29 July 2018 — Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin: “Before I begin, I feel the need to offer a content warning for this sermon. I’m going to talk about sexual assault today, and if that is a subject that is personally difficult for you, I encourage you to do whatever you need to do to take care of yourself…” Click here to listen.
10 June 2018 — Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin: “Family. That word might bring up all kinds of positive associations for you, and I’m glad for you if that’s the case. I’ll be honest. Family is not a word that makes me feel all warm and gooey inside, like I’ve been transported…” Click here to listen.
27 May 2018 — Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin: “Whom shall I send; who will go for us? I wish there was an easy answer to that. By easy, I mean someone who is charismatic, effective, wise, honest, all of that. And I also mean somebody who is not me…” Click here to listen.
1 April 2018 — Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin: “It’s been a truism of Christianity from the very beginning: what happened to Jesus will happen to us, too. That was a really hard thing for Jesus’ first disciples to wrap their minds around…” Click here to listen.
11 Mar 2018 — Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin: “According to a YouGov survey from 2014, the thing Americans are most afraid of––more than heights, public speaking, spiders, or flying––what we are most afraid of are snakes. Sixty-four percent of the respondents…” Click here to listen.
21 January 2018 — Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin: “What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus? Funny how the disciples don’t seem to have asked that. They don’t seem to have asked anything at all, really. Simon and Andrew are fishing in the Sea of Galilee, tossing their nets into the water, when Jesus walks by and says, ‘Follow me.’…” Click here to listen.
14 January 2018 — Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin: “I’ve had some unexpected time for contemplation lately. I had a cold over Christmas, and then as soon as I got over that I came down with the flu. So I was sick for two and a half weeks. I spent a few of those days lolling in misery on the sofa. I didn’t even feel well enough to watch TV…” Click here to listen.
24 December 2017 — Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin: “It was chilly that night, and chill in the winter meant damp. As the dew began to form on the grass, the shepherds pulled their cloaks around themselves a little more tightly. The quiet of the night embraced them. Bethlehem with its noise and bustle was miles away…” Click here to listen.
10 December 2017 — Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin: “The Ministry of Magic is in a sticky spot in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. If they admit that Harry witnessed the return of Lord Voldemort, the most powerful dark wizard ever, magical people will realize the Ministry is unprepared and incompetent. They’ll lose all confidence in the Ministry…” Click here to listen.
29 October 2017 — Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin: “Five hundred years ago this Tuesday a monk posted a statement on a church door in Germany expressing some disagreements with the Roman Catholic Church. What he said resonated with people. They supported him—princes and priests and ordinary people alike. …” Click here to download an mpeg and listen.