For World Communion Sunday, Pastor Tracy used the story of Pentecost as the jumping-off point to explore the power of breaking bread as “the Great Equalizer” in uniting communities. And, she finds the miracle of Pentecost re-created in a group of 3 year-olds at a neighborhood playground.
Pastor Tracy explores the Parable of the Wedding Feast (Matthew 22:1-14) in the context of its time and finds that this often-confusing passage offers a metaphor of God’s promise to unite the world in peace and of our unwillingness to take the risk that offer demands.
Pepper Swanson is a recent graduate of Pacific School of Religion and is currently a candidate for ordination in the UCC. In this sermon, she explored a deeper understanding of the obligation of forgiveness as stated in Matthew 18:21 – 35. She suggested a technique from improv theater that can unleash the healing power of forgiveness,…
Pastor Tracy examines the subtle ways people use language to separate “us” from “others” as part of the process of discrimination and oppression, from the ancient story of the Israelites in Egypt to the geo-politics of today.
Starting from the story of The burning bush, Pastor Tracy explores the timeless urge to avoid big challenges in hopes someone more worthy will step forward. Her message is that when God challenges us, He also promises to walk with us and, often in very unexpected ways, gives us what we need to succeed.
This was the sermon Pastor Tracy preached on her first Sunday as our new settled Pastor. In it, she explores the Parable of the Good Samaritan and the life story of the abolitionist John Newton (writer of Amazing Grace) and finds that “Love your neighbor as yourself’ is a more challenging idea than we may think.
Rev. Tracy Barnowe preached this sermon as the candidate recommended by the Search Committee to be our next settled Pastor. In it, she examines supposedly unlikely heroes and finds that they are often in fact the person best-prepared to address the larger, unacknowledged problem of the day. Scripture: the “unlikely” choice of David as King (1 Samuel 15:34 –…