Any Day A Beautiful Sermon



Sermons preached at First Congregational Church of Western Springs by the Rev. Katherine Willis Pershey


  • Pershey Pandemic Podcast Episode 1

    16/03/2020 Duration: 04min

    Storytelling & entertainment recommendations from the Pershey girls

  • Never Alone

    23/05/2017 Duration: 11min

    God goes to extraordinary lengths to reassure us that we are loved, and that we are never alone.

  • The Impossibility of Belief

    13/03/2017 Duration: 13min

    Once upon a time, everybody believed in God. Now... not so much.

  • Wake Up

    27/11/2016 Duration: 14min

    No matter how many paragraphs I drafted and deleted, no matter how many angles I considered and rejected, I could not conjure a sermon about hope that did not name the conditions that are causing many to despair.

  • Easter, Finally

    07/04/2016 Duration: 14min

    They had heard the good news. The women had done what they were supposed to do: they went to the disciples and passed along the message they received from the angels: Christ is Risen. But the men did not respond with a joyful “Christ is Risen, indeed!” They responded by mumbling, “nonsense.”

  • A Great Mystery

    01/02/2016 Duration: 18min

    As it turns out, you cannot write about marriage from a Christian perspective without addressing texts such as this one. Paul’s words about marriage in his letter to the Ephesians are, for many theologically and culturally conservative Christian communities, central to the definition of marriage. They do not tend to be central to the way marriage is understood in progressive mainline congregations such as ours. But here’s the thing: I believe that as Christians, we must take the bible seriously. Not literally, mind you. But seriously. And ignoring texts such as this one does a disservice to the community of faith.

  • Do Not Be Afraid

    27/10/2015 Duration: 10min

    I realize that I’m probably losing more than half of you when I confess this, but preachers should take risks from time to time, right? Here’s my risk: I confess that I really like tattoos. Not all tattoos. But a lot of them. I especially like tattoos that are meaningful, that tell a story...