Sermons


The Community of Creation – Rev Richard Ruch

June 7, 2020 | Psalm 8, Matthew 28:16-20

Our lectionary reading from the final verses of Matthew is called the great commission.  Jesus gives his disciples the authority to act as his commissioned officers.  Their marching orders are to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them, and teaching them to obey all that he has commanded them. Matthew, who was there […]

Easter Sunday 2020

April 12, 2020 | Matthew 28:1-15

Matthew 28:1-15 After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2 And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and […]

“All Synched Up”

February 9, 2020 | Matthew 5:13-16; 1 Corinthians 2:1-16  

This morning I’ll begin with Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, then move to Matthew’s gospel to talk about salt and light.  Paul opens this section of his letter by saying:  “When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come to you with lofty words and wisdom.  I decided to know nothing among […]

Blessed are Those Despised

February 2, 2020 | Matthew 5:1-12; I Corinthians 1:17-31

When I was 25 years old, I moved from Tucson, Arizona to the East Coast to begin my new job as a librarian in New York City.  Since I didn’t yet have an apartment in the City, I moved in with my sister and brother-in-law.  He was the pastor of a Hungarian Reformed Church in […]

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