Sermons by Rev. Anne Schaefer

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Easter Sunday — Sanctuary


We are here on Easter morning to celebrate the miracle of the Resurrection – the Empty Tomb.  Do you believe in miracles?  Does the resurrection miracle mean anything to us today?  Is it only a story, or does the impact of this miracle still resonate for us even today?  Life for the disciples was bleak and scary […]

Good Friday Tenebrae Service — Sanctuary

Good Friday is the day when Christians commemorate the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ.  The service of Tenebrae (the name means ‘darkness’ or ‘shadows’) is a Holy Week devotion which traces its roots back to the seventh century.  It is characterized by the gradual darkening of the Sanctuary as candles are extinguished throughout the service.  […]

The Miracles of Jesus: Jesus Walks on Water – Sanctuary


As we approach Holy Week, our miracle for this Sunday is ‘Jesus Walks on the Water,’ titled ‘Keep Your Eyes on Jesus.’  Rev. Schafer reminded us that water is one of God’s greatest gifts, although we don’t always think too much about it.  Water quenches our thirst, it cleanses us when we shower or bathe, […]

The Miracles of Jesus: Jesus Heals the Official’s Son – Sanctuary


As we look at ‘Signs and Miracles‘ — the second of Jesus’ miracles as shown in the book of John, we look at the first of three healing miracles.  Even today, people hearing about the miracles are skeptical.  People don’t really believe in miracles.  Even this father, a high official, went to Jesus out of […]

The Parables of Jesus: The Parable of the Weeds — Sanctuary


Our final look at the parables focuses on the Parable of the Weeds, perhaps better known as the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares. Rev. Schaefer talked about “Getting Rid of the Weeds” in our lives.  This parable speaks not only of ridding the farmer’s crops of bad weeds, but also of clearing the personal weeds from […]