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  • Taming The Tongue: Doers Of The Word Series

    Contributed by Amiri Hooker on Sep 10, 2021
     | 285 views

    WE MUST BE EVEN MORE VIGILANT IN HOW WE PRESENT GOD AND WHAT WORDS WE ARE WANTING TO PUT IN THE MOUTHS OF THOSE WHO WORSHIP WITH US THIS DAY.

  • Making Distinctions; Doers Of The Word Series

    Contributed by Amiri Hooker on Sep 4, 2021
     | 177 views

    James points out the economic distinctions that we are all too likely to make in our hospitality ministry. But it wouldn’t be too big a leap to talk about racial and immigrant and gender and orientation distinctions at the same time.

    Making Distinctions Doers of the Word FIFTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST, YEAR B September 5 2021 James points out the economic distinctions that we are all too likely to make in our hospitality ministry. But it wouldn’t be too big a leap to talk about racial and immigrant and gender and orientation ...read more

  • Avoiding Anger: Doers Of The Word, Series

    Contributed by Amiri Hooker on Aug 26, 2021
     | 445 views

    Avoiding Anger: Doers of the Word August 29, 2021, FOURTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST, YEAR B, While anger might not be the center of this text, it is one of those distractions that often keeps us from being doers of the word.

    Avoiding Anger: Doers of the Word August 29, 2021 FOURTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST, YEAR B text James 1:17-27 While anger might not be the center of this text, it is one of those distractions that often keeps us from being doers of the word. Throughout this series, we are reflecting on how well ...read more

  • Giving Thanks: Geared Up For Life Series

    Contributed by Amiri Hooker on Aug 21, 2021
     | 173 views

    TWELFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST, YEAR B August 15, 2021Thinking on thanksgiving and the celebration of life for a mentor I attended this week. My mind and spirit are focused on celebrating the goodness of God and understanding the blessing

    Thinking of thanksgiving and the celebration of life for a mentor I attended this week. My mind and spirit are focused on celebrating the goodness of God and understanding the blessing I have while setting aside the hardships and tears. to move our thinking away from what we think we don’t have ...read more

  • Rooted And Grounded In Love Series

    Contributed by Amiri Hooker on Aug 21, 2021
     | 243 views

    Proper 12 (17) Ninth Sunday after Pentecost July 25, 2021 Prayer is an Action word! We are rooted in the love of Christ!

    Sermon Text: “History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. This quote has haunted me – perhaps for years – but especially since George ...read more

  • Armored: Geared Up For Life Series

    Contributed by Amiri Hooker on Aug 21, 2021
     | 557 views

    THIRTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST, YEAR B August 22, 2021, this is the Armor, the gear we have been “gearing up for life” throughout the series. So, what are these tools and how do we employ them in our daily lives?

  • A Life Worthy: Geared Up For Life Series

    Contributed by Amiri Hooker on Aug 21, 2021
     | 238 views

    TENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST, YEAR B August 1, 2021 author of Ephesians wants us to realize that we are not left without resources

  • Fourth Of July America Your Bone & Flesh

    Contributed by Amiri Hooker on Jul 3, 2021
     | 703 views

    For the church in the USA, the Fourth of July is always problematic. While not a religious holy day, there is an expectation from many that at least some recognition of the day is required So this sermon looks at Freedom and ralationship.

    Your Bone & Flesh SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST, YEAR B MARK 6:1-13 When I think of the term Flesh-n-Bone what comes to mind is the Rapper. Born Stanley Howse and known to his fans as Flesh-n-Bone, this Ohio-bred hip hop artist rose to fame as a member of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony this young man ...read more

  • "and Yet" Fathers Day Sermon

    Contributed by Amiri Hooker on Jun 20, 2021
     | 251 views

    This year for Father’s Day we need to acknowledge the messy world in which we live. And Yet Jesus is capable of stilling the Storms in our relationships. Jesus says Peace Be still!

    This year for Father’s Day we need to acknowledge the messy world in which we live. People are struggling; people are hurting; our brothers and sisters of color are dealing with systemic racism and the economic effects of white privilege. The pandemic still has our economy reeling and many ...read more

  • Being Renewed (Graduation Sunday) Series

    Contributed by Amiri Hooker on Jun 5, 2021
     | 298 views

    We think home is a place of renewal. We think we can go home and rest. And we can, but only if our focus is right. Home won’t renew us, won’t build us up, unless the focus of our home is on the One who raises us into a new kingdom, a new reality.

    Main: If you’re looking for snapshots of well-adjusted and happy parent-child relationships from the ancient world, the Bible probably shouldn’t be on your short list of sources. Consider even Jesus’ family, for example. The New Testament preserves evidence suggesting that Jesus’ relationship with ...read more

  • Born Of The Spirit (Trinity Sunday) Series

    Contributed by Amiri Hooker on May 29, 2021
     | 609 views

    This is the first Sunday after the Pentecost. Trinity Sunday is the beginning of the Year. So this sermon is a journey. It is also the church’s birth story and as some have said the mini Bible sermon.

  • Spirit Poured Out (Pentecost Sunday) Series

    Contributed by Amiri Hooker on May 22, 2021
     | 1,220 views

    Pentecost worship is about joy, and the invitation is to let the Spirit be poured out on “you” is plural. It was because they were gathered together that this happened. This is a Devine hug of welcome and Joy.

    Sermon “What does this mean?” This is a story of the Spirit poured out—like water from a pitcher or from a hose. Yeah, from a hose, with a thumb pressed against the opening so it shoots across the yard and soaks the giggling, screeching children who are running with glee from the icy spray but ...read more

  • We Are Yours Series

    Contributed by Amiri Hooker on May 15, 2021
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     | 596 views

    The scripture references listed are for Ascension Day (May 13, 2021) and can be used for worship on May 16. These notes are based on the Gospel reading for Sunday, May 16: John 17:6-19.

    This prayer that John record is a prayer that Jesus prayed for his disciples. The part that includes us happens just after our text for this week. But we can be included anyway. Jesus is praying for us! What an amazing thing. Set this thought alongside the idea of Ascension. Jesus is leaving, ...read more

  • Abide In Me, Living The Resurrection Series

    Contributed by Amiri Hooker on May 1, 2021
     | 836 views

    We are practicing this abiding in Christ as we worship together with the hope that it will continue after the benediction is pronounced and the postlude ends.

    Like the good shepherd of last week’s text, this week’s image of the vine is another extended metaphor, which also borrows from and adapts Old Testament imagery for Israel. Whereas the Synoptic parable of the vineyard is a story of violence and greed (Mark 12:1-12), this image of the vine is one ...read more

  • Listen To My Voice Series

    Contributed by Amiri Hooker on Apr 25, 2021
     | 506 views

    The real question for us today is not, “Will God speak to me, to us today?” Instead, will we listen for that voice that is speaking? Jesus doesn’t say, “Listen and maybe I’ll have something to say.”