2015 Sermons

Welcome to our sermons page!  While you can find all the sermons from 2015 below, you can also click here for Community of the Way’s soundcloud account and also click here for manuscripts of sermons.

Living in the Advent Tension, Rev. Kristen Yates, with Community of the Way, December 20, 2015

In this sermon, Rev. Kristen looks at the promises that God made to Abraham, Micah, and Mary, noting that with the birth of Jesus, some of these promises have been fulfilled while others will not be fulfilled until Jesus comes again.  Thus, we live in this Advent tension, this time of “now and not yet.”  What does it mean to be Christ light in this in between time?

A full manuscript can be found here.

The Rhythm of Daily Prayer, Rev. Kristen Yates, with Community of the Way, November 22, 2015

In this teaching, Rev. Kristen talks about daily prayer, an ancient practice done by David, Daniel, the ancient Christians, Benedict, etc. It is one worth incorporating into our present lives as it helps us to have daily encounters with God, to eliminate the secular/sacred divide, and to begin to live life from the perpective of God’s kingdom.

In the second half of the sermon, Rev. Kristen refers to several daily prayer resources, including The Daily Office by the Trinity Mission and others. To find out more about prayers resources, check out: attentivenesstogod.wordpress.com/daily-examen/

A full manuscript can be found here.

God with Us, Elizabeth Zarubin, with Community of the Way, November 15, 2015

Elizabeth Zarubin looks at the story of Hannah and the birth of Samuel and makes connections to the story of Jesus’ nativity. She shows how God is with us – He was with Hannah, Mary, and with us too.

The Widow’s Poverty, The Rev. Kyle Logan, with Community of the Way, November 8, 2015

The Rev. Kyle Logan contrasts the poverty of the poor widow with that of the scribes. He then talks about the discipline of sacrificial tithing and how it unites us to Christ.

Rhythms of Rest and Work, The Rev. Kristen Yates, with Community of the Way, November 1, 2015

In this sermon, the second part of a three part sermon, Rev. Kristen looks at the rhythms of rest and work that God embedded into creation and which we are invited into in our own lives.

A full manuscript can be found here.

Living Out Our Values as a Community, The Rev. Kristen Yates, with Community of the Way, October 25, 2015

This sermon begins by retelling the stories found in Ruth 1:1-17 and Matthew 26:26-35 about Ruth and the Apostle Peter, respectively.  It asks how can we as individuals and as a community can be people who live out the values we say we have.

A full manuscript of the sermon can be found here.

God’s Kingdom and the Nature of God’s Power, Elizabeth Lawton Kuriakose, with Community of the Way, October 18, 2015

The Gospel reading for the day, Mark 10:35-45, addresses one of the most basic questions involved in understanding the Kingdom of God—the nature of God’s power.  Elizabeth expounds on what this power looks like and what its implications are for followers of Christ.  Elizabeth also explores what it means to be Kingdom people in our roles as professionals, especially those of us working in the Silicon Valley.

A full manuscript can be found here.

Jesus and the Rich Young Ruler, the Rev. Kyle Logan, with Community of the Way, October 11, 2105

In this sermon, Rev. Kyle  overturns a current, popular reading of the story of Jesus and the rich, young, ruler.  Is this a story encouraging all of us to sell all our possessions in order to save ourselves or is it one that asks us to find our identity, hope, and ultimately eternal life in Jesus Christ himself?

Six Historical Terms to Understand Our Worship Service, the Rev. Kristen Yates, with Community of the Way, September 27, 2015

As part of an instructed Eucharist, Rev. Kristen explained how 6 historical terms/phrases that have been used to describe our worship service in the past help us to understand different aspects of our service.  These include:  The Lord’s Supper, Breaking of Break, Communion, Eucharist, Mass, and Divine Liturgy.

Conflict Begins in the Heart, the Rev. Kristen Yates, with Community of the Way and St. John’s Orinda, September 20, 2015

A Sermon Based on James 3:13-4:8.  This sermon talks about the idolatry in our hearts that leads to conflict and the path to healing, forgiveness, and reconciliation that God calls us to pursue.

(Note: The audio recording for this sermon had some problems, but the recording for this same sermon preached in the morning at St. John’s in Orinda, CA was fine, so that is what is included here.)

For a manuscript of the sermon, click here.

Faith and Works in the Service of the Poor, The Rev. Kristen Yates, with Community of the Way, September 6, 2015

The first part of the sermon reconciles the seemingly contradictory messages that Paul and James gave about faith and works, arguing that they didn’t actually contradict each other but were arguing for different things: Paul argued about the nature of justification while James argued about the nature of faith.

The second part of the sermon recognizes that the lectionary readings of the day (Proverbs 221-2, 8-9, 22-23; Psalm 125, James 2, 1-17, Mark: 7:24-37) share a common theme: God cares for the poor, opposes injustice, and opposes partiality towards the rich. Given the understanding of faith that we have just gotten from James, we are then asked what God might be calling us to do regarding the poor?

The third part of the sermon(starting at minute 9:35)is a description/discussion of the housing issue in the Peninsula, as well a variety of service opportunities that are available to our community in Redwood City, CA. There is also brief mention of the Syrian immigration crisis. This is a more of an in-house discussion of how we can concretely live out James’ call to care for the poor, the marginalized, and the struggling folks in our midst.

For the full manuscript, go here.

On Becoming, Elizabeth Zarubin, Guest Preacher from Eucharist, SF, with Community of the Way, August 30, 2015

This sermon recounts the story of the people of Israel becoming God’s people through their difficult “catechesis” in the desert.  It also presents a challenge to our community as we are in the process of becoming all that God has called us to be.  A manuscript can be found here.

Our Failures, God’s Faithfulness, The Rev. Kristen Yates, with Community of the Way, July 26, 2015

This sermon recounts King David’s unfaithfulness as he succombs to lust, adultery, and ultimately murder, and then it speaks of God’s faithfulness despite David’s failures. It then talks about God’s faithfulness to us in spite of our own failures.  For the manuscript, click here.

The Compassion of Jesus, July 19, 2015, The Rev. Kristen Yates, with Community of the Way

This sermon is an exposition of Mark 6 and focuses on Jesus’ compassion towards the people. It explains what compassion really looks like and it calls believers to live lives of compassion. For a manuscript, click here.

Mark’s Call to Faith, July 12, 2015, Elizabeth Lawton Kuriakose, with Community of the Way

A sermon on Mark 6:14-29  This reading contains an iteration of Mark’s central theme—the call to faith in God.  This is exposited in the sermon.  Click here for the manuscript.

When We Encounter Suffering and Pain, June 21, 2015, Rev. Kristen Yates, with Community of the Way

This sermon was based off the week’s lectionary readings (1 Samuel 17:57-18:5, 10-16, Psalm 133, 2 Corinthians 6:1-13, Mark 4:35-41.) It explores the reality that just because David and Paul were called by God, who is good and loving, didn’t mean that their lives were difficulty-free. And like them, we may also encounter suffering. As Christians, how are we to respond to suffering in our midst?

This sermon followed in the wake of the tragic shooting in Charleston, SC. We addressed this briefly in our sermon and also prayed for the victims and family that evening. While the prayers can longer be found online, prayers for similar situations can be found at onechurchliturgy.com.

The manuscript can be found here:

Trusting in Things Unseen, June 18, 2015, Rev. Kristen Yates, with Community of the Way

Based off the lectionary readings for this week (1 Samuel 8:4-20, 11:14-15, Genesis 3:8-15, Psalm 138, Psalm 130, 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1,Mark 3:20-35) this sermon speaks of our proclivity to judge people on appearances rather than their hearts for God and for others. It also explores what it means to trust God.  For a manuscript of the sermon, click here.

Note:  At minutes 1, there is a brief interruption, but the sermon continues shortly thereafter.

The Two Pentecosts, May 31, 2015, Rev. Kristen Yates, with Community of the Way

Shows the link between the Jewish Pentecost and the Church’s Pentecost – the day when the Holy Spirit decended upon Jesus’ followers and the church was born.  For a manuscript of the sermon, click here.

Abiding in Christ through the Holy Spirit, May 10, 2015, Rev. Kristen Yates, with Community of the Way

As a follow up to “Love and Believe” and some teaching on Abiding in Christ (not online), this sermon continues the trajectory of the lectionary readings for the past three weeks. First, it was “Believe in Jesus and Love Others”. Then it was “Do this by Abiding in Christ”. And in this sermon, we talk about about how we abide in Christ through the presence of the Holy Spirit. The lectionary readings for this week include Acts 10:44-48,1 John 5:1-6, and John 15:9-17.  For a manuscript of the sermon, click here

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 Believe and Love, April 26, 2015, Rev. Kristen Yates, with Community of the Way

A reflection on the lectionary readings: John 10:7-18, 1 John 3:16-24, and Acts 4:5-12. Talks about our need to believe in Jesus and love another. Retells story of William Wilberforce, a man of belief and action who helped eliminate the slave trade in Great Britain. Also speaks about the Christological significance of Jesus as the “Good Shepherd”.  For a manuscript of the sermon, click here.

Easter Sermon, April 5, 2015, Rev. Kristen Yates, with St. John’s, Orinda

Describes how belief in the Resurrected Jesus transformed the earliest Christian followers and led to the rapid spread of the Christian faith.  Click here for the manuscript.

Good Friday Sermon, April 3, 2015, Rev. Kristen Yates, with St. John’s, Orinda.

A reflection on what was happening when Jesus cried out “My God my God, why have you forsaken me”.  Click here for the manuscript.

Palm Sunday Sermon:  When Our Praises Turn to Condemnation, March 29, 2015, Rev. Kristen Yates, with Eucharist in San Francisco

(Note:  Some audio issues – beginning of the sermon was dropped, sound goes in and out a few times, distraction outside the church at the beginning.)  Just as people’s praises were so quickly turned into cries for crucifixion during that last week of Jesus’ life, we too, in our fickleness before God, can easily turn from praise to condemnation.  Click here for the manuscript.

The Cleansing of the Temple, March 8, 2015, Rev. Kristen Yates, with Eucharist in San Francisco

Describes the idolatry that had come to occupy the center of Temple worship, as well as the idols in our own hearts.  Click here for the manuscript.

Ash Wednesday Sermon, February 18, 2015, Rev. Kristen Yates, with Eucharist in San Francisco

An introduction to the season of Lent, reminding us that we are both created in the image of God and also sinful and broken. We are both profoundly loved by God and in need of change – change with we seek out during the season of Lent.  For the manuscript, click here.

Sharing the Good News,  January 25, 2015, Rev. Kristen Yates, with Eucharist in San Francisco

A look at Job’s call to share God’s love and compassion with the people of Ninevah, as well as our own call to do the same in our lives.

Unfortunately, the recording failed, but you can find a copy of the manuscript here.

 

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