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Sermons by Rev. Joe Gaspar

April 11-Laughter and Resistance

Laughter and Resistance—1 John 1: 1-8a 2nd Sunday after Easter Sunday School Activities Amid so much seriousness these days, you may wonder if there’s a place for joking around and laughing—a pandemic lockdown and all the stress that goes with it, racism in our lives, the news and social media feeds, economic anxiety and inequality and a great deal of unpredictability and…

Love and Imagination-Palm Sunday-March 28

Sunday School Activities Mark 11: 1-11 If you follow me on Facebook, you’ll know that I’m heartbroken and angry about the state of the world right now.  But, let me begin with one year ago.  Last year for Palm Sunday, at the beginning of the pandemic I compared the inner struggle and courage of essential workers to the inner struggle and courage…

Reflection-On Being a Fool-March 14

Sunday School Activities Fourth Sunday in Lent Mark Twain once said “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”  In matters of faith, I have been arrogant,…

Confession and Grace-Black History Month 1-Feb. 7

Sunday School Activities Genesis 1: 25-27 (February 7, 2021-5th Epiphany) Betty Pries is someone Heather and I have worked with for a couple of years now.  Betty, among many other things is a leadership consultant who specializes in churches.  She’s helped us develop our team ministry.  Recently she wrote an article for her newsletter on churches and the work of anti-racism.  It…

Wisdom and Awe – January 3 – Epiphany

Wisdom and Awe- Matthew 2: 1-12 (January 3, 2020-Epiphany) I invite you to conjure for a moment in your mind images of wise people who have entered your life.  What is it about these people that make them wise?  What sets them apart from those you don’t consider so wise?  It’s only natural to consider such a question on a day when…

Burnt Barns, Moon Sightings and a Pandemic Christmas – Advent 3 – December 13

Voices United Choir – Can You See the Light in Bethlehem Sunday School Activities Advent Devotion – Do Not Be Afraid Family Advent Calendar Burnt Barns, Moon Sightings and a Pandemic Christmas—Matthew 1: 18-25 This is the kind of week where preachers earn their pay, preaching joy in the midst of a pandemic Christmas.  It was a week where I was reminded…

First Sunday in Advent – November 29

Voices United Choir – Jubilate Deo Sunday School Activities – Advent Advent Calendar for Families Devotional – Advent Reflection—Jeremiah 33: 14-16 (November 29, 2020—1st Sunday in Advent) I came across a quote this week that struck me as a fitting summary for the scripture reading, it goes like this, “Hope, like faith, is nothing if it is not courageous; it is nothing if…

The Grace of Not Knowing – November 15

Sunday School Activities The Grace of Not Knowing—Matthew 25: 14-30 (November 15, 2020-24th Sunday after Pentecost) When I sit down to write a reflection part of my process is to go back and read what I’ve written previously.  They’re little time capsules these old sermons.  Reading them I’m reminded of what was going on in the world or the church at that…