Sermons by Rona Kinsley

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03-19-2017 – “Lord, Teach Us to Pray”


Three weeks ago, I began a sermon series on prayer. So far, I’ve talked about ways to pray, and the importance of intercessory prayer–praying for others. Today I’m going to finish this series with a consideration of the prayer that Jesus taught us, known to us as the “Lord’s Prayer,” the prayer that we and countless others offer to God at least every Sunday, if not every day.

03-12-2017 – “On Behalf of Another”


Each week, during Sunday morning worship, we take time to share our joys, concerns, and prayer requests, confident that we are among friends who will pray for us and for those we are concerned about. But why do we make prayer requests, and what do we hope will happen as a result? Almost always, our requests involve an illness, problem or situation that needs healing, and healing was one of the most important aspects of Jesus’ ministry.

03-05-2017 – The Gift of Prayer


Prayer is an important part of our worship, every week, and our faith has always encouraged us to make prayer a part of our daily lives, but we don’t often talk about how we pray. And so we may wonder if there is a “right” way to pray and if we are doing it. What are we actually supposed to do when we pray?

02-12-2017 – Choose Life


Life and prosperity or death and adversity? This was the question God set before the People of Israel as they prepared to enter the Promised Land. This is the question God sets before us as we prepare to enter a very uncertain future the entire planet. And it is clear what God hopes our answer will be: Choose life so that you and your descendants may live.

01-29-17 – What Does the Lord Require?


The UCC General Synod resolution names human trafficking as “a crime against humanity and ultimately a sin.” Let us do all that we can to help bring an end to this crime and sin. God has told us, O mortals, what God requires of us: Do justice. Love kindness. Walk humbly with our God.

01-15-17 – “A Task with Your Name on It”


What is the truth about where we have been placed, and why? What is going on in our community, our nation, our world, that is contrary to God’s desire for compassion, for justice, for peace— that denies the truth that we are indelibly and unspeakably one— and how are we called to respond? What task has our name on it?