Sermons

Click the link to stream audio, and right-click to download as .mp3. Unless otherwise noted, sermons are from Pastor Julian DeShazier.

2017

  1. September
  2. August

    8-27-17 Caring for the Soil (Mary Stainton)

    8-20-17 Breaking the Tradition (Rev. Yvonne Gilmore)

    8-13-17 Why Did You Doubt (Ramona Gant)

  3. July

    7.30.17 More (Romans 8:26-39)

    7.23.17 The Wall of Futility  (Romans 8:12-25)

    7.16.17 Freedom To (Romans 8:1-11)

    7.9.17 Runs Its Course (Romans 7:15-25)

    7.2.17 Welcome Home (Matthew 10:40-42 — Pamela Keys)

  4. June

    6.25.17 Continue…? (Romans 6:1-11)

    (Genesis 18:1-15; 21:1-7 — Donique McIntosh)

    6.11.17 Move on Up (Matthew 28:16-20 — Jonathan Cahill)

    6.4.17 Pentecost Sunday

  5. May

    5.28.17 Seeing and Believing (Acts 3:1-6 — Zachary Moon)

    5.21.17 Maria Moreno & Cate Salinas (Youth Sunday)

    5.14.17 She Persists, Saul Watches (Acts 7:55-60 — Mother’s Day)

    5.7.17 Which Way Should You Look? (Psalm 23; Acts 2:42-47 — David Goodwin)

  6. April

    4-23-17 New Means NEW(John 20:19-31)

    4.9.17 99%…Buffering (Matthew 21:1-11)

    4-2-17 Why Come Out (Ramona Gant)

  7. March

    3-26-17 God in my Body (Mary Stainton)

    3.12.17 Glorious Wilderness (John 3:1-17)

    3.5.17 Bread Alone (Matthew 4:1-11)

  8. February

    2.26.17 The Better Partnership (Jonathan Cahill and David Goodwin)

    2-19-17 Take A Love Song(Matthew 5:48-48)

    2-12-17 To Kill a Mockingbird (Matthew 5:21-37)

  9. January

    1-29-17 Foolishness (Jonathan Cahill)

    1-22-17 The Call and the Cost(Donique McIntosh)

    1-15-17 It Sure Feels Heavy To Me! (Isaiah 49:1-7)

    1-8-17-Parting-the-Clouds (Matthew 3:13-17)

    1-1-17 Jump the Shark (Hebrews 2:10-18)

  10. 2016

    1. December

      12-25-16-Behold-the-Child (Luke 2:1-14)

      12-18-16-Prophesy (David Goodwin)

      12-11-16-Youth-Sunday (Ramona Gant)

      12-4-16-Let-My-Soul-Magnify-The-Lord (Jonathan Cahill)

    2. November

      11-27-16-Non-Perishables (John 6:25-35)

      11-20-16-Paradise (Luke 23:33-43)

      11-13-16 Bring-Life-In-Its-Fullest-Measure (David Goodwin)

      11-6-16-Future-Glory-Old-Inheritance  (Haggai 2:1-9)

    3. October

      10-30-16-Playing-Dress-Up (Isaiah 1:10-18)

      10-23-16-The-Rolling-Thunder (2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18)

      10-16-16-Itching-Ears (2 Timothy 3:14-4:5)

      10-9-16-Hispanic-Heritage-Month (Sarah Jones)

      10-2-16 World Communion (Sergio Centeno)

    4. September

      9-25-16 Terror-All-Around (Jeremiah 20:1-6)

      9-18-16 Break-the-Jug (Jeremiah 19:1-11)

      9-11-16 Stuck (Jeremiah 18:12-23)

      9-4-16 On the Potter’s Wheel (Jeremiah 18:1-11)

    5. August

      8-28-16 Seizing the Opportunity of Upheaval (Johnny Kline)

      8-21-16 Finishing Last (Julian DeShazier)

      8-14-16 This is of God? (Mary Stainton)

      8-7-16 City Faith (Hebrew 11:1-13)

    6. July


      7-24-16 The Roar of God
       (Sarah Jones)

      7-17-16 Darkness in Broad Daylight (Amos 8:1-12)

      7-10-16 Amos Response (Amos 7:7-17)

      7-3-16 What Does it Mean to be a Citizen (Ignacio Salinas & Rick Durance)

    7. June

      6-26-16 We Who Still Gather Together (Rick Durance)

      6-19-16 Keep It Moving (1 Kings 19:1-4; 8-15)

      6-12-16 Draw the Circle Wide (Linda Eastwood)

      6-1-16 Widow’s Bread  (1 Kings 17:8-24)

    8. May

      Arts Sunday
      5-29-16 Arts Sunday (Call to Worship, Opening Hymn, Invocation, Ministry of Music)
      5-29-16 Arts Sunday (Ministry of Music, Passing the Peace, Words of Welcome, Prayers of the People)
      5-29-16 Arts Sunday (Ministry of the Arts)
      5-29-16 Arts Sunday Ministry of the Arts)
      5-29-16 Arts Sunday (Scripture and Sermon)
      5-29-16 Arts Sunday (Benediction, Congregational Response)

      5-22-16 Beautiful Spilling ( (Proverbs 8:1-4. 22-31)

      5-15-16 We Must Be for Us (Rick Durance)

      5-8-16 Celebrating Big Momma (John 17:20-26)

      5-1-16 Jubilee for Who? (Christopher Flowers)

    9. April

      4-24-16 Ain’t Gonna Hurt Nobody (Acts 11:1-18)

      4-17-16 The Singularity (John 10:22-30)

      4-10-16 We’ve Been Here Before (Rick Durance)

      4-3-16 Making Sure (John 20:19-31)

    10. March

      3-27-16 But Mary Stayed (John 20:1-18)

      3-20-16 Cloaks, Crowds and Speaking Out (Christine B. Vogel)

      3-13-16 Mattress Money (John 12:1-8)

      3-6-16 Beware the Inward Truth (Luke 15:1-3; 11-32)

    11. February

      2-28-16 Finding Your Voice (Jason Carson Wilson)

      2-21-16 How Can I Know(Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18)

      2-14-16 Who Defeats the World (D’Angelo Smith)

      2-7-16 Building Fruit (Rev. Keith R. Scott)

    12. January

    2015

    1. December

      12-27-15 Where is Your Child (Luke 2:41-52)

      12-20-15 Embody This (Hebrews 10:5-18)

      12-13-15 and Also with You (Philippians 4:4-7)

      12-6-15 The Fruit of Your Womb (Luke 1:26-42)

    2. November
    3. October
    4. September
    5. August
    6. July
    7. June

      6-28-15 Out of the Depths (Jay Wilcoxen)

      6-21-15 Charleston S.C. (Johnny Kline)

      6-14-15 Through The Fire (Jason C. Wilson)

      6-7-15 Don’t Lose Yourself (1 Samuel 8:4-11)

    8. May

      5-31-15 More and Netter(Amanda Guthrie)

      5-24-15 The Spirit Shall Revive (D’Angelo Smith)

      5-17-15 The Next Move(Acts 1:15-17, 21-26)

      5-10-15 Mother’s Word (Luke 24:5-12)

      5-3-15 A Wind Blows (Acts 8:26-40)

    9. April
    10. Seven Last Words
    11. March
    12. February

      2-22-15 Black Folks’ Religion
      The history, contributions, and challenges we receive from the Black Church!

      2-15-15 Back to Africa (II Kings 2:1-12 & Mark 9:2-9)
      Africa is a lost treasure of spiritual practices. Maybe it is time for us to return to them

      2-8-15 A Soaring Comeback (D’Angelo Smith)

      2-1-15 Life in An Oligarchy (1 Corinthians 8:1-13)

    13. January

      1-25-15 Tell The the Dream, Martin (Rev. Dr. Patricia Novick)
      Join your imagination to God’s infinite imagination

      1-18-15 Necessary, But Not Sufficient (John 1:43-51)
      Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday

      1-11-15 The Treasure (Johnny Kline)
      Johnny asks us to remember the miracle of Christ’s birth

      1-04-15 More Than Words (John 1) (John 1:1-9)
      Pastor Julian encourages us to bring the miracle of Jesus’s birth into everyday life

    2014

    1. December

      12-28-14 Teaching the World to Sing (Jason Carson Wilson)
      Pastoral Intern calls for unity in the world

      12-21-14 “Not Feeling Christmas” (Matthew 1:18-25)
      The Christmas Spirit is elusive. What do we need to remember most?

      12-14-14 Pregnant and Waiting
      Pastor Julian raps his sermon for the first time

      12-7-14 Preparing the Way of the Lord (Judith Guy)
      Are you doing things the same way, and getting predictable results?

    2. November

      11-23-14 Thankful FOR You (Ephesians 1:15-23)
      When was the last time you felt selfless gratitude, gratitude that had no effect on or for you?

      11-16-14 Talents Show (Matthew 25:14-30)
      Each of us have been given a talent. How is yours creating interest in the account of your life?

      11-9-14 We are Witnesses (Joshua 24:1-25)
      HERITAGE SUNDAY

      11-2-14 The Web of Creation (Rev. Dr. Patricia Novick)
      Rev. Novick asks us to consider our personal relationships to the natural world

    3. October

      10-26-14 Latin Religion (II Corinthians 6:1-13)
      Hispanic Heritage Month

      10-19-14 Do Not Carry Us Up From Here (Seth Patterson)
      How do we identify when we need more than words or implicit support?

      10.12.14 Breaking the Mold (Sarah Jones)
      Do you attempt to create a mold for God and your relationships? In this sermon, Sarah asks you to write a different story.

      10-5-14 Eating & Drinking with Jesus (Sergio Centeno)
      Eating is a biological action but also is a cultural and loving component of our society

    4. September

      9-28-14 The Cake Always Falls
      What if we recognized that what we can’t wait for is just around the corner?

      9-21-14 Germinating Seeds (Matthew 20:1-16)

      9-14-14 Anatomy of a Mustard Seed (Exodus 14:19-31)

    5. August

      8-31-14 It’s Okay to Get Behind (Matthew 16:21-28)

      8-24-14 Emerging From the Reeds. Leadership in a time of Upheaval (Johnny Kline)
      As Christians we are called to act against injustice. How do we lead in times of turmoil

      8-17-14 “Immigration and Forgiveness” (Patricia Novick)
      Jesus taught us to pray “Your will be done….” but what does this really mean, specifically for (undocumented) immigrants?

      8-10-14 “The Sound of Silence” (I Kings 19:8-18)
      Can you hear from God while hearing nothing?

      8-3-14 “The Power of a Response” (Job 38)
      So you’ve asked God the question, are you ready for God’s response?

    6. July

      7-27-14 “The Power of a Question” (Elijah Zehyoue)
      Elijah Zehyoue’s final sermon as Youth Minister at University Church

      7-20-14 “Hope and the Enemy” (Johnny Kline)
      If you love, laugh and fight all the way, then shadows cannot hold a sway

      7-13-14 “Birthright” (Genesis 25:19-34)

      7-6-14 “Death of Power” (Romans 6:12-23)
      This is the final sermon in the Power series of sermons

    7. June

      6-29-14 “Powerless” (Jeremiah 20:7-13)
      In your admission of powerlessness, you can find God in your midst

      6-22-14 “Power Impartial” (Numbers 11:24-30)
      All power is the Spirit of God

      6-15-14 “A Father’s Power” (Matthew 25:16-20)
      FATHERS DAY/GRADUATE SUNDAY The Power of our Father results in support, affirmation and possibility

      6-8-14 “Power Creative”/The Creation (Acts 2:1-11)
      You are an artist, what does your does your work look like?

      6-1-14 “Power Responsible” (Luke 24:44-53; Acts 1:1-11)
      Jesus has promised you power. What will you do with it?

    8. May

      5-25-14 “Silence” (Seth Patterson)
      What happens when we interact with God in the midst of silence?

      5-18-14 “The Joy of The Lord” (Tangie Grey-Dickens)
      In sorrow, God still gives us the strength to make a joyful noise

      5-11-14 “A Mother Who Made A Difference” (Patricia Novick)
      MOTHERS DAY. The desperation of a mother with a sick child

      5-4-14 “Okay, Now What?” (I Peter 1:3-9)
      The Lenten Season has ended, you are in a new place, how will you make that new place home?

    9. April

      4-27-14: “Creative Dislocation” (John Fish)
      The many places we DIDN’T EXPECT to be can have the most impact

      4-13-14: “Donkey Sunday” (Matthew 21)
      PALM SUNDAY. Holy Week begins at the DONKEY

      4-6-14: “Speak to the Bones” (Ezekiel 37)

    10. March

      3-30-14: “Valley of the Shadow” (Psalm 23)
      Psalm 23 is not a death march but about LIFE in the valley. Be with others.

      3-23-14: “Come to the Well” (Assata Gilmore & Elijah Zehyoue)
      One of our teenagers teach us where we can find God. Unexpected places.

      3-16-14: “Singing in a Foreign Land” (Mary Stainton)

      3-2-14: “Good Does Not Exist” (Matthew 17)
      What if there was NO Good or Bad, only GOD…!??!

    11. February

      2-23-14: “Its Examination Time” (Tangie Gray-Dickens)

      2-16-14: “If You Choose” (Seth Patterson – Sirach 15)
      If you choose, you CAN keep the commandments…

      2-9-14: “Becoming Spiritual Again” (Exodus 12)
      Negro Spirituals: hidden messages in plain sight. Can we borrow this technique?

      2-2-14: “The Noose of Debt” (Micah 6)
      There’s a difference between DEBT and indebtedness to God. There are ways to work off both.

    12. January

      1-26-14: “Worship in Corinth” (1 Corinthians 1)
      The challenge gift of attempting to live multicultural, as displayed by the church in Corinth

      1-19-14: “Voting Rights in Corinth” (1 Corinthians 1)
      MLK Sunday – thinking about Paul too, and his glorious rhetoric reminding us that we must become SPEAKERS.

      1-12-14: “White Privilege and White Province” (Johnny Kline)

      1-5-14: “How to Garden in a Drought” (Jeremiah 31)
      What does HOPE mean in a world of failed prophecies?

    2013

    1. December

      12-29-13: “Houses, Vineyards and Fields” (Rev. Dr. Frank Thomas)
      What are we going to do about HEALTH CARE? We must live in the prophecy.

      12-22-13: “Redemption” (Christmas 2013)
      A reflection on REDEMPTION as part of our GLORIA SUNDAY (song as the sermon)

      12-15-13: “The Majesty Within” (Elijah Zehyoue)

      12-8-13: “The Heavy Coat of Waiting” (Seth Patterson)
      The results of waiting may not meet your expectations, but there is power in the wait.

      12-1-13: “Are You Awake?” (Tangie Purvis)
      The holiday season means Jesus is coming, but are you alert and ready for what that means?

    2. November

      11-24-13: “Keep Calm and Carry On” (Psalm 46)
      “BE STILL and know that I am God” – we are not very still nowadays.

      11-17-13: “The Seeds of Endurance” (Luke 21)
      There’s more in you than you give yourself credit for. By your endurance you will gain your souls.

      11-10-13: “Rethinking Marriage” (Luke 20)
      If we can take a view from eternity, maybe we can see marriage and ourselves in a different light.

      11-3-13: “The Myth of Good Enough” (Habakkuk 1)
      On HERITAGE SUNDAY, we honor our ancestors, listen for them, and remember that we are becoming them.

    3. October

      10-27-13: “Check Your Prayer Posture” (Luke 18)
      Prayer is one of those things we can always do better. The Pharisee and taxpayer teach much.

      10-20-13: “Wrestling with Angels” (Gen 32)
      God INSIDE the struggle. Where is  your blessing?

      10-6-13: “An Open Invitation” (Rev. Dr. Robert Franklin)
      Imagine a feast, where EVERYONE shows up

    4. September

      9-29-13: “There Was a Rich Man…” (Luke 16)
      Taking advantage of NOW opportunities

      9-22-13: “Learning from Drug Dealers” (Luke 16)
      Jesus praises the dishonest manager. What can we learn from those we try and avoid?

      9-15-13: “4 Little Girls, 50 Years Later” (Luke 15)
      If one sheep is more valuable than the 99…also remembering the tragedy of the 4 Little Girls bombing.

      9-8-13: “Finishers Only” (Luke 14)
      Thousands followed Jesus, but only 11 could FINISH with him. Starting means nothing without FINISHING.

    5. August
    6. July

      7-28-13: “Presence of the Righteous” (Gen. 18)
      What can the “righteous” do? Could they save the city? What does “righteous” even mean?

      7-21-13: “The Good Samaritan & George Zimmerman” (Luke 10)
      Staying with the Good Samaritan text – Trayvon/Zimmerman makes us ask, if nothing else, “Who is my neighbor?”

      7-14-13 Thank God for the Good Ones (Julie Less – Luke 10)
      The Good Ones, like the Good Samaritans, are the helpers and advocates among us.

      7-7-13: “Freedom to Fly” (Luke 10)
      Jesus sends us “where he himself intends to go.” We are asked to pass the peace and cure the sick – not in METAPHOR.

    7. June

      6-30-13: “Getting Your Apocalyptic On” (Bonnie Osei-Frimpong – Luke 9)

      6-23-13: “Bound to God” (Luke 8)
      Jesus’ approach to this healing is remarkable. Only connected to Christ can we heal like this.

      6-16-13: “Fulfilling Our End” (Darien Waite)
      What if your Promised Land – your JERICHO – was already given to you, but there were steps YOU had to take?

      6-9-13: “The Meal Without End” (Frank Yamada)
      Dr. Yamada, president of McCormick Theological Seminary, led us on food justice. PREPARING THE MEAL.

      6-2-13: “Legacy” excerpt (Maggie Brown)
      ARTS SUNDAY – no sermon, only music/drama. Maggie, a gifted jazz vocalist and teacher, led us.

    8. May

      5-26-13: “Glory Days” (Elijah Zehyoue)
      The “good old days” are not so far away. In fact, they may be in our midst.

      5-19-13: “Spirit in the Scattering” (Genesis 11)
      We cannot appreciate Acts 2 without Babel – the scattering – and God’s presence in the midst.

      5-12-13: “What Mama Taught Me” (Jeremiah Wright)
      What have our parents taught us that we need to learn again? What good are MAMA’s lessons?

      5-5-13: “Blessed are the Organized” (Elijah Zehyoue)

    9. April

      4-28-13: “Getting in God’s Way” (Acts 11)
      Who are we to hinder God?

      4-21-13: “Place At the Table” (Sergio Centeno) – EARTH SUNDAY
      Communion should also remind us that  need a better relationship with our food.

      4-14-13: “The Lamb” (Michele Edwards)
      REVELATIONS shows that the lamb makes all things known. What does it mean to “stand with the lamb”?

      4-7-13: “Won’t Play Along” (Acts 5)
      An exercise in COURAGE, shown by a group of disciples who know their God.

    10. March

      3-31-13: “See for Yourself” (Luke 24)
      EASTER means signs of new life. May the testimony of others (Mary) lead you (Peter) to discover God for yourself.

      3-24-13: “Was Jesus Afraid?” (Sergio Centeno)

      3-17-13: “Pour Out a Little Liquor” (John 12)
      A title of a 2Pac song, which links us to the completely selfless actions of Mary. We need to pour more.

      3-10-13: “A Prodigal People” (Johnny Kline)

    11. February

      2-24-13: “FEARLESS” (Luke 13)
      Why are we so afraid of the foxes?

      2-17-13 A Wilderness Moment (Luke 4)
      Jesus is SENT into the wilderness for a specific time and purpose; we are as well.

      2-10-13: “White Privilege: Let My People Go” (Johnny Kline – NO AUDIO, in .pdf form)

      2-3-13: “Stay Black or Die” (Galatians 3)
      Even in faith, RACE matters, and we can find ways to talk faithfully and responsibly about who we are.

    12. January

      1-27-13 Children With No Home (Luke 4)
      in light of the tragedy involving Layla Stewart. Let us rethink and build HOME together.

      1-20-13 Water and Wine, Kings and Obamas (John 2)
      What connects Jesus, MLK, and President Obama? Hmmm…MENTORS.

      1-13-13: “God is in the Journey” (John Fish)
      Rev. Dr. John Fish explains why the Beatitudes must always be with us…and he RAPS!!!

    2012

    1. December

      12-30-12: “Shredding Resolutions” (Luke 2)
      What we didn’t accomplish last year won’t hold us back.

      12-16-12: “Waiting in Faithful Service” (Sergio Centeno) (Luke 3)

      12-9-12: “Preparedness Strategies” (Luke 3) (ADVENT 2)
      There is plenty to do while we wait.

      12-2-12: “Redemption” (Luke 21) (ADVENT 1)
      How long are you willing to wait?
      *poor audio quality in 1st 5 minutes, then improve*

    2. November

      11-25-12: “Time is Treasure Too” (Daniel 7)
      Giving without spending. Stewardship 4

      11-18-12: “Wisdom in a Potluck Dinner” (Mark 6)
      Jesus feeds 5,000…with help. Stewardship 3

      11-11-12: “Safe in the Storehouse”
      what tithing meant biblically, and what it means today. Stewardship 2

    3. October

      10-28-12: “By the Power of Your Gift” (Sergio Centeno)

      10-21-12: “The Stones in Our Robes”
      A continuation in Hebrews, describing the “High Priest”. Why we ought carry stones on us from time to time

      10-14-12: “I Understand”
      The one where Pastor Julian raps

      10-7-12: “A Welcome of Extravagance” (Johnny Kline)

    4. September

      9-30-12: “The Annointing of David” (Kyle Nurse)
      Kyle Nurse is an 8th Grader at Percy Julian Middle School. The poem was by Colleen Patikas. This was Youth Sunday. THINK DIFFERENT PT. 5

      9-23-12: “The Child in His Lap”
      THINK DIFFERENT PT. 4

      9-16-12: “Decide for Yourself”
      THINK DIFFERENT PT. 3

      9-9-12: “The Syrophoenician Woman”
      THINK DIFFERENT PT. 2

      9-2-12: “Traditional Values”
      THINK DIFFERENT PT. 1

    5. August

      8-26-12: “A Mercy to Resent” (Bonnie Osei-Frimpong)

      8-19-12: “If You Could Ask God For ANYTHING”
      (full reading of text is cut off here: read 1 Kings 3:5-14)

      8-12-12: “Keep It Simple” (Mary Stainton)

      8-5-12: “Put on Blast”
      ***song: “Panis Angelicus” soloist William Hamblin***

    6. July

      7-29-12 – “Living Like There is a God” (Andrew Packman)
      ***song: “Spirit of God” soloists Barbara Havens, Sarah Oaks***

      7-22-12: “Soul Searching” (Michele Ellis)
      ***poem: “Can You Hear Me Now?” by Colleen Patikas***

      7-15-12: “Giving Props Properly”
      ***song: “Sinner Please, Don’ Let Dis Harvest Pass” soloist Edith Greenlee)

      7-8-12: “Scorpions Thorns and Grace” (Ayanna Johnson)
      ***song: “O Divine Redeemer” soloist Sean Harris***