From the mouths of….

July 29, 2018
Sometimes, our focus keeps us from seeing the absurdity of the situation and asking what's going on. When faced with a donkey asking us why we hit it, let's take…

Taking For Granted

June 18, 2017
Worship outdoors under the shelter. It's a beautiful day. So we're talking about...Job? Never fear! There's hope in how we tell the story.

Our Story

September 4, 2016
Sometimes, we are tempted to stop listening, to talk amongst ourselves, and to avoid proclamation. But Jesus calls us to proclaim the good news, to liberate the oppressed, to declare…

Open Your Mouths

April 5, 2015
Mark's story of resurrection ends with fear, silence, and amazement. Can we relate to that feeling in our own lives? The story of resurrection is left for us to tell…

Keeping Christmas Well

December 24, 2014
Keeping Christmas well means keeping the lights burning, even after we think there is darkness. Remember, love, and tell stories.

What Are We Supposed to Do?

October 6, 2014
Why must we worship God, love God with all our hearts? God puts us in the midst of the greatest story ever told, the story of creation. When we forget…
Bible Text: Exodus 1:8-2:10 | Preacher: Nathan Willard | Series: Patriarchs After Joseph's Pharaoh dies, the Hebrews are left vulnerable to the growing paranoia of the new Pharaoh. The inability to recognize the realties and listen to dissent leads Pharaoh to overlook the quiet resistance his daughter offers in her decision to shelter Moses in his house. Where do we unintentionally block out dissent, or fear that our voices aren't going to be heard? As a church family, how do we live with dissent and disagreement while still moving in the direction that Jesus leads us? Preached August 24, 2014 by Rev. Nathan Willard in Ankeny UCC
Bible Text: Genesis 28:10-19a | Preacher: Nathan Willard | Series: Patriarchs What makes a place sacred? We tell stories to explain the importance of certain places in our lives. But we, too, have the ability to make places sacred, especially for refugees like Jacob, far from home, faced only with the welcome of stones.
Bible Text: Genesis 25:19-34 | Preacher: Nathan Willard | Series: Patriarchs Esau and Jacob both have narratives that lead them into their conflict. How do we separate out our own aggrieved feelings from our understanding of the world around us?

Didymus Thomas

April 27, 2014
Bible Text: John 20: 19-31 | Preacher: Nathan Willard To see Thomas defined by this one rebuke by Jesus, offered for our benefit, denies him his whole story. How often have we been judged by our bad reactions in a moment of crisis, or judged others for theirs? What stories are we missing?