Sermon Archive

Sermon Archive

Below you will find recent sermons from Pastor Liz and guest preachers. Edgewood also has a dynamic lay preaching program that all church members are invited to participate in. Lay Preachers meet as a group to learn about the sermon writing process, workshop their ideas, and practice preaching. Each lay preacher has an opportunity to give a sermon on Sunday morning during the year. You will see some of those sermons in this archive.

Our Inheritance

Preacher: Pastor Liz Miller Text: Ephesians 1:15-23 Date: November 3, 2019 For the last few weeks at Edgewood we have been in the midst of our Stewardship campaign. We have been invited to reflect on all the important ministries our church does and what it takes to make those ministries happen, from our countless volunteers to our team leaders to the financial gifts that make up our annual budget. We’ve been talking about our vision for the year 2020 and…

The Age of Opportunities

Preacher: Rev. Lynn Casteel-Harper, Minister for Older Adults at The Riverside Church in the City of New York Date: October 27, 2019 Text: Genesis 12:1-9 Quote: “May I suggest that [human] potential for change and growth is much greater than we are willing to admit and that old age be regarded not as the age of stagnation but as the age of opportunities for inner growth?”—Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel in “To Grow in Wisdom” This past June, a group of…

Communal Grief

Preacher: Pastor Liz Miller Date: October 6, 2019 Text: Lamentations 1:1-6, 3:19-26 There is something that happens when a city or community experiences a tragedy, whether it is the aftereffects of a major weather system, or an act of mass violence, or a painful breach of trust with ripple effects across a town or church. There is a collective memory that is held in relationship to this event, such that it only takes a single word to shift the energy…

Trust Issues

Preacher: Pastor Liz MillerDate: September 29, 2019Text: Luke 16:19-31 I moved to Michigan during the year of the last presidential election, and it’s hard to believe another huge election is upon us. I have warned Edgewood’s Faith Community Nurse Leah that the blood pressure screenings after worship are likely to show elevated levels over the next 14 months. After living in states like California and Connecticut where my vote only mattered a tiny bit, it’s pretty fun to live in…

Seeking Justice

Preacher: Pastor Liz MillerDate: September 22, 2019Text: Amos 8:4-7 This might be the most unlikely way to begin a sermon on Just Peace Sunday, but I promise it ties in. This month is the 25th anniversary of the premiere of the tv show Friends and I have been inundated with Friends references the past few weeks, so much so that I can’t get certain scenes out of my head. Commercials, social media, and even google doodles have paid homage to…

Lost and Found

Preacher: Pastor Liz MillerDate: September 15, 2019Text: Luke 15:1-10 Everyone has a story of being lost. Sometimes they are family stories that are told with nervous laughter years later, about young children who wandered away in shopping centers and a frantic parental search that last three minutes, twenty minutes, an hour. Sometimes they are family stories that are not talked about, of relationships that were lost in a rift that could not be bound back together. Sometimes our stories of…