Sermons

Text of sermons preached by The Rev. J. Gary Brinn, Pastor and Teacher of The Park Church unless otherwise specified. Scripture readings reference the Common English Bible

August 14, 2022

 

Title: "Last Refuge of a Scoundrel"

📖 Readings are: Howard Zinn, Declarations of Independence: Cross-Examining American Ideology (1991), Jeremiah 23:23-29

August 7, 2022

 

Title: "The Problem With Religion"

📖 Readings are: adapted from Margaret Cho, 2008,  Isaiah 1:1, 10-20

July 31, 2022

 

Title: "Black Creeks"

📖 Readings are: ‘Worship of the Guns is Worship of Idols’, Eugen Schoenfeld, Hosea 11:1-11

July 24, 2022

 

Title: "Angel Gets Lost"

📖 Readings are: from George Washington, 1783, Genesis 18: 20-32

July 17, 2022

 

Title: "Better Business"

📖 Readings are: from Buckminster Fuller, Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth, Amos 8:1-12

July 10, 2022

 

Title: "Homos and Hurricanes"

📖 Readings are: from President Barack Obama, 2015 and Amos 7:7-17

July 3, 2022

 

Title: "Revolution"

📖 Readings are: from Thomas Jefferson and 2 Kings 5:1-14

June 26, 2022

 

Title: “Karma Is A...

📖 Readings:  “Instant Karma” by John Lennon and 2 Kings 2:23-25

June 19, 2022

 

Title: “Wanted For Murder: Elijah

📖 Readings: 1972 interview with former president Lyndon B. Johnson and 1 Kings 19:1-15

June 12, 2022

 

Title: "An Ode to Wisdom" Guest Pastor: The Rev. Beth Frigard

📖 Readings are: from Jonas Salk and Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31

June 5, 2022

 

Title: "A New Spirit"

📖 Readings are: from Audre Lorde and Acts 2:1-21

May 29, 2022

 

Title: “He ain’t Superman”

 

📖  Our readings are: from "Train of Thought" #5, 19 and Luke 24:44-53

May 22, 2022

 

Title: "Stirred Up"

📖 Readings are: from a 2020 interview with Noam Chomsky and John 5:1-9

May 15, 2022 - Rev. Brinn Installation

 

Title: “New Jerusalem” by The Rev. Paul Nixon

The service will also be available via Zoom.

May 15, 2022

 

Title: “New Jerusalem

📖 Readings are: “Listen to Your Life” by the Rev. Frederick Buechner and Revelation 21:1-6

May 8, 2022

 

Title: “Placebo

 

📖 Readings are: Acts 9:36-43 and John 10:22-30

May 1, 2022

 

Title: “The Big Why” Guest Pastor: The Rev. Beth Frigard

Readings are: from “Man’s Search For Meaning” by Viktor E. Frankel, John 21:1-19

April 24, 2022

 

Title: The Rules of Time Travel

Readings are: from “The Angels Take Manhattan” episode of Doctor Who

John 20:19-31

Easter Sunday, April 17th

 

Title: Practicing Resurrection

📖 Readings are: Wendell Berry “Farming: A Handbook, John 20:1-18

Palm Sunday - April 10, 2022

 

Title: Good and Crazy

📖 Readings are: “Hoping Against Hope”, Luke 19:29-40

April 3, 2022

 

Title: The Slap

📖 Readings are: Micah 6:8

March 27, 2022

 

Title: Kudzu

📖 Readings are: “Walden” by Henry David Thoreau and Luke 13:1-9

March 20, 2022

 

Title Lenten Organ Recital: New Songs To Sing.

 

📖 Readings are: God Spoke, Rhythms of Life, In/Out, The New Song, and God’s Voice.

 

March 13, 2022

Title Dashavatara

📖 Readings 'The Mahabharata' and Psalm 27:1-5, 14

March 6, 2022

 

Title True Lies

📖 Readings “The Last Temptation of Christ” by Nikos Kazantzakis and Deuteronomy 26:1-11

February 27, 2022

 

Transfiguration Sunday 2022

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February 20, 2022

Title Membrane

📖 Readings: Our readings are: from “Community: The Structure of Belonging” by Peter Block, and Genesis 45:3-15

From Our Music Director

The prelude and postlude this week are by Felix Mendelssohn, German composer of the early Romantic Period of music history. The organ had by this time lost its popularity and Mendelssohn was the first of only a few major composers to rediscover and promote the music of J. S. Bach 100 years after Bach’s death. Although primarily known for his piano music, Mendelssohn also wrote several pieces for organ, and is especially known for six works he called “Sonatas,” even though, aside from the fact that they had multiple movements, they showed little in common with earlier sonatas. Thank you to Linda Couchon for joining me for the hymns and for the postlude.
 

February 20, 2022

Title Race Theory is Critical

📖  ”An Affinity of Hammers” by Sara Ahmed, and Luke 6:17-26.

January 30, 2022

 

 

 

January 23, 2022

Why We Covenant by the Pastoral Relations Committee

and Doug Couchon

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January 16, 2022

Flipping Tables Is A Legitimate Answer

📖 Readings are from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and 1 Corinthians 12:1-11

January 9, 2022

 

Original Blessing

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January 2, 2022

 

Who's Afraid of the Dark

📖 Readings are from Isaiah 60:1-6 and Matthew 2:1-12