Won't You Be My Neighbor?

This sermon was preached on Jan. 21, 2017 (the day after the inauguration of President Trump) at the Center for Spiritual Living as a part of "Awake/United:An Interfaith Call to Community". More than 400 people attended this gathering, led by Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, and Buddhist faith leaders from around Sonoma County, CA. Hi. My name is Rev. Emily Stockert. I’m an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and currently serving as Interim Pastor at Knox Presbyterian Church in Santa Rosa. As Interim, I am helping Knox strengthen their identity as a faith community. As part of my work, I have a passion for helping people how a strong and secure sense of self can actually make

The Greatest Fool Trumps All

This sermon was preached at Knox Presbyterian Church on Sunday Jan. 29, 2017. The text for this week: 1 Cor. 1:18-31 Mary Tyler Moore was a great actress wasn’t she? She had a real light and a joy that came through on screen. I was sorry to hear she died this week. But in listening to the coverage about her I was reminded of a quote from her book. Did you know, that with all the success she had, she thought of herself as a failure? Yes, she said that inside the successful actress beat the heart of a failed dancer. She didn’t want to be an actress, she wanted to be a dancer, and she failed at that. When we start on a project or a process, what we expect the outcome to be usually determines wh

Baptism of the Lord Sunday: Online Worship Materials

Grace and peace on this blessed wet Sunday to all of you. Many of the roads were flooded and many of you are still recovering from the cold and flu bug, and were unable to come to worship. Please stay dry, safe and get well! We had a lovely service the morning for those who were able to make it to worship. If you would like to read over the worship materials from this Sunday: Here is a link to my personal worship "leader's guide". This is all the prayers, etc., that I read from in the black binder that I carry with me when I lead. Here is a link to the bulletin, Here is a link to my sermon draft (keeping in mind that I often speak spontaneously, too, The spirit is there, if not the exact

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