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 below the online text of the most recent sermons, which we also share via Facebook and Twitter.

Printed transcripts (in booklet form) of the sermons are available 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, September 17, 2017

Reflecting Welcome

Shannon J. Kershner

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

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Protecting Community

Judith L. Watt

8:00 a.m.


Sermon

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Paul's Rome Statement

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Defiant No's

Shannon J. Kershner

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

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Fully Human
and Fully God

Shannon J. Kershner

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

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Courage Will Follow

Victoria G. Curtiss

8:00 a.m.

 

Sermon

Rocky Supinger

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Wrestling in the Night

Judith L. Watt

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

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Jacob Persisted

Nanette Sawyer

4:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Cannot Turn Away

Shannon J. Kershner

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

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Sermon

Abbi Heimach-Snipes

4:00 p.m.

 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Power of Promise

Matt Helms

8:00 a.m.

 

Who Is Climbing the Ladder?

Shannon J. Kershner

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

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sown Freely

Matt Helms

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

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Sermon

Rocky Supinger

8:00 a.m.

 

Blessed to Be a Blessing

Victoria G. Curtiss

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Turning Points in Liberation

Nanette Sawyer

8:00 a.m.

 

Sermon

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Operating from That Inner Place

Victoria G. Curtiss

8:00 a.m.

 

Better Saints

Hardy H. Kim

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Welcome

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

The How's and the Why's

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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The How's and the Why's

Shannon J. Kershner

4:00 p.m.

 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Sermon

Judith L. Watt

8:00 a.m.

 

Hoping for Surprise?

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

What Comes Next?

Matt Helms

8:00 a.m.

 

Jesus Prays for Us

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Blessed to Be a Blessing

Victoria G. Curtiss

8:00 a.m.

 

A Church, Not a Shrine

Hardy H. Kim

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Way

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Jesus Issues

Abbi Heimach-Snipes

4:00 p.m.


Sunday, May 7, 2017

Sermon

Rocky Supinger

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Made, Loved, and Protected

Nanette Sawyer

4:00 p.m.

 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Meditation for Earth-Healing Service

Abbi Heimach-Snipes

 

 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Hearts Ablaze

Victoria G. Curtiss

8:00 a.m.

 

The Emmaus Road

Judith L. Watt

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

God Knows

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Welcoming Thomas into Christ’s Community

Abbi Heimach-Snipes

4:00 p.m.

Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017

Sermon

Shannon J. Kershner

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

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Invited by Name

Nanette Sawyer

4:00 p.m.

 

Palm/Passion Sunday, April 9, 2017

Final Things

Shannon J. Kershner

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

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Can These Bones Live?

Matt Helms

8:00 a.m.

 

Jesus and the Crowds

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Paradoxical Truth

Victoria G. Curtiss

8:00 a.m.

 

Jesus and Pilate

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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The Hope Lying in Front of Us

Abbi Heimach-Snipes

4:00 p.m.

 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Come and See

Matt Helms

8:00 a.m.

 

Water, Water, Everywhere

Tony De La Rosa

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Jesus Washes the Feet of the Disciples

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Brave Enough to Be Vulnerable

Nanette Sawyer

4:00 p.m.



Sunday, March 5, 2017

Lord, If You Had Been Here . . .

Judith L. Watt

8:00 a.m.

 

Lazarus, Be Unbound!

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Man Born Blind

Shannon J. Kershner

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

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Jesus' Third Way

Victoria G. Curtiss

8:00 a.m.


Text unavailable

Fourth Church Youth

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sermon

Rocky Supinger

8:00 a.m.

 

You Have Heard It Said

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Politics and the Pulpit

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Politics and the Pulpit

Shannon J. Kershner

4:00 p.m.


Sunday, January 29, 2017

Justice, Kindness, Humility

Victoria G. Curtiss

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Following and Fishing

Judith L. Watt

8:00 a.m.

 

Our Witness

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Prayer of Examen

Nanette Sawyer

4:00 p.m.

 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Challenge and Comfort of Home

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Sermon

Rocky Supinger

8:00 a.m.

 

Text unavailable

Jan Edmiston

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Remembering Out Baptism

Abbi Heimach-Snipes

4:00 p.m.

New Year's Day, Sunday, January 1, 2017

"This Is Still a Beautiful World"

Nanette Sawyer

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25, 2016

Text unavailable

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24, 2016

We Didn’t Know Who You Were

Shannon J. Kershner

8:30 and 11:00 p.m.

 

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Sermon

Judith L. Watt

8:00 a.m.

 

A Meditation on Joseph

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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A Meditation on Joseph

Shannon J. Kershner

4:00 p.m.


 

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Is This the One?

Victoria G. Curtiss

8:00 a.m.

 

Understanding the Question

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Rooted in God’s Preparation

Abbie Heimach-Snipes

4:00 p.m.

 

Sunday, December 4, 2016

"Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is Near!"

Shannon J. Kershner

8:00 a.m.

 

"Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is Near!"

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Courage and Serenity

Nanette Sawyer

4:00 p.m.

 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Urgency of Advent

Matt Helms

8:00 a.m.

 

The Urgency of Advent

Matt Helms

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving
in a Time of National Nervousness

Victoria G. Curtiss and Kent M. Organ

11:00 a.m.

 

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Sermon

Rocky Supinger

8:00 a.m.

 

Power and Strength

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Father, Forgive Them?

Nanette Sawyer

4:00 p.m.

 

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Sermon

Judith L. Watt

8:00 a.m.

 

Post-Election

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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By Our Endurance We Will Gain Our Souls

Abbie Heimach-Snipes

4:00 p.m.

 

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Communion of Saints

Victoria G. Curtiss

8:00 a.m.

 

This Age and That Age

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Alive to God

Nanette Sawyer

4:00 p.m.

 

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Sermon

Rocky Supinger

8:00 a.m.

 

Causing Us to Run

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

They Shall Dream Dreams

Matt Helms

8:00 a.m.

 

A Startling Beginning

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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A Startling Beginning

Shannon J. Kershner

4:00 p.m.

 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Our Persistent God

Shannon J. Kershner

8:00 a.m.

 

Our Persistent God

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Hoping for God's Justice

Abbie Heimach-Snipes

4:00 p.m.

 

Sunday, October 9, 2016

More Than Meets the Eye

Victoria G. Curtiss

8:00 a.m.

 

Sermon

Rocky Supinger

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Sermon

Judith L. Watt

8:00 a.m.

 

The Way the World Is/
Should Be

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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How Long, O Lord?

Nanette Sawyer

4:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Breaking the Chasms of Our World

Abbie Heimach-Snipes

8:00 a.m.

 

Our Refuge and Fortress

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Our Refuge and Fortress

Shannon J. Kershner

4:00 p.m.



Sunday, September 18, 2016

Investments

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Utilizing Our Gifts in a Dishonest System

Abbie Heimach-Snipes

4:00 p.m.


Sunday, September 11, 2016

God of Grace

Victoria G. Curtiss

8:00 a.m.

 

Could You Be Wrong about God? (Text unavailable)

Craig Barnes

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Being Lost Together

Nanette Sawyer

4:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Being Known by God

Shannon J. Kershner

8:00 a.m.

 

Being Known by God

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

A Humble Feast

Matt Helms

8:00 a.m.

 

The Rambunctious Party Guest

Shannon J. Kershner

9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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The Rambunctious Party Guest

Shannon J. Kershner

4:00 p.m.

 

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