Listen to Pastor Sally’s First Sermon

Prepare the Way of the Lord

On the second Sunday of Advent, Pastor Sally addressed the familiar words of Isaiah 40:3-5.  She noted that the hardest part of taking a new path is breaking out of the familiar ruts in our old one, which she illustrated with a fascinating factoid about ancient chariots and modern railroads.  This was her starting point for…

The Face of Christ

What does “Salvation” really mean in today’s world?  Drawing on the familiar words of Matthew 25:31-46, Rev. Train suggests that being “saved” has always been about actions more than beliefs or confession. She supports this idea with two moving real-world examples of people who were transformed not by words, but by the hands-on work of helping others.…

The Future Church

  This was the first sermon Rev. Sally Train delivered as our Interim Pastor. In it, she draws primarily on The Once and Future Church, by Loren Mead as well as Mark 2:21-22 to examine the big evolutionary changes in the nature of churches since Biblical times. She posits that small churches like ours – –…

What it Costs to Belive

Blyth Barnow is a writer, preacher and community organizer in Oakland. In 2015 she launched Feminary, an online ministry with working-class feminist perspective. She is a recent graduate of Pacific School of Religion, where she received a Master of Divinity degree and the Paul Wesley Yinger preaching award. In this sermon, Ms. Barnow draws on the story…

Remembering

If you’re looking for a church home, this sermon would be a good place to start understanding what makes FCCSR special. Rev Stokstad was our Pastor from 2004 to 2008. In this sermon, she recounts the memories this church that are still alive for her after almost 10 years . . . our commitment to Pilgrim Park .…

August 6, 2017 “Limp Away Changed”

Our guest preacher this Sunday was Jean Jeffress.  She holds a Master’s of Divinity from the American Baptist Seminary of the West at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.  She is a Member-in-Discernment with the Northern California Nevada  Conference of the United Church of Christ. In this sermon, Jean examines the sibling rivalry between Jacob and…

July 16, 2017 “Seeds of Hope”

On her next-to-last Sunday with us, Pastor Tracy took up the Parable of The Sower as a message central  to the future of any congregation. She found a parallel between in a small but very meaningful triumph in back yard baseball, and what members of a church can do to improve their “batting average” in hearing and understanding…

July 9, 2017 “Casting Burdens”

With only three weeks left with us before she leaves for her new life in southern California, Pastor Tracy chose to address one of the nuggets of bad “bumper-sticker theology” that she believes create a barrier that prevents many good people from becoming involved with the church.  (Scripture Matthew 11:6-19 & 25-30)

June 18, 2017 “When Faith Meets Reality”

Rev. Parrish is a member and and Itinerant Minister at Eden United Church of Christ in Hayward.  In addition to serving in leadership and ministerial positions at Eden, he serves on the Bay Association Executive Board, and on the Finance Committee of the Northern California Nevada Conference of the UCC. In this Fathers’ Day sermon, Rev. Parrish…