a sermon by The Rev. Joanna Samuelson, Designated Minister.

Blessed Saints [text]

All Saints Sunday, November 5, 2023, a communication meditation by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister.

The Priesthood of All Believers [text]

Reformation Sunday and the Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost, October 29, 2023, a meditation by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister.

Generous Communities in Community [text]

The Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost, October 22, 2023, a sermon by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister

The Gift of Dialogue [text]

The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, October 15, 2023, a sermon by The Rev. Joanna Samuelson, Designated Minister.

Constitutional Grace [text]

The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost, October 8, 2023, a sermon by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister.

Living Generously in Community [text]

The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, October 1, 2023, a communion meditation by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister.

27 Women and 15 Men [text]

The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 24, 2023, a sermon by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister.

Forgive 77 Times or 490 Times — Whatever Works Best for You [text]

The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 17, 2023, a sermon by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister.

Making All Things New [text]

The Fifteen Sunday after Pentecost, September 10, 2023, a sermon by The Rev. Joanna Samuelson, Designated Minister.

Labor, Love, Friendship and the New Social Gospel [text]

The Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost, September 3, 2023, a communion meditation by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister, Part VI of VI in the Summer Sermon Series, “The New Social Gospel.”

Dealing with Race and Caste is Ongoing [text]

The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, August 27, 2023, a sermon by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister, Part V of VI in the Summer Sermon Series, “The New Social Gospel.”

Responding to Poverty and Real-Life Issues [text]

The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, August 20, 2023, a sermon by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister, Part IV of VI in the Summer Sermon Series, “The New Social Gospel.”

Why the Social Gospel Matters Today [text]

The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, August 13, 2023, a sermon by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister. Part III of VI in the Summer Sermon Series, “The New Social Gospel.”

To Be Seen and Heard [text]

The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, August 6, 2023, a communion meditation by The Reverend Joanna Samuelson, Designated Minister. Part II of VI in the Summer Sermon Series, “The New Social Gospel.”

Democracy Cannot Be Mocked [text]

The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, July 30, 2023, a sermon by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister. Part I of VI in the Summer Sermon Series, “The New Social Gospel.”

Innies and Outies [text]

The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost. July 23, 2023, sermon by the Rev. Dr. William R. Nirote, Preacher.

Parable of the Sower [text]

The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, July 16, 2023, a sermon by the Rev. Dr. William R. Nirote, Preacher.

The Unhurried Life [text]

The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, July 9, 2023, a sermon by The Rev. Joanna Samuelson, Designated Minister.

Saint Solomon [text]

The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, July 2, 2023, a communion meditation by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister.

Born to Run at 66 [text]

The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, June 25, 2023, a baptismal meditation by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister.

Start Spreading the News [text]

The Third Sunday after Pentecost, June 18, 2023, a sermon by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister.

Love on the Fringes [text]

The Second Sunday after Pentecost, June 11, 2023, a sermon by The Rev. Joanna Samuelson, Designated Minister.

Three in One and One in Three [text]

Trinity Sunday, June 4, 2023, a sermon by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister.

Twink and Zimmy and 200+ Years of Patriotism [text]

Pentecost Sunday, May 28, 2023, a baptismal sermon by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister.

Pillars of Faith [text]

Easter 7, May 21, 2023, a sermon by Mr. Jonathan Miller, Preacher.

God Our Mother [text]

Easter 6, May 14, 2023, a sermon by The Rev. Joanna Samuelson, Interim Associate Minister.

Finding Home [text]

Easter 5, May 7, 2023, a communion meditation by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister.

Living Abundantly [text]

Easter 4, April 30, 2023, a sermon by The Rev. Joanna Samuelson, Interim Associate Minister.

A Kindness in God’s Justice [text]

Easter 3, April 23, 2023, a baptismal mediation by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister.

Come, See, Believe [text]

Easter 2, April 16, 2023, a sermon by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister.

Forgiven and Risen [text]

Easter Sunday, the Seventh Sunday of Lent, April 9, 2023, an Easter meditation by the Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister. This is part VIII of VIII in the Lenten sermon series, “Forgiveness.”

A Forgiving Spirit [text]

The Sixth Sunday of Lent, April 2, 2023, a sermon by the Rev. Joanna Samuelson, Interim Associate Minister. This is part VII of VIII in the Lenten sermon series, “Forgiveness.”

Forgive and Raise Dry Bones [text]

The Fifth Sunday of Lent, March 26, 2023, a sermon by the Rev. Laurence E. Miller, Jr., Guest Preacher. This is part VI of VIII in the Lenten sermon series, “Forgiveness.”

Seeing / Seen : Forgiving / Forgiven [text]

The Fourth Sunday of Lent, March 19, 2023, a sermon by the Rev. Sarah Reed, Guest Preacher. This is part V of VIII in the Lenten sermon series, “Forgiveness.”

Remembering and Forgiving [text]

The Third Sunday of Lent, March 12, 2023, a sermon by the Rev. John Aeschbury, Guest Preacher. This is part IV of VIII in the Lenten sermon series, “Forgiveness.”

Born Again Forgiveness [text]

The Second Sunday of Lent, March 5, 2023, a communion meditation by the Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister. This is part III of VIII in the Lenten sermon series, “Forgiveness.”

The Truth about Forgiveness [text]

The First Sunday in Lent, February 26, 2023, a sermon by The Rev. Amanda Conley, Guest Preacher. This is part II of VIII in the Lenten sermon series, “Forgiveness.”

Forgiven and Forgiving [text]

Ash Wednesday, February 22, 2023, a meditation by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister. This is part I of VIII in the Lenten sermon series, “Forgiveness.”

Where We Dwell [text]

Transfiguration Sunday, February 19, 2023, a sermon by The Rev. Joanna Samuelson, Interim Associate Minister.

The Lord, our God, is a Pro-Choice God 

The Sixth Sunday after Epiphany, February 12, 2023, a sermon by The Rev. Dr. Norman Moxley, Trinity United Church of Christ.

Restoring Beauty [text]

The Fifth Sunday after Epiphany, February 5, 2023, a communion meditation by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C Ahrens, Senior Minister.

Blessed [text]

The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany, January 29, 2023, a sermon by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister.

The Gift of Letting Go [text]

The Third Sunday after Epiphany, January 22, 2023, a sermon by The Rev. Joanna Samuelson, Interim Associate Minister.

What Would Mike Do? [text]

The Second Sunday after Epiphany, January 15, 2023, a sermon by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister.

Grace Flowing from Water and Spirit [text]

The First Sunday after Epiphany, January 8, 2022, a baptismal meditation by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister.

Faithful and Discerning [text]

The First Sunday after Christmas, January 1, 2023, a communion meditation by the Rev. Joanna Samuelson, Interim Associate Minister.

Walking Together in the Light of God Sermon Series [text]

The Six Part Advent Sermon Series for 2022 by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister, and The Rev. Joanna Samuelson, Interim Associate Minister.

Bright Light in the Darkest Night [text]

December 24, 2022, 11 PM, a Christmas meditation by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister, Advent 6.

A Flashlight in the Manager [text]

December 24, 2022, 7:30 PM, a Christmas meditation by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister, Advent 5.

Comfort in the Darkness [text]

December 18, 2022, a sermon delivered by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister, Advent 4.

The Light of Jubilee [text]

December 11, 2022, a baptismal meditation delivered by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister, Advent 3.

A New Way [text]

December 4, 2022,  a communion meditation delivered by The Rev. Joanna Samuelson, Interim Associate Minister, Advent 2.

Let us Walk in the Light of God  [text]

November 27, 2022, a sermon delivered by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister, Advent 1.

Vow of Kindness  [text]

November 20, 2022, a sermon delivered by the Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister, the last Sunday of Pentecost, the Reign of Christ.

A Love that Transforms  [text]

November 13, 2022, a meditation delivered by the Rev. Joanna Samuelson, Interim Associate Minister, Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost.

An Endless Alleluia  [text]

November 6, 2022, a communion meditation delivered by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister, All Saints Day.

Nothing Spooky About it: Compassion Breeds Hope [text]

October 30, 2022, a sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister, Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost.

Endlessly Grateful  [text]

October 23, 2022, a meditation delivered by Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister, Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost.

Just Right Here  [text]

October 16, 2022, a sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister, Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

On the Way  [text]

October 9, 2022, a sermon delivered by Rev. Joanna Samuelson, Interim Associate Minister, Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

Seized by Tenderness  [text]

October 2, 2022, a communion meditation delivered by Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister, Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost.

Jesus the Includer [text]

September 25, 2022, a sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister, Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

Smelling like the Sheep  [text]

September 18, 2022, a sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister, Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

All Involved — In Need of Healing and Forgiveness  [text]

September 11, 2022, a sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister, Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

The Eighth Day of Creation  [text]

September 4, 2022, a communion meditation by Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister, Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost. 

Grounded in the Promises of God

August 28, 2022, a sermon delivered by Rev. Joanna Samuelson, Guest Minister, Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost.

One Hope

August 21, 2022, a sermon delivered by Dr. Amy Acton, Visiting Preacher, Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost.

Kindle Within Us

August 14, 2022, a sermon delivered by Rev. Emily Krause Corzine, Associate Minister, Tenth Sunday after Pentecost.

Water Is Life [text]

August 7, 2022, a sermon delivered by Rev. Heather Giffen, Guest Minister, Ninth Sunday after Pentecost.

In the Beginning [text]

July 31, 2022, a sermon delivered by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister, Eighth Sunday after Pentecost.

Rooted in Faith

July 24, 2022, a sermon delivered by Rev. Emily Krause Corzine, Associate Minister, Seventh Sunday after Pentecost.

Growing Up

July 17 2022, a sermon delivered by Rev. Emily Krause Corzine, Associate Minister, Sixth Sunday after Pentecost.

Am I a Neighbor?

July 10, 2022, a baptismal medication delivered by Rev. Emily Krause Corzine, Associate Minister, Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Freedom [text]

July 3, 2022, a communion meditation delivered by the Rev. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister, Fourth Sunday after Pentecost.

Follow Me

June 26, 2022, a sermon delivered by the Rev. Joanna Samuelson, Guest Minister, Third Sunday after Pentecost.

All Inclusive God

June 19, 2022, a sermon delivered by the Rev. Emily Krause Corzine, Associate Minister, Second Sunday after Pentecost.

The Power of Three

June 12, 2022, a sermon delivered by the Rev. Emily Krause Corzine, Associate Minister, Trinity Sunday.

Gathered and Scattered

June 5, 2022, a communion mediation by the Rev. Emily Krause Corzine, Associate Minister, the Day of Pentecost.

Our Children, Our Teachers, Our Family, Our Neighbors, Our Country

May 29, 2022, a sermon delivered by the Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister, the Seventh Sunday of Easter.

Love and Blessings

May 22, 2022, a sermon delivered by the Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister, the Sixth Sunday of Easter.

Love This, Love That

May 15, 2022, a confirmation meditation delivered by Confirmand Henry R. Wade, the Fifth Sunday of Easter/Confirmation.

The Call to Justice

May 15, 2022, a confirmation meditation delivered by Confirmand Sebastian M. Kulwicki, the Fifth Sunday of Easter/Confirmation.

Every Good Gift

May 8, 2022, a sermon delivered by The Rev. Emily Krause Corzine, Associate Minister, the Fourth Sunday of Easter

Why Ask?

May 1, 2022, a communion meditation delivered by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister, the Third Sunday of Easter.

Designs for Trust

April 24, 2022, a sermon delivered by The Rev. Emily Krause Corzine, Associate Minister, the Second Sunday of Easter.

The Kingdom, The Power and the Glory are Yours Forever. Amen.

April 17, 2022, communion meditation delivered by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister, Easter Sunday.

Lead Us Not into Temptation, but Deliver Us from Evil

April 10, 2022, a sermon delivered by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister, Palm/Passion Sunday, Lent VI, Part VII of VIII in the Lenten Series “The Lord’s Prayer.”

Forgive Us our Debts as We Forgive our Debtors

April 3, 2022, a communion meditation delivered by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister, Lent V, Part VI of VIII in the Lenten Series “The Lord’s Prayer.”

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

March 27, 2022, a sermon delivered by the Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister, Lent IV, Part V of VIII in the Lenten Series “The Lord’s Prayer.”

Thy Will be Done, on Earth as it is in Heaven

March 20, 2022, a sermon delivered by the Rev. Emily Krause Corzine, Associate Minister, Lent III, Part IV of VIII in the Lenten sermon series “The Lord’s Payer.”

Thy Kingdom Come

March 13, 2022, a baptismal mediation delivered by the Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister, Lent II, Part III of VIII in the Lenten sermon series “The Lord’s Prayer.”

Our Father, Who Art in Heaven, Hallowed Be Thy Name

March 6, 2022, a communion meditation delivered by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister, Lent I, Part II of VIII in the Lenten sermon series, “The Lord’s Prayer.”

Teach Us to Pray the Lord’s Prayer
March 2, 2022, a sermon delivered by The
Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister, Ash Wednesday, Part I of VIII in the Lenten sermon series, “The Lord’s Prayer.”

Coming Down from the Mountain
February 27, 2022, a sermon delivered by The
Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister, Transfiguration Sunday.

Oh, No He Didn’t

February 20, 2022, a sermon delivered by The Rev. Emily Krause Corzine, Associate Minister, the Seventh Sunday after Epiphany.

Healing Everybody
February 13, 2022, a sermon delivered by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister, the Sixth Sunday after Epiphany.

The Call of God in Your Life
February 6, 2022, a communion meditation delivered by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister, the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany.

Always Aspiring
January 30, 2022, a sermon delivered by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister, the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany.

A Still More Excellent Way

January 23, 2022, a sermon delivered by The Rev. Emily Krause Corzine, Associate Minister, the Third Sunday after Epiphany.

The True Genius of Justice
January 16, 2022, a baptismal meditation delivered by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister, the Second Sunday after Epiphany, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday.

Richly Blessed
January 9, 2022, a sermon delivered by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister, the First Sunday after Epiphany, the Baptism of Christ.

True Light
January 2, 2022, a communion meditation delivered by The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens, Senior Minister, the Second Sunday after Christmas.

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