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  • Oct3Sun

    Children's Message: Eating Healthy for Our Bodies and the Planet

    October 3, 2021 by Carey Meadows-Helmer
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Carey

    Sesaon of Creation Sunday

    Hello dear children of God,


    Do any of you like to help make food creations in the kitchen? Do you pull a chair or stool up to the counter so you can work alongside a grown up? Maybe you like to measure the flour, sugar, salt, eggs, milk, butter and baking powder for pancakes like my kids. Maybe some of you are at the...

  • Oct3Sun

    The Gift of Two Steps Back

    October 3, 2021 by Carey Meadows-Helmer
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Carey

    Season of Creation

    Mark 10:2-16


    You may remember the hydro blackout in summer of 2003. Many homes were without power for up to two days.  Do you remember what you were doing? At the time I was a young teacher in my early twenties on summer break staying with my parents. And on that weekend I had a side gig of preparing the meal for my...

  • Sep12Sun

    A Denying or Nurturing God?

    September 12, 2021 by Carey Meadows-Helmer
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Carey

    Mark 8:27-38

    The Gospel opens with Jesus in conversation with the people, Who do people say that I am? He asks of his followers. 


    I am reminded of a poem penned by Dietrich Bonhoeffer while in a prison. He compares the exulted way in which others sometimes see and speak of him, with the more uncertain and vulnerable way he sees himself....

  • Jul25Sun

    The Sickness of Scarity or the Health of Abundance

    July 25, 2021 by Carey Meadows-Helmer
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Carey

    Feeding the 5000


    The crowd gathered. It was a big crowd gathered near Jesus.  Or as close as they could get.  The hillside full. Five thousand people, John’s Gospel says. And that’s likely just counting the men. A crowd that could fill the Aud at or beyond capacity. 


    On the grass, the people came together. The place...

  • Jul4Sun

    God’s Work is to Create Connections Among Us

    July 4, 2021 by Carey Meadows-Helmer
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Carey

    Sermon Pentecost 6B 

    In the book, Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer talks about family camping trips in the Adironacks, to the tallest peak called Mount Marcy or in Algonquin, Tahawus.  Robin recalls how her family taught her the importance leaving the site in good shape. Cleaning up the campsite had the goal of leaving it...

  • Jun13Sun

    Faith Like a Mustard Seed

    June 13, 2021 by Carey Meadows-Helmer
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Carey

    3rd Sunday after Pentecost

      Mark 4: 25-34

     

    Today for my sermon, I’ve got a mashup for you of what’s helped me weed through the Gospel parable. It’s about:

    A Mustard Seed

    Helicopters 

    Screen Time

    Bouquets

     

    A Mustard Seed, Really?

    We start with this quaint parable of a mustard seed, the smallest of all...

  • May16Sun

    What Trees Tell Us about the Interconnectedness of God’s Creation

    May 16, 2021 by Carey Meadows-Helmer
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Carey

    Come away with me into this sermon time.

     

    Whenever I start to write a sermon it’s like going to the well with a bucket. I’ve been to the well before to draw living water, but the bucket needs to refilled often. It’s certain that since the last time I preach on a text the world has changed, and I have changed.  With...

  • Apr25Sun

    The Lord is My Good Shepherd

    April 25, 2021 by Carey Meadows-Helmer
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Carey

     

    Sermon: Fourth Sunday of Easter

    Psalm 23, 1 John 3, John 10:11-18

     

    The narratives of faith we hear on Good Shepherding Sunday speak to us of being known, being called, and being gathered into one.  We are given a glimpse that life as God intends -  means - that those who don’t experience belonging, are meant to find...

  • Apr15Thu

    Easter Sermon

    April 15, 2021 by Carey Meadows-Helmer
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Carey

    Easter Sunday   

    John 20:1-18

     

    While it was still dark….

     

    The Easter Gospel opens with these words.  

     

    While it was still dark, in those brilliant early morning hours when most of the world still slept, Mary gets up and goes to the tomb.

     

    While it was still dark…

    Even as the sun had not yet...

  • Mar14Sun

    God's Unfolding Story

    March 14, 2021
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Carey

    Fourth Sunday in Lent
    Numbers 21:4-9, John 3:14-21

     

    I’ve said this before,

    God’s word invites us to enter into the story and to become a part.  Yes, there’s a God moment happening again today… unfolding in our midst. Do you want to be a part?  Of course you do. However, your enthusiasm might depend on...