Dynamic Downtown Worship in the Anglican Tradition

Sermons by Rev. Randy Shirley

It’s the Real Thing

Coca-Cola’s “It’s the Real Thing” campaign was a hit in the 1970s. The slogan heralded in a new direction to respond to research that people seek the real, the original, as an escape from phoniness. Yes, we do seek truth and with all the commercialism and fake news it’s easy to get lost. This Sunday…

Are You Ready?

It’s official!  We’ve entered into our Advent Season.  The season that begins four Sundays before Christmas Day.  For most of us there’s shopping for presents, decorating the tree, making sugar cookies and gingerbread houses, and making sure our loved ones know what’s on our Christmas list.  But there’s a lot more to Advent than that! …

His Righteousness

How is your heart towards others?  Are you holding a grudge against someone for something they did to you or to another?  Jesus tells us the parable of the sons to show that righteousness is His.  Selfishness and Self-righteousness leads to resenting the Father’s love.  These two, as seen in the sons, are not so…

Fearless Sheep

Jesus is the Good Shepherd.  He knows His sheep and how fear and uncertainty about the future can lead to anxiety, anger and bitterness.  In Christ we have secured our future, and we know that all will be well.  Not only does that give His sheep peace it allows us to be fearless.  Come hear…

The Cost of Discipleship

“Salvation is free, but discipleship costs everything we have.”  It’s a quote by Billy Graham that my grandmother would say over and over again.  Like many, I had no understanding of that phrase until I accepted my Savior as Lord of my life.  When we truly embrace the immeasurable worth of His commitment towards us,…

Expect the Unexpected

What a year, and it’s now a little half over!  Just in the past two weeks in the wake of spiking coronavirus infections we have closed our church doors and our city has mandated the wearing of masks.  How many of us have said, “I never expected this?” The Good News of the gospel points…

Ministries in Competition?

Do you remember that Ken-L Ration’s popular advertising jingle from the 60s?  I can still hear the two children singing, “My dog’s better than your dog, my dog is better than yours.”  It was a fun competition, but not all competition is fun.  Unfortunately, at times, within the body of believers we too find competition…

The One Thing We All Have in Common

Good Friday.  It’s the day we remember “that” day when Jesus willingly suffered and died for the world.  A day Jesus paid the penalty of sin for you and for me. And it’s important for us to reflect on His work, His atoning work on the Cross.  In a world of over 7 billion people…

Trust and Hope

Have you ever felt like God just seems absent in your life?  I often think how the exiled Jews in Esther’s time felt. These were the Jews who stayed after many other Jews returned to Jerusalem and the lands of their forefathers.  Does that mean that God is done with these people? Many of them…