Baptismal Names

This summer at our All Church Retreat, we baptized a young man who happens to be transgender. He was able to claim the name he wanted to claim when he was baptized because he had not been baptized as an infant, with another name. Two other members of the church were also there at the…

The Big Reveal

Here is the sermon I would have preached on Jan 8, if we hadn’t canceled worship for the day because of weather. We will still speak about Baptism and Epiphany on Saturday, Jan 14, but I’m writing a different sermon for that day. Luke 3:1-22 Two of my favorite “churchy” holidays fall in the same…

A Renewal of Baptism for Christmas Time

by Marci Auld Glass (Incorporating Howard Thurman’s poem “the Meaning of Christmas” and the PCUSA service for Renewal of Baptism). This morning we will be renewing our baptismal vows. If you have not been baptized yet, please be invited to participate with us during the liturgy. And then I invite you to join us for…

Come and See

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho. January 18, 2015 John 1:29-51 1 Cor 1:1-9 I don’t know what you remember about this church in Corinth, but it had some issues. Paul has heard of many problems in their fellowship because he keeps getting letters from people with complaints and concerns. They…

Gifts of Baptism

A sermon preached on Baptism of the Lord Sunday at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho January 11, 2015 Acts 19:1-7 Mark 1:9-13 This story in Acts reminds me of an unfortunate encounter I once had with people I love. These particular people don’t believe women should be preachers. Because you, the Presbyterian Church, seem…