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► Hear "The Demand for a King"
Sermon by The Reverend Junchol Lee, March 19, 2017
Scripture readings: 1 Samuel 8:1-22, Luke 7:31-35

Historically speaking, it was a natural progression that the Israelites desired to transform from a tribal alliance into a kingdom. Yet, both Samuel and God reacted with strong emotions, stressing that they were rejected by the Israelites. We explore what it means to believe and follow the teachings of God, and the difference between rational faith and blind faith.

► Hear "The Ark of God, Captured"
Sermon by The Reverend Junchol Lee, March 5, 2017
Scripture readings: 1 Samuel 4:1-11, Matthew 16:5-12

Things happen in our life, some expected and some unexpected. To a degree, our life is made up of our reactions to the things that happen to us. Sometimes, something that was unthinkable suddenly becomes real and takes our minds away. This Sunday, I share the story of the Ark of the Covenant as it was captured by enemies of the Israelites, and its spiritual applications to us.

► Hear "My Journey"
Sermon by The Reverend Junchol Lee, February 19, 2017
Scripture readings: John 15:1-17

Rev. Lee describes his personal spiritual journey through Confucianism, Buddhism, Daoism, Christianity, and Swedenborgianism, concluding by sharing with us what he found as the same in all of the teachings he studied.

► Hear "What's in a Name?"
Spiritual Message by Dr. Devin Zuber , January 29, 2017
Scripture readings: Revelation 2:12-17, Isaiah 56:1-8

In these troubled times, our disagreements and divisions can seem the most intense when they are within the family and with those we love. In the Bible, there are many examples of interfamilial strife, but also visions of both reconciliation and new kinds of belonging. This sermon reflects on what God might mean when it is written that we will be given a new name.

Devin Zuber is an Assistant Professor of American Studies, Literature, and Swedenborgian Studies. Dr. Zuber centers his inquiries in literary aesthetics, hermeneutics, and cultural history, which includes the environment as special zone of engagement. His scholarly interests include exploring the different ways people have imagined and constructed their relationship to the environment through various practices of cultural representation. He is also a Swedenborgian specialist, and particularly interested in the legacy of Swedenborg's thought in Romanticism. His work has appeared in Religion and the Arts, American Studies, and Variations.

► Hear "The Spirit of a Christian Community"
Sermon by The Reverend Junchol Lee, January 22, 2017
Scripture readings: 1 Samuel 3:1-18, Mark 2:13-17

Being religious or spiritual is about being aware of one's own mindset. Actions are certainly important as the final expressions/manifestations of one's mindset. But at the same time, actions could be misleading or misrepresenting. On Sunday, I would like to reflect on the appropriate mindset of being a Christian.

► Hear "What Is A Prayer?"
Sermon by The Reverend Junchol Lee, January 15, 2017
Scripture readings: 1 Samuel 1:1-20, Mark 10:17-31

It might cross the mind of any believer in any religion at least once: Why doesn't my God fix everything and make the world paradise? This Sunday, I explore the possible reasons and ways that we can understand the process of divine providence: how God manages the created world.

► Hear "What's New?"
Sermon by The Reverend Doug Moss, January 1, 2017
Scripture readings: John 3:1-21, Revelation 21:1-7

New year, new dreams, new goals, new challenges, new awareness, new friendships, new memories. "I am making all things new," said the Lord. This Sunday, we get the year off to a good start with our first-of-the-year communion.