Sermons

Western’s Mission Committee and Session have begun a process to engage in anti-racism training as a congregation.  Jessica Vasquez Torres, of Crossroads, will lead this training in early 2017. As we prepare for that training, Jessica has recommended several readings, the first of which are selections from Dear White Christians by Jennifer Harvey. Click to download PDFs: Dear White Christian (ChaptersRead More →

Rev. JC Cadwallader Interim Associate Pastor Western Presbyterian Church July 17, 2016   Which One of You? Luke 15:1-7   The world feels like a crazy place these days. I don’t have to offer a litany of reasons – you know them all too well. Fear is real as news of violence continues to pour in. The layers of complexityRead More →

Rev. Laura Cunningham Pastor, Western Presbyterian Church July 3, 2016   Matthew 20:1-16 20“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. 3When he went out about nine o’clock, he sawRead More →

Rev. Laura Cunningham Pastor, Western Presbyterian Church June 26, 2016   In Jesus’s parables in Matthew, the consequences become increasingly dire for the characters who don’t understand. Leading up to this particular parable, Jesus has been telling his followers about how to confront someone who has done something wrong. But then the implication is that this process requires forgiveness. IfRead More →

Rev. Laura Cunningham Pastor, Western Presbyterian Church June 19, 2016   Unhidden Treasure Matthew 13:44–53  44“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. 45“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; 46onRead More →

For too long, the loudest voice in the name of Christianity in our culture has been one which that has declared judgment and incited punishment of a portion of God’s children. In the name of “love,” churches have excommunicated members, families have shunned their children, and policies have been endorsed to declare GLBTQI persons as second-class citizens. In less extreme but still damagingRead More →

Pentecost – 1 Corinthians 12 We’re still getting to know each other, you and I, so there are some things you don’t know about me – like that Trader Joe’s ginger snaps are my favorite cookie, or that tulips are my favorite flower (my secrets are out) – or that Pentecost is my very favorite day in the church. I don’tRead More →

This past week, I attended the monthly Interim Pastor Group meeting of the Presbytery. At the end of the meeting, the topic of conversation lightened and the facilitator said to the group, “So, it seems that Donald Trump has his membership with the Presbyterian Church (USA). If he becomes the president and moves to Washington, which church do you thinkRead More →