Rev. Tom Sorenson, Pastor
December 22, 2002

Scripture:

It all seems so improbable. It just doesnít make sense. I mean, weíre talking about God here. God!

Rev. Tom Sorenson, Pastor
December 15, 2002

Scripture:

I donít know about you, but sometimes, indeed most of the time, I feel simply overwhelmed by all of the bad news we see, hear, and read every day.

Rev. Tom Sorenson, Pastor
December 8, 2002

Scripture:

To judge by the decorations in all the stores, and by the lights that have been strung on many of our houses, we are now in the Christmas season.

Rev. Tom Sorenson, Pastor
November 24, 2002

Scripture:

Ah, yes. The Judgment of the Nations from Matthew 25. I consider this story to be among the small handful of the most important passages in all of Scripture for telling us what the faith calls us to do, what the faith demands that we do, in response to the unconditional grace that God offers us in and through Christ Jesus our Lord.

Rev. Tom Sorenson, Pastor
November 17, 2002

Scripture:

Why do people go to church?

Rev. Tom Sorenson, Pastor
November 10, 2002

Scripture:

We more or less liberal Christians donít talk much about Godís judgment, Godís wrath.

Rev. Tom Sorenson, Pastor
November 3, 2002

Scripture:

When I was a teenager, being incorrigibly arrogant as some teenagers are wont to be, I left the church because I became convinced that everyone in it was a hypocrite.

Rev. Tom Sorenson, Pastor
October 27, 2002 (Reformation-Reconciliation Sunday)

Scripture:

Today is what we used to call Reformation Sunday, a day for remembering and celebrating the renewal of the church in the sixteenth century our of which our Protestant tradition emerged. Today, apparently, we call it Reformation-Reconciliation Sunday.

Rev. Tom Sorenson, Pastor
October 20, 2002

Scripture:

      Sometimes Christians like to think of Jesus as quite meek and mild, always honest and straightforward, dealing directly and honestly with everyone. The idea that he might dissemble or even mislead someone seems unacceptable. Well, as the Gershwins wrote in Porgy and Bess, "it ainít necessarily so."

A Communion Mediation
Rev. Tom Sorenson, Pastor
October 6, 2002

Scripture:

      Today we celebrate the Eucharist, also known as Holy Communion or The Lordís Supper.

Rev. Tom Sorenson, Pastor
September 29, 2002

Scripture:

      What do we mean when we say God?

Rev. Tom Sorenson, Pastor
September 22, 2002

Scripture:

      To be perfectly honest about it, some of Jesusí parables leave me saying: Huh?

Rev. Tom Sorenson, Pastor
September 15, 2002

Scripture:

      Last week I shared with you a vision of Monroe Congregational United Church of Christ as a small, faithful group of people that offers to this community an alternative vision, a vision of Godís realm of peace and justice. Today I want to say that as committed as I am to that vision, I believe that it is an incomplete vision of what Monroe Congregational United Church of Christ can be in this community.

Rev. Tom Sorenson, Pastor
September 8, 2002

Scripture:

      Our culture has a hang-up on size

Rev. Tom Sorenson, Pastor
September 1, 2002

Scripture:

      Christianity isnít easy.

Rev. Tom Sorenson, Pastor
August 25, 2002

Scripture:

      The other day I was out walking my dog Jake.

Rev. Tom Sorenson, Pastor
August 18, 2002

Scripture:

      As most of you know, I generally preach from the Revised Common Lectionary, that table of readings prescribed for each Sunday of the year by an ecumenical panel of experts that is used in many Christian churches. ... Sometimes when I look at the texts for a particular week the feeling I get is much more akin to panic than inspiration.

Rev. Tom Sorenson, Pastor
August 11, 2002

Scripture:      

      I have been reading a lot of Harry Potter lately.

Rev. Tom Sorenson, Pastor
August 4, 2002

Scripture:

      The Scripture passages we heard this morning, which are all about people being fed at Godís table, reminded me of something that happened recently.

Rev. Tom Sorenson, Pastor
July 28, 2002

Scripture:

      I have told you many times recently that Romans 8:38-39 is my favorite passage in all of the Bible.

Rev. Tom Sorenson, Pastor
July 21, 2002

Scripture:

      I remember when I was in high school going to a youth retreat with the Pilgrim Fellowship, the youth program of First Congregational Church in Eugene Oregon at a UCC church camp called Camp Adams. There I experienced church camp songs for the first time. One of those songs was "We Are Climbing Jacobís Ladder."

Rev. Tom Sorenson, Pastor
July 14, 2002

Scripture:

      Not often, but occasionally, in the Gospels there will be in the text something that purports to explain something that has just been said.

A Communion Meditation
Rev. Tom Sorenson, Pastor
July 7, 2002

Scripture:

      Some purveyors of a particular distortion of Christianity will sell people a satanic lie masquerading as Godís truth. This lie is that if you just have enough faith, bad things wonít happen to you.

Rev. Tom Sorenson, Pastor
June 30, 2002

Scripture:

      It seems the older I get, the less I like change.

Rev. Tom Sorenson, Pastor
June 23, 2002

Scripture:

      In the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta Pirates of Penzance, there is a song in which several of the characters sing about "a paradox, a paradox, a most intriguing paradox."

Rev. Tom Sorenson, Pastor
June 16, 2002

Scripture:

      When I began to write this sermon, I quickly ran into a problem. You see, I had this great idea. Well, at least I thought it was great. Youíre free to disagree, of course.

Pastor Tom Sorenson
June 9, 2002

Scripture:

      Let me tell you a story: "There was a man who was considered a success in the eyes of the world, for he was a lawyer.

A Communion Meditation
Pastor Tom Sorenson
June 2, 2002

Scripture:

      The Christian life is characterized by a most peculiar practice. Once a week we gather in a place set apart for that purpose.

Pastor Tom Sorenson
Trinity Sunday, May 26, 2002

Scripture:

On our secular calendars, today is the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. In the church calendar, today is Trinity Sunday. You know. That peculiar Christian conception of God that is one of the things that distinguishes from the other great monotheistic faiths.

Pastor Tom Sorenson
May 19, 2002

Scripture:

     Today we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the first disciples. Scripture tells us that before he died Jesus promised the coming of the Spirit.

Pastor Tom Sorenson
May 12, 2002

Scripture:

I need to ask you a question. Do any of you know how folks expressed themselves in the days before people had things with bumpers that you could put a bumper sticker on?

Pastor Tom Sorenson
May 5, 2002

Scripture:

      As Christians we have a hope. We have a hope that the world cannot give us. Indeed, we have a hope that the world cannot understand....

Pastor Tom Sorenson
April 28, 2002

Scripture:

      A while ago I heard some Christian faith healer being interviewed by Larry King.

Pastor Tom Sorenson
April 21, 2002

Scripture:

      The other day I saw this ad on the television.

(A sermon on new chances, new beginnings)

Tom Sorenson, Pastor, Monroe Congregational Church, UCC
Preached at Monroe Congregational Church, UCC
April 14, 2002

Scripture:

    We've all heard it: Repent! Repent, for the end is near! Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand!


Tom Sorenson, Pastor
Monroe Congregational UCC, April 7, 2002

Scripture:

Once when I was a young adolescent, my father described me to someone, I don't remember who, as a "doubting Thomas."

An Easter Sermon
Pastor Tom Sorenson
Monroe Congregational UCC
March 31, 2002
Scripture:

On the street in Russia on this day, at least in Russia as it was 100 years ago and maybe in some places in Russia now again, people greet each other, even total strangers with the joyous cry: "Khristos voskres! Christ is risen!"


A Maundy Thursday Meditation
Pastor Tom Sorenson
March 28, 2002
Text:

"Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another." That's what he said. What did he mean?


Scripture: Preached at Monroe Congregational UCC
March 24, 2002
Pastor Tom Sorenson

This is a true story. There was a man named Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Scripture: Candidate sermon at Monroe Congregational UCC,
March 17, 2002
Tom Sorenson

Imagine the scene. Bethany--a quiet and dusty little town a couple of miles outside the walls of the great city of Jerusalem. Two sisters--Mary and Martha. Their brother Lazarus has died.

Sermon, Monroe UCC, March 3, 2002
John Stoppels

Jesus performs a miracle. He heals a blind man. He spits on the ground (SPIT), mixes up some mud, and puts it on the man's eyes.

Sermon, Monroe UCC, 2/24/02
( John 3:1-17 , Nicodemus; Rom. 12:1-13 )
John Stoppels

Perhaps Nicodemus is worried about what his powerful friends would say if they saw him talking to the radical preacher. Or maybe he wants a chance to be alone with Jesus, so they can have a private conversation, which would be impossible during the day, with the crowds of followers pressing in. In any case, Nicodemus comes to Jesus at night.

Sermon, Monroe UCC, 2/17/02
( Matt. 4:1-11 ; The Temptation of Jesus)
John Stoppels

In the Northwest we are proud of our wilderness.

Monroe Congregational Church, UCC
January 6, 2002 Rev Maria Hoaglund
Scripture: Isaiah 60:1-6
Ephesians 3:1-12
Matthew 2:1-12

Christmas is a wonderful time of year! But I must say that every year