Sermons by Rev Donna Ross

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Wrestling with God

Jacob’s story: Jacob’s story takes up 25 chapters in Genesis. (It’s a family saga, and it’s also a Biblical soap opera.) Today’s reading: Jacob is still traveling, and preparing to meet his brother Esau again; even after many years, he‟s still afraid of what Esau may do to him and his family. (Whatever Esau chooses […]

Surely the Lord is in this Place

A sermon by Rob and Donna Ross Jacob’s Story   This Sunday and next, Jesus tells parables about seeds – seeds that land on barren pathways; seeds thrown among rocks and brambles; seeds crowded out by weeds. Some seeds fall into good soil, becoming great trees that support the growing kingdom of God.  This Sunday […]

The Dance of Trinity

Today’s Scriptures all point to the Trinity, even though the word itself isn’t in the Bible. Genesis 1:1-2:4    Six centuries before Jesus was born, an unknown poet-priest imagined God at the beginning of time: hovering over the void, creating life out of chaos.  Sun, moon, and stars are born; the earth is formed, with its […]

The Music of the Heart


The New Year is here.   We’re facing a year of great struggles, in our nation and in the world, in our communities and even within our own families.  Most of us are already weary, and it’s only Day One.  Can we trust that God is speaking to us in the midst of this chaos, […]

Take me to the Alley


A Meditation on Luke 14: 1, 7-14 Posted on August 23, 2016 by Gregory Porter, May 2016 “Take Me To The Alley” Well, they gild their houses In preparation for the King And they line the sidewalks With every sort of shiny thing They will be surprised When they hear him say Take me to […]

The Lord’s Prayer

Thoughts on the Lord’s Prayer Jesus was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.”  He said to them, “When you pray, say:  Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our […]

Counting Sheep, April 17, 2016


The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want… The 23rd Psalm When I was about 10 years old, I had great trouble getting to sleep.  As the sleepless nights went on, I became more and more anxious – especially after I learned that I shouldn’t wake up my mother or father. However, it was […]

The Way of Transformation – Good Friday, March 25


The Way of Transformation The Feeding of Judas – woodcut by Solomon Raj John 18:1 – 19:42 The Gospel reading for Good Friday tells us the story of a Jewish man who was rejected by Jewish religious leaders and then crucified by Roman soldiers – and in re-telling this story, we have heard the words Jew, […]