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Messages presented by Senior Pastor Carol Cavin-Dillon and other speakers during worship at West End UMC in Nashville, TN

Latest Episodes

Isaac Loved Rebekah

In our sermon series using texts from Genesis with the theme Family Matters, todays story is of Abrahams servant, making a trip to find Isaac a wife. Much as Abraham had done a generation before, Rebekah trusts the direction of God and leaves her land to go somewhere she has never been to become the bride of someone she doesnt know and bear a nation. When she arrives, never having seen Isaac and he never having seen her, the text says that Isaac took her as his wife, and he loved her, a simple and most powerful statement for us in our moment.

--1 d ago
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Isaac Loved Rebekah

More Questions Than Answers

In our sermon series using texts from Genesis with the theme Family Matters, todays story is that very uncomfortable one of Abraham being asked to sacrifice his son, Isaac, the one he and Sarah had awaited for decades. Is this, after all, a story of divine child abuse? It does end well, but there are so many questions about the story leading up to the end. Is that the purpose of the story to stir up questions and make us examine our faith? Does this have something to say about our needing to wrestle with questions? Should we be viewing all thats going on in the world right now as an opportunity to question and listen?

--1 w ago
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More Questions Than Answers

The God of Hagar

In our sermon series using texts from Genesis with the theme Family Matters, todays story is, perhaps, the other story, of Hagar and Ishmael and a somewhat shameful aside to the more familiar story of Abraham, Sarah, and Isaac. This is analogous to stories in our own histories, and in the present, where certain types of people are relegated to another place or another level of humanity. In the story of Hagar, though, in the end God claims Hagar and Ishmael, and that should say something significant to us in our own time.

--2 w ago
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The God of Hagar

The Laughter of Sarah

In our sermon series using texts from Genesis with the theme Family Matters, todays story is of the announcement to Abraham and Sarah that in their very old age they would have a baby. Sarah, overhearing this announcement, laughs in disbelief and despair, having given up hope in Gods earlier promise of offspring. In our time of COVID-19 and distress over the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, we, too, may find ourselves in disbelief and despair, not relying on God. But this story asks, is there anything too wonderful for God?

--3 w ago
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The Laughter of Sarah

And It Was Very Good

Today we begin a sermon series using texts from Genesis with the theme Family Matters, this one from the creation story in Genesis 1. It is clear from the very first pages of the Bible that God called on the earth to bring forth, to be co-creator, and that humans were created in Gods own image. God pronounces creation very good. This has much to say for our current unrest resulting from injustice and from some humans viewed as less than human, because it is clear that all humans were created in Gods own image. The creation story also has much to say about our responsibility in and for creation.

--JUN 7
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And It Was Very Good

The Church Has Left the Building

Today is Pentecost Sunday, a celebration of the descent of the Holy Spirit as chronicled in Acts 2. In the story there is some mystery in the telling because the disciples were gathered in a house, then as the Holy Spirit descended, somewhat magically there are no more walls. Here, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the death of George Floyd and its aftermath, we realize that the Holy Spirit can knock down walls we havent even realized were there.

--MAY 31
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The Church Has Left the Building

Who'll Be a Witness?

This is Ascension Sunday. The writer of Luke shows us an instance of uncertainty for the disciples as Jesus rises to heaven. They had been waiting for Jesus to restore the kingdom to Israel, but it appeared he was leaving them. In our current time we can identify with a deep desire for certainty because there is so much we dont know. Jesus tells the disciples it is not for them to know times or periods, but they are to be his witnesses. What does that mean for us?

--MAY 24
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Who'll Be a Witness?

Not Alone

In the text for today, part of Jesuss farewell discourse to the disciples, Jesus reassures them that although he will be leaving, they will not be alone. He says he will not leave them orphaned. The promise is that the Holy Spirit will be with them. It is reflected in the creed we most often use in our worship services In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us. We are not alone. Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic with its social distancing we see abundant examples of people giving presence to others.

--MAY 17
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Not Alone

Troubled Hearts

We are in a period when so many things are upsetting our lives -- the COVID-19 pandemic, and, for many of us, storms that knocked out our power for the week. The text for today puts the disciples in a situation where the central part of their lives is falling apart -- Jesus is leaving them and will be crucified. But Jesus tells them not to let their hearts be troubled. What does that mean?

--MAY 10
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Troubled Hearts

A Song of Assurance

The very familiar 23rd Psalm, containing some of the most comforting words in our scriptures, is the psalm reading in the lectionary today, and it couldnt come at a better time. It does not pledge that there will not be hard times the valley of the shadow of death but assures that God is with us, even in those times, even if we feel alone. And what if the table prepared for us in the presence of our enemies actually means that at Gods table theres a place for everyone, including those we might have thought of as our enemies?

--MAY 3
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A Song of Assurance

Latest Episodes

Isaac Loved Rebekah

In our sermon series using texts from Genesis with the theme Family Matters, todays story is of Abrahams servant, making a trip to find Isaac a wife. Much as Abraham had done a generation before, Rebekah trusts the direction of God and leaves her land to go somewhere she has never been to become the bride of someone she doesnt know and bear a nation. When she arrives, never having seen Isaac and he never having seen her, the text says that Isaac took her as his wife, and he loved her, a simple and most powerful statement for us in our moment.

--1 d ago
Comments
Isaac Loved Rebekah

More Questions Than Answers

In our sermon series using texts from Genesis with the theme Family Matters, todays story is that very uncomfortable one of Abraham being asked to sacrifice his son, Isaac, the one he and Sarah had awaited for decades. Is this, after all, a story of divine child abuse? It does end well, but there are so many questions about the story leading up to the end. Is that the purpose of the story to stir up questions and make us examine our faith? Does this have something to say about our needing to wrestle with questions? Should we be viewing all thats going on in the world right now as an opportunity to question and listen?

--1 w ago
Comments
More Questions Than Answers

The God of Hagar

In our sermon series using texts from Genesis with the theme Family Matters, todays story is, perhaps, the other story, of Hagar and Ishmael and a somewhat shameful aside to the more familiar story of Abraham, Sarah, and Isaac. This is analogous to stories in our own histories, and in the present, where certain types of people are relegated to another place or another level of humanity. In the story of Hagar, though, in the end God claims Hagar and Ishmael, and that should say something significant to us in our own time.

--2 w ago
Comments
The God of Hagar

The Laughter of Sarah

In our sermon series using texts from Genesis with the theme Family Matters, todays story is of the announcement to Abraham and Sarah that in their very old age they would have a baby. Sarah, overhearing this announcement, laughs in disbelief and despair, having given up hope in Gods earlier promise of offspring. In our time of COVID-19 and distress over the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, we, too, may find ourselves in disbelief and despair, not relying on God. But this story asks, is there anything too wonderful for God?

--3 w ago
Comments
The Laughter of Sarah

And It Was Very Good

Today we begin a sermon series using texts from Genesis with the theme Family Matters, this one from the creation story in Genesis 1. It is clear from the very first pages of the Bible that God called on the earth to bring forth, to be co-creator, and that humans were created in Gods own image. God pronounces creation very good. This has much to say for our current unrest resulting from injustice and from some humans viewed as less than human, because it is clear that all humans were created in Gods own image. The creation story also has much to say about our responsibility in and for creation.

--JUN 7
Comments
And It Was Very Good

The Church Has Left the Building

Today is Pentecost Sunday, a celebration of the descent of the Holy Spirit as chronicled in Acts 2. In the story there is some mystery in the telling because the disciples were gathered in a house, then as the Holy Spirit descended, somewhat magically there are no more walls. Here, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the death of George Floyd and its aftermath, we realize that the Holy Spirit can knock down walls we havent even realized were there.

--MAY 31
Comments
The Church Has Left the Building

Who'll Be a Witness?

This is Ascension Sunday. The writer of Luke shows us an instance of uncertainty for the disciples as Jesus rises to heaven. They had been waiting for Jesus to restore the kingdom to Israel, but it appeared he was leaving them. In our current time we can identify with a deep desire for certainty because there is so much we dont know. Jesus tells the disciples it is not for them to know times or periods, but they are to be his witnesses. What does that mean for us?

--MAY 24
Comments
Who'll Be a Witness?

Not Alone

In the text for today, part of Jesuss farewell discourse to the disciples, Jesus reassures them that although he will be leaving, they will not be alone. He says he will not leave them orphaned. The promise is that the Holy Spirit will be with them. It is reflected in the creed we most often use in our worship services In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us. We are not alone. Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic with its social distancing we see abundant examples of people giving presence to others.

--MAY 17
Comments
Not Alone

Troubled Hearts

We are in a period when so many things are upsetting our lives -- the COVID-19 pandemic, and, for many of us, storms that knocked out our power for the week. The text for today puts the disciples in a situation where the central part of their lives is falling apart -- Jesus is leaving them and will be crucified. But Jesus tells them not to let their hearts be troubled. What does that mean?

--MAY 10
Comments
Troubled Hearts

A Song of Assurance

The very familiar 23rd Psalm, containing some of the most comforting words in our scriptures, is the psalm reading in the lectionary today, and it couldnt come at a better time. It does not pledge that there will not be hard times the valley of the shadow of death but assures that God is with us, even in those times, even if we feel alone. And what if the table prepared for us in the presence of our enemies actually means that at Gods table theres a place for everyone, including those we might have thought of as our enemies?

--MAY 3
Comments
A Song of Assurance
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