Audio Files

Links to Audio Files of Sermons (newest at the bottom):

NOTE: It is important to note that each sermon is part of a worship service that includes prayers, readings and music carefully selected to create a meaningful experience. The liturgy used at each service reflects the seasons of the traditional church calendar. However, the focal point of every Sunday service is the gathering at the Lord’s Table and sharing of Holy Communion.

Sermon Jan 23 2011
Rev. Irene Martin preaches.
Lectionary Texts

Sermon Feb 6 2011

Rev. Irene Martin preaches.
Lectionary Texts

Sermon February 13, 2011

Rev. Deacon Rachael Wolford preaches. Lectionary texts are found here.

Sermon Feb 20 2011

Rev. Iris Coover preaches. Lectionary texts are found here.

March 6 sermon (Last Sunday of Epiphany)

Rev. JoAnn Prestegard preaches. Lectionary texts are here.

Ash Wednesday

Rev. Deacon Rachael Wolford preaches. Lectionary texts are here.

March 13 sermon (First Sunday of Lent)

Rev. Irene Martin preaches. Lectionary texts are found here.

Sermon March 20 (Second Sunday of Lent)

Rev. JoAnn Prestegard preaches on baptism. Lectionary texts are found here.

Sermon March 27 (Third Sunday of Lent)

Rev. Deacon Rachael Wolford preaches on a rule of life. Lectionary texts are found here.

April 3 (Fourth Sunday of Lent)

This is a recording of the instructed Eucharist service. Rev. Irene Martin explains the different components. Warning: I cut out hymns and silences, but it is still 51 minutes long. Lectionary texts found here.

April 10 (Fifth Sunday of Lent)

Rev. Deacon Rachael Wolford preaches on a rule of life. Lectionary texts are found here.

PalmSundaySermon Rev. JoAnn Prestegard preaches. Lectionery texts found here.

(No Maundy Thursday sermon as the recorder was left home.) Lectionary texts found here.

Easter Sunday Rev. Deacon Rachael Wolford reads the Easter gospel and preaches.          Lectionary texts found here.

Sermon 5 1 11 Rev. Irene Martin preaches. Lectionary texts are here.

Sermon 5 8 11 Rev. JoAnn Prestegard preaches. Lectionary texts found here.

sermon 5 15 11 Rev. Deacon Rachael Wolford preaches. Lectionary texts found here.

sermon 5 22 11 Rev. Irene Martin preaches. Lectionary texts found here.

May 29 sermon by Rev. Iris Coover was not recorded. A transcript of the sermon is posted below. Lectionary texts found here.

On Saturday May 21st earthquakes were supposed to shake theearth, throwing the dead from their graves as the souls of believers ascended to heaven. On October 21st the entire universe is supposed to come to come to an end and the sun will be blotted out forever. However, the end did not occur on May 21st. There were no major earthquakes, and the elect did not ascend to heaven. The belief in an end of the world can be comforting to some people who see the world and their life circumstances irredeemably beyond repair.

There is a sense in which life does come to an end for people who have experienced a tsunami, or who have lived through a tornado, or have survived other major catastrophes, including the loss of their profession or their home. Each individual has different ways of coping with the difficult events that occur in their lives; for instance the death of a loved one may feel like the end of life. They may ask: “How can I live without her or him?” These are not unusual feeling for a grieving person to have. In a popular song about the death of a loved one the Rolling Stones sang: “No colors anymore, I want them to turn black. I want to see the sun blotted out from the sky. I want it to turn black.”

When Jesus was crucified there was total darkness for hours and the disciples ran away. The disciple Peter went back to fishing, he tried to leave his prior life with Jesus behind him. Two other disciples left Jerusalem and were found on the road to Emmaus, they thought their life with Jesus was over. In the darkness of fears and despair it is sometimes difficult to see that there is still light because the whole world seems to end. Some people have the ability to bounce back from their sorrow, others whither in the face of life catastrophes. Some people are able to face their inner demons and grow in wisdom, others become like walking dead. Like Zombies their strength feels sucked out of them; their losses have disrupted and destroyed the orderliness of their world. Sometimes they want the entire world to join them in their suffering. People who feel like this lack the confidence it takes to endure life; theologically they have a soul sickness.

Jesus left the spirit of truth for the people who loved and remembered him as he was. Before Jesus was crucified he danced and he also grieved; he expressed joy and he felt anger; he had fears about dying and he had compassion for the people he was leaving behind. Rather than being bitter Jesus gave his followers strength. He said: “I will not leave you orphaned.” And he said “Because I live, you also will live.” Jesus had been a support for his disciples and he promised to send them a gift, another advocate to stand with them. This advocate is invisible, but lives in the hearts of those who walk the life journey of love.

Everything we are: our physical bodies, our senses, and our emotions are all gifts from God. The sun, our world, our families and friends, our pets and our farm animals, our crops and gardens and all the creatures God created on the land, in the seas and in the air are all gifts of love from our creator. Today is Rogation Sunday and it is ironic that a week after the world was supposed to end we remember to give special thanks for the crops that feed us and we pray for an abundant harvest in this coming autumn. The word Rogation comes from the Latin “rogare” which means “to ask,” it is a shortened form of the phrase “ask and you shall receive.”

When we take a risk to ask for what we need, we are make choices about the direction we want our life to take. Night and day; sorrow and joy; death and life, heads or tails; we cannot have one without the other. Because we have free will we can face the sun or we can turn our back and blot out the sun. Life can be mean and dark; for everyone there are losses along the way but with Christ in our hearts we can successfully survive. We all journey that ragged edge between being fearful of what life will bring, and looking forward to what love will offer. Our Living God, who is in our midst, would agree with the chocolate king, Willy Wonka, who said, “If you want to view paradise simply look around and you will see it.   Amen.

sermon 6 5 11 Rev. JoAnn Prestegard preaches. Lectionary texts found here.

sermon 6 12 11 Rev. Deacon Rachael Wolford preaches. Lectionary texts found here.

sermon June 19  Trinity Sunday.Rev. Deacon Rachael Wolford preaches. Lectionary texts found here.

Sermon June 26 Rev. Iris Coover preaches. Lectionary texts found here.

Sermon July 3 Rev. Deacon Rachael Wolford preaches. Lectionary texts found here.

July 10th sermon was not recorded.

Sermon July 17 2011 First sermon of discernment series: what is Total Common Ministry, what will happen during discernment process. Deacon Rachael Wolford preaches. Lectionary readings found here.

Sermon 7 31 2011 Second sermon of discernment series: Gifts – a basic premise of Total Ministry is that God gives to each congregation the gifts it needs to do the work He calls it to do, just as He gives to each individual the gifts they need for life. Rev. Irene Martin preaches.

August 7 sermon Rev. Iris Coover preaches. Lectionary readings posted here.

Sermon 8 14 2011Third in the discernment sermon series. Rev. Deacon Rachael Wolford preaches. A gifts discernment questionnaire is referenced in the sermon; if you were not at church and thus did not take the questionnaire, contact Rachael.

Sermon 8 21 2011 Rev. JoAnn Prestegard preaches. Lectionary readings found here.

discernment discussion august 28 Rev. Deacon Rachael Wolford leads a discussion regarding the gifts discernment exercise from August 14. It’s 20 minutes long. It’s very quiet at first but gets louder.

September 4 sermon Rev. JoAnn Prestegard preaches. Lectionary texts found here.

September 11th discernment discussion Prayerful discernment of people’s roles in the future of St. James. Please talk to Irene if you were absent and would like to add your input. Note: recording begins with the Gospel lesson Irene chose for the morning: the story of Samuel’s recognition of God’s call.

Sermon September 18  Rev. Iris Coover preaches. Texts can be found here.

Sermon 9 25 2011 Rev. Irene Martin preaches. Texts found here.

Sermon October 2 Rev. Deacon Rachael Wolford preaches. Texts found here.

Sermon October 9 2011 Rev. Irene Martin preaches. Lectionary texts are here.

Sermon 10 16 11 Rev. JoAnn Prestegard preaches. Lectionary texts are here.

Sermon 11 6 11 Rev. Irene Martin preaches. Lectionary texts are here.

Sermon 11 13 11 Rev. JoAnn Prestegard preaches. Lectionary texts are here.

Sermon 11 20 2011 Rev. Irene Martin preaches. Lectionary texts are here.