Sermon Archives

Marilyn Rudy-Froese
June 18, 2017

Practicing God’s Presence at the Table

Practicing God’s Presence at the Table

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. And you shall love your neighbour as yourself.” Perhaps it is fitting, that in the midst of this series on hospitality, and on the Sunday in which we say […]

June 11, 2017

The Berkey Table: Who is Missing, Unseen and Invisible?

The Berkey Table: Who is Missing, Unseen and Invisible?

This is a sermon in 3 parts. Lament We don’t always offer the welcome we want to. For various reasons, there are people and situations that we don’t see or respond to: maybe we don’t know how to respond, maybe we unintentionally avoid people or situations, maybe our mostly homogeneous appearance is the closed door. […]

May 14, 2017

The Table of Hospitality

The Table of Hospitality

The idea for this series grew out of conversations at Worship Commission about how we get to know each other. We reflected that we are good at welcoming people when they come through our doors, and start to attend regularly. But once people have been with us a while, we wondered how do we get […]

April 30, 2017

Bearing One Another’s Burdens

Bearing One Another’s Burdens

(Skit, “To Tell The Truth”, done before sermon.) In a light-hearted way, this skit gives you a glimpse into Stephen Ministry, and the differences between Stephen Ministry and psychotherapy or theological education. The motivation for this ministry, as well as the training received in order to do it, grow out of love and the desire […]

March 26, 2017

We See

We See

It’s bad enough being a kid and having your mother give you a spit bath, but to be an adult, and have some complete stranger wipe their spit on your face, well, that’s just going a bit too far! And it wasn’t just spit, but spit mixed with dirt to make mud! What was Jesus […]

March 19, 2017

We Thirst

We Thirst

I was tempted to re-use the sermon I preached here 3 years ago, because it still seemed to be so relevant to what is going on in the world. In that sermon, I talked about how Jesus crossed many boundaries and borders in his interaction with the Samaritan woman. We live, still, in a world […]

February 26, 2017

Taking Jesus Seriously and Ourselves Less Seriously

Taking Jesus Seriously and Ourselves Less Seriously

One day, years ago, the phone rang, and the caller said, “Mrs. Froese?”, when I answered. Now, whenever I hear someone call me Mrs. Froese, or in some way mispronounce or stumble over my name, I assume that this is a marketing call, I don’t know them, more importantly, they don’t know me, and I […]

February 12, 2017

Keeping Sabbath, Practicing Trust, Living Shalom

Keeping Sabbath, Practicing Trust, Living Shalom

This sermon is in many ways part 2 of my sermon a few weeks ago on chaos. In fact, I had intended to include aspects of Sabbath in that sermon, but for various reasons, not least of which was the length of the sermon, I dropped the Sabbath aspect. The discussion in the sermon response […]

January 22, 2017

Chaos, Creation and Sabbath: A Divine Dance of Trust and Hope

Chaos, Creation and Sabbath: A Divine Dance of Trust and Hope

First, thank you for giving your pastors sabbaticals! While some of the fruit of sabbatical may not be apparent for a while, the immediate effects are a feeling of renewal. It was pure gift—I frequently used the word ‘decadent’—to have the time and space to be removed from the daily life of the congregation in […]

September 18, 2016

A Room with a View

A Room with a View

This is my third sermon on the topic of Faith Formation. The first sermon explored what we mean when we say ‘faith formation’, using the images of catching Jesus—believing in Jesus, Jesus catching us and looking to Jesus to give us what we need for our journey. The second sermon used the image of the […]

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