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The Best Supper © Jan L. Richardson
October 13, 2019

"The Best Supper © Jan L. Richardson"

Sermon Title: A Just World for All
Rev. Dr. Anne Ard, Guest Preacher

Music: Prelude: On the shores of Babylon, J. Pachelbel.
Offertory: Interludes for organ without pedal, Gregory Murray
Postlude: Postlude in B flat Major, E.L. Ashford
Cecilia Sakong, Guest organist

Readings: Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7 & Luke 17:11-19

Christ the Redeemer statue, Rio
October 6, 2019

Sermon Title: That They All May Be One

Music: Prelude: Récit de cromorne from Messe pour les Couvents, F. Couperin
Offertory: Organ Improvisation
Postlude: Fantasie, G. P. Telemann
Dr. Mark Ferraguto, organist

Reading: John 17:20-26

yoga pose, breathe
September 29, 2019

Sermon Title: A Just World for All

Sorry! There are no recordings for this date!

Reading: Isaiah 58:13-14 & Mark 2:23-28

Summer fruit, a plate of figs
September 22, 2019

Sermon Title: A Just World for All

Music: Prelude: Voluntary, Op. 5, no. 5, J. Stanley
Offertory: Organ Improvisation
Postlude: Toccata in D Major J. Krieger
Dr. Mark Ferraguto, organist

Reading: Amos 8:1-7 & Luke 4:14-21

Turtles on a log
September 15, 2019

Sermon Title: Be Still

Music: Prelude: Fugue in D Minor, C. P. E. Bach
Offertory: Organ Improvisation
Postlude: Finale from Organ Sonata No. 2 in D Major C. P. E. Bach
Dr. Mark Ferraguto, organist

Reading: Genesis 1:27-2:2 & Psalm 46:1-11

large tree deep exposed roots
September 8, 2019

Sermon Title: Rooted Faith

Music: Prelude: “Salvation Now Has Come for All” (BuxWV 186), D. Buxtehude
Offertory: Organ Improvisation
Postlude: "Now Praise My Soul the Lord" (BuxWV 214) D. Buxtehude
Dr. Mark Ferraguto, organist

Reading: Hebrews 11:1-16

Hymn Sing Sunday
September 1, 2019

Sermon Title: Hymn Sing Sunday

Although the singing was truly lovely, no recording of the Hymn Sing will be posted to honor copyright.
There is no Organ Improvisation this week, because a favorite hymn was sung during offertory.

Music: Prelude: "A Mighty Fortress", J. G. Walther
Postlude: Short Prelude and Fugue in F Major, J. S. Bach
Dr. Mark Ferraguto, organist

Reading: Hebrews 11:1-16

Art supplies, brushes, word joy spelled out on canvas
August 25, 2019

Sermon Title: Ode to Joy

Music: Prelude: Adoration, Florence Price
Offertory: Organ Improvisation
Postlude: Toccata in C Major, J. Pachelbel
Dr. Mark Ferraguto, organist

Reading: Hebrews 11:1-16

Photographic copy of lithograph,_The Sinking of the Steamship Ville du Havre_ (1873)
August 18, 2019

Sermon Title: It Is Well with My Soul

Music: Prelude: "Glory and Praise be to the Highest Good, the Father of all good" J. Krebs
Offertory: Organ Improvisation
Postlude: Postlude in F Major E. L. Ashford
Dr. Mark Ferraguto, organist

Reading: Hebrews 11:1-16

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August 11, 2019

Sermon Title: Turn Toward the Light

Music: Prelude: There Is a Balm in Gilead, Robert Thygerson
Offertory: Amazing Grace, (Early American Melody) arr Tedd Smith
Postlude: King of Kings, Colin Curtis
Barb Chellman, pianist

Reading: Hebrews 11:1-16

Holy Communion clip art from
August 4, 2019

Sermon Title: Breaking Bread

Music: Prelude: King of Kings (African American Spiritual), Colin Curtis
Offertory: The Lord's My Shepherd, Jessie S. Irvine; Arr Larry Shackley
Postlude: God Be with You, William G. Tomer
Barb Chellman, pianist

Reading: Psalm 23 & Matthew 26:26-30

Entertaining Angels, Hebrews 13:2
July 28, 2019

Sermon Title: Entertaining Angels: A Call to Just Hospitality

Music: Prelude: “Our Father in Heaven” J. S. Bach
Offertory: Organ Improvisation
Postlude: “God, Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens” W. Held
Mark Ferraguto, organ

OT: Genesis 19: 1-29
NT: Hebrews 13:1-6
Gospel: Matthew 25:34-46

Pixabay, ipicgr Image of eclipse
July 21, 2019

Sermon Title: A Prophet Speaks to a Nation

Music: Prelude: "Canzona" D. Buxtehude
Offertory: Organ Improvisation
Postlude: "Voluntary in D Major" W. Selby
Mark Ferraguto, organ

Reading: Amos 8:1-12

from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved July 9, 2019]
July 14, 2019

Sermon Title: God is an Artist

Music: Prelude: "Allegro moderato" by Arthur Page (truncated)
Offertory: Organ Improvisation (truncated)
Postlude: "Postlude in A Major" by Caleb Simper
Mark Ferraguto, organ

Reading: Ge 1:1, 6-24

A rusty crown lying sideways on the ground
July 7, 2019

Sermon Title:
Moral Leprosy

Prelude: "Be Thou With Me" by JS Bach
Offertory: "The Swan" by C. Saint-Seans
Postlude: Prelude from "Te Deum" by M.-A. Charpentier
Michael Ferraguto, violin; Mark Ferraguto, organ and piano

Reading: 2 Kings 5:1-17

Open and Affirming UCC, 10th Anniversary Celebration, 50th Anniversary of Stonewall
June 30, 2019

Title: Whole And Holy

Prelude: "Prelude in C Minor (BWV 549)" (truncated)
Postlude: Prelude from "Fugue in C Minor (BWV 549)"
Mark Ferraguto, organ

Reading: Acts 2:1-21

Pentecost Descending Dove
June 23, 2019
Title: Fruits of Faith

Sorry! There is no recording for this date!

Reading: John 15:1-17 and Galatians 5:13-15, 22-26

Holy Spirit Descending as a Dove
June 16, 2019
Title: Who is the Holy Spirit?

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Reading: Psalm 104:24-34and John 14:8-17, (25-27)

Pentecost Descending Dove
June 9, 2019
Title: untitled

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Reading: Acts 2:1-21

God is love
June 2, 2019
Title: Made For Love

Sorry! There is no recording of Guest Preacher Candace Simpson for this date!

Reading: John 17:20-26

stone baptismal font
May 26, 2019
Title: River of Life

Reading: Acts 16: 9 -15 & Revelation 21:10-22:5

Domenico Fetti, Saint Peter’s Vision of the Unclean Animals, c. 1619
May 19, 2019

Title: A New Vision

Sorry! There is no recording for this date!

Reading: Acts 11: 1- 18 & Revelation 21:1-6

“Healing of the Cripple and Raising of Tabitha”,  Masolino da Panicale, 15th Century
May 12, 2019
Title: Garments of Good Works

Reading: Psalm 100:1-5 & Acts 9:36-43

Stained Glass, Jesus and Thomas
May 5, 2019

Title: Faith & Doubt

Sorry! There is no recording for this date!

Reading: Revelation 1:4-8 & John 20:9-31

Icon of the Resurrection, 2009, public domain
April 28, 2019
Title: You are a Witness

Reading: Lk 24:36-49

Resurrection is a 1457-1459 tempera on panel painting by Andrea Mantegna, now in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Tours. (selection cropped)
April 21, 2019

Title: From Heartbreak to Hope

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Reading: John 20:1-18

ethiopian last supper
April 18, 2019

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Readings: Luke 22:14-20

eThe Triumphal Entry, Unknown Egyptian Artist.
Gouache on papyrus. 25 x 34 cm
April 14, 2019

Title: Enormous Expectations

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Readings: Psalm 118:22-26 & Luke 19:28-40

Soichi Wantanabe, Mary Washes Jesus’ Feet
April 7, 2019
Title: Overflowing with Love

Reading: Is 43:16-21 & Jn 12:1-8

March 31, 2019
Title: We Belong Together

Reading: Ps 32 & Lk 13:31-35

March 24, 2018
Title: Under Her Wings

Reading: Ps 91:1-4 & Lk 13:31-35

March 17, 2019
Title: Nevertheless, They Persisted

Reading: Ex 1:8-22 & 2:1-10

March 10, 2019
Title: Identity Theft

Reading: Ps 91:1-5 & Lk 4:1-13

March 3, 2019
Title: From Glory to the Daily Grind

Reading: 2 Co 3:12-4:2 & Lk 9:28-43a

February 24, 2019
Title: Freedom in Forgiveness<

Reading: Ps 37:1-11, 39-40 & Lk 6:27-38

February 17, 2019
Title: Living On A Prayer

Reading: Ps 116:1-6 & Mt 6:5-15

  • February 15, 2015: 2 Kings 2: 1-12 and Mark 9:2-9 SERMON: A Sacred Moment
  • February 8, 2015: Isaiah 40: 21-31 and Mark 1: 29-39 SERMON: Ministry Matters
  • February 1, 2015: Psalm 111 and Mark 1: 21-28 SERMON: Making Christ Known
  • January 18, 2015: Isaiah 53: 1-6 and John 1: 1-13 SERMON: Where Would We Go?
  • December 28, 2014: Luke 2: 22-40 SERMON: Favored by God
  • November 23, 2014: Matthew 25: 31-46 SERMON: When Did We See You Hungry?
  • November 16, 2014: Matthew 25: 14-30 SERMON: Hidden Talents
  • November 9, 2014: 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18 and Matthew 25: 1-13 SERMON: Too Wise to be Foolish
  • November 2, 2014: Matthew 23: 1-12 SERMON: Keeping Up Appearances Guest preacher: Rev. Nancy Kuhns
  • October 26, 2014: Matthew 22: 34-46 SERMON: Loving God and Why It Matters
  • October 19, 2014: Matthew 22: 15-22 SERMON: What Belongs to God?
  • October 12, 2014: Mark 12: 41-44 SERMON: Practicing Gratitude
  • September 21, 2014: Philippians 1: 21-30; Matthew 20: 1-16 SERMON: Surprised by Grace!
  • September 7, 2014: Romans 13: 8-14; Matthew 18: 15-20 SERMON: >We Are What We Wear
  • August 31, 2014: Exodus 3: 1-15 SERMON: Divine Interruptions
  • August 24, 2014: Romans 12: 1-8, Matthew 16: 13-20 SERMON: Who Do You Say I Am?
  • August 17, 2014: Matthew 15: 21-28 MESSAGE: Monologue:Crumbs from the Table
  • August 10, 2014: Matthew 14: 22-33 SERMON: That Sinking Feeling
  • August 3, 2014: Matthew 14: 13-21 SERMON: Blessed, Broken, Given for Service
  • July 27, 2014: Matthew 13: 31-33, 44-52 SERMON: Three Parables: The Mustard Seed, Yeast, Treasures New and Old