My Sermons

Lent in Plain Sight, II: Bread

Date: March 6, 2022

Bible Text: Ecclesiastes 11:1–6 | Reverend Christine V. HidesLent is marked by peculiar disciplines. We begin by placing ashes on our foreheads. We help the children put away the alleluias so that the notes ring with magnified joy on Easter morning. We might fast or take up a new spiritual practice. Lent is an invitation

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The Impossible Possibility for an Impossible Time, V: A Whisper Will Be Heard

Date: February 6, 2022

Bible Text: 5:27–39 | Reverend Christine V. HidesDuring the season of Epiphany Bill, Katie and I are exploring Jesus’ early ministry to see what we can learn about Christ-like virtue during this time of pandemic, racial-discord, and divisiveness. Borrowing a phrase from Reinhold Niebuhr who called Jesus the Impossible Possibility, this sermon series is

Certain Semi-Sacred Symbols of the Season, VII: Gifts

Date: January 2, 2022

Bible Text: Matthew 2:1–12 | Reverend Christine V. HidesDuring Advent and Christmastime we are preaching on Certain Semi-Sacred Symbols of the Season—Candy Canes, Snow, Evergreens, Donkeys. While each of these tangible items illuminates an aspect of our multi-faceted God, none of them have been mentioned in the biblical nativity narratives until today. Today our symbol

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The (Re)Birth of the Church, IV: Education

Date: October 3, 2021

Bible Text: Acts 2:42–47 | Reverend Christine V. Hides Bill Katie and I are in the middle of a new sermon series, using the book of acts as a blueprint for the birth of the early church and the (re)birth with the re in parentheses of the church as we emerge from the pandemic. In Acts Read More

How to Love the World Again, VI: The Feast of Each Moment

Date: August 29, 2021

Bible Text: Psalm 23:5 | Reverend Christine V. HidesNext week Bill will preach the last sermon in our “How to Love the World Again” series which pairs poetry with each verse of Psalm 23. Today we are delighted to be blessing our children and youth as they return to school. Psalm 23 is very familiar—KenilworthRead More

How to Love the World Again, V: Pieces of Heaven

Date: August 22, 2021

Bible Text: Psalm 23:4b | Reverend Christine V. Hides  Last week Katie took us on a hike through the Valley of Shadows in our verse by verse journey through Psalm 23 which Bill, Katie and I pair with poetry and reflections from the recent book How to Love the World: Poems of Gratitude and Hope. TodayRead More

Shafts of Light, XII: UNICEF

Date: July 18, 2021

Bible Text: Psalm 82 | Reverend Christine V. Hides Psalm 82 A Plea for Justice God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment: “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah Give justice to the weak and the orphan; maintain theRead More

Shafts of Light, I: Mary McLeod Bethune

Date: April 18, 2021

Bible Text: Psalm 1 | Reverend Christine V. HidesBill, Katie, and I are excited to begin a new sermon series beginning today. Each week we will highlight one of the groups extraordinary, faithful individuals, whose faces shine through the Malott chapel windows upstairs. The title of this sermon series is taken from the eulogy honoring today’s

Out of the Dust

Date: February 17, 2021

Bible Text: Matthew 6:1–6, 16–21 | Reverend Christine V. Hides “Remember you are dust.” we say to ourselves on the threshold of Lent, as if we could overlook the frailty and fragility of life during a pandemic.  The phases and tiers of reopening, the positivity rates and ICU bed availability, so many numbers that rise and fall and spiral as the months wear on into

Gratitude in Liminal Times

Date: November 26, 2020

Bible Text: Deuteronomy 8:7–18 | Reverend Christine V. HidesFor the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land with flowing streams, with springs and underground waters welling up in valleys and hills, a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, a land where you may eat bread

Story of Wonder, January 2020

A Theology of Sheep