Contributors
  • Jane Willis

    Contributing sermons since Oct 18, 2004
Jane 's church

Community Congregational Church of Manitou Springs
Manitou Springs Colorado , 80829
719-685-5255

About Jane
  • Education: B.S. from the University of Arizons MA from Trinity Seminary Completing doctorate from Trinity
  • Experience: I have been the Director of Spiritual Growth since January 2004. I have been an "incare" intern since March 2003. I completed an earlier internship as a bible study leader in an inner city, drug/alcohol rehabilitation program. Since 1992, I have been actively involved in a number of other church ministries.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: Although I create sermons on many topics, I often weave in one of two themes. First, when appropriate, I like to bring us into the current season. Because so many of us live in a city, we get out of touch with our natural surroundings. I believe that we benefit spiritually when reminded that we are a part of the cycles of God’s creation. Second, I like to remind people about the ongoing process of transformation and how we can/must particpate in our own santification.
  • Family: I have been a single parent of one son for many years. My son just turned 18, so I am looking forward to a new chapter in my life, where I can devote more and more time to becoming a minister. I live in Colorado Springs, a beautiful city that is within a days drive of many Rocky Mountain destinations. This past summer I ventured into Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. I am planning several return visits to that area. I also love going to Taos and the rugged San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Practice, practice, practice
  • Hobbies: Camping, hiking
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Newest Sermons

  • What Will You Bring

    Contributed on Dec 25, 2004
    based on 7 ratings
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    The Magi saw the star and by faith they came to worship the Christ. They brought their finest gifts- gold, frankensence, and myrrh. What will you bring? Jesus only wants you! Bring yourself.

    What Will You Bring Matthew 2:9-12 The star they had seen in the east[e] went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped ...read more

  • Jesus Unwrapped

    Contributed on Dec 25, 2004
    based on 29 ratings
     | 2,110 views

    What is the hurry to pack away the creche and baby Jesus? Lets leave him out as a reminder of the great joy of the Christmas season.

    Jesus Unwrapped Matthew 2: 13-15 An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. "Get up," he said, "take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him." 14So he got up, took the child and his mother ...read more

  • Working It Out

    Contributed on Oct 18, 2004
    based on 7 ratings
     | 855 views

    Work gets overwhelming. The people we work with seem hurtful and self serving. Yet, work is a place where we live out our faith--a setting where we must learn to be more Christlike.

    This passage about Mary and Martha is familiar to many of you. It is fairly well known. It is a story about one women working in the kitchen and making preparations to entertain guests while her sister is involved in spiritual pursuits and assisting directly in the ministry of Jesus. And, when the ...read more

  • In The Darkness Shines The Greatest Light Of All

    Contributed on Oct 18, 2004
    based on 12 ratings
     | 2,380 views

    Recently I drove into the mountains near Colorado Springs to see the last of the autumn color. The aspen trees were past their prime, and the setting was much quieter than it had been a few weeks earlier. Many leaves had already falled. I felt a hint of w

    I am going to start by talking about hibernation! I have been fascinated with the process of hibernation since moving to Colorado. My first year here, a bear came into my yard every evening during the fall. I loved watching this bear. Having just moved from Florida, a bear seemed very exotic. I ...read more

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Newest Text Illustrations

  • The Official, Dictionary Definition For Epiphany ...

    Contributed on Dec 25, 2004
    based on 2 ratings
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    The official, dictionary definition for epiphany is “to show" or "to make known" or even "to reveal." However, we better understand the word as suddenly “getting” something. We jokingly call “aha” moments an “epiphany.” When my son realized that he really did have to take out the garbage ...read more

  • If We Followed The Lead Of The Magi And Brought ...

    Contributed on Dec 25, 2004
    based on 3 ratings
     | 713 views

    If we followed the lead of the Magi and brought our finest gifts of, some of you would ante up: diamonds, coin collections, and your artwork. Perhaps your finest possession is a nice SUV or cabin in the woods. I would have to place at Jesus’ feet my complete set of Beatles albums on CD and my new ...read more

  • I Have Learned Quite A Bit About Wolves This Year ...

    Contributed on Dec 25, 2004
    based on 1 rating
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    I have learned quite a bit about wolves this year in preparation for a winter trip to Yellowstone. One of my favorite photographs of a wolf pack shows them traveling over the crest of a hill, through very deep snow. It is an aerial photograph, which shows an exquisitely organized approach to ...read more