Sermons

He Hears, We Wait

Palm Sunday is historically a day of triumph, a glance at the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem amongst all the fanfare and celebration. But what the crowd doesn’t know, however, is that they misunderstand the timetable. Where there was a rush to kingship, they will have to wait. Where there was a rush to triumph, there first awaited a tragedy. Jesus did what the Father called him to do, but he prayed and taught along the way. He also waited. He waited and suffered. God’s answer was not in the immediacy of the moment like the crowd wanted, but it was on the horizon. If only the crowd was able to look a few days ahead—if only you and I can look a few days ahead. Perspective is key! This morning, we join the crowd and pray our perspective is a godly, Christ centered one!

Ash Wednesday

Lent begins with a solemn call to fasting and repentance as we begin our journey to the baptismal waters of Easter. During Lent, the people of God reflect on the meaning of their baptism into Christ’s death and resurrection. The sign of ashes suggests our human mortality and frailty. What seems like an ending is really an invitation to make each day a new beginning, in which we are washed in God’s mercy and forgiveness. With the cross on our brow, we long for the spiritual renewal that flows from the springtime Easter feast to come. Welcome to all who worship on-line with us this evening!

Renovation Wk 5: The Big Reveal

We all know that buildings, including our homes, require continual care and sometimes complete renovations, but have you ever thought of yourself as being “worked on” or “renovated” in your life of faith? In his letter to the Philippian Christians, the apostle Paul uses this idea of construction (or repair) upon the people of God. That we are, in a right way, a project, attended to by the Master Craftsman who is continuously caring for His creation, using the power of the Gospel to heal and reshape us into the people He is calling us to be. It’s what Paul calls in verse 6, a “good work” in us. Today, we are in WEEK 3 of our series on this “good work,” discovering what the Lord is up to in our lives. Welcome to all who join us for worship!

Renovation Wk 4: Contentment in Christ

We all know that buildings, including our homes, require continual care and sometimes complete renovations, but have you ever thought of yourself as being “worked on” or “renovated” in your life of faith? In his letter to the Philippian Christians, the apostle Paul uses this idea of construction (or repair) upon the people of God. That we are, in a right way, a project, attended to by the Master Craftsman who is continuously caring for His creation, using the power of the Gospel to heal and reshape us into the people He is calling us to be. It’s what Paul calls in verse 6, a “good work” in us. Today, we are in WEEK 3 of our series on this “good work,” discovering what the Lord is up to in our lives. Welcome to all who join us for worship!

Renovate Wk 3: Winning the Race

We all know that buildings, including our homes, require continual care and sometimes complete renovations, but have you ever thought of yourself as being “worked on” or “renovated” in your life of faith? In his letter to the Philippian Christians, the apostle Paul uses this idea of construction (or repair) upon the people of God. That we are, in a right way, a project, attended to by the Master Craftsman who is continuously caring for His creation, using the power of the Gospel to heal and reshape us into the people He is calling us to be. It’s what Paul calls in verse 6, a “good work” in us. Today, we are in WEEK 3 of our series on this “good work,” discovering what the Lord is up to in our lives. Welcome to all who join us for worship!

Renovate Wk 2: The Ins and Outs of Christian Living

We all know that buildings, including our homes, require continual care and sometimes complete renovations,, but have you ever thought of your life of faith as being “worked on” or “renovated”? In his letter to the Philippian Christians, the apostle Paul uses this idea of construction (or repair) upon the people of God. That we are, in a right way, a project, attended to by the Master Craftsman who in continuously caring for His creation, using the power of the Gospel to heal and reshape us into the people He is calling us to be. It’s what Paul calls in Philippians 1:6 “a good work” in us. Today, we continue our series on this “good work,” discovering what the Lord is up too in our lives. Welcome to all who join us for worship!

Renovate Week 1: Of Sound Mind & Purpose

We all know that buildings, including our homes, require continual care and sometimes complete renovations, but have you ever thought of yourself as being “worked on” or “renovated” in your life of faith? In his letter to the Philippian Christians, the apostle Paul uses this idea of construction (or repair) upon the people of God. That we are, in a right way, a project, attended to by the Master Craftsman who is continuously caring for His creation, using the power of the Gospel to heal and reshape us into the people He is calling us to be. It’s what Paul calls in verse 6, a “good work” in us. Today, we begin a new series of messages on this “good work,” discovering what the Lord is up to in our lives. Welcome to all who join us for worship!

People of ADVENTure Week 5: An Unplanned Adventure

Today’s text reminds us that the Lord’s ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8), or, as the Yiddish proverb has it, “Man plans. God laughs.” Either way, we are reminded that the journey of life brings unplanned diversions or stops along the way. Yes, it’s important to plan, but it is just as important to be flexible with those plans, recognizing our own limitations in controlling the present or predicting the future. Think about some of the diversions or stops (good and bad) you’ve experienced in your journey of faith. How has the Lord led you through these times? What have you learned about His love and provision for you? Where has your thinking about Jesus been challenged by your experiences? Share with someone today your story of faith and how the Lord has worked in your life during the “unplanned!”

People of ADVENTure: Week 2

Much of the ADVENTure in following Jesus is about how His Word shapes and forms us into a distinct people with Advent hope. What are places of false hope? How about politics, career, spouse, and retirement? What else? How are these and other places of false hope contrasted against the Lord’s unending presence in our lives? How does living between the Advents shape us to be people of hope? How does the Lord Himself shape us? Consider these questions as you consider what it means to be a People of ADVENTure!

“A People of ADVENTure” Week 1 “An Invitation to an Adventure”

Are you an adventurous person? Are you willing to try new foods or a new vacation destination? Do you sometimes mix up your route to work or perhaps try a new genre of music? Why or why not? What keeps you from deviating from what you know, if even for a moment?Sometimes adventure is hard to come by. We get into routines and routines are hard to break—they’re comfortable and predictable. And we love comfort and predictability! So, beginning this week, we’ll look at the invitation from Jesus to go on an adventure with Him, a journey which promises us that there will be no routine or comfort, only the reality that He is leading the way and calling us to come and follow. So pack your bags (bring lots of faith with you!) and join us as we learn what it means to be “People of ADVENTure.”

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