Recent Sermons

Our teaching and preaching at Trinity Heights U.M.C. are grounded in Scripture, (Christian) tradition, experience, and reason. These four long-held and cherished approaches to theological reflection guide us as together we explore and understand God, God's movement, and God's will for us in the world.

On this page, we will seek to provide the last few months' sermons for you to experience a bit of what Trinity Heights is about.

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Current Sermons/Series

Sunday, April 15, 2018 - "We are... wise?"

Rev. Ron contemplates the nature of wisdom from Scripture, and life, and its impact on our lives.

 

Sunday, April 8, 2018 – "Aloha, Ohana: We are Family (in Christ)"

Revs. Lynn and Ron Bartlow continue the Easter season by transitioning from talking about who Christ is to who we are in Christ. In this conversation, they share reflections from Hawaii culture and their connections with biblical truths of our identity as "children of God." (And, yes, Ron even sings "The Belly Button Song"...)


Sunday, April 1, 2018 – Part 7, "I Am: The God We Can Know"
"I Am The Resurrection and The Life"

On this Easter morning, Rev. Ron Bartlow links together the narratives of Christ's resurrection with his raising of Lazarus and declaration, "I am the Resurrection, and the Life."

Sunday, March 25, 2018 – Part 6, "I Am: The God We Can Know"
"I Am The Way, The Truth, and The Life"

Rev. Lynn reflects on Jesus' statement, "I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life..."

Sunday, March 18, 2018 – Part 5, "I Am: The God We Can Know"
"I Am The True Vine"

Kevin Lester, director of children's ministry and family programming, reflects on Jesus' statement "I Am The True Vine."

Sunday, March 11, 2018 – Part 4, "I Am: The God We Can Know"
"I Am The Good Shepherd: Knowing God's Care"

Rev. Ron reflects on Jesus' declaration "I Am The Good Shepherd."

Sunday, March 4, 2018 – Part 3, "I Am: The God We Can Know"
"I Am The Light Of The World: Knowing God's Guidance"

Rev. Ron reflects on Jesus' declaration "I Am the Light of the World," made during the Festival of Booths, comparing it to... a lightsaber?

Sunday, February 25, 2018 – Part 2, "I Am: The God We Can Know"
"I Am The Bread of Life: Knowing God's Satisfaction"

Rev. Lynn reflects on Jesus' declaration that "I Am the Bread of Life" as speaking to our desire to know contentment, and satisfaction. 

Note: Due to recording issues, this sermon is only available as a .pdf download.

Sunday, February 18, 2018 - Part 1, "I Am: The God We Can Know"
"I Am: Knowing God"

Rev. Lynn reflects on Jesus' self-revelation as the great "I Am," drawing hope for our ability to know God in Jesus' identify as "Emmanuel" (God With Us).

Note: Due to recording issues, this sermon is only available as a .pdf download.

Other Recent Sermons

Sunday, February 11, 2018 – Part 5, "Elephants in the Room":
"Resentment: I Can't Forgive"

Rev. Lynn shares about the presence and negative impact of resentment in our lives, with a nod to lyrics from Lin-Manuel Miranda's "Hamilton"... Then, drawing from Paul's letter to the Ephesians, shares how we can rid ourselves of bitterness and malice and know God's peace.

Sunday, February 4, 2018 - Part 4, "Elephants in the Room":
"#MeToo, #ChurchToo, #AmericaTheBrutal: Responding to Abuse"

Rev. Ron shares about the presence of abuse in our families, communities, and churches... and the hope and healing that all can know in Jesus Christ.

Sunday, January 28, 2018 – Part 3, "Elephants in the Room":
"Anxiety: I'm Afraid"

Rev. Lynn shares what we are sometimes afraid to talk about: we are afraid. Fear and anxiety riddle many of us; but there is hope and good news to be found. You can move from fear to faith. As the angels say, "be not afraid."

Sunday, January 21, 2018 – Part 2, "Elephants in the Room":
"Addiction: I Can't Stop"

Rev. Lynn reflects upon the prevalence of addictions in our society, and reminds us of the encouraging word that "God is with us... we are not alone."

Sunday, January 14, 2018 - Part 1, "Elephants in the Room":
"Depression: I Hate My Life"

Rev. Lynn reflects insightfully upon the ubiquitousness of depression amongst people, including Christians and even Biblical figures. There is good news if you struggle: you are not alone!



A couple older favorites...

Sunday, May 21, 2017 - "Frenetic Spirit"

Rev. Ron shares insights of the story of the man with a demon-possessed boy, from Mark 9. This story connects with our lives today, as the "frenetic spirit" of wild chaos present in the story is present around us, and Jesus gives us the correct way to respond...


Sunday, April 30, 2017 – "Stone Stories"

Guest speaker Ray Buckley - author, storyteller, and former director for United Methodist Native American ministries - shares stories.