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Current and Recent Sermons Preached By Steve Silver

We will resume posting new sermons on September 7.

8/17, 24, 31 - Guest Preachers - Sermons Not Available

8/10/2014 - Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28
"Origin Stories: On Superheroes and Scripture"

8/3/2014 - Guest Preacher - Sermon Not Available

7/27/2014 - Praise in the Park - Sermon Not Available

7/20/2014 - Genesis 28:10-19a
"Everything is Awesome"

7/13/2014 - Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
"Seeds and Weeds"

7/6/2014 - Deuteronomy 10:17-21 and Matthew 5:43-48
"The First Liberty"

6/29/2014 - Romans 6:21-23
"At The Fork In The Road"

6/22/2014 - Matthew 10:34-39
"Josef's Story or 'I Bring Not Peace But a Sword' Explained" NY Times Article (PDF)

6/15/2014 - Genesis 1:1-2:4a
"The Stories People Tell"

6/8/2014- Acts 2:1-21
"A Mighty Wind"

6/1/2014 - Acts 1:6-14
"What Are You Looking At?"

5/25/2014 - Guest Preacher - Sermon Not Available

5/18/2014 - John 14:1-14
"A Difficult Text"

5/11/2014 - Acts 2:42-47
"Church: Noun or Verb?"

5/4/2014 - Luke 24:13-35
"Hearts on Fire: A Communion User's Manual"

4/27/2014 - John 20:19-31
"The Last Word"

4/20/2014 - Easter Sunday - Matthew 28:1-10
"Tested and Triumphant"

4/18/2014 - Good Friday - Psalm 22
"Midnight"

4/17/2014 - Maundy Thursday - John 19:13-16
"The Church's Original Sin"

4/13/2014 - Palm Sunday - Matthew 21:1-11
"House of Cards"

4/6/2014: - John 19:25b-30
"Where Are You? Part 4: Loss"

3/30/2014 - Job 31:35-40
"Where Are You? Part 3: Suffering"

3/23/2014 - Jonah 3:10-4:3
"Where Are You? Part 2: Resentment"

3/16/2014 - Ruth 1:19-22
"Where Are You? Part 1: Abandonment"

3/9/2014 - Matthew 7:21-29
"Authority Figure"

3/2/2014 - Matthew 6:24-34
"Don't Worry, Be Happy"

2/23/2014 - Matthew 5:28-28
"Subversive, Not Subservient"

2/16/2014 - Matthew 5:21-37
"Now For the Hard Part ..."

2/9/2014 - Matthew 5:13-20
"What Will They See?"

2/2/2014 - Matthew 5:1-12
"The Future is Now"

1/26/2014 - Matthew 4:12-23
"Risky Business"

1/19/2014 - John 1:29-42
"A Spiritual Rorschach Test"

1/12/2014 - Matthew 3:13-17
"Promises, Promises"

1/5/2014 - Matthew 2:1-12
"Look Again: Recollections of a Magus"

12/29/2013 - Guest Preacher - Sermon Not Available

12/24/2013 - Luke 2:1-14
"Christmas Eve Meditation"

12/22/2013 - Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19
"Look at Me"

12/15/2013 - Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19
"What Are We Waiting For?"

12/8/2013 - Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19
"The Candidate"

12/1/2013 - Psalm 122
"Are We There Yet?"

11/26/2013 - Deuteronomy 26:1-11
"Once In A Lifetime: A Thanksgiving Reflection"

11/24/2013 - Deuteronomy 26:1-11
"Q"

11/17/2013 - Sirach 35:12-17
"The Return on Your Investment: A Stewardship Sermon"

11/10/2013 - Haggai 1:15b-2:9
"What Do You See?"

11/3/2013 - Luke 19:1-10
"The Company He Keeps"

10/27/2013 - Genesis 22:1-19
"History of our Faith in Three Objects - 3: The Binding of Isaac in Stained Glass and our Relationship with God" Stained Glass Window: image

10/20/2013 - Ezra 1:1-11
"History of our Faith in Three Objects - 2: The Cyrus Cylinder and the Return of the Exiles" The Cyrus Cylinder: image

10/13/2013 - Luke 1:39-56
"History of our Faith in Three Objects - 1: The Duccio Madonna and Child and the Magnificat" Duccio's Madonna and Child: image

10/6/2013 - Luke 17:5-10
"Gone to Seed"

9/29/2013- Guest Preacher: Sermon Not Available

9/22/2013 - Luke 16:1-13
"Do The Hustle"

9/15/2013 - Luke 15:1-10
"We Are The One Percent"

9/8/2013 - Jeremiah 18:1-11
"Modeling Clay"

9/1/2013 - Guest Preacher: Sermon Not Available

8/25/2013 - Jeremiah 1:1-10
"I Want YOU!"

8/18/2013 - Hebrews 11:29-12:2
"Heartbreak Hill"

8/11/2013 - Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16
"The Show-Me State"

8/4/2013 - Guest Preacher: Sermon Not Available

7/28/2013- Guest Preacher: Sermon Not Available

7/21/2013 - Luke 10:38-42
"Get Over Yourself"

7/14/2013 - Luke 10:25-37
"Closer Than We Think"

7/7/2013 - "Calvin Coolidge, Congregationalist" (
mp3) (sermon text PDF) (bulletin photo insert)

6/30/2013 - 2 Kings 2:1-14
"What Do You See?"

6/23/2013 - Confirmation Reflections - Steve Silver, Emma Petersson, Eric Petersson

6/16/2013 - 1 Kings 21:1-21a
"I Know What's Mine"

6/9/2013 - Luke 7:11-17
"True Greatness"

6/2/2013 - Luke 7:1-10 -
"Why Bother?"

5/26/2013 - Sermon Not Available

5/19/2013 - Sermon Not Available

5/12/2013 - John 17:20-26 "Great Slogans" -
(mp3) (sermon text PDF)

5/5/2013 - Acts 16:9-15
"Here, There, Everywhere"

4/28/2013 - Revelation 21:1-6
"Get Out of Jail Free"

4/21/2013 - Psalm 23 -
"Running With God"

4/14/2013 - John 21:1-19 & Ephesians 5:25-33
"Be Ye Kind One to Another" - Guest preacher: The Rev. Dr. Richard R. Crocker

4/7/2013 - Revelation 1:4-8
"Caution: Easter in Progress"

3/31/2013 - Easter Sunday - Luke 24:1-12
"A Bucket List for the Christian"

3/29/2013 - Good Friday - John 19:17-42
"Here is The King"

3/28/2013 - Maundy Thursday - John 13-17, 31b-35
"Love as Service, Service as Love"

3/24/2013 - Palm Sunday - Luke 19.28-40
"Omega to Alpha"

3/17/2013 - John 12:1-8
"Bang for the Buck"

3/10/2013 - Sermon Not Available

3/3/2013 - Luke 13:1-9
"The Fine Print"

2/24/2013 - Sermon Not Available

2/17/2013 - Luke 4:1-13 "Knowing Your Price" -
sermon text - PDF

2/10/2013 - Isaiah 6:1-13
"Calling Cards"

2/3/2013 - Sermon Not Avaialable

1/27/2013 - Sermon Not Available

1/20/2013 - John 2:1-11
"Life of the Party"

1/13/2013 - Isaiah 43:1-7
"Under Water"

1/6/2013 - Matthew 2:1-12
"What Are You Looking For?"

12/30/2012 - Luke 2:41-52
"The Forgotten Man"

12/24/2012 - Luke 2:1-20
"Bridges: A Christmas Eve Meditation"

12/23/2012 - Luke 1:39-45
"Jump for Joy!"

12/21/2012 - Isaiah 40:1-4
"A Meditation for a Blue Christmas Service"

12/16/2012 - Luke 3:7-18
"Action, Reaction"
A sermon on gun violence and how the church might respond

12/9/2012 - Luke 3:1-6
"#JohntheBaptist"

12/2/2012 - Luke 21:25-36
"Welcome to Advent"

11/25/2012 - John 18:33-37
"The Church's Original Sin: A Reflection on the Church and Anti-Semitism"

11/18/2012 - 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
"Priceless: A Reflection on Stewardship"

11/11/2012 - Isaiah 2:1-15
"11:00, 11/11: A Meditation for Armistice Day"

11/4/2012 - Mark 12:13-17 "Faith & Politics, Church & State"
(mp3) (sermon text - PDF)

10/28/2012 - Mark 10:46-52 - "What Do You Want?"
(mp3) (sermon text - PDF)

JESUS: THEN AND NOW - A Five-Part Series on Jesus

5: 10/21/2012 - Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 "Past, Present, Future" (mp3) (sermon text - PDF)

4: 10/14/2012 - Mark 15:16-32 "Hail to the Chief"
(mp3) (sermon text - PDF)

3: 10/7/2012 - Mark 5:25-34 "The Doctor Is In"
(mp3) (sermon text - PDF)

2: 9/30/2012 - Matthew 13:1-23 "Back to School with Jesus"
(mp3) (sermon text - PDF)

1: 9/23/2012 - Matthew 1:18-25 & Luke 2:1-7 "Mrs. Jesus"
(mp3) (sermon text - PDF) St. Martin-in-the-Fields East Window: Image 1 Image 2

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9/16/2012 - Mark 8:27-38
"The Paradox of Grace"

9/9/2012 - Kick-off Sunday - Mark 10:13-16
"Growing Younger"

9/2/2012 - Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
"Down and Dirty"

7/1/2012 - Micah 9:9-11
"Is America a Christian Nation?"

4/29/2012 - Acts 4:5-12
"Confidence"
a sermon about faithful discipleship and our response to violence

11/13/2011 - Luke 12:32-34
"Things We Don't Talk About in Church: Money"

11/6/2011 - 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
"Things We Don't Talk About in Church: Sex"

10/30/2011 - Romans 14:7-12
"Things We Don't Talk About in Church: Death"

10/16/2011 - Amos 7:7-17
"Things We Don't Talk About in Church: Politics"

9/11/2011 - Matthew 18:21-35
"Freedom from Fear"
a sermon on the tenth anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001

7/3/2011 - Isaiah 58:1-12 Lebanon at 250
"Lebanon at 250"
a reflection on the occasion of Lebanon's 250th birthday

6/29/2011 - Matthew 10:40-42
"Strangers Welcome. Really."
a sermon about marriage equality

5/8/2011 - Luke 24:13-35
"What A Long, Strange Trip"
a sermon about Steve's faith journey

4/24/2011 (Easter) - John 20:1-18
"Surprised By Hope"

Selected Sermons Preached By Guest Preachers


10/23/2011 - Matthew 13:47-50
"Claimed by a High Commitment" - Rev. Dr. James w. Crawford

5/22/2011 - Acts 7:55-60
"Christianity's Unique Claim" - Rev. Richard R. Crocker

Selected Past Sermons Preached By Steve Silver


Genesis 1:26-30
"Who's Minding The Store?"
a sermon about stewardship of the environment

Micah 6:1-8
"The Gospel at Gettysburg" — July 4, 2010

1 Kings 1-21a "Guess What? You're In Charge!"

John 20:19-31 "Community: More Than A Buzzword"

Matthew 5:38-48
"The Road Less Traveled"

Luke 4:1-13
"The Candy Bomber"
Luke 9:28-36
"Coming Up Next"
Luke 14:1, 7-14
"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?"
Luke 19:1-10
"Go Climb a Tree"
Luke 24:1-12
"Much Ado About Nothing"

Acts 4:32-5:11
"Drop Dead Serious"
a sermon about stewardship of the community

2 Timothy 2:8-15
"The Gospel in Just 11 Words"