Rev. Kukuk’s Audio Sermons

Each link will take you to a recording of one of Rev. Kukuk’s Sunday morning sermons:

Christina Kukuk Sermon: “Baptized into Belonging” (Jan 10, 2010)

Christina Kukuk Sermon: “All Kinds of Healing” (Jan 26, 2020)

Christina Kukuk Sermon: “Follow Me” (Jan. 12, 2020)

Christina Kukuk Sermon: “Promises Made, Promises Kept?” (Dec. 1, 2019)

Christina Kukuk Sermon: “Josiah and the Lost Words” (Nov 24, 2019)

Christina Kukuk Sermon: “Holy Troublemakers” (Nov. 10, 2019)

Looking for LOVE Summer Series:

Christina Kukuk Sermon: “Looking for Love: Kiss Me!” (July 7, 2019)


Christina Kukuk Sermon: “With Fear … and Great Joy” (Apr 21, 2019)

Christina Kukuk Sermon: “Where the Words Don’t Reach” (Mar 17, 2019)

Christina Kukuk Sermon: “Baskets Full” (Mar 3, 2019)

Christina Kukuk Sermon: “Dancing Towards Discipline” (Feb 24, 2019)

Christina Kukuk Sermon: “From Perfect to Righteous” (Feb 10, 2019)

Christina Kukuk Sermon: “Rescue Me” (Jan 27, 2019)

Christina Kukuk Sermon:” Advent III: Who is the Servant?” (Dec 16, 2018)

Christina Kukuk Sermon: “Advent II: Pray, then risk Speech” (Dec 9, 2018)

Christina Kukuk Sermon: “Advent: Behind the Name” (Dec 2, 2018)

Christina Kukuk Sermon: “In Days to Come” (Nov 25, 2018)

Christina Kukuk Sermon: “Consecrated Gifts” (Nov 18, 2018)

Christina Kukuk Sermon: “The Beginning of Wisdom is to Ask” (Oct 28, 2018)

Christina Kukuk Sermon: “Time’s Up: The Lost Art of Contrition” (Oct 21, 2018)

Christina Kukuk Sermon: “We’ve Come This Far” (Oct 14, 2018–Pride Sunday)

Christina Kukuk Sermon: “She is More Right than I” (Sept 23, 2018)

Christina Kukuk Sermon: “By Stages” (Sept 16, 2018)

Christina Kukuk Sermon: “God Says ‘I’m Sorry’” (Sept 9, 2018)

SUMMER SERIES: The Book of Revelation: Revelation as Resistance

Christina Kukuk Sermon: “Into the City” (Aug 26, 2018)

Christina Kukuk Sermon: “The Women and Wall Street” (Aug 19, 2018)

Christina Kukuk Sermon: “Death and Dragons” (Aug 12, 2018)

Christina Kukuk Sermon: “Heaven Cannot Wait” (Aug 5, 2018)

Christina Kukuk Sermon: “Authority Issues” (July 22, 2018)

Christina Kukuk Sermon: “The Church: Imagination Station” (July 8, 2018)

Christina Kukuk Sermon: “The Beginning and the End” (July 1, 2018)

First Letter of John, “God is…” and moving from illusion to true prayer.

Christina Kukuk Sermon: This Life, Revealed (May 27, 2018)

For the next time that fire of hostility becomes inflamed… a Pentecost word about how the Spirit helps us create “free and friendly space” where human souls can be at home.

Christina Kukuk Sermon: From Hostility to Hospitality (May 20, 2018)

Camels, needles, wealth and what all that has to do with our pervasive loneliness. That’s how we kicked off our annual giving campaign Sunday: the Journey to Generosity

Christina Kukuk Sermon: Making Room (May 6, 2018)

From our early service this morning, some good news in a #metoo year. We followed Mary to the tomb…(as in John 20)

Christina Kukuk Sermon: Something Like Scales (Apr 15, 2018)

Christina Kukuk Sermon: While it was still dark (Apr 1, 2018)

As you look around the vineyard today, what kind of shape is it in? Tempted to rip it all out and plant anew? Or just let it go and walk away? Jesus added a new verse to the Song of the Vineyard last week: “I AM the Vine”

Christina Kukuk Sermon: With our Roots Dug Down (Mar 11, 2018)

Our holidays and Holy days align in some odd ways this year. But given what is going on in our world this week, making those crosses of ash on Wednesday didn’t feel so very foolish after all.

Christina Kukuk Sermon: Lovers and Fools (Ash Wed, 2018)

That Samaritan Woman at the Well. She has the longest conversation with Jesus of anyone in our stories. We needed to hear some more from her last week, so we imagined what she might tell us about her illuminating encounter at that well. Don’t miss the wink!

Sermon: Well, well, well. Who’s Enlightened Now (Feb 4, 2018)

New Year’s Eve:

It’s been a long, weird year.
What do you most need on this threshold of ending and beginning? What do WE most need in our world in 2018? This morning’s word from some (admittedly) weird but possibly helpful companions.

Sermon: Endings and Beginnings (Dec. 31, 2017)

Christmas Eve night:

Continuing the theme of setting the table, the homily at our late Christmas Eve service was enough to make mouths water.
We pondered the power of one little word… both sour and sweet… this past year.

Sermon: One Little Word (Christmas Eve Homily, 2017)

Christmas Eve morning:

There are a dozen different ways to reflect on the year past and re-orient for the year ahead. On Christmas Eve morning, we took some quiet moments to ask, “When in the last year, have you felt the most loved?” What would it mean to welcome this New Year as if she were Love, the Guest?

Sermon: Set the Table (Dec. 24, 2017)

Pride Sunday:

Sermon: A Fiery Woman (Oct. 15, 2017)

When some very powerful men had come into power, using their positions to line their own pockets and exploit the vulnerable — especially women — the boy Samuel heard his name whispered in the night. We’ve been listening, too, these past 9 months. Here’s a vision for what the next 5 years of UCC Ashland might look like, a vision of courage in and beyond this present moment. What whisper calls your name in this story?

Sermon: The Call We’ve Heard: Transforming, Reconciling, Equipping (Oct. 8, 2017)

Good Book? Series

Sermon: What Kind of God? (Sept 24, 2017)

Sermon: Naming God: Words Can Do That (Sept 17, 2017)

Sermon: Words Can Do That (Sept 10, 2017)

Sermon: The View from 9,000 Feet (Aug 20, 2017)

From the abolition movement to #BlackLivesMatter, why do churches get mixed up in politics? Short answer: Jesus started it.
But the “kingdom of God” he proclaimed was one of the most misunderstood parts of his ministry. Part 2 of Jesus’ Prayer this morning had us wrestling with “thy kingdom come”

Sermon: Teach us to Pray: Against the Disorder of the World (June 18, 2017)

Some of us say “debts” and some of us say “tresspasses,” but that’s not even the least of our struggles with the prayer that’s supposed to unite Christians the world over. Yesterday we kicked off a month-long dive into the Prayer of Jesus. Here’s the first installment. Shout out to Prince and his 1981 gospel “Controversy.”

Sermon: Teach us to Pray: A Child’s Prayer (June 11, 2017)

We lit it on fire for Pentecost yesterday! From cannabis culture to Paul’s concern about what leads to drunkenness, orgies, and “the like,” we listened for what the gifts of the Holy Spirit help us find in translation. (Readings were Acts 2:1-4 and Galatians 5:16-26)

Sermon: Found in Translation (June 4, 2017)

What mattered to Jesus’ early followers? Last Sunday we painted a picture of what they devoted themselves to in those first weeks. We imagined our storyteller showing us how and for what “they persisted…” Does what mattered to them matter to us?

Sermon: Devoted (April 30, 2017)

Sermon: Passion Parade: Palm Sunday (April 9, 2017)

Sermon: Crossing Chasms (March 26, 2017)

This is a week for ALL the feels. Here’s yesterday’s invitation to enter the story of Passion Week, welcome the “passio” and watch for moments of holy visitation.

Sermon: Passion Parade–We Walk This Way (Apr 9, 2017)

Throughout Lent, we are letting Jesus’ parables in Luke open our eyes and ears in new ways. Sunday, we could have used crash helmets after finding ourselves in the ditch with that poor traveler in the”Parable of the Good Terrorist” from Luke 10:25-37

Sermon: This Do, and Live (Mar 5, 2017)

From watching the World Trade Center towers fall, to struggling to teach children honesty in a year of broadcast lies… is it worth saving “sin”? Sunday we listened to what a woman, who came weeping, might have to teach us.

Sermon: Saving Sin? (Feb 19, 2017)

In a time of conflict, Jesus gives a couple enquirers some simple advice: “Go tell John what you have seen and heard.” His words may help us in our conflicted time, too.

Sermon: No Offense (Feb 12, 2017)

One of the biggest lies told by the forces of death and destruction is that we are powerless. Not true. Where does your power come from? And if one of those tanks is low this week, what other power source can you plug into?

Sermon: Power Restored (Feb 5, 2017)

It’s not just a day, it’s a foundational spiritual ethic. And it can change the way we navigate sharp interpersonal divisions this week. How are you doing carving out the “holy time” described in Sunday’s sermon?

Sermon: Sabbath Saves Lives (Jan 29, 2017)

Biblical References to Immigration

Sermon: Into the Deep Water (Jan 22, 2017)

Sermon: Prophetic Joy (Dec 11, 2016)

Sermon: What Mary Knew (Dec 4, 2016)

Sermon: Speechless (Nov 27, 2016)

Sermon: Words on Fire (Nov 20, 2016)

Sermon: Haunted Lives (Nov 6, 2016)

Sermon: More than Morsels (Oct 30, 2016)

Sermon: In This House (Oct 23, 2016)

PRIDE Sunday: Prophetic Pageantry (Oct 9, 2016)

Sermon: Laughable Promise (Sept 18, 2016)

Sermon: Falling (Sept. 11, 2016)

Sermon: Life Long by Christopher Sohl, (Sept 4th, 2016)–text

Sermon: I Know You, Aug. 21, 2016 — a Baptism

Sermon: A New Song, (July 31, 2016)

Sermon: What Just Happened?, July 17, 2016

Sermon: When the Floods Rise, July 10, 2016

Sermon: Happy, Happy, Praise, Praise, June 26, 2016

Sermon: Two Paths and a Tree, June 19, 2016

Sermon: This Generous Undertaking, May 29, 2016

Sermon: Much Harder than Math, May 22, 2016

Sermon: Baptism: Claiming the Spirit’s Gifts, May 15, 2016

Sermon: Communion: Discerning the Body, May 8, 2016

Sermon: From Groupies to Gathered, May 1, 2016

Sermon: Do You Love Me?, April 10, 2016

Easter Sermon: Idle Tales, March 27, 2016

Sermon: Rivers in the Dessert: the Let it Flow Sermon, March 13, 2016

Sermon: Prodigal Father, Wasteful Mother, Ridiculous Reconciliation, March 6, 2016

Sermon: This Earthly Urgency, Feb 28, 2016