Sermons

In keeping with Presbyterian tradition, the hearing of God’s word in Scripture and preaching is central to each Sunday service of worship at Fourth Church.

For those who were unable to be with us—and for those who want to reflect further on a sermon or save it—you will find sermons available in a variety of formats.

Online text of the most recent sermons, which we also share via Facebook and Twitter as well, can be found below. There is also an archive of the text of earlier sermons.

Sermons are emailed to those who have signed up to receive Fourth Church sermon emails.

Printed transcripts (in booklet form) of the sermons are available on-site only, in the church literature racks, which are located in the Narthex and in the Commons, across from the Reception desk.

Audio—in MP3 format—for the 9:30/11:00 sermons (and entire worship service) is also available below and via podcast.

For a pdf of the Sunday worship bulletin, click on the service time at right.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Gifts from
the Saints

Lucy Forster-Smith

8:00 a.m.


The Gifts of
the Saints

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Gifts from
the Saints

Lucy Forster-Smith

4:00 p.m.


Sunday, October 27, 2019

A Thinking Faith

Rocky Supinger

8:00 a.m.


A Thinking Faith (sermon text
to come)

Lucy Forster-Smith

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

The Body of Christ and the Beloved Community

Victoria G. Curtiss

8:00 a.m.


The Body of Christ and the Beloved Community

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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The Body of Christ and the Beloved Community

Joseph L. Morrow

4:00 p.m.


Sunday, October 13, 2019

Our Interfaith Partners

Rocky Supinger

8:00 a.m.


Our Interfaith Partners

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Faith Strong Enough for Interfaith Relationships

Nanette Sawyer

4:00 p.m.


Sunday, October 6, 2019

Lift Up Your
Voice: Our
Public Witness

Matt Helms

8:00 a.m.


Lift Up Your
Voice: Our
Public Witness

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
4:00 p.m.

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Seek the Welfare of the City

Lucy Forster-Smith

8:00 a.m.


Seek the Welfare of the City

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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To Build, Break, and Rebuild

Joseph L. Morrow

4:00 p.m.


Sunday, September 22, 2019

Sermon

Rocky Supinger

8:00 a.m.


Preaching Cartwheels

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
4:00 p.m.

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Rejoicing in Restoration

Victoria G. Curtiss

8:00 a.m.


Partiers and Grumblers

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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The Relentless Seeking of God

Nanette Sawyer

4:00 p.m.


Sunday, September 8, 2019

Are Ya All In?

Lucy Forster-Smith

8:00 a.m.


Are We Still In?

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Sermon

Joseph L. Morrow

4:00 p.m.

 

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Privilege and Blessing

Victoria G. Curtiss

8:00 a.m.


Jesus the Disrupter

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
4:00 p.m.

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Sunday, August 25, 2019

To Pluck Up, Pull Down, Build, and Plant (in Some Order) (sermon text to come)

Matt Helms

8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 a.m.

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Sabbath Healing and Liberation

Nanette Sawyer

4:00 p.m.



Sunday, August 18, 2019

The Great Cloud

Lucy Forster-Smith

8:00 a.m.


Conflict-Avoidant

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
4:00 p.m.

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Sunday, August 11, 2019

By Faith . . .

Lucy Forster-Smith

8:00 a.m.


Discipleship in a Time of Fear

Nanette Sawyer

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
4:00 p.m.

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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Ownership

Judith L. Watt

8:00 a.m.
9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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A Love That
Can’t Be Lost

Nanette Sawyer

4:00 p.m.


Sunday, July 28, 2019

Sermon

Rocky Supinger

8:00 a.m.


Why Bother
to Pray?

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Sermon

Joseph L. Morrow

4:00 p.m.


Sunday, July 21, 2019

Sacred Hospitality

Matt Helms

8:00 a.m.


One or
the Other?

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
4:00 p.m.

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Sermon

Rocky Supinger

8:00 a.m.
9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Sermon

Joseph L. Morrow

4:00 p.m.


Sunday, July 7, 2019

Don't Grow Weary

Victoria G. Curtiss

8:00 a.m.
9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Declaring Our Interdependence

Joseph L. Morrow

4:00 p.m.

 

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Is Satan
for Real?

Judith L. Watt

8:00 a.m.


Is Satan
for Real?

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Is Satan
for Real?

Joseph L. Morrow

4:00 p.m.

 

Sunday, June 23, 2019

What Do Presbyterians Believe about Homosexuality?

Shannon J. Kershner
and Nanette Sawyer

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

What Does a Christian Have
to Believe?

Rocky Supinger

8:00 a.m.


What Does a Christian Have
to Believe?

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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What Does a Christian Have
to Believe?

Joseph L. Morrow

4:00 p.m.


Sunday, June 9, 2019

God Speaks My Language

Victoria G. Curtiss

8:00 a.m.


What’s the Deal with the Holy Spirit?

Matt Helms and Rocky Supinger

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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What's the Deal with the Holy Spirit?

Lucy Forster-Smith

4:00 p.m.


Sunday, June 2, 2019

Will We Recognize Each Other in Heaven?

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Will We Recognize Each Other in Heaven?

Abbi Heimach-Snipes

4:00 p.m.


Sunday, May 26, 2019

Sermon text unavailable

Archbishop Elias Chacour

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Sermon

Abbi Heimach-Snipes

4:00 p.m.


Sunday, May 19, 2019

Being Church

Victoria G. Curtiss

8:00 a.m.


One Body? The Question of Political Diversity in Church

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Mutuality, Respect, Vulnerability

Nanette Sawyer

4:00 p.m.

 

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Are We Saved?

Rocky Supinger

8:00 a.m.


Are We Saved?

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Are We Saved?

Joseph L. Morrow

4:00 p.m.

 

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Why Care For Creation?

Rocky Supinger

8:00 a.m.


To Worry or Not to Worry

Victoria G. Curtiss

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Care of Creation

Nanette Sawyer

4:00 p.m.


Sunday, April 28, 2019

God’s Wild Investment

Lucy Forster-Smith

8:00 a.m.


An Honest Meeting

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019

Sermon

Judith L. Watt

6:30 a.m.


Easter Stories

Shannon J. Kershner

8:00, 9:30, and 11:30 a.m.

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Sermon

Joseph L. Morrow

4:00 p.m.


Good Friday, April 19, 2019

Is God Dead?

Lucy Forster-Smith

12:10 p.m.



Maundy Thursday, April 18, 2019

The Servant Christ

Victoria G. Curtiss

12:10 p.m.



Sunday, April 14, 2019

Sermon

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
4:00 p.m.

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Compassion

Victoria G. Curtiss

8:00 a.m.


Sermon

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Sermon

Abbi Heimach-Snipes

4:00 p.m.

 

Sunday, March 31, 2019

An Investment of Epic Proportions

Lucy Forster-Smith

8:00 a.m.


Sermon

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

The Wedding Garment

Shannon J. Kershner

8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 a.m.

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Sermon

Shawn M. Fiedler

4:00 p.m.



Sunday, March 17, 2019

Never Too Late

Lucy Forster-Smith

8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 a.m.

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We Are All Muslims

Nanette Sawyer

4:00 p.m.


Sunday, March 10, 2019

No . . . and Yes!

Lucy Forster-Smith

8:00 a.m.


Scene 1:
The Wilderness

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Hanging On

Judith L. Watt

8:00 a.m.


Sermon text unavailable

Fourth Church Youth

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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“Staying Awake”: Jesus the Resurrected

Joseph L. Morrow

4:00 p.m.


Sunday, February 24, 2019

To You That Listen

Matt Helms

8:00 a.m.


Cloaked with Grace

Lucy Forster-Smith

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Jesus the Just: Love Your Enemies

Nanette Sawyer

4:00 p.m.


Sunday, February 17, 2019

The Plain Truth

Lucy Forster-Smith

8:00 a.m.


Sitting in Luke’s Church

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Jesus the Healer

Joseph L. Morrow

4:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

If You Say So

Victoria G. Curtiss

8:00 a.m.


Seeing in the Mirror Dimly

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Jesus the Preacher

Shawn M. Fiedler

4:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Sermon

Rocky Supinger

8:00 a.m.


Weeping and Acting

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

Expectations

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Jesus the Teacher and the Disinherited

Nanette Sawyer

4:00 p.m.

 

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Sermon

Judith L. Watt

8:00 a.m.


Sermon

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
4:00 p.m.

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Beloved

Lucy Forster-Smith

8:00 a.m.


It Changes Everything

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Sermon

Joseph L. Morrow

4:00 p.m.



Sunday, January 6, 2019

First Things First

Victoria G. Curtiss

8:00 a.m.


Sermon

Joseph L. Morrow

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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By Another Road

Shawn M. Fiedler

4:00 p.m.


For a text archive of previous sermons preached at Fourth Church, click here.

 

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