Community Church of Sebastopol

United Church of Christ

Come and Find the Quiet Center

1000 Gravenstein Hwy North           707.823.2484

On this page you will find the more recent sermons preached at our church, with the most recent listed first. For older sermons, check out the Archives.

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  • Listen to the sermon, by clicking the Audio link
  • And read the associated Bible passages by clicking those links

2017 Sermons

Date Sermon Title Bible Text Pastor
Oct 1 World Communion Sunday
Telling a Better Story (pdf)
Audio - Oct 1
Genesis 6:5-8, 7:1-5, 8:1, 9:7-17 Rev. Rachel Knuth
Sept 24 Archetype of All Sermons
Audio - Sept 24
Genesis 3:1-13 Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Broadbent
Sept 17 The Logos of Love
Audio - Sept 17
John 1:1-7 Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Broadbent
Sept 10 Launch Sunday
Being Human or Playing God (pdf)
Audio - Sept 10
Genesis 2:4-25 Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Broadbent
Sept 3 God's Speech Act
Audio - Sept 3
Genesis 1:1-2;3 Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Broadbent
Aug 27 Transforming 'Mission'
Audio - Aug 27
Romans 12:1-8 Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Broadbent
Aug 20 Naming White Privilege
Audio - Aug 20
Matthew 15:21-28 Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Broadbent
Aug 13 A Little Faith Is Enough
Audio - Aug 13
Matthew 14:22-23 Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Broadbent
Aug 6 Free But Not Cheap
Audio - Aug 6
Isaiah 55:1-5 Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Broadbent
July 30 Kingdom Corruption
Audio - July 30
Matthew 13:31-33 Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Broadbent
July 23 Wheat and Weeds Welcome
Audio - July 23
Matthew 13:24-30 Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Broadbent
July 16 Sowing Seeds of Forgiveness
Audio - July 16
Matthew 13:1-9 Rev. Rachel Knuth
July 9 Which Life Shall We Enjoy?
Audio - July 9
Matthew 11:16-19 Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Broadbent
June 25 MADD Camp Presentation: Old Turtle
Audio - June 25 Pastor Rachel & a host of children!
June 18 Be the Church
Audio - June 18
Matthew 9:35-10:4 Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Broadbent
June 11 Dancing in the Round
Audio - June 11
Matthew 28:16-20 Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Broadbent
June 4 Becoming the Church
Audio - June 4
Acts 2:1-11 Rev. Rachel Knuth
May 28 Pulled into Heaven
Audio - May 28
Luke 24:44-53 Rev. Blythe Osner
May 21 Becoming Like Outsiders
Audio - May 21
Matthew 18:1-5 Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Broadbent
May 14 What Would Mama Do?
Audio - May 14
Matthew 7:7-11 Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Broadbent
May 7 Who Taught Us to Pray
Audio - May 7
Matthew 6:7-15 Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Broadbent
April 30 Embracing Doubt, Embracing Belief
Audio - April 30
John 20:24-31 Rev. Brian Plaugher
April 23 The Cost of Silencing Resurrection
Audio - April 23
Matthew 28:11-15 Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Broadbent
April 16 Easter Sunday
Appearance Like Lightning
Audio - April 16
Matthew 28:1-10 Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Broadbent
April 14 Good Friday
It is Finished
John 19:30 Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Broadbent
April 9 Palm / Passion Sunday
The Wrong Son of God
Audio - April 9
Matthew 27:11-26 Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Broadbent
April 2 Called Out by Love
Audio - April 2
John 15:12-17 Rev. W. Matthew Broadbent
April 1 Service of Installation
Audio - April 1
I Corinthians 4:18-31 Rev. Diane Weible
March 26 Joining Us in Our Cry
Audio - Mar 26
Matthew 26:36-46 Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Broadbent
March 19 A Cross-Bearing Community
Audio - Mar 19
Matthew 16:24-28 Rev. Rachel Knuth
March 12 The Truth about the Bread
Audio - Mar 12
Matthew 16:5-12 Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Broadbent
March 5 Remembering Whose We Are
Audio - Mar 5
Matthew 4:1-11 Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Broadbent
Feb 26 We Cannot Keep God Safe
No audio available
Matthew 17:1-9 Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Broadbent
Feb 19 Expanding Boundaries
Audio - Feb 19
Matthew 5:38-48 Rev. Rachel Knuth
Feb 12 God, Cooperation, & Evolution
Audio - Feb 12
Matthew 5:21-37 Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Broadbent
Feb 5 Salty Language
Audio - Feb 5
Matthew 5:13-20 Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Broadbent
Jan 29 Blessed Are You
Audio - Jan 29
Matthew 5:1-12 Rev. Brian Plaugher
Jan 22 Jesus Goes Public
Audio - Jan 22
Matthew 4:12-25 Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Broadbent
Jan 15 Destiny, Choice, and Justice
Audio - Jan 15
Isaiah 49:1-7 Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Broadbent
Jan 8 To Give Us a Second Birth
Audio - Jan 8
Matthew 3:13-17 Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Broadbent
Jan 1 A Star in the East
Audio - Jan 1
Matthew 2:1-12 Rev. Rachel Knuth


2016 Sermons

Date Sermon Title Bible Text Pastor
Dec 25 The Little Big Story
Audio - Dec 25
John 1:1-14 Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Broadbent
Dec 24 Christmas Eve
God's Strange Appearing
Audio - Dec 24 - 8:30 pm

Luke 2:1-20

Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Broadbent
Dec 24 Children's Christmas Pageant
Audio - Dec 24 - 6 pm

Luke 2:10-15

Rev. Rachel Knuth &
a Cast of Children!
Dec 18 The Compassion of Love
Audio - Dec 18

Matthew 1:18-25

Rev. Rachel Knuth
Dec 11 Joy: A Stubborn Promise
Audio - Dec 11
Isaiah 35:1-10 Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Broadbent
Dec 4 Christmas in the Wilderness
Audio - Dec 4
Matthew 3:1-12 Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Broadbent
Nov 27 3 Advent Imperatives:
Keep Awake, Understand,
Be Ready

Audio - Nov 27
Matthew 24:26-44 Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Broadbent
Nov 20 Image of the Invisible
Audio - Nov 20
Colossians 1:1-18 Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Broadbent
Nov 13 Imagined, Not Yet Given
Audio - Nov 13
Isaiah 65:17-25 Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Broadbent
Nov 6 Behold the Hippopotamus
Audio - Nov 6
Job 40:15-24 Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Broadbent
Oct 30 Grieving & Hoping
Audio - Oct 30
Ephesians 1:15-23 Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Broadbent
Oct 23 Why Do Good?
Audio - Oct 23
Luke 18:9-14 Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Broadbent
Oct 16 Ask Boldly, Live Justly
Audio - Oct 16
Luke 18:1-8 Rev. Rachel Knuth
Oct 9 The First Act of Courage
Audio - Oct 9
Luke 17:11-19 Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Broadbent
Sep 25 Doing the Gospel
Luke 16:19-31 Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Broadbent
Sep 18 The Worst Parable, Like, Ever
Luke 16:1-13 Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Broadbent
Sep 11 Rejoice With Me
Luke 15:1-10 Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Broadbent
Aug 21 Equipping the Called
Audio - Aug 21
Jeremiah 1:4-10 Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Broadbent
Aug 14 Youth Sunday
Audio - Aug 14
1 Timothy 4:12 Lydia Mulkey & Youth
Aug 7 Letting Our House Get Broken Into
Audio - Aug 7
Luke 12:32-40 Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Broadbent
June 12 Next Time, Won't You Sing With Me?
Audio - June 12
Acts 16:25-34 Lydia Mulkey
June 5 Eating in Order to See Better
Audio - June 5
Luke 24:13-35 Rev. Rachel Knuth
May 22 Wisdom Calls
Audio - May 22
Proverbs 8:1-4; 22-31 Rev. Davina Jones
May 15 The State of the Forest
Audio - May 15
Acts 2:1-18 Lydia Mulkey
May 8 The Spirit's Conspiracy
Audio - May 8
Selections from the Bible Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Broadbent
May 1 Memory & Hope
Audio - May 1
Luke 24:13-35 Rev. Brian Plaugher
April 24 Gene's Final Sermon
Reflections on a Ministry
Audio - April 24
Hebrews 11 & 12 (selections) Rev. Gene Nelson
April 17 Dreaming of the Promised Land
Audio - April 17
Deuteronomy 34:1-8 Rev. Gene Nelson
April 10 Christ & the Clown
Audio - April 10
1 Corinthians 3:18-23 Rev. Gene Nelson
April 3 Out of Control
Audio - April 3
John 20:19-31 Rev. Gene Nelson
March 27 Easter Sunday
Jesus' Great Questions:
For Whom Are You Looking?

Audio - March 27
John 20:1-18 Rev. Gene Nelson
March 20 Palm Sunday
Audio - March 20
Lydia Mulkey
March 13 5th Sunday in Lent
Jesus' Great Questions:
What Does it Do You to Gain the Whole World?

Audio - March 13
Matthew 16:24-26 Rev. Gene Nelson
March 6 4th Sunday in Lent
The Unexpected Jesus;
This Is Good News?

Audio - March 6
Mark 4:35-41 Rev. Gene Nelson
Feb 28 3rd Sunday in Lent
Jesus' Great Questions:
Do You Want to be Healed?

Audio - Feb 28
John 5:2-9 Rev. Gene Nelson
Feb 21 2nd Sunday in Lent
Jesus' Great Questions:
Which of You by Worrying. . .
Audio - Feb 21
Matthew 6:25-34 Rev. Gene Nelson
Feb 14 1st Sunday in Lent
Jesus' Great Questions:
Who Do You Say I Am?
Mark 8:27-38 Rev. Gene Nelson
Jan 31 Jesus in Trouble... Again
Luke 4:21-30 Rev. Gene Nelson