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Sermons

Our sermons preached in various settings. 

Our Call to Prayer

Alison Fischer

Prayer serves as a direct line of communication with God. To me, prayer, especially group prayer, is effective and productive because it is focused energy directed towards a specific object, situation, or need. This energy has to go somewhere, right? Physics teaches us that that energy must be transferred. We have little understanding of the realities outside of our observed physical world so the possibility of the energy serving its prayerful intention warrants consideration and faith in the unseen. Of course, this is just theory, but that is how my brain comprehends the productivity of prayer. 

Our faith is rooted in the individual and group spiritual discipline of prayer. Today, James and Luke teach of how a person’s and community’s commitment to prayer is one of the core foundations in how we are called to live out as the Body of Christ in the world. They both call for considerable agency and discernment in our choices for prayer and our expectation from our relationship with the Holy. Our scriptures assure us that our intimate relationship with God, that is facilitated by prayer, enables us to see the Holy in the midst of suffering or even in our daily life.

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Thorn In My Flesh

Alison Fischer

The thorns in the flesh lead us to Christ’s crown of thorns, and ultimately, to the resurrection. This resurrection is what we remember, time and again, when we come to Christ’s table for the bread of life and cup of salvation. Christianity is about resurrection by grace and love after life’s crucifixions. Over and over again. Our Christian faith and our community empowers us to rise up again and again when the thorns continue to pierce our lives. 


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Perception and Peace

Alison Fischer

I wonder if the various emotions that our nation experienced that week of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s death were in any way similar to the emotions that permeated Jerusalem in the days after Christ’s death. Both had witnessed the gruesome execution of a man who was using God’s word to go against a system of oppression and hate. However, Jerusalem put to death the Son of God and, of the crowd of people who had ordered and witnessed Christ’s death, I wonder if any person had pondered if He, perhaps, really was the Son of God? Or even, maybe a Holy teacher who should have lived. Or had they already moved onto fixation and hysteria over the next threat against the state and most importantly, their God?

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Stand Up and Walk - A Sermon for Healing

Alison Fischer

I don’t know anyone with a disability or chronic illness that has not at some point questioned where God’s presence was in their experience. The need for healing is a physical, spiritual, psychological journey towards God where we learn to survive, adapt, and still find reason to worship. 

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Radical Love- Feast of Christ the King

Alison Fischer

Today’s Gospel message teaches one of the core tenants of our faith and it presents a challenging command for the human ego. Our Ezekiel scripture conveys that human beings are naturally selfish, protective, and slow to forgive and forget in our quest for survival and prosperity. Our Gospel is difficult because living like Christ requires vulnerability to serve our collective brokenness of this world. It is hard, uncomfortable, and sometimes feels like the trenches rather than the love and fulfillment we are seeking.

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Society's Obstacles in the Way of Jesus Christ

Alison Fischer

I have difficulty writing off the nine who didn’t return as ungrateful. These nine individuals, who were most likely Jewish, had just been healed from a painful and shameful affliction that many considered a curse from God that served retribution for one’s sins.

We don’t know how these nine reacted or praised their healer in their individual experiences. We don’t know the activity of the Holy Spirit within their lives. We just know that they did not return.

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Slaying Dragons

Alison Fischer

The dragons will continue their destruction in many forms of trial; seizing opportunity to draw us away from God. 

Our Holy Trinity, their angels, and our fellowship as Christians are greater than these dragons. We celebrate the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels to remind us that our faith allows us to experience unexplainable mystical power and Grace that destroy the dragons in our lives.

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The Kingdom of Heaven Under A Mango Tree

Alison Fischer

Fourteen years ago, in the slums of Kampala, Uganda, a seed of the Kingdom of Heaven was planted under a mango tree by a small group of teenagers who wanted to help the orphaned and abandoned children who were the most vulnerable victims of their impoverished conditions. One of these teenager was Wilfred Blair Rugumba. Wilfred and I are the same age, we are both nearing 32 and it is a privilege to call him a friend and former colleague. Wilfred’s discipleship and devotion to being God’s hands and feet inspires me because he boldly identifies needs in God’s kindom and figures out how to improve or solve the situation, all while leading people closer to Christ. In the slums, teenage Wilfred and his friends identified that these youths needed and deserved guidance and the investments of others so that they could have the opportunity to not only survive but perhaps, break out of the cycles of poverty. So they met under a mango tree and shared God’s love for the youths through action and word. Then it developed into actually taking these children into their home and raising them to the best of their capabilities, honoring that every human being deserves a safe and healthy living environment and the opportunity of an education. 14 years later, Wilfred and his friends are leading a thriving congregation called Light the World Church and Wilfred is the Director and Pastor of Mercy Childcare Ministries that serves the orphaned and abandoned children and impoverished families of Uganda. With only their mighty faiths and mustard seed sized resources, these young men and later their spouses honored their calls to serve as the hands and feet of Christ.

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Wholeness Through Faith and Christ's Teachings

Alison Fischer

Christ's teaching in today's Gospel increases the challenges of our human experience, requires us to strive to rise above the difficulties and to continuously strive to be "better". Jesus calls for us to continue to make the righteous choices through the easy and difficult times. Jesus calls us to forgive those who harm us and cause us sorrow. Jesus calls us to identify inequity, stop cycles of violence, to use our privilege to restore justice and create opportunity and abundance for the "least of these".

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Job

Alison Fischer

Theology and the understanding of God, failed Job .  Got it totally wrong.  Which is a really scary thing, because there are no answers.  Job had only his gut and faith to hold on to.  This is where is think the quote from the Buddha figures in.  Words, theology are meaningless if we do not act on them.  If do not live the life, there is no point.  Job's life was called into question, because it did not fit the understanding of God at the time.  People forgot his goodness immediately.  People forgot all about the music they had heard and experienced.  No one in this narrative ever says "Job, you are a great man. You love God, how could this be?"  Everyone just points their fingers and write off everything he had ever done, because it did not fit into a neat little box. 

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The Baptismal Covenant

Alison Fischer

Our baptism is a reminder that we are not navigating this life alone.  Yes, it means that we a child of God and that the Divine’s presence is in our life, but it also means that we have this community of believers that are our sisters and brothers in Christ that become our family as we journey through this life together.  The community of the church is God’s abundant blessing in our lives to provide the necessary human interaction and support so that we may live a life in Christ.  Through this community, is where we find the support needed to survive our trials and sorrows in life.  It is through the church community, that we are held accountable for our behavior and encouraged to walk the righteous path.  It is through our church community that facilitates the opportunity to minister to others and be a part of their faith journey and walk.  We are given an opportunity to be vessels for the Holy Spirit and this opportunity is not one to be taken lightly.  We have an obligation to each other and to God to keep our collective body as healthy as possible.

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Reacting To The Storm

Alison Fischer

Through this human life of ours, we will continue to experience storms that are capable of destroying us.  Each of us will or have already encountered our own personal experiences that require us to cry out to God out of sorrow and frustration.  We all experience some type of physical and or emotional pain that we carry as our own personal crosses to bear.  As the Body of Christ, we are called to lift up our crosses together and move as a collective.  We are called to acknowledge that we are responsible for choosing healthy reaction to these storms in life.  

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Healing Through Christ

Alison Fischer

Today's reading though, is something I can more easily wrap my head around. Because no matter if it is physical, emotional, or spiritual healing, Jesus’ divine intervention can only do so much healing without our active participation and devotion. We must have faith and get up and walk and put forth the effort of managing our own obstacles. 

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What Does God Desire From You?

Alison Fischer

Scripture reassures us that no one who trusts God with their heart and soul will ever regret it as we reap the bountiful blessings she bestows upon us.  He sets life right for us through our faith as he recognizes how difficult it is to be believers in our corrupted world.  Salvation is really about calling out to God and trusting him to work through us so that we may navigate the not so easy righteous life. 

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