Sermons by Rev. Peter Cottrell

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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.” […]

April 9 -Palm Sunday


Palm Sunday gives us a lovely story of Jesus’ being adored by the crowds; and, let’s face it, whenever the story has animals, we find it adorable and maybe even comforting. But looking a little deeper, Jesus is mocking Rome and Rome’s authority. Pilate would have arrived on a magnificent horse with guards and pomp […]

March 26 – Suffering


Most of us can do without suffering. It kind of goes with living. It is not just humans who suffer; so it is not merely the human condition, the cost of being human. It is the cost of being alive. Many of us would love it if, by following Jesus, all our suffering would magically […]