Sermons Archive

Gratitude Sunday

Rev. Jeff Crews
Nov 13 2011

“At that time Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. [All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the...

The Parable of Our Talents

Rev. Jeff Crews
Nov 6 2011

Our scripture passages today represent two main posts in the story of our lives.  These two posts are wisdom, and money.  Interesting concepts to put together, but as we approach Stewardship Sunday next week, maybe there is something in these passages that will guide us toward a wise use of money as members and friends of Spring Glen Church...

The Greatest Commandment

Rev. Jeff Crews
Oct 23 2011

Our Hebrew Scripture is from the Book of Leviticus, which is the third of the five books in the Torah, or the Jewish Law.  It was written by, for and about the Jewish Levite Priests, and the name Leviticus literally means, “of the Levites.”  The first sixteen chapters of the book are the Levitical Priestly Code, and the...

You Are Known by Name

Rev. Jeff Crews
Oct 16 2011

In our two lectionary passages today, we learn that God knows us by name, but mysteriously, God cannot be fully seen by us, even as we can come to know God.  We also learn from Jesus that we are to give back to the world what belongs to the world, and give back to God what belongs to God.  How are these teachings related?  And what is in a...

Peace Surpassing Understanding

Rev. Jeff Crews
Oct 9 2011

Helen Keller famously said, “I do not want the peace that passes understanding, I want the understanding that brings peace.”  Leo Tolstoy said, “Let us forgive each other -- only then will we have Peace.”  John Fitzgerald Kennedy said, “Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers,...

Journeying from No to Yes

Rev. Jeff Crews
Sep 25 2011

For millions of years, the rock stood silent, unmercifully baked by the Sinai sun.  Each day it murmured No and sat, motionless and lifeless.  Then, one day, a fellow named Moses comes along and smacks the rock in our story with a staff, and after a million million times of saying No, the rock springs to life, shouts...

Unfair Grace

Rev. Jeff Crews
Sep 18 2011

Our two biblical stories today invite us to reflect about all the ways that grace shows up in our lives.  Would you pray with me?  “May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable to you, our God, our...

The Power of Forgiveness

Rev. Jeff Crews
Sep 11 2011

To begin today, on this Tenth Anniversary of 9/11, would those of you who personally knew someone who died on September 11, 2001 please stand or hold up a hand to honor their memory?  Please remain standing.  Would those of you who know someone who lost someone that day please stand?  Would the rest of you now please stand as we honor the...

The Greatest Fishing Derby of All

Jeff Crews
Jun 26 2011

Sisters and Brothers in Christ I bring you greetings from the gathered saints at my home congregation of Orinda Community Church near San Francisco, and from the ‘other coast’ saints of the Northern California Nevada Conference.  I bring hundreds of their prayers into this place this morning, adding them to, and honoring your prayers.  The...