Sermons

Rev. Diane R. Ford

Rev. Diane R. Ford

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– Archive of Past Sermons – 2016 Part 2
– Archive of Past Sermons – 2016
– Archive of Past Sermons – 2015

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December 17, 2017 – “Peace Amidst Unrest:  Human Worth” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
Scripture:  Luke 2:8-20

If you ever doubted your worth in the world, tune into the deep meaning of the birth of Jesus.  It is the astonishing message that God had come to be with us, in “flesh.” It’s not only that God came by way of a baby named Jesus – it is that God came into human life at all – even beyond that, that God comes to be with and in creation.  For the Creator so loved the Creation that he gave himself to us. To you. Do you feel unworthy of this?  Tune in more closely: you are forever “worthy” because God calls you worthy. Jesus preached it, demonstrated it, died for it, and Christ will come again – because God has made and chosen us and all creation. This is where our peace amidst unrest comes from: like those shepherds out in the field (Luke 2:8-20) we have been shown our worth. Go ahead -revel in it!

 


December 10, 2017 –  “Peace Amidst Unrest: Immigrants and Refugees”  – Rev. Diane R. Ford
Scripture:  Matthew 2, selected (escape to Egypt)

Mary, Joseph and Jesus were refugees fleeing for their lives to Egypt.  How did they keep the peace of God in their hearts in Herod’s violent world? How do we keep Christ’s peace when we are facing dangerous choices in a violent world, or when we are facing deportation, or when we are strangers in a new community?

 


December 3, 2017 – “A Peaceful Place Amidst Unrest” – Rev. Diane R. Ford 

With all the unrest in our country and beyond, Sunday mornings in December will focus on peace that is only found in God.  It will take this kind of peace to sustain our relationships, communities and healing in the world.  Come drink from the deep well of peace – it is found in unlikely places such as the chilly, dusty manger.

 


November 26, 2017 – “Do Justice, Love Mercy and Walk Humbly with Your God” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
A service of Readings and Song, Culminating our Autumn Focus: “Justice and Jesus”

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November 19, 2017 – Stewardship – Be The Blessing” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
Scripture: 1 Peter 4:8-10; Mark 12:41-44

 


November 12, 2017 – “Justice and Jesus, Part 8 – When Christians Disagree about Justice” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
Scripture:  1 Corinthians 13:2-4,  Ps. 94:20, Micah 3:9-12, Luke 3:11, Isaiah 58:7, Romans 12:13, Proverbs 19:17,  Matthew 25:35-40 and 5:7,
1 Corinthians 12:26, Romans 12:15-16, Proverbs 22:9, Acts 4:32-35,, Proverbs 19:17, 1 John 3:17, Philippians 2:3-4, Proverbs 14:31

Whether Christian or not, compassionate, fair-minded people disagree with what social justice looks like.  This is a hot topic in families and faith communities, especially regarding how our politics and sense of social justice come together.

 


November 5, 2017 – “Justice and Jesus, Part 7 – Covenants with the God of Life” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
Scripture:  Genesis 2:8-17, Genesis 9:8-13, Genesis 12-17, Luke 4:14-21

After attending a screening of “Climate Refugees,” my preparation for this Sunday’s sermon has become focused on the human history of migrating.  Migrating is a basic plot of the Scriptures: Adam and Eve were expelled from their garden; Noah fled danger in a ship; Abraham was called by God to leave his city for a far-off new home; Moses and the Hebrew people escaped slavery in Egypt to enter a new land; to escape Herod, the young Jesus and his parents found sanctuary in Egypt.  All of these people left their home for a strange and foreign place, where they had to start over.
As we mature in our faith, the depth of Jesus’ love, intentions and prayers becomes clearer to us: love one another; love one another; at all costs, love one another.  Those escaping floods, fires, governments and wars: there is no other path but to protect and befriend them. And when it is WE who are escaping, we will be protected and befriended by God’s agents in the world.  God remains the God of all, the Lover, Defender and Redeemer of all. Thanks be to God.

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October 29, 2017 – “Justice and Jesus: Part 6: – Job Description of a Good King” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
Scripture: Luke 22:24-30

There is a lot of public discussion about what makes a good leader — particularly in discussions of the ethics in the political sector.  The ethics of rulers (whom we now call “public servants”) is an ancient conversation, and the oldest documents that remain on the topic are found in the Hebrew Scriptures — the Old Testament.  Jesus was very clear about what a “good leader” is, and this not only serves nations well, it serves families and relationships well.  Come learn about the treasure of the Old Testament and reflect on the heart of Jesus’ teachings.

 


October 22, 2017 – “Justice and Jesus: Part 5 – The Sins of Our Neighbors and Ancestors” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
Scripture:  Leviticus 26:38-42 and Matthew 23:29-31

As people who value our independence and personal space (and rights), today’s topic may be a head-scratcher.  There is a strong message that is repeated in Scriptures that we are responsible for more than our own actions, but the actions of our community, nation and world.  It is called “corporate sin,” and is a key element when working for social justice.  There is life-denying (“sinful”) work done in our institutions, social and economic systems, governments, even the gender we belong to – these are all arenas that we as Christians are called to address.  It becomes interesting when we consider how to take responsibility for the sins of our ancestors.

 


October 15, 2017 – “Justice & Jesus: Part 4 – Tablets of the Heart” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
Scripture:  Ezekiel 36:26, Matthew 25:31-46

There is a misconception held by many Christians that the Old Testament is about a mean and angry God and the New Testament is about a loving and forgiving God.  This Sunday we will hear a stark reversal of this idea, only to demonstrate how misguided it is.  A wise look at restorative justice quickly makes one see that if we do not have hearts of compassion, like the compassionate heart of God, justice is not possible.

 


October 8, 2017 – “Justice and Jesus Part 3: Comfort Zones” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
Scripture: Luke 16:19-21; Amos 2:24

One of the most satisfying books to read in the Bible about social justice is the book of Amos. This is the book that contains the quote Martin Luther King, Jr. used: “Let justice roll down like waters!” (2:24)  Amos points out that those who sit “on their lavish couches,” while others suffer bring on themselves the wrath of God.  Jesus was clear about the sin of ignoring the needs of others (all others, in fact).  How can we as comfortable Americans unlock that which keeps us from caring for others?

 


October 1, 2017 – “Justice and Jesus: A Worthy Bride” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
Scripture:  Matthew 25:1-13, Hosea 1:2, Hosea 4:12, Hosea 6:6, Hosea 8:13, Hosea 2:14-20

 Justice and Jesus Part 2: A Worthy Bride
(Come in clothing from your ancestors’ home countries.)

October 1 is World Communion Sunday. In the social and political climate of our world today, the Eucharist, the Sacrament of Communion, is understood more clearly for its poignant and transformational power.  The table prepared before us is not owned by any government, not purchased by any billionaire, not restricted to those with certain abilities, credentials or citizenship.  At Christ’s Table everyone eats. Communion is not a set of words and actions done at church; it is the power of God in us, and in the world.  It threatens those whose god is their power and status.  Using the metaphor of Marriage, the prophet Hosea has clear words to us regarding serving such gods.  Jesus refers to the same metaphor in his parable in Matthew 25.

 


September 24, 2017 –  “Justice and Jesus: An Introduction” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
Scripture:  Micah 6:8

Pastor Diane begins a sermon series looking at main themes found in the writings referred to as the Prophets, and explores how Jesus’ teachings and life reflected and deepened our understanding of God’s will and work in the world.

This is “Walk the Talk” Sunday at LPC! Meaning, our worship will be about 45 minutes long, and then we will all prepare the church for the homeless families who will be our guests this week. Others will be writing cards to volunteer chaplains and work crews who are working in Texas and Florida.  Come to church in your LPC t-shirts or other casual wear!

 


September 17, 2017 – “Be the Rainbow After the Flood” – Rev. Diane R. Ford

This Sunday is the beginning of our new program year. The theme, “Be the Rainbow After the Flood,” will inspire us to be signs of hope for all those who are suffering.

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September 10, 2017 – “On Being w/ Krista Tippett interview:  The Inner Landscape of Beauty” Rev. Diane R. Ford

Scripture: Philippians 4:8​

See On Being website –
John O’Donohue. the Irish poet, theologian and philosopher, insisted on beauty as a human calling. He had a very Celtic, lifelong fascination with the inner human landscape and what he called “the invisible world,” constantly intertwining with what we can know and see.  This beauty is about a more rounded, substantial becoming, about an emerging fullness, a greater sense of grace and elegance, a deeper sense of depth, and also a kind of homecoming for the enriched memory of your unfolding life.

 


September 3, 2017 – “On Being w/ Krista Tippet interview:  Belonging Creates and Undoes Us Both” – Rev. Diane R. Ford

Scripture:  Leviticus 19:18, Proverbs 10:12, Proverbs 15:18,  Proverbs 16:28, Proverbs 28:25, Proverbs 29:2, Matthew 5:9, Matthew 5:24, Matthew 18:16, Romans 12:17-21, Philipians. 2:4, Colossians 3:13, Ephesians 4:29-5:4, James 1:2-4

See On Being website –
Pádraig Ó Tuama is a poet, theologian, and extraordinary healer who leads the Corrymeela community of Northern Ireland, a place that has offered refuge since the violent division that defined that country until the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. Pádraig and Corrymeela extend a quiet, generative force far beyond their northern coast to the entire world. They’ve learned what they know the hard way, yet they carry it with an infectious, calming joy.

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August 27, 2017 – ” On Being w/ Krista Tippet interview: CLOUD CULT: MUSIC IS MEDICINE” – Rev. diane R. Ford

Scripture:  2 Chronicles 5:13, Psalm 135:3, Psalm 98:1-7, Colossians 3:16

See On Being website –
The band Cloud Cult has been called an “orchestral indie rock collective.”  Cloud Cult’s trajectory was altered the day its co-founder and singer-songwriter, Craig Minowa, and his wife woke up to find that their two-year-old son had mysteriously died in his sleep. This interview explores the art that has emerged ever since. to the fiercest hope.

From the rawest grief to the fiercest hope, the profound and life-giving force of music is our companion.  Drumming and singing were the earliest forms. The Scriptures include 150 songs in the Book of Psalms.  The lute, harp, trumpet, cymbals and singers are present at the most holy moments of worship.

 


August 20, 2017 – ““The Persistence of Grace” – Rev. Barbara Hicks
What if you met Jesus and asked him to help you and he ignored you?  What if you asked again and he gave you a rude, insulting answer?  That is the dilemma facing the woman we will meet this Sunday in the sermon. Guest Preacher Rev. Barbara Hicks will preach on the unusual story in Matthew 15.
Scripture:  Isaiah 56:1, Isaiah 56: 6-8, Matthew 15:21-28

 


August 13, 2017 – “Humor as a Tool for Survival” – Rev. Diane R. Ford

Scripture: Proverbs 17:22, Genesis 21:6, Psalm 126:2-3, Ecclesiastes 3:4, Luke 6:21, Proverbs 16:24, Proverbs 14:13

See On Being website – Sam Sanders, Terry McMillan, Lindy West, et al: Humor as a Tool for Survival – Interview by Lily Percy
As a tool for survival, humor is elemental. In this interview, they explore this idea with a rabbi who started out in drag, comedians, an NPR host, writers of sci-fi / fantasy, social commentary, and the TV show Veep.

 


August 6, 2017 – “Anil Dash: Tech’s Moral Reckoning” – Rev. Diane R. Ford

Scripture:  Genesis 18:19, Proverbs 22:6, Isaiah 54:13, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Deuteronomy 4:9, Deuteronomy 6:6-9, 2 Timothy 3:14-15, 2 Timothy 1:5, Galatians 6 (selected verses)

See On Being website – Interview  with  Anil Dash by Krista Tippett
A wildly popular blogger, tech entrepreneur, and Silicon Valley influencer, Anil Dash has been an early activist for moral imagination in the digital sphere. In this interview  Anil Dash and Krista Tippett explore the unprecedented power, the learning curves ahead, and how we can all contribute to the humane potential of technology in this moment.

 


July 30, 2017 – ” Isabel Wilkerson: The Heart is the Last Frontier” – Rev. Diane R. Ford
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Scripture:  Galatians 3:28, Acts 10:34-35, Romans 2:9-11, Colossians 3:11, John 13:34, Genesis 1:27, Revelation 5:9-10, 1 Cor. 10:4, 1 Peter 2:9

See On Being website – Interview  with  Isabel Wilkerson by Krista Tippett
Isabel Wilkerson won the Pulitzer Prize for her work as Chicago Bureau Chief of The New York Times and was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama in 2016. Her book The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. In this book she has immersed herself in the stories of the Great Migration, the diaspora of six million African Americans to the north of the U.S. in the 20th century. It’s a carrier of untold histories and truths that help make sense of human and social challenges newly visible at the heart of our life together.

 


July 23, 2017 – “Richard Rohr:  Living In Deep Time” – Rev. Diane R. Ford

Scripture:  Mathew 6:5-9, Ephesians 6:18, 1 Thessalonians 5:17, Psalm 66:17, Psalm 95:2, 1 Corinthians 14:15, James 1:6, Psalm 118:25, Romans 15:30, 2 Corinthians 1:11, 1 Timothy 2:1-2, James 5:13-14

See On Being website – Interview with Fr. Richard Rohr by Krista Tippett
Men of all ages say Richard Rohr has given them a new way into spiritual depth and religious thought — through his writing and retreats. This conversation with the Franciscan spiritual teacher delves into the expansive scope of his ideas, including how to set about taking the first half of life — the drive to “successful survival” — all the way to meaning.

 


July 16, 2017 – “Running as Spiritual Practice” – Rev. Diane R. Ford

Scripture: Hebrews 12:1-3, 1 Cor. 9:24-27, 3 John 1:2, 1 Cor. 6:19-20, Proverbs 17:22, 1 Cor. 10:31, Proverbs 3:7-8     

See On Being website – Interview with runners by Krista Tippett
Running – not just as exercise, or as a merely physical pursuit, but running as an interplay between competition and contemplation

 


July 9, 2017 – “Spirituality of Imagination” – Rev. Diane R. Ford

Scripture: Exodus 1:8-20 and Exodus 3:3-10

See On Being website – Interview with Martin Sheen by Krista Tippett
Martin Sheen, born and still legally named Ramón Estévez, has had another lesser-known life as a spiritual seeker and activist.  “Piety is something you do alone,” he says. “True freedom, spirituality, can only be achieved in community.”

 


July 2, 2017 – “On Being w/Krista Tippett – Entering Into What Is There” – Rev. Diane R. Ford

Scripture:  Psalm 94 The Message

Thoughts on the interview with Eugene Peterson from On Being with Krista Trippett

“Prayers are tools not for doing or getting, but for being and becoming.” These are words of the legendary biblical interpreter, teacher, and pastor Eugene Peterson, who served as a pastor for 29 years. He is the author of over 30 books, including Answering God: The Psalms as Tools for Prayer, The Pastor: A Memoir, and The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language.

 


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MORE – Archive of Past Sermons – 2015

———- Archive of Past Sermons – 2016

———- Archive of Past Sermons – 2016 Part 2

 

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