Author Archives: Eric

Resistance Is Futile, February 18, 2018

Associate Pastor Eric Markinson invites listeners to journey to their wilderness during Lent, following Jesus’s example in Mark 1:9-15.  Preparing for the journey is essential, but God and angels will help manage Satan and the wild beasts we inevitably will find there.  Includes the Chancel Choir’s offering of “God Is my Rock,” and Lay Leader Carolyn Childress’s generous prayer for the people.

February 11, 2018–Passing the Torch

Friends of Grace: On Transfiguration Sunday, Rev. Judith Reedy preaches on Elijah’s passing the mantle of authority to Elisha (2 Kings 2:1-12) as Elijah is swept to heaven on a chariot of fire.  She generously reminds us how Jesus came from the mountain to pass the torch of healing, service, and love to all his followers–to us.  Includes “Celtic Laud” by the Grace Chancel Choir, and our Stephanie Bohan’s powerful call to service and advocacy on behalf of the Agape Clinic, of which she is Executive Director.

Can I Have a Mulligan? February 4, 2018

Hello, friends new and longstanding!  Reverend Judith Reedy offers a great word on Mark 1:29-39, looking at the second chances each of us has–to pause, pray, and re-enter our lives and ministries with God’s hope and help.  Includes Kairos Outside’s Ms Angie Bass and her moving story of her own mulligan, linked to that ministry to the loved ones of incarcerated women and men.

Fake Prophets–January 28, 2018

Reverend Judith Reedy preached Deuteronomy 18:15-20, calling listeners to guard against those who would claim to serve God’s will but rather seek to bear fruit for themselves.  True prophets are rarely welcome–for their messages challenge us; still, prophets always will be with us.

Divine Economics 101, January 21, 2018

Associate Pastor Eric Markinson preaches an Epiphany-season sermon on Jonah 3:1-5, 10–inviting listeners to do something, share a word of God and a word of love, and become more ecumenical, like Wonder Woman.

“Hello, God?” January 14, 2018

Greetings, good seekers! Here is Pastor Judith Reedy’s Epiphany-season sermon on 1 Samuel 3:1-10, God’s unexpected call to the child priest-prophet Samuel. God calls us through priest-prophets everywhere, if only we have ears to hear the call–even from the most unexpected people and places. Blessings and much grace to you!

The Epiphany of Baptism–January 7, 2018

Hello, good friends.  Pastor Judith preaches on epiphany and the baptism of Jesus–and all the epiphanies we’re called to experience, and respond to, this 2018.  By living into our baptism, and living into being loved by God, epiphanies occur all around us.  (Mark 1:9-11)

This Child–December 31, 2017

Happy New Year, Grace-filled people! Here is Associate Pastor Eric Markinson’s prayer of the imagination on the prophet Anna’s encounter with the Holy Family, seeing in them justice, mercy and humility–a new path to redemption.  (Luke 2:22-40)  Includes Robert McWilliams’ lovely rendition of Sweet Little Jesus Boy.  Blessings and much joy for 2018–

[Someone will upload the direct player as soon as possible; meanwhile, this link will take you there–]

Is There Room Enough? Christmas Eve, December 24, 2017

Here is Pastor Judith Reedy’s Christmas eve sermon on Luke 2:1-20, which calls us to make room for God and God’s creation–especially those in most need, since that is who God visited, that first Christmas morning.  Blessings and Christmas light to all.