Sermons by Rev. Peter Cottrell

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August 20, 2017 – Heart


Sermon: Heart. Once again Jesus comes up against the rule keeping Pharisees and challenges their thinking. Notice that Jesus does not condemn the Pharisees. Religious people then, and religious people today want it to be about following the right set of rules or having the right set of beliefs. But Jesus teaches over and over […]

July 23, 2017 – Hope Is Suffering


7TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST Scripture: Romans 8:12-25 Sermon: Hope in Suffering  In Romans 8:12-25, Paul weaves a number of intimacy metaphors together. Family, child parent, sibling with Christ, new birth and adoption. Each of these allows for a place that each of us can connect to the passage and understand Paul’s point – God claims […]

July 30, 2017 – Our Weakness to God’s Glory


8TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST   Scripture: Romans 8:26-39 Sermon: Our Weakness to God’s Glory  Paul has been leading us to these verses. Paul has been walking us slowly here through the pitfalls of First Century Jewish and Christian thought. Our weakness does not stand in the way of God’s ultimate desire to be connected to […]

July 9, 2017 – Accepting Grace Is Hard


5TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST Scripture: Romans 7:15-25 Sermon: Accepting Grace Is Hard  Cheap grace is easy. When we just think we can take advantage of the gift without any response or responsibility, when we don’t have to take stock of ourselves and look into the mirror with honesty, when we don’t have to wrestle or […]

June 4, 2017 – Pentecost


Pentecost is a very special Sunday. It was one of the main three Christian holidays for hundreds of years (along with Epiphany and Easter). The events of that 50th day were rich with meaning and echo our Jewish heritage back to Genesis. All are included, men and women, Jews and new converts, old and young, […]

May 28, 2017 – Casting Anxiety


How do we handle stress and anxiety? How are we to handle suffering? How do we handle fear or uncertainty or doubt? We are encouraged to lean into deeper relationship with God, to follow Jesus more closely, and to give our anxiety to God. “Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.” […]