Sermons
(all sermons by Chuck Blaisdell unless otherwise indicated)

 

2016 

June 26

I'm Not Sure About A God...
4.  Who Seems to Do Things That Are Evil. (text) or audio

June 19

I'm Not Sure About A God...
3.  Whose Book Seems So Contradictory (text) or audio

June 12

I'm Not Sure About A God Who....
2. Doesn't Seem to Answer Prayer (text) or audio

June 5

I'm Not Sure About A God Who....
1.  Can't Seem to Communicate Clearly (text) or audio

May 29

God of Grace (text) or audio (Sermon by Hana Bustillos)

May 22

Pentecost Again - And Two Mistakes Avoided (text) or audio

May 15
Pentecost!

Drumsticks for Everyone! (text) or audio

May 8

"Began to Do" (text) or audio

May 1

"Here We Receive New Life...." - An Easter Season Sermon Series
5.  In Our Thinking About Immigration (text) or audio

April 24

"Here We Receive New Life...." - An Easter Season Sermon Series
4. In The Relationship Between the Races (text) or audio

April 17

"Here We Receive New Life...." - An Easter Season Sermon Series
3. In Our Attitudes Toward Violence (text) or audio

April 10

"Here We Receive New Life...." - An Easter Season Sermon Series
2.  In Our Language and Our Loyalties (text) or audio

April 3

"Here We Receive New Life...." - An Easter Season Sermon Series
1.  In Our Attitudes About How We Trust (text) or audio

March 27
Easter

Not Here (text) or audio

March 20
Palm Sunday

Lent with Luke 5. What's That Sound? (text) or audio  
March 13 Lent with Luke 4.  Lost  (Gaylord Hatler) preaching  (audio
March 6 Lent with Luke: 3. What Are You Looking For? (text) or audio
February 28 Lent with Luke: 2. What's in Your Garden? (text) or audio
February 21 Lent With Luke:  1. Who's In Your Head? (text) or audio
February 14 Where You Go, I Go (sermon by Vy Nguyen, Executive Director of the Week of Compassion)  audio 
February 10 In the Ash There Is... - A Communion Meditation for Ash  Wednesday
February 7 My Hope is Built On....  (text) or audio
January 31 Was It Something I Said? (Ann Lantz, Director of Ecumenical Social Ministries, preahing)  audio
January 24 "God Is Love" (Ministerial Intern Darryl Searuggs, preaching) (text) or audio
January 17 A Reflection on the 23rd Psalm for Martin Luther King, Jr., Day (text) or audio
January 10 Over All Things (text) or audio
January 3 Gabriel One Last Time: Going Home for the New Year (text) or audio

 

 2015

 

December 27

Dream The Impossible Dream - Don Sarton, preaching (audio)

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve Meditation: "But You, O Bethlehem...." (text)

December 20

A New Nativity: 4. And You Too (text) or audio

December 13

A New Nativity: 3. Garbriel Again -- And Our Angelic Opportunity (text) or audio

December 6

A New Nativity: 2. Gabriel - And Mary's Message (text) or audio

November 29

A New Nativity: 1. Genealogy & Grace (text) or audio

November 22

The God Who Dwells in Beauty (text) or audio (Sermon by Barbara Blaisdell)

November 15

Let's Bake Cookies (Sermon by Don Sarton) (audio)

November 8

All We Can Talk About (text) or audio

November 1

Barbecue and Benediction: A Meditation for All Saints Sunday (text) or audio

October 25

See and Follow: Reflections on Ministry (Sermon by Katherine Raley) (text) or audio

October 18

Youth and Children's Sunday

October 11

A Short Series on Ephesians. II.  Through Faith (text) or audio

October 4

A Short Series on Ephesians. I. "Enough of that Stuff!" - A Meditation for World Communion Sunday (text) or audio

September 27

Be Bold!  Sermon by Katherine Raley (text) or audio

September 20

What's Next? (text) or audio

September 13

Fall Kickoff Sunday: A Place To....  (text) or audio

September 6

Road Trip! Great Journeys in the Bible
XI. Travel Tips (text) or audio

August 30

Road Trip! Great Journeys in the Bible
X. Run After God (text) or audio

August 23 

Directions, Please! Sermon by Katherine Raley (text) or audio

August 16

Road Trip! Great Journeys in the Bible
IX.  Go After Them (text) or audio

August 9

Road Trip! Great Journeys in the Bible
VIII.  Small Steps (text) or audio

August 2

Hymn Sing Sunday.  "Musical Meanderings & Meditations" (text) or audio

July 26

Road Trip! Great Journeys in the Bible
VII. Are We There Yet? (text) or audio

July 19

One of the Greatest Gifts (sermon by Sr. Pastor Emeritus Gaylord Hatler) audio

July 12

 Road Trip! A Summer Sermon Series: Great Journeys in the Bible
VI. Off-Roading (text) or audio

July 5

Road Trip! A Summer Sermon Series: Great Journeys in the Bible
V. "Where You Go..." - An Independence Day Reflection (text) or audio

June 28        

Sidetracked (sermon by Katherine Raley) (text) or audio

June 21

Road Trip! A Summer Sermon Series: Great Journeys in the Bible
IV.  Wrestling on the Road (text) or audio

June 14

Road Trip! A Summer Sermon Series: Great Journeys in the Bible
III.  Bargaining and Blessing (text) or audio

June 7

Road Trip! A Summer Sermon Series: Great Journeys in the Bible
II.  Somebody Say Something! (text) or audio

May 31

Road Trip! A Summer Sermon Series: Great Journeys in the Bible
I.  Uh-oh, I Think We Took A Wrong Turn (text) or audio

May 24 Pentecost

Where Did the Dry Bones Come From? A Message for Pentecost (sermon by Katherine Raley) (text) or audio 

May 17

I Am/We Are: A Series on Jesus’ “I Am” Statements
V.  Pruning & Possibility; Joy & Judgment (text) or audio

May 10

I Am/We Are: A Series on Jesus’ “I Am” Statements
IV.  The Resurrection & the Life: A Mothers Day Reflection (text) or audio

 

May 3

I Am/We Are: A Series on Jesus’ “I Am” Statements
III.  Of This Fold.... Not Of This Fold (text) or audio

April 26

I Am/We Are: A Series on Jesus’ “I Am” Statements
II.  Be the Light Switch (text) or audio

April 19

I Am/We Are: A Series on Jesus’ “I Am” Statements
I. Hungering For.... (text) or audio

April 12                      

Eternal Life in the Short-Term (text) or audio (Sermon by Katherine Raley) 

April 5 - EASTER

What Will You Tell? (text) or audio

April 3 - Good Friday

The Fourth Word (text) (Sermon by Katherine Raley)

April 2 Maundy Thursday

For the Lord Has Freed Me (Communion Meditation) (text) or audio 

March 29

Surprised By...  (text) or audio

March 22

Seed, Soil, Sower (text) or audio

March 15

"Whoever" (text) or audio

March 8

"To Whom He Gave the Name..." (text) or audio

March 1            

Getting Ready for New Wine (text) or (audio) - Sermon by Katherine Raley

February 22      

Which Comes First, Authority or Results? (audio) - Sermon by Katherine Raley

February 15       

"I Want To": Consequence of Testimony (text) or audio - Sermon by Katherine Raley

February 8   

All Things for All People? (audio) - Sermon by Rev. Dean Phelps  

February 1       

Planting Good News "Johnny Appleseed" Style (text) or audio - Sermon by Katherine Raley

January 25    

And Action! Lectures and Exorcism(text) or audio - Sermon by Katherine Raley

January 18          

Collecting Followers: The Before and After of "Immediately" (text) or audio- Sermon by Katherine Raley

January 11

"And It Happened" (text) or audio- Sermon by Katherine Raley

January 4  

A Time To... (text) or audio

2014

Christmas Eve

Reflect the Light

December 21

Singing the Questions and Answers of Christmas III. Why Sing? (text) or audio

December 14

Singing the Questions and Answers of Christmas II. How Long? (text) or audio

December 7

The Chancel Choir, the Chamber Singers of the Colorado Springs Chorale, and guest instrumentalist ensemble offer Bach's "Magnificat" (audio)

November 30

Singing the Questions and Answers of Christmas: I. How Can We Sing? (text) or audio

November 23

The Spirit of Thanksgiving (sermon by Katherine Raley) text or audio

November 16

Words to the Wise: A Sermon Series on the Ten Commandments 
VII: "Earthen Altars." (text) or audio

November 9

Words to the Wise: A Sermon Series on the Ten Commandments 
VII:  Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire (text) or audio

November 2

 

Words to the Wise: A Sermon Series on the Ten Commandments
VI. 6, 7 and 8: The Ties that Bind and Bless - An All Saints Sunday Meditation (text) or audio

October 26

Words to the Wise: A Sermon Series on the Ten Commandments.
V. Fertility, the Future, and Family Systems (text) or audio

 

October 12

I See (sermon by Associate Minister for Mission & Stewardship Don Sarton) (text) or audio

October 5

A Sermon Series on the Ten Commandments. IV - What's Your Sabbatical? *(text) or audio

September 28

A Sermon Series on the Ten Commandments. III - What's In A Name? (sermon by Katherine Raley) text or audio

September 21

A Sermon Series on the Ten Commandments. II - Idols and Inheritances (text) or audio

September 14

 A Sermon Series on the Ten Commandments.  I.  "No Other..." (text) or audio

September 7  Perspective: Faith, Works, Mission (text) or audio
August 31  What Do We Expect When We Worship? (text) or audio
August 24 "God inThree Persons...?"  (text) or audio
August 17 Simple, Not Easy (text) or audio.   Associate Pastor Katherine Raley preaching.
August 10   The Gospel in Three Words  (audio)  Regional Minister Jose Morales,    preaching
August 3   Judge Not? Why Not? (text) or audio
July 27   Believing, Doing, Being: What's the Most Important Thing About           Being Christian (text) or audio
July 20  Optimistic Realism (sermon by Katherine Raley) (text)
July 13  Unity? (text) or audio
July 6  Pottage, Pride, and Patriotism (text)  or audio
June 29 When Our Words Don't Seem Enough (text) or audio
June 22 Courageous Relationship (sermon by Katherine Raley) (text) or audio
June 15 What Do You Do When the Fire Grows Cold? (text) or audio
June 1 Eleven-ish (text) or audio
May 25 The Body of Christ  (sermon by Katherine Raley) (text) or audio
May 18 "Where You Do Not Wish to Go...." (text) or audio
May 11 "For Just Such A Time As This" - A Mother's Day Reflection (text) or audio
May 4 "Wrought in God" - An Easter Reflection (text)  or audio
April 20 EASTER!  A Love that Will Not Die.... (text) or audio
April 18 Good Friday - The Seven Last Words of Christ: The Third Word  "Here Is...."
April 13 Palm Sunday -  "In the Name Of...." (text) or audio
April 6 The ABC's of Faith: N - New (text) or audio
March 30 The ABC's of Faith: M - Messiah (text) or audio
March 23 The ABC's of Faith:  L - Law (sermon by Katherine Raley) (text) or audio
March 16 The ABC's of Faith:  K - Kingdom  (text) or audio
March 9 The ABC's of Faith: J - Jesus (text) or audio
March 2 The ABC's of Faith:  I - Idolatry (text) or audio
February 23 The ABC's of Faith:  H - Hate
February 16 The ABC's of Faith:  G - Grace & Goodness (Sermon by Katherine Raley) (text) or audio
February 9 The ABC's of Faith:  F - Forgiveness (text) or audio
February 2 The ABC's of Faith:  E - Eschatology (text) or audio
January 26 The ABC's of Faith:  D - Divine (text) or audio
January 19 The ABC's of Faith:  C  -  Confession (text) or audio
January 12 The ABC's of Faith:  B  -  Baptism (text) or audio
January 5 The ABC's of Faith:  A - Atonement (text) or audio

 

2013

December 29                      The In-Between (sermon by Katherine Raley)
December 24                      Christmas Eve:  Into the Ordinary
                    Advent Mini-Course: "Christmas in the Gospels"
December 22                    Advent  4: Dream Well
December 15                   Advent 3: Know: Joy  (sermon by Katherine Raley)
December 8                  Advent 2  Know: Peace
December 1                  Advent 1  Anticipate: Hope
November 24                 On This Thanksgiving: Be A Tree
November 17                A Stewardship Meditation, Part II: Open Hands
November 10               A Stewardship Meditation, Part I: Open Hearts, Open Minds
November 3              All Saints Sunday -- Of Sherpas and Saints
October 27             Sure Foundations, Part II
October 13             Sure Foundations, Part I
October 6             Community: Lens of Hope (sermon by Katherine Raley)
September 29             A Mission for the Church.  IV. Be A Blessing
September 22            A Mission for the Church. III. Those of Us Who Know
September 15           A Mission for the Church. II. Stewards of the Future
September 8          A Mission for the Church.  I.  Where is Our Hope?
September 1         The Ties that Bind - Sermon by Katherine Raley
August 25         "All You Need Is Love"?
August 18         Stop, Luke & Listen: A Summer Sermon Series. 8. Pack It In. Pack             It Out
August 11        Stop, Luke & Listen: A Summer Sermon Series. 7.  Stuff
July 28        Stop, Luke, & Listen: A Summer Sermon Series. 6. Squirm Verses
July 21       Grace and Welcome to All (sermon by Katherine Raley)
June 30       Stop, Luke & Listen: A Summer Sermon Series. 5. Surprise!!
June 23       Stop, Luke & Listen: A Summer Sermon Series. 4. Underneath the       Question.
June 16      Stop, Luke, & Listen: A Summer Sermon Series.   3.  The Hope That Is      Within Us (Responding to the Black Forest fire)
June 9      Stop, Luke, & Listen: A Summer Sermon Series.  2. Rise!  - Sermon            by Katherine Raley
June 2      Stop, Luke, & Listen: A Summer Sermon Series.  1. The P-Word
May 26      Lessons Learned in Prison - Sermon by Katherine Raley
May 19     (Pentecost)  Ordinary Extraordinary
May 12     You Want Us to Do What?!? -- IV. Put On Your Robe
April 28     You Want Us To Do What?!? -- III. What's In Your Net?
April 21     You Want Us To Do What?!? -- II. Doubt
April 14     On the Way -  Sermon by Katherine Raley
April 7     You Want Us To Do What?!? -- I.  Forgive
March 31     Bones and Stones (Easter Sunday)
March 29    Awakening Possibilities - Good Friday sermon by Katherine Raley
March 24    Surprise! - Palm Sunday
March 17   Praying With the Stars: Wow!
March 10    Praying With the Stars: "Thanks!"
March 3    Life's Fertilizer - Sermon by Katherine Raley
February 24  Praying With the Stars:  Help!
February 10   Praying With the Stars: "Not My Favorite"
January 27   Praying With the Stars: The Ingredients for Prayer
January 20   Praying With the Stars: "Let It Be Known"
January 6  The Gifts We Bring

 

2012

December 24 Delight!
December 23 "What Can I Give Him?" -- On Making Sure Your Heart is Connected to the Rest of You
December 16 "What Can I Give Him?" -- What Do Wise Men and Women and Children Do, Anyway?
December 9 "What Can I Give Him?" -- On Giving Livestock to Jesus
December 2 "What Can I Give Him?" -- "Poor As We Are??"
November 25 The End, the Middle, and the Beginning  - Sermon by Rev. Katherine Raley
November 18

Tents and Stars

November 11

What Do You Want?

November 4

How You Should Vote

October 28

On Not Hedging Our Bets: An All Saints Sunday Meditation and Challenge

October 21

A Season of Stewardship: "Take My Life and Let it Be...."
III.  My Love I Pour

October 18

"On Knowing the Way to Go."  Homily at the Memorial Service for Don Shelton, Bakersfield, California

October 14

A Season of Stewardship: "Take My Life and Let it Be...."
II.  Money, Melody, and Mind

October 7

A Season of Stewardship: “Take My Life and Let it Be.....”
I.  Time, Hands, and Feet

September 30

"Seek Ye First"  and

A Communion Meditation in Memory of Don Shelton

September 23 The Seeds of Abundance - Sermon by Rev. Katherine Raley
September 16 The Risk of Faith
September 9 The Promise of the Purpose and the Purpose of the Promise
September 2 The Olympic Games of Faith 4 - What Do You Do After the Game is Done?
August 26 The Olympic Games of Faith 3 - How to Train (Or When to Flip Your Cake!)
August 19 The Olympic Games of Faith 2 - Eyes on the Prize
August 12 The Olympic Games of Faith 1 - No Trash Talk
July 29 "The Love We Sing" - A Brief Meditation on Hymn Sing Sunday
July 22 Dueling Dinners: A Tale of Two Feasts
July 15 It's Not Just A Job....
July 8 Who ARE You??
July 1 Tossings and Tears and Tenacity: After the Waldo Canyon Fire
June 24 Weeds and Wheat
June 17 Rules
June 10 The Power of Words
June 3 "God in Three Persons"
May 20 Go!
May 13 Wait, Wait - Part II
   May 6   Wait, Wait  
  April 29   Believing & Seeing. Seeing & Believing: Doubting Thomas  
  April 22   Reckons  
  April 8 EASTER!   Subtle Sunrise  
  April 6 Good Friday   Tangled:  "Father, Forgive Them"  
  April 5 Maundy Thursday   A Maundy Thursday Communion Meditation  
  April 1 Palm Sunday   Who's Driving the Bus?  
  March 25   Questions Jesus Asked -- Order or Chaos?  
  March 18    Questions Jesus Asked -- Who's There?
 
  March 4   Questions Jesus Asked -- Why Do You Call Me Lord, Lord?  
  February 26   Questions Jesus Asked -- Which Is Easier?  
  February 19   Coming Clean  
  February 12   "Examine Yourselves" - The Meaning of Communion, Part II  
  January 29   "When In Our Music God Is Glorified" - Three short homilies on the occasion of the dedication of the Chalice Hymnal and Chalice Praise songbook.  
  January 15   The Meaning of the Lord's Supper I: Remembering  
  January 8   The Epiphany Announcement  


2011

       
 December 25      A Love Story
December 24     Christmas Eve: "And the Darkness Did Not Overcome It"
December 18     Fourth Sunday in Advent:  Love. Or, Everything That Counts
December 11     Third Sunday in Advent: Joy. Or, The Eye of the Storm
December 4     Second Sunday of Advent:  Peace
November 27     First Sunday of Advent:  Hope
November 20     Cookies and Prepositions: A Thanksgiving Reflection
November 13     House Rules
November 6     "For All the Saints" - Loaves Abound!
October 23     Why Do We Worship the Way that We Do? Part IV - The Good Word and the "Good Word"
October 9     Why Do We Worship the Way that We Do?  Part III - Praise and Pledging, Song and Stewardship
October 2     Bears Be Gone! A Reflection for World Communion Sunday
September 25     Why Do We Worship the Way that We Do? Part II - Prayer, Praise, and the P.I.T.A. Principle
September 18     Why Do We Worship the Way that We Do?  Part I - Beginnings and Endings
September 11     Choices and Temptations
September 4     The Serenity Prayer
August 28     Bread - A Short Series from the Gospel of John
August 21     Vines - A Short Series from the Gospel of John
August 14     Gates and Doors - A Short Series from the Gospel of John
August 7     "Are You the One?" Part II - On Not Using the Wrong Measure
July 31     "Are You the One?" Part I - How Do We Know if It's God or Not?
July 3     Barbecue & Doxology, Patriotism & Faith: An Independence Day Reflection
June 26     Bragging Rights
June 19     Whoosh
June 12     Spirit Dreamin' - A Meditation on Baptism
June 5     Waving Bye

May 29

    Go Fish

May 22

    Get Wisdom
May 15     Press On
May 8     How Shall We Think? What Shall We Do? Reflections on the Death of Osama bin Laden
April 24     EASTER! - The Gardener by Revs. Barbara & Chuck Blaisdell
April 17     Palm Sunday:  Good Questions!
April 10     The 23rd Psalm - Last of Three: Describing and Doing
April 3     The 23rd Psalm - Part Two of Three: A Table Before Us
March 27     The 23rd Psalm - Part One of Three: What A Difference A Word Can Make
March 20     Moses and His People and their God IX - A Golden Calf and an Angry God
March 13     Moses and His People and their God VIII - In Praise of the Critic
March 9     Ash Wednesday -- Little Cups of Dirt
March 6     Moses and His People and their God VII - Wonderful Words
February 27     Moses and His People and their God VI - Somebody to Lean On
February 20     Moses and His People and their God V - "What IS it?!?"
February 13     Moses and His People and their God IV - Get Up and Go!
February 6     Moses and His People and their God III - Passover and Promise
January 30     Moses and His People and their God II - What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?
January 16     Moses and His People and their God I - "Who Knew Him Not"
January 9     Jesus in the Temple: Three Lessons for Us
January 2     Sermon by Barbara Blaisdell "What Do You Really Want?"

 

2010

December 26     Westward Leading, Still Proceding
December 19     Communion Meditation on Vivaldi's "Gloria" Sunday
December 12     "Light and Life" - Light to Work By
December 5     "Light and Life" - Light to Walk By
November 28     "Light and Life" - Light to See By
November 21    

A Season of Stewardship: The Reason for our Hope, Part II: Who's Got Hold of You?

November 14     A Season of Stewardship: The Reason For Our Hope, Part I: Practice Hope
November 7     All Saints Sunday: Taking the Dirt
October 31     FCC's Vision: Re-Claim & Re-Commit, Part IV: The Lessons from Naaman
October 24     FCC's Vision: Re-Claim & Re-Commit, Part III: Mixed Feelings
October 17     FCC's Vision: Re-Claim & Re-Commit, Part II: Some Painful Realities
October 10     FCC's Vision: Re-Claim & Re-Commit, Part I: Can You Go Home Again?
October 3     "In the Presence of...."  A Sermon for World Communion Sunday
September 26     A Short Series on Galatians, Part IV -- Freedom Road
September 19     A Short Series on Galatians, Part III -- Let's Do It
September 12     A Short Series on Galatians, Part II -  "Who Lives in Me...." (plus How to Think about the Koran Burnings)
September 5     Hymn Sing Sunday: Knowing, Loving & Serving God Through Music
August 29     A Short Series on Galatians.  Part I - "How Many Ways Can You Get There?"
August 22     "Our First Families of Faith - "Not the Last Thing...."
August 8     "Our First Familes of Faith - Joseph, the Dreamer"
August 1     "Our First Families of Faith - "It's Quiet out There": Jacob Wrestles"
July 25     "Our First Families of Faith -  Jacob Grows Up A Little"
 July 11     "Our First Families of Faith - Bargaining and Blessing"
 July 4     "Our First Families of Faith - A Mess of Pottage: A July 4 Meditation"
June 27     "Our First Families of Faith - 'What Was Meant for Evil....'"
June 20     "Our First Families of Faith - Laughter and Hope"
June 13     "Our First Families of Faith - Two Things...."
June 7     "Our First Families of Faith - What's On Your Ark?"