Sermons

Seekers recognizes that any member of the community may be called upon by God to give us the Word, and thus we have an open pulpit with a different preacher each week. Sermons preached at Seekers, as well as sermons preached by Seekers at other churches or events, are posted here, beginning with the most recent.

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Feel free to use what is helpful from these sermons. We only ask that when substantial portions are abstracted or used in a written work, please credit Seekers Church and the author, and cite the URL.

“What Does Resurrection Look LIke” by Marjory Bankson

April 4, 2021

pastel drawing by Martha Phillips

Easter Sunday

What Does Resurrection Look Like? To you? To us — today? Be holding that question as we turn to the text for this Easter Sunday.

While it was still dark, Mary Magdalene made her way through the shadows to the tomb where Jesus lay wrapped in linen cloths. The horror of what she had seen of his slow death weighted each step. She barely thought about how she would move the heavy stone that sealed the entrance. Why hadn’t she asked Peter, or John to come? She only knew she had go, to be close to his final resting place.

Only John tells the story this way: that two high-ranking officials, Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, the one who came to Jesus at night, had asked Pilate for Jesus’ tortured body before their Sabbath began – had treated it with spices, wrapped it in linen cloths and laid his body in a fresh tomb – not stacked with others. Mary had seen it all, standing with the other women throughout the agonizing ordeal. But now she came alone, drawn there by love and grief.

Imagine her shock when she saw the stone had been rolled away! The answer was obvious. THEY had taken his body. She thought she knew what had happened.

“A Ministry of Place” by Deborah Sokolove

March 28, 2021

photo by Sheri Bergen

Palm Sunday

Today is Palm Sunday, and, as we just heard, today’s Gospel readings begin with Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey, while all around him people are waving palm branches and shouting “”Hosanna! Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Holy One! Blessed is the coming reign of our ancestor David! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” Or something like that.

I was baptized at Seekers Church on Palm Sunday, 1990 — 31 years ago. Looking back on that day, I had no idea was I was getting into.

“Living Water for a Thirsty World” by Nancy Lawrence

March 21, 2021

photo by Sheri Bergen

The Fifth Sunday in Lent

Our name, “Living Water,” is taken from the 4th chapter of John,  from Jesus’ conversation with the Samaritan woman at the well, when he asks her for a drink of water.   [Reading selectively from Peterson’s The Message: ]

“How come you, a Jew, are asking me, a Samaritan woman for a drink? (Jews in those days wouldn’t be caught dead talking to Samaritans.)   Jesus answered, If you knew the generosity of God and who I am, you would be asking ME for a drink, and I would give you fresh, LIVING WATER.” …he goes on to describe LW as an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life. She asks him for some of that LW…and she finds Jesus telling her things about herself he’d have no way of knowing.  “Oh so you’re a prophet? Well, tell me this: Our ancestors worshiped God at this mountain, but you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place for worship, right?”   Jesus responds, “ …the time has, in fact, come when what you’re called [Jew/Samaritan] will not matter and where you go to worship will not matter. “It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God.  …That’s the kind of people God is out looking for:  those who are simply and honestly themselves before God in their worship.  God is sheer being itselfSpirit.  Those who worship God must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.” The woman says, “Well, I don’t know about that. …When the Messiah arrives, we’ll get the whole story.” “I am he,” said Jesus. “You don’t have to wait any longer or look any further.”

This story embodies for me something of our current Lenten theme about Grace. God’s grace shows up for this woman who hears Jesus’s offer of Living Water;  she asks to receive it, not knowing how it will turn out; and ultimately shares it with her entire village who become believers that Jesus is the Messiah.  Grace offered; grace received; grace shared.

“The Eyes to See, Ears to Hear Peace Prayer Mission Group” by Billy Amoss, Trish Nemore, and Ron Kraybill

March 14, 2021

photo by Sheri Bergen

The Fourth Sunday in Lent

Celebration Circle has invited mission groups to offer sermons about their life together. Today, Billy, Trish, and Ron spoke about their own prayer life and their group life as members of the Eyes to See, Ears to Hear Peace Prayer Mission Group. Billy spoke “On Prayer,” Trish focused on “On Engagement with What We Don’t Want to See or Hear,” and Ron titled his section “On the Mundanity of Self-Care and the Need for Community.”

“Seeing God’s Grace – Through Leaders” by Margreta Silverstone

March 7, 2021

photo by Sheri Bergen

The Third Sunday in Lent

In Lent, we have been invited to reflect on Grace.  As a child growing up within a conservative Calvinistic church, I memorized Grace as the acronym – God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense. It was a nice acronym, not really sure what is meant then and still not clear now.

Yet, at times, I think I know what grace is about, a little. I am invited to look for grace in these 40 days of Lent. In the natural world, this time is a time of darkness rescinding and coldness giving way to warm.  Yes, I love the delicacy of raspberries – not a fruit that occurs in this season – so while the definition of grace as a simple elegance applies to that – I find the cold clear quality of moonlight or the silence of a soft winter snow gives me grace.