2019 – 11 -03 No Place Like Oîkos – Denoon

This four-part sermon series that accompanied our 2020 Stewardship Appeal introduces the listener to the Greek term, “oikos.” Preachers in the series are Tracey Harris, Cliff Aerie, Dave Denoon, and Jan Barnes.


2019 – 10 -27 Ecology – Aerie

This four-part sermon series that accompanied our 2020 Stewardship Appeal introduces the listener to the Greek term, “oikos.” Preachers in the series are Tracey Harris, Cliff Aerie, Dave Denoon, and Jan Barnes.


2019 – 10 -20 Sermon – Harris

This four-part sermon series that accompanied our 2020 Stewardship Appeal introduces the listener to the Greek term, “oikos.” Preachers in the series are Tracey Harris, Cliff Aerie, Dave Denoon, and Jan Barnes.


2019 – 09 – 01 The Outcome

The American Civil War ended with the North winning by force of arms, but the South won by force of theology. The predicament in which we find ourselves today is with a hypocritical religion that tends to separate and segregate people from people who are unlike them and our religion from other religions and intellectual pursuits. But this is not what a true and accurate understanding of the Good News of Jesus Christ actually teaches. Ours is a liberating message, and fittingly for the Labor Day holiday, Pastor Dave Denoon addresses worker justice by his reference to Philemon. Included with the message of the day are scriptures read by Student Minister Tracey Harris and (for Labor Day weekend) “Ol’ Man River” sung by Dr. Leon Burke, III, First Church’s Director of Music.


2019 – 09 – 01 Scripture


2019 – 08-25 Philemon

Part 1 of the three-week series, Dismantling Slaveholder Religion, includes a reading of Paul’s letter to Philemon, the Message of the Day for Sunday, August 25, 2019, by Pastor Dave Denoon (entitled, “The Predicament”), and a musical response by Music Director Dr. Leon Burke III who sings the spiritual “I Will Trust in the Lord.” The image accompanying this audio is cover art from Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove’s upcoming book, “Revolution of Values,” due out from IVP in December 2019.


 

2019 – 08 – 18 Because Inclusiveness Is Not Enough

This six-part series, “The Why of You and Me,” considers some of the prime values of the First Congregational Church of Webster Groves, of the United Church of Christ, and of conscientious and faithful Christians. Using the opening three chapters of the letter to the Colossians as a basis, Pastor Dave Denoon identifies the treasured values of Transformation, Salvation, Healing/Wholeness, Divine Authority, Inclusiveness, and Work for the Common Good as those which have historically energized First Church.


2019 – 08 – 11 Because Everyone Is Essential

The fifth sermon in the 6-part series, “The Why of You and Me,” Pastor Dave Denoon identifies the central value of First Church – “Everyone Is Essential.” The scripture passages used are Colossians 2:16-19 and Luke 11:5-13.


God’s Plan – 18 November 2018
Student Minister Erick Falconer

Student Minister Erick Falconer, in the midst of a fresh theology of “the becoming God,” invites listeners to consider what it may mean for that same God to have plans – or even a specific plan – for creation in general and their lives in particular. In what for many may be the most provocative portion of his sermon, as he cites ancient and modern politics with Jesus’ prediction of the Temple’s destruction, Pastor Erick suggests that we may actually be able to see God’s plan unfolding before us. (Biblical references – Hebrews 10:11-25 and Mark 13:1-8)


Lenten Sermon Series 2016 – What Christians Have to Say

Winter Series 2016 – The Church on a Mission

Easter (Season) Series 2015 – The Covenant of 1976

Back-to-School Series 2015 – Considering the Word

 

January 31, 2016 – JUBILEE WORSHIP

 

Rally Day – September 13, 2015 – The Home Front, 1943

For Rally Day 2015 (the first day of the 2015-16 program year), Pastor Dave Denoon told the story of the effort of the First Church in Webster Groves to be of support to a Japanese-American family who had been interned in a WWII relocation camp at Topaz, Utah. An exhibit had been offered, September 12, along with a lecture about Chiura Obata, who came to the US in the first decade of the 20th Century but who was interned as an “enemy combatant” during the Second World War. The exhibit included works of Chiura Obata accompanied by floral arrangements in the Ikebana style of Chiura’s wife Haruko.