January 7-28 (4 Sermons) Many will resolve to get moving in the New Year. The gyms will fill up with eager people running, rowing, and yoga-posing toward a healthier life. But all these efforts will be incomplete and may never last without a deeper “movement of the soul.”
December 31 (1 Sermon) They call the time between the “meantime” because sometimes it can be really mean.
December 3-December 24 (4 Sermons) Prepare your heart and soul for the arrival of Hope this season.
ovember 26 (1 Sermon) Explore the cave where David retreats and gets honest with God.
November 5-19 (3 Sermons) We all need our rest. But Jesus cautions, “don’t fall asleep.” Dig deeper into Matthew’s gospel and let Jesus awaken your sleepy soul to the ready posture of love.
October 8 – 29 (3 Sermons) John’s gospel echoes the first haunting words of Genesis, “In the beginning…” Travel with Jesus from the wedding banquet at Cana to the well in Samaria as God creates, yet again, new beginnings.
September 10 – October 1 (4 Sermons). In our culture “church” has grown to be synonymous with boring, judgmental, anti-intellectual, tribal and empty. But that is not the vision of God or the message of Jesus. What if it were possible to fall in love with church? Explore the shocking beauty of grace, the contours of intelligent faith, the patient power of spiritual rest, and a world-changing joy. Bulletin and Sermon Tear Off (Click date below to download): September 10 September 17 September 24 October 1 Sermon Audio
September 3, 2017 (1 sermon). So much of what fuels us burns out. But there is something that cannot be consumed. Explore the story of Moses before the burning bush and the call of God. Bulletin and Sermon Tear Off September 3
August 13-27 (3 Sermons). In a world where so much is changing, including shifts in religion and Christian faith, the message of Jesus and the enduring Love of God are still relevant and transformative. Explore and experience what can still shift us from complacency, cynicism, meaninglessness, and isolation to hope, healing, and new life. Bulletin and Sermon Tear Off August 27
August 6 (1 sermon). Guest preacher, Rev. Kory Wilcoxson, shares a message about God’s presence in struggle.
July 16-30, 2017 (3 sermons). Jesus was a master of metaphor. He used ordinary experiences of everyday life to vivify the gospel…
July 7, 2017 (1 Sermon). Rev. Holly Fuqua opens up a beautiful story about the early church and invites the “sweet, sweet Spirit” to rework what possesses us.
June 18 – July 2, 2017 (3 Sermons). Join the journey of strange turns and unexpected surprises with this Patriarch of the Faith. Abraham was called away from the familiar, renamed, and tested in his pursuit of an odd and wondrous promise.
June 11, 2017 (1 Sermon). The Trinity is not a problem to be solved, an irrelevant doctrine for theological technicians, or an absurdity merely to be accepted “on faith.” What if the Trinity gives us a glimpse of the beauty, splendor, and mystery of who God is and how reality works?
June 4, 2017 (1 Sermon). The book of Acts offers us a glimpse of the Spirit’s surprising work. The new life of God’s label-defying, society-flipping, empowering energy sometimes takes more than one “aha!” to set in.
May 28, 2017 (1 Sermon). Guest preacher, Rev. Dean Phelps, explores the ascension story of Jesus.
May 7 – 21 (3 Sermons). Spiritual growth doesn’t just happen. We need milestones that propel us toward a deeper, fuller faith. Explore what it means to notice, name, and be transformed by God’s presence on the journey toward spiritual maturity.
April 30th (1 sermon). A message given by one of South Elkhorn’s graduating seniors, Alyssa Parrett, on Youth Sunday: Dance with the most intense love, joy and hope that you can muster. Trust the Lord with all your heart, and the dance will follow. If life’s a dance, then God’s your partner, and you’ve got to keep moving. Amen.
April 16-23 (2 sermons). Christ is risen! Christ is risen, indeed! And this reality shakes the whole world!
April 9th. Walk with us on our way to the Cross praising Hosanna in the highest!
April 2nd. Ministry Intern, Sara Don Bailey engages with Ezekiel and the dry bones. She talks openly about her own dry bones and wrestling with mental health, reminding others that God wants to give your dry bones new life!
March 5th-26th (4 sermons) Join us as we walk the journey of Lent this year engaging with the Psalms and learning to breathe in more deeply the Spirit of God.
February 26th Holly Fuqua highlights the deep spiritual hunger that resides in each of us and suggests that using our feet to follow Jesus will quench our thirst.
February 5th-19th (3 sermons).
January 8th-January 29th (4 sermons). We are called to a slow faith; to slow down and linger in the fullness of the presence of God.
January 1, 2017 (1 Sermon) Amanda DeWitt continues the Christmas celebration of God becoming another someone going through something.
December 25. The Christmas story brings the best present of all–the Presence of God. Michael Swartzentruber and Holly Fuqua share a creative re-telling of the Christmas Story from Luke 2 with children.
November 27-December 18 (4 sermons) Walk with us on the journey to Bethlehem this Christmas as we explore the Ghosts of Christmas and the birth of Jesus the savior.
November 6-20 (3 sermons). Senior Minister Michael Swartzentruber excavates the long, winding inner struggle that leads to spiritual depth, moral character, and the promise of holy life.
October 30th sermon. Perhaps Zacchaeus was not the little man we thought he was. Thanks be to God.
Momentum (2 sermons, October 9th and 23rd). The generosity of God unlocks in us a new life full of giving, going, and growing.
September 11-September25 (3 Sermons). What would your life look like if you grew and blossomed as a leader? What would our world look like if instead of recruiting church volunteers we unleashed leaders? Examine the spiritual ingredients of life-altering and world-changing leadership.
August 7 – September 4 (5 Sermons). “Everything happens for a reason,” right? Join us as we explore some well-worn Christian phrases and misused scriptures. We’ll unpack good intentions, probe the theological implications and collateral damage, and discover the surprising and life-giving God who meets us in the messiness of our complex lives.
July 10 – 31 (4 Sermons). From well known parables to challenging teachings, Luke presents the life and ministry of Jesus to us in a unique way.
June 19 (1 Sermon) Amanda DeWitt engages the trauma, tragedy and depressive condition of Job to look for the wonder, redeeming grace of God.
June 5 – 12, June 19 – 26 (4 Sermons) An overwhelmed schedule leads to an underwhelmed soul. We work hard, try hard, study hard, even love hard… we seem to live from one breath to the next, from one vacation to the hope of the next. No matter how much we pack into our lives, something seems to be missing. Explore the beauty and spiritual grandeur of Sabbath in its wondrous way of quieting our restless hearts. Experience the delight of slowing down, resting fully, and embracing a spiritual practice that just might change your life. Sabbath Blog (here): […]
May 29 (1 Sermon) Holly Fuqua explores how we are to approach and engage the world out of service to one another.
May 1 (4 sermons). Focusing on the book of Acts and the surprising stories of the early church, Senior Minister, Michael Swartzentruber, shares a series of messages reflecting on a year of ministry, mission, and spiritual adventure at South Elkhorn.
April 24 (1 sermon). High School Junior Alyssa Parrett brings a word of challenge to let go of distractions and focus in on God.
March 26 – April 10 (3 sermons). It shatters shame, disarms guilt, and unshackles the past. Yet we are suspicious of it thanks to cliché catchphrases, forced smiles, and blind optimism. Experience Easter this year by embracing what doesn’t come easy, cheap, or quick, but can change everything and everyone–even you: hope.
March 6-20 (3 Sermons). Everyone dies. But not everyone truly lives. Venture deep into the holy season of Lent, engage a TV show that has captured the attention of millions, and explore what it means to live boldly beyond the grip of death.
February 14-28 (3 Sermons). What does it mean to “give up” something during Lent? Explore the story that grounds this holy season in scripture and invite the challenge of Jesus’ Jerusalem journey into your life.
February 7 (1 Sermon). Explore one of the most rich and compelling stories in scripture: the transfiguration of Jesus. What does it mean to follow in the steps of the Transfigured One?
December 27 (1 Sermon). The Christ child is born! And it doesn’t take much time at all to lose him… maybe, just maybe, the story of a “parental mistake” is more than that. Perhaps this story offers us a glimpse into who Jesus is and what it might mean to truly follow him.
November 29 – December 20 (4 sermons). Fear and anxiety lead us to peer into the darkness looking for the worst. God invites us to search instead for the light of joy, hope, love and peace.
November 1 – November 22 (4 sermons). Read through each chapter of Ruth and discover a wondrous story about ordinary struggle, strength, and resilience. Discover the Spirit of God moving in the emptiness to bring about new life.
October 18 – October 25 (2 sermons). God’s light is ours to shine. We bring the light of God into the world through the hope, love, and generosity of Jesus. This sermon series engages what it means to be generous and celebrate the dawning of new life.
September 20 – October 4 (3 sermons). Forgiveness is a familiar word. But just what does it mean to embrace and extend forgiveness? Untangle the conceptual knots that lead to misunderstanding, experience the life-giving light of forgiveness, and be inspired to weave a beautiful, new tapestry from the tattered threads of anguish, failure, and loss.
September 13 (1 sermon). Associate Minister Holly Fuqua engages the story of a table-flipping Jesus to open up the spiritual power and place of anger in our lives.
August 23 – September 6 (3 sermons). Explore the challenge and the importance of life in spiritual community through courage, compassion and connection.
August 16 (1 Sermon). Guest preacher Joseph Pusateri lights a fire for breaking down the walls that box in Jesus.
July 26 – August 9 (3 sermons) An open letter to the church invites us to embrace the mystery of the gospel.
June 28 – July 12 (3 sermons) Jesus embodies hope as a healer, prophet and teacher. Explore portraits of Jesus’ ministry in stories from Mark’s gospel and welcome his hope into your life.
May 31 – June 21 (4 sermons) From a loose federation of tribes under constant threat emerges a new monarchy. The stories of Samuel, Saul and David make for a surprising saga of leadership, transition, and the undeterred faithfulness of God.
April 23 – May 17 (4 sermons) God invites Abram and all those who follow to imagine a bold and improbable future. Trace the contours of community, faith, and transformation in God’s imaginative love.
A Sermon by Bill McDonald from Mark 1:4-11 I love letters from children to God: “Dear Mr. God, I wish you would not make it so easy for people to come apart. I had to have 3 stitches and a shot. Janet.” “Dear God, Thank you for the baby brother, but what I asked for was a puppy. I never asked for anything before. You can look it up. Joyce” “Dear God, If we come back as somebody else, please don’t let me be Jennifer Horton—because I hate her. Denise” And I read this one the other day: “Dear God, […]
A Sermon by Bill McDonald from Matthew 1:18-25 Christmas Angels have been on our minds and in our sermons since the first Sunday of Advent, the last Sunday of November. Maybe it’s time now to turn to some experts and let the children tell us exactly who and what angels are. These quotes came by way of the Internet, but that’s not a plea for all of you to start forwarding Internet stories to me! Gregory, 5, says “I only know the names of two angels. Hark and Harold.” Olive, 9, complains, “Everybody’s got it all wrong. Angels don’t wear […]
A Sermon by Bill McDonald from Luke 1:26-56 Twisting, turning, tumbling, everything upside down. The first time I rode the Vortex at King’s Island, I thought I had arrived in roller coaster heaven. You sit two by two as the safety bar locks you into the seat and at the first drop everything you knew about gravity and spatial orientation just disappears. Your body is lifted inches off the seat as you rocket along the tracks at 55mph and are sent into loops and corkscrews that invert you six times. Upside down six times at 55 mph. It is thrilling […]
A Sermon by Bill McDonald from Luke 1:5-25, 57-66 A woman telephoned a friend. “How are you, dear?” she asked. “Simply awful,” came the reply. “My migraine headache is back, my feet are killing me, my back is almost breaking into, the ironing is piled to the ceiling, the house is a mess, and the children are driving me out of my mind.” “Now, you listen to me,” said the friend on the other end of the line, “You just go and lie down and rest. I’ll be right over to cook lunch for you and the children, and get […]