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  • Don't Sweat The Small Stuff Series

    Contributed by Rian Adams on Sep 14, 2020
     | 396 views

    Sermon one of a four-part lectionary series for Propers 18-21, Year A. This sermon focuses on how reconciliation between people, and even systems, can bring peace.

    Series: Leaning Into the Peace of God Sermon: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff Today begins a sermon series on how leaning into God's peace can renew our purpose during the exhaustion of this pandemic. There is a temptation – and I fall prey to it as well – to only utilize this time for ...read more

  • Silencing The Unforgiving Voices Series

    Contributed by Rian Adams on Sep 14, 2020
     | 429 views

    Sermon is second in a four-part series, it focuses on the parable of the servant who was forgiven by his king, but was quick to judge another. The sermon is an invitation to silence the unforgiving voices.

    Series: Leaning into the peace of God. Sermon: Silencing the Unforgiving Voices Proper 19, Year A Series: Last week I started a series on leaning into the peace of God. The first sermon was how peace of mind comes when we work through conflicts. This week I’m continuing the theme of leaning into ...read more

  • The Day Peter Was An Idiot: Missing The Necessity Of The Cross

    Contributed by Rian Adams on Sep 14, 2020
     | 590 views

    The sermon is when Peter rebuked Jesus for suggesting he would die on the cross. Proper 17, Year A

    The Day Peter Was An Idiot: Missing The Necessity of the Cross Proper 17 – Matthew 16:21-28 Intro: Since February of this year, the People’s Republic of China has removed and destroyed over 900 crosses from Christian churches. If that wasn’t enough, to display a cross on a place of worship is a ...read more

  • How Love Liberates And Changes The World

    Contributed by Rian Adams on Sep 14, 2020
     | 436 views

    Jesus asked the disciples, "who do people say I am?" - Is he the one who liberates us from egocentrism in order to love God and the world?

    “How love liberates and transforms the world.” Proper 16 Year A Intro: Have you ever fantasized about what the world would be like without social media? Imagine a world where you actually have to wonder what people are thinking and eating… a world where… people gossip about you behind your back ...read more

  • How To Get Jesus To Change His Mind: When "no" Changed To "yes" Because Of Faith.

    Contributed by Rian Adams on Sep 14, 2020
     | 1,056 views

    Sermon on the Canaanite Woman that Jesus called a dog, a racial slang against... As we confront racism, what shall we do with such a difficult passage?

    Title: How to get Jesus to change his mind Proper 15, Matthew 15:21-28 Intro: “Jesus wasn’t white, but he sure was a racist.” So says David Peters, a priest from Austin Texas. Do I have your attention? If we step back and watch this scene unfold, it is no wonder how someone could accuse Jesus of ...read more

  • Get Out Of The Boat: Finding Faith In Fearful Times

    Contributed by Rian Adams on Sep 14, 2020
     | 2,101 views

    When Peter stepped out of the boat in faith

    Get out of the boat: Finding Faith in Fearful Times Proper 14 This story is one of those few times in the Gospels, where the disciples are not with Jesus. Matthew says that Jesus told the disciples to get in a boat and go to the other side of the sea of Galilee while he went to pray and rest. ...read more

  • Compassionate Eyes And Active Hands

    Contributed by Rian Adams on Sep 14, 2020
     | 270 views

    Proper 13, Year A. The multiplying of the fish and the bread. Jesus calls for compassionate eyes to SEE needs, and active hands to meet the needs.

    Compassionate Eyes and Compassionate Hands: Proper 13 Year A Matthew 14:13-21 Intro: Imagine the amount of compassion you can have if you walk a day, just a day, in someone else’s shoes. Imagine the ways you could pray for someone if you experienced their continual struggle for 24 ...read more

  • Never Surrender Your Authenticity

    Contributed by Rian Adams on Apr 6, 2020
     | 688 views

    Jesus says let "yes" be yes and "no" be no. Righteousness must exceed the Pharisees. They surrendered their authenticity to appear more religious. This sermon is an encouragement to live in the opposite manner.

    Never Surrender Your Authenticity Counterfeiters make over a billion dollars a year, making fake designer clothes and handbags. That billion is from the United States, not the rest of the world. These are not cheap knock offs from street vendors; they are well-made fakes. There's an ...read more

  • Ash Wednesday: Confronting Our Sins, Embracing Our Vulnerabilities

    Contributed by Rian Adams on Apr 6, 2020
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     | 481 views

    Ash Wednesday sermon about confronting our sins, but how that is a call to vulnerability by the Holy Spirit

    Ash Wednesday: At one time Advent was my favorite season of the church year. The happiness, the joy of anticipation, the hope of a manger, the birth of a child… it all added a hopeful newness to my soul. But our culture ruined Christmas with the rabid consumerism and those lame made for TV ...read more

  • Temptation Is Information

    Contributed by Rian Adams on Apr 6, 2020
     | 1,286 views

    First Sunday in Lent. The sermon is about how our temptations in life can give us information about ourselves, and the world.

    Temptation is Information Temptations are too much for some people to handle. I heard a few years ago a 340lb man sued a hospital for 900k, claiming it ruined his gastric stapling operation. The man underwent weight loss surgery to cure his overeating. The surgeon implanted 70 tiny staples to ...read more

  • Fishing And Fighting: Leave Your Safety Nets

    Contributed by Rian Adams on Apr 6, 2020
     | 971 views

    The first disciples were willing to step out in faith to follow Jesus. The writer says "They left their nets." What nets do we need to leave behind so we can follow Jesus?

    Fishing and Fighting: Leave Your Safety Nets “We all have one thing in common,” says Brene Brown, “we’re sick of feeling afraid. We’re tired of the national conversation centering on “What we should fear” and “Who we should blame.” She points out a spiritual problem; fear is everywhere. With ...read more

  • Patience And Perseverance (Epiphany 4 Candlemas)

    Contributed by Rian Adams on Apr 6, 2020
     | 1,211 views

    The readings of Simeon and Anna speak of Jesus being presented in the temple as a child. Each character are examples of patience and perseverance.

    Patience and Perseverance Epiphany 4 Candlemas When I was a kid, my least favorite Church service of the year occurred on Super Bowl Sunday. You see, I grew up in a pastor's home, and my grandfather's church had a Sunday night service every week. I wanted to watch the Super Bowl instead of ...read more

  • Trusting God When Times Are Tough

    Contributed by Rian Adams on Jan 20, 2020
     | 988 views

    The season after Christmas can be blah. All the excitement is gone and we're left with the emotional crash after. This sermon speaks to how we can trust God when times are tough.

    Trusting God When Times Are Tough: The Christmas Hangover Have you ever had a hangover? I hear they can be rough. You know the story… the night before, you felt alive. You even loved everyone. Then you wake the next morning, and you can't say for sure, but you might be dead. Once in a while, ...read more

  • Responding To Disappointments: A Star And A Stable (Epiphany)

    Contributed by Rian Adams on Jan 20, 2020
     | 1,124 views

    Difficulties are part of life, how we respond is what makes the difference. Joseph and Mary faced the difficulty of being refugees in the land of Egypt in order to save the child Jesus from Herod. The "ah ha" moment is when we realize God is with us no matter where we find ourselves.

    Stars and a Stable: Responding to Disappointments One of my closest friends loves UGA! He’s a graduate and a dedicated football loyalist. Now let’s not question his Christianity just yet. He has a saying, "When I die, make sure you chant the Eucharist at my funeral mass. And make sure the ...read more

  • Do You Want The Church To Grow?

    Contributed by Rian Adams on Jan 20, 2020
     | 639 views

    This is a sermon on evangelism that is tied to Jesus's call to the apostle Andrew. Andrew 1) grows in discipleship and 2) grows the church. The sermon tells people that they can be excited and happy about their faith, and share it with other people.

    Do you want the church to grow? Andrew wasn’t the popular kid in class. His name is only mentioned in twelve verses in the Bible, and eight of those describe him as "Peter's little brother." Even though he was one of the first two or three followers of Jesus, Peter was still the ...read more