AuthorRev. Craig Ross

Senior Pastor
Rev. Craig Ross

I have always appreciated the positive perspective on life and faith that is here… the broad range of life/social/political perspectives in our congregation… and the staff with whom I am blessed to work.

Confirmation Revisited

This Sunday is the day of your confirmation.  On your own two legs, in your own voice, independently and publicly and according to your own sole faith, you will declare that Jesus is your Lord and Savior.  I won’t say it for you this time, nor with you, nor to you.  You, child, will confess…

Liminality & Confirmation

Copied here is a combined sermon from traditional worship on May 19, 2019 — Confirmation Sunday. Sections addressing each confirmand from the 8AM and 10:45 services that morning are combined within the sermon structure and theme here. Robert Fulghum, has written eight best-selling books, although he is most famous for his first best-seller, All I…

In Between

The ancient Druids are said to have taken a special interest in in-between things like mistletoe, which is neither quite a plant nor quite a tree, and mist, which is neither quite rain nor quite air, and dreams which are neither quite waking nor quite sleep.  They believed that in such things as those they…

Release the Alleluia!

If you were a fan of the movie The Clash of the Titans, you might remember one of the meme-worthy lines, “Release the Kracken!”  With those words the legendary squid like beast was unleashed upon the vulnerable sailors and ships within the vicinity of this powerful monster.  With much less fanfare, and with no sailors…

153 Questions?

New Day Sermon Third Sunday Of Easter In the three-fold question Jesus asks Peter … “Do you love me?” … we find ourselves being called to answer. What does it mean to be a modern day apostle in a complicated world. Sometimes the questions themselves, embody the answers we seek.

Love One Another

Our thanks to Brendan Armitage for this week’s devotion! A few Thursdays ago was Maundy Thursday, or Holy Thursday as it is to some.  It’s called Maundy in our tradition from the Latin mandatum.  Mandatum means “something commanded”, and comes from the Latin noun for “hand”, manus and the Latin verb “to give”, dare.  So, it’s personal.  It’s given to you and…

Words of Power

TRADITIONAL SERMON — EASTER 2 Words have power.  Even in a world like ours where words are vomited across every single communication platform that exists in far greater volume than ever before.  Amazingly, our regular misuse of our words has not diminished their inherent potency.  If I say something like “TOM!” … I immediately have…

Second Sunday of Easter Preview

“Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” (John 20:29)  In spite of all we have heard and all that we have seen, it is often hard to believe. Because it is hard to believe, we will invest ourselves in the Easter…

The Black Hole of the Easter Cave

TRADITIONAL SERMON Easter Sunday Darkness and light … it is a rhythm that has always stood at the center of this story.  Energy … that we cannot begin to comprehend, fuels the event.  Theories, questions and conclusions have arisen around it, even though none of us have ever seen it with our own eyes.  And…