“Take Up Your Cross?” Oh, That’s Hard!

~ Mark 8:27-38 ~ Here is a story about a couple of the lesser-known disciples, Thaddaeus, and his pal, Bartholomew who was hard of hearing. The weary followers of Jesus have been all over the map. In past weeks they traveled way north to Tyre then south to the region … Read More

“Called to Work”

A sermon by Erwin C. Barron on Vocation September 5, 2021 “ERRRRWIIIIIN – time to come home!” When I was a kid, I would hear that call echoing across the neighborhood at least two or three times a week.  Like many of you, I grew up before cell phones in … Read More

“Jesus the Cartographer

~ Mark 7:1-8, 14-23 ~   What did we do before GPS? How did we know where we are and where we’re going before Google Maps? How did we know how to get there before we had one of these to put on the holder on our dashboard? Well, we … Read More

“Feeling At Home”

~ Psalm 84/I Kings 8:22-30/John 6:56-69 ~   These harmonious chords are from one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written: Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen (How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place) from Johannes Brahms’ A German Requiem.Ever since I first heard it at the age of 18 … Read More

“From Whence Wisdom?

~ 1 Kings 3:3-14/Psalm 111/Ephesians 5:12-20 ~   You know the preacher is on thin ice if he should disagree with a hymn we’ve already sung. Our opening hymn says, “O Grant us light, O God, that we may know the wisdom that you alone can give,” we sang in … Read More

“A Profound Experience”

~ Psalm 66:1-4/Colossians 3:12-16 ~   A cynic would say that all music is manipulative. Including, or maybe especially, church music. Music manipulates your emotions. Through the ages composers and musicians created clever devices to manipulate our emotions. A haunting melody, a catchy tune, a simple harmony, a four-part chorus … Read More